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National Football Team

National Football Team

National Football Team

Monday, September 1, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting:  Belize’s Jaguars left home soil today for the United States hoping to repeat history.

In 2013 the national men’s football team shocked the region with a fourth-place finish in the Central American Cup, qualifying for the first time ever to the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States.

They will try again with a familiar face at the helm in Costa Rica’s Leroy Sherrier Lewis.

The team manager says Belize is ready to make history again after good preparation in trying circumstances. Lewis says the team are familiar with each other and with the scale of their task, and have no reason to feel worried about their performance.

All that will be asked of them is to do their best and leave it all on the field of play.

Belize faces a tougher slate than last time.

First opponent Honduras is retooling after a World Cup appearance while Guatemala and El Salvador are always hungry. But one thing hasn’t changed, and that is the name of the man who will put the goals in the net.

Deon McCaulay

Deon McCaulay

Star striker Deon McCauley is back, and says he is ready to kick Belize to the top.

Belize’s all-time leading goal scorer now plays for the second-division Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League but he says the next few days will be all in Belize’s service, adding to his tally of 16 goals in 29 appearances.

football2There are a few new faces, including midfielder John King.

King told us he can’t help but feel some jitters but once he gets on the field they will all go away.

He is looking forward to representing his country for the first time in international play.

All the games will be played in the United States.

The top four teams qualify automatically to the Gold Cup and the fifth-place team faces off with a team from the Caribbean to qualify.

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