San Juan's Jordan Britto just wants to keep his team in it.

By Sports Desk November 07, 2018

San Juan North Secondary, with just a game left to play in the Secondary School's Football League, are still in with a real chance of winnings. One of those reasons is the defending of Jordan Britto. Find out who he is.

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    The Jamaicans made history when they became the first Caribbean team to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup after a penalty shootout win over Panama in the CONCACAF Qualifiers last year. 

    Menzie who took over the position of technical director of the women’s program three years ago has been a fixture of the national program since.  At one point the coach went for several months without receiving an actual salary from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).

    The team’s star striker Khadijah Shaw also received some recognition after being nominated for Female Player of the Year award, along with the USA’s Lindsey Horan and the eventual winner Alex Morgan.  She was also nominated in the goal of the year category for a spectacular strike in the team’s win over Cuba.

    The 2018 Male Player of the Year award went to Mexico’ s Hirving Lozano.  Lozano’s year was highlighted by an exceptional performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

     

    Male Player of the Year

    1. Hirving Lozano (MEX) - PSV Eindhoven/NED
    2. Keylor Navas (CRC) - Real Madrid CF/ESP
    3. Sebastian Giovinco (ITA) - Toronto FC/CAN

     

    Female Player of the Year

    1. Alex Morgan (USA) - Orlando Pride/USA
    2. Khadija Shaw (JAM) - University of Tennessee/USA
    3. Lindsey Horan (USA) - Portland Thorns FC/USA

     

    Male Goalkeeper of the Year

    1. Keylor Navas (CRC) - Real Madrid CF/ESP
    2. Guillermo Ochoa (MEX) - Standard Liège/BEL
    3. Cody Laurendi (PUR) - Oklahoma City Energy/USA

     

    Female Goalkeeper of the Year

    1. Alyssa Naeher (USA) - Chicago Red Starts/USA
    2. Yenith Bailey (PAN) - Sporting SM/PAN
    3. Stephanie Labbe (CAN) - Linköpings FC/SWE

     

    Men's Football Coach of the Year

    1. Matias Almeyda (ARG) - San Jose Earthquakes/USA (Formerly CD Guadalajara/MEX)
    2. Remko Bicentini (CUW) - Curacao National Team
    3. Juan Carlos Osorio (COL) - Paraguay National Team (Formerly Mexico National Team)

     

    Women's Football Coach of the Year

    1. Hue Menzies (JAM) - Jamaica Women's National Team/Florida Kraze Krush/USA
    2. Jill Ellis (USA) - United States Women's National Team
    3. Monica Vergara (MEX) - Mexico U-17 Women's National Team

     

    Male Referee of the Year

    1. Cesar Arturo Ramos (MEX)
    2. Mark Geiger (USA)
    3. Joel Aguilar (SLV)

     

    Female Referee of the Year

    1. Lucila Venegas (MEX)
    2. Crystal Sobers (TRI)
    3. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

     

    Goal of the Year

    1. Joe Corona (MEX) - SCCL: Club America (MEX) vs Tauro FC (PAN), 19'
    2. Alan Pulido (MEX) - SCCL: CD Guadalajara (MEX) vs Toronto FC (CAN), 72'
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    Eriksson's men have lost both of their opening two Group C games in the United Arab Emirates, and have yet to score a goal, but with the four best third-placed finishers going through, their hopes remain alive.

    Kyrgyzstan are in the same boat, meaning a mouth-watering, winner-takes-all showdown awaits at the Rashid Stadium.

    Eriksson said: "There is a possibility and as long as there is a possibility we will continue to fight.

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    Azkals forward Patrick Reichelt added: "It is a chance for us to score against a good team that we have beaten before.

    "All we can do is fight, chase the game and get the result that is hopefully enough for us to go through."

    Kyrgyzstan boss Alexander Krestinin revealed he and his players had received a message of good luck from the country's president Sooronbay Jeenbekov.

    Krestinin said: "I spoke to the president, and the players also spoke with him.

    "It is very important when the president of the country supports the team, and it shows the whole country is united. Our wish is only to make our best performance on Wednesday."

    Krestinin feels his side are well equipped to get a positive result and extend their stay at the tournament.

    "This is our third game and this is the decisive one in our group," he said. "The team is ready and we are looking for victory in this game, we are in good spirits to play against a very good team.

    "The emotional and technical sides have been taken into account in preparation. We need to do our job to win the game, but this is football and everything can happen."


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    Kyrgyzstan – Kairat Zhyrgalbek

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    Having been restricted to substitute appearances in the Philippines' opening two matches it is surely time for Eriksson to unleash Younghusband. The experienced striker scored the goal that secured the Philippines' maiden Asian Cup appearance and he may be the man to help them secure an unlikely place in the knockout stages.


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    - After going unbeaten in his first four games in charge of Philippines (W2 D2 L0), Eriksson has now lost five successive international matches as their manager, following their 3-0 defeat to China on MD2.
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    - Kairat Zhyrgalbek made 10 tackles for Kyrgyzstan over the opening two games of the 2019 Asian Cup; three more than any other player in Group C of the tournament.

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    The English Football League (EFL) has asked Leeds United for their observations amid the spying scandal engulfing the Championship leaders.

    Marcelo Bielsa has admitted sending a member of Leeds' staff to spy on Derby County training ahead of last weekend's meeting between the clubs.

    The Football Association is investigating the incident while Leeds released a statement reminding Bielsa of his responsibilities.

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    "The decision to progress this matter to a formal investigation comes as a result of the club's manager, Marcelo Bielsa, admitting to instructing an individual to undertake the acts being complained of in a television interview broadcast on Sky Sports on Friday 11 January 2019," the EFL said.

    "The Football Association has also confirmed they are considering the same matter in line with its own rules and the EFL will work with its FA counterparts to ensure that any potential action taken does not prejudice those investigations being undertaken."

    Derby boss Frank Lampard, whose side lost 2-0 at Leeds, has hit out at Bielsa over the incident.

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