An analytical look at Guyana’s Gold Cup opponents

first_imgWith less than five days remaining before the Golden Jaguars make their debut in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Stabroek Sport takes an analytical look at the competing sides in group-D and their current form heading to the prestigious event. Guyana’s historic campaign in the event pits them against three of the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers hexagonal sides, the only group that features such a combination in the event.United States of AmericaAs Guyana’s first assignment in the event on June 18th in St. Paul, Minnesota, defending champion United States of America [USA] will be the first team under the microscope. Ranked 24th on the international circuit, the Americans possess a record of three wins, two losses and a draw in their previous six matches. Further examination of this period indicate that USA are winless in their three most recent clashes with a record of two losses and a draw.The first three matches during their six game stretch, provided a 3-0 win against 71st ranked Panama [January 27th 2019], a 2-0 victory against 36th ranked Costa Rica [February 2nd 2019] and 1-0 success over 58th ranked Ecuador [March 21st 2019].However, this was followed by a 1-1 draw with 13th ranked Chile [March 26th 2019], a 0-1 loss to 56th rated Jamaica [June 5th 2019] and a 0-3 defeat to 29th ranked Venezuela [June 9th 2019]. Overall, USA has tallied seven goals while conceding five times during the period. Their squad which contains 17 Major League Soccer [MLS] based players, consists of Goalkeepers Zack Steffen, Sean Johnson, Tyler Miller, Defenders Nick Lima, Omar Gonzalez, Walker Zimmerman, Tim Ream, Reggie Cannon, Daniel Lovitz, Matt Miazga, Aaron Long, Midfielders Michael Bradley, Will Trapp, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, Cristian Roldan, Duane Holmes and Forwards Paul Arriola, Gyasi Zardes, Jordan Morris, Jozy Altidore, Jonathan Lewis and Tyler Boyd.PanamaNext on the list is 74th ranked Panama, who will take the field against the Golden Jaguars on June 22nd in Cleveland, Ohio. The Central Americans enter the tournament winless from their six most recent matches. This is highlighted by four losses and two draws. A 1-2 defeat to 57th ranked Ecuador [20th November 2018] was followed by a 0-3 loss to 24th ranked United States of America [27th January 2019] and 1-1 stalemate with 3rd ranked Brazil [23rd March 2019].This was followed by a 0-0 draw with Basque Country (Non-FIFA-Affiliate) [29th May 2019], a 0-3 defeat to 12th ranked Colombia [June 3rd 2019] and a 0-3 setback to 6th ranked Uruguay [7th June 2019].Panama’s numbers during this period makes for abysmal reading with only two goals scored and a disappointing 12 allowed. The squad that will be tasked with qualifying for the knockout round reads Goalkeepers Jose Calderon, Luis Mejia, Orlando Moaquera, Defenders Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Kevin Galvan, Adolfo Machado, Michael Murillo, Francisco Palacios, Roman Torres, Midfielders Abdiel Arroyo, Edgar Barcenas, Armando Cooper Anibal Goday, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero, Jose Luis Rodrigues, Marcos Sanchez and Forwards Rolando Blackburn, Omar Browne, Jose Fajardo and Gabriel Torres.Trinidad and TobagoLastly, traditional rival Trinidad and Tobago will complete Guyana’s group stage campaign on June 26th in Kansas City, Missouri.The 93rd ranked ‘Soca Warriors’ arrive at the Biennial Championship with a disappointing record of one win, four losses and a draw. An impressive 2-0 win over 77th ranked United Arab Emirates [September 6th 2018] was quickly followed by a disappointing 0-1 defeat to 122nd ranked Thailand [14th October 2018], a 0-1 loss to 30th ranked Iran [November 15th 2018] and a 0-1 setback to 19th ranked Wales [20th March 2019].A 0-0 draw with 26th ranked Japan [June 5th 2019] and 0-2 loss to 78th ranked Canada [10th June 2019] concludes this period, which is highlighted by two goals scored and five conceded.Trinidad and Tobago’s squad, which features seven locally based players, comprises Goalkeepers Marvin Phillips, Adrian Foncette, Greg Ranjitsingh, Defenders Daniel Cyrus, Carlyle Mitchell, Curtis Gonzales, Mekeil Williams, Alwin Jones, Leland Archer, Midfielders Khaleem Hyland, Joevin Jones, Kevin Molino, Kevan George, Cordell Cato, Nathan Lewis, Leston Paul, Levi Garcia, Jomal Williams, Neveal Hacksaw, Akeem Humphrey, Duane Muckette and Forwards Lester Peltier and Shahdon Winchester. (Compiled by Duncan Saul)last_img read more

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Jason Witten on ‘Monday Night Football’: Revisiting the Cowboys TE’s short, failed NFL broadcasting stint

first_imgJason Witten is back on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” for the first time since he decided to un-retire and rejoin the Cowboys as a future Hall of Fame tight end. Now he’s back on the field in New York as Dallas faces off with the NFC East rival Giants in Week 9.Witten’s lone season as a prime-time NFL game analyst was met with mixed reviews at best. Now he’s back contributing to Dallas’ repeat division-winning cause in 2019. While his former broadcast partner Joe Tessitore has moved on with former field analyst Booger McFarland as the new color commentator in the MNF booth, Witten returned to the Cowboys on a one-year, $2 million deal for his age 37 season. It didn’t help with that, Witten also had a misstep to get weirdly political in calling out the NFL’s roughing the passer penalties as too liberal — for a network that’s made it a point to distance itself from being political.Found the clip. Here’s Witten calling the roughing the passer rule change “left wing” pic.twitter.com/htLzeRcm79— Conor Orr 🐟 (@ConorOrr) September 25, 2018Then came the capper in the Pro Bowl, when Witten misinformed viewers that Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Colts tight end Eric Ebron were teammates all season despite playing for AFC rival teams.Patrick Mahomes throws a TD pass to Eric EbronJason Witten: “Ebron was his guy all year”Good to see Witten in Pro Bowl form pic.twitter.com/Zy4A0lYw9H— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 27, 2019You can give ESPN and Witten some credit for trying to make it work, and there was some promise when the hire was announced. But in the end, Witten with the Cowboys and MNF without Witten feels a lot more natural. How did it come about for Witten to give a TV career a try, and why didn’t it work out? Here’s a look back in his one and only season on “Monday Night Football.”MORE: The glory days of “Monday Night Football”Why did Jason Witten leave ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten was never comfortable in the booth and missed being in the action vs. calling it. According to multiple reports, Witten also has had designs on another post-playing football-related career: Coaching. He was even rumored to be a darkhorse head-coaching candidate for his alma mater, Tennessee, before Jeremy Pruitt took the job in 2018.Going back to the Cowboys sets him Witten up to make a smooth transition to either their coaching staff or that of another NFL team in 2020. Ultimately, Witten also saw Dallas had great potential to remain a strong playoff team with a shot at getting him to the Super Bowl for the first time in his 16-year career.”The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement when announcing his return in May. “This team has a great group of rising young stars, and I want to help them make a run at a championship. This was completely my decision, and I am very comfortable with it. I’m looking forward to getting back in the dirt.”Why did ESPN choose Jason Witten for ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten not only is one of the most likeable players in the NFL, but also has great knowledge of the game. As a good friend and teammate of former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo — who has already turned into a broadcast legend doing CBS’ games of the week with Jim Nantz — there was a thought Witten’s personality and insight would also translate well to the booth.After a disastrous final season of Jon Gruden before he took the Raiders’ head coaching job again — it was brutally obvious he and play-and-play man Sean McDonough didn’t mesh — ESPN went the nice guy approach after moving pro’s pro Tessitore from college football studio duties.Before Witten called his first game of the 2018 season for ESPN, he told Sporting News this about taking the job:”I’m so honored and humbled by this opportunity. You think about all those big names, and I think, ‘My gosh.’ That’s a big reason while I’ll be standing (in the booth)” Witten said.”You can’t fill those shoes, when you think of those guys who have been in there in huge situations as analysts. These are voices we’ve heard over the past three, four, five decades. It’s just incredible the jobs that they did. Now I have that opportunity to carry that vision and what they’ve built. You can’t match what they’ve done — you really can’t. I would be foolish to try to do that. I will be trying to my damndest to make everyone proud.”Witten held his own, but was not given the opportunity to hone his craft in less-pressure environments such as college football Saturdays (which worked for former NFL player Brian Griese, who is a good bet to shine on MNF at some point in the future). Instead, Witten was thrown into a tough situation in the immediate spotlight.There was no real genuine chemistry between Witten and Tessitore, and the presence of McFarland speaking as as third voice made things more complicated and clunky.MORE: Booger McFarland to join Joe Tessitore in MNF boothWhy didn’t it work out for Jason Witten on ‘Monday Night Football’?Witten had some trouble with basics, including properly pronouncing player names and using the telestrator. But ultimately it came down to some shoddy on-field analysis that cost him. In other words, unlike the astute Cris Collinsworth or the all-seeing Romo, it was easy to tell Witten didn’t put in the same kind of relentless study of player and team tendencies.last_img read more

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