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Hexagonal Preview: T&T's Simoes lays down the law
June 29th, 2001 12AM
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June 30 in Port of Spain (Queen's Park Oval) TRINIDAD & TOBAGO-JAMAICA TV: UNIVISION, live, 4 pm ET. Referee: Gustavo Mendez (Uruguay). Brazilian Rene Simoes makes his Hexagonal debut as Trinidad & Tobago head coach after replacing the fired Ian Porterfield. Simoes faces Jamaica, which he led to the 1998 World Cup finals. He served six years as Reggae Boyz head coach before leaving in February 2000. STANDINGS: Trinidad & Tobago, 6th in the Hexagonal (1 tie, 4 losses, 3 goals for, 11 goals against, 1 point); Jamaica, 4th in the Hexagonal (1 win, 2 ties, 2 losses, 3 goals for, 7 goals against, 5 points). DEJA VU: Simoes has laid down the law, dropping stars Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy after they failed to turn up at training. A previous attempt by Porterfield to discipline Yorke prompted a player revolt that forced Porterfield to recall the Manchester United star. Latapy and Yorke say they are quitting the Soca Warriors. FIRST GAME: Jamaica beat Trinidad & Tobago, 1-0, on a spectacular goal by Miami Fusion defender Tyrone Marshall from 25 yards in an emotional match for the Reggae Boyz, their first since the death of midfielder Stevie "Shorty" Malcolm in a car accident. RIVALRY: The match will be the third this year between the Caribbean powers. T&T beat Jamaica, 2-1, at the Copa Caribe in May. DISAPPEARING ACT: Veteran midfielder Theodore Whitmore did not show up for training in his hometown Montego Bay and was not included in the Jamaican squad for the trip to Port of Spain. QUOTABLE: "We go to Trinidad with positive thoughts and if we win there we are again close to everyone. We lost one more battle but we haven't lost the war." (Jamaican coach Clovis De Oliveira after a 2-1 loss at Costa Rica left the Boyz in fourth place in the Hexagonal, three points behind third-place Honduras.)


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