On location: T&T training continues

The MetroStars followed up their match with Jabloteh with a spirited practice in Trinidad's Hasely Crawford Stadium on Wednesday. Agility and fitness were the focal points, as the team puts the finishing touches on the 2005 preseason.

The club will play one more contest in Trinidad Friday night at 7 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET) before departing the island Saturday morning. They will remain in the Tri-State Area until Thursday, when they leave for Jackson, Miss., to play the Chicago Fire on March 25.

Trinidad notes

  • The undercard in Tuesday's Metros vs. Jabloteh bout was an interesting one, as the Trinidad & Tobago U-19 girls national team took on Jabloteh's U-16 boys team. The boys won the battle of the sexes 8-0 behind six second-half goals.

  • Metros fans might recall San Juan Jabloteh as the club team of former MetroStar Cornell Glen.

  • Defender Tim Ward played in the friendly vs. Jabloteh on Tuesday and left Trinidad on Wednesday to join the U.S. U-20 national team in South Korea. He flew from Trinidad to Miami, Miami to Los Angeles and then Los Angeles to South Korea and is expected to train with the U-20's on Friday.

  • San Juan Jabloteh hosted a reception for the MetroStars Wednesday night that introduced the club to many aspects of Trinidadian culture, complete with a live steel band, various Trinidadian pastries and entrees and a fresh juice bar.

    The reception was held in Hasely Crawford Stadium's function hall and on display was a video presentation from Trinidad and Tobago's 'Carnival,' which is the island tradition that falls two days before Ash Wednesday. Similar to Mardis Gras, Carnival has a large parade where participants are adorned in elaborate costumes and headdresses.


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