Dover calls 27 to trials ahead of CONCACAF U-20 Championship Qualifier

first_img-Guyana drawn in Group A; will face Montserrat on Feb 15HEAD Coach of Guyana’s Men’s U-20 side, Wayne Dover, has called 27 players to trials ahead of the up-coming Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) 2020 Concacaf Under-20 Championship Qualifiers.Guyana has been placed in Group A with co-host Nicaragua, along with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat and the US Virgin Islands.The Dominican Republic, Curacao and Puerto Rico are the other host countries for the tournament which will be played February 15 – 23.Dover and his troop will get into action on February 15 against Montserrat, and will then face St Vincent and the Grenadines on February 17, followed by US Virgin Islands on February 19 and Nicaragua on February 23.“The Technical staff focus will be to organise the team in offence and defence and have them playing as a unit,” Dover said, after taking his charges through their paces at the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Providence facility.Wayne Forde, president of the GFF, said that he’s confident of an improved performance from the U-20 team, as compared to their showing in 2018, stating that “the preparation for this tournament began with a scouting programme throughout the Regional Member Associations which was further complemented by the inauguration of the first National KFC U-20 Tournament.”Forde further reasoned that the shortlisted players have been training since last year, “but unfortunately, not at the frequency we would have preferred due to the financial challenges as a result of the Senior Men’s Nations League campaign. Notwithstanding, I am confident that Coach Dover and his staff understands the importance of making a commanding statement at the Concacaf championship this year and I have no doubt that they will deliver.”The 2020 edition of the men’s world cup qualifying competition will be disputed in three stages, beginning with the qualifiers. For the qualifiers, the 17 participating teams (ranked from 17-41, according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019) were divided into three groups of four teams and one group of five teams.After round-robin play, the top finisher in each of the groups will advance directly to the knockout stage of the competition (third round).The second round of the competition will also be played in a group format, between the top ranked 16 participating teams (according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019). For this round, the teams have been divided into four groups of four.After round robin play, the top three finishers of each group will advance to the knockout stage of the competition. The knockout stage of the competition (round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final) will be played in June of 2020, at a yet-to-be announced host country.Meanwhile, at the same championship in November 2018 contesting the Group Stage, Guyana recorded a historical 2-0 win over El Salvador, compliments of goals from Kelsey Benjamin and Captain Jeremy Garrett in their final match at the IMG Academy in Florida, USA.Prior to their win against El Salvador, the young Guyanese narrowly went down to Curacao 3-4, and Cayman Islands 2-3 after giving up their opening match to Guatemala, 0-4.last_img read more

Putnam critically injured in a fall

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Longtime City Councilwoman Betty Putnam was doing what she’s known for – helping her constituents – when she grabbed a ladder to try to eradicate a wasp’s nest Wednesday night and fell, city officials said. She is in critical condition with major head trauma at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. “Betty is heavily sedated and not awake,” said City Manager Fred Latham on Thursday. “Doctors have expressed cautious optimism.” The injuries include a skull fracture, bleeding and swelling of the brain, said longtime Putnam family friend May Sharp, 75, who is the widow of the late Councilman Al Sharp. “We hope and pray that eventually she will be all right,” she said. Putnam, 77, is surrounded by her four daughters and her son. They are also tending to their father, Marvin, who’s in his late 80s. She is also a grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of three. Her other injuries may include broken ribs and a back injury, Latham said, but the head injury is what concerns doctors most. “She apparently got a call from a constituent about having trouble with a wasp’s nest, and the next thing, Betty got her own ladder and drove off in her husband’s pickup truck,” Latham said. He said Putnam, who was first elected to the City Council in 1997, fell from atop the 6-foot ladder and hit her head. Santa Fe Springs Fire Department paramedics responded to the call at 4:30 p.m. in the 8000 block of Westman Street, just south of Slauson Avenue. “She was conscious when paramedics arrived and was able to give them limited feedback,” Latham said. Thursday night’s council meeting went on as scheduled, but the tenor of it was expected to be somber, said Thaddeus McCormack, assistant to the city manager. Sharp, who has known Putnam since their children attended school together in the late-1950s, said she is not surprised by the councilwoman’s good deed. “Betty’s always going and helping out anyone who asks,” she said. “She’s had a lot of people telling her she’s crazy to do the things she does. “But she’s a dear friend, and would do anything for anyone.” Putnam, who’s served as mayor of Santa Fe Springs twice, moved to the city in 1954, and has been doing things for the community ever since. She worked for the Little Lake School District for 31 years, beginning in 1960 as a noon supervisor at Lakeview Elementary School, according to district officials. She became a teacher at Paddison Elementary School in 1971 until she retired in 1991 and then served as a trustee to the Little Lake School District for six years before her election to the council. Putnam’s good works also include being a founding member of Santa Fe Springs Community Playhouse, a member of the Rio Hondo Symphony and sitting on the Hathaway Museum board of directors. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more