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Jul 5, 2013

Jaguars leave for Portland Oregon for Gold Cup

Tonight, the Jaguars are safely on their way to Portland, Oregon for the Gold Cup 2013.  The CONCACAF games get underway on Sunday and we will be bringing that live. Belize is clustered in Group C and will also be playing their first game against the United States on Tuesday, followed by Cuba and Costa Rica. After resolving last minute kinks, the national selection finally arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport just moments before their UNITED flight was scheduled to take off at eleven o’clock….the nation then breathed a collective sigh of relief.  Family and fans waited at the airport to give them a warm send-off. The historic journey to Gold Cup has been bumpy but this morning, team members were optimistic. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The arrival of the Jaguars at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, moments before their scheduled departure, to meet and greet well-wishers gathered to bid the team adieu, was a bittersweet affair.  Shortly after ten o’clock, the players emerged from a charter to a warm reception from friends, fans and family.  Along with the media and the team’s corporate sponsor, they waited under the mid-morning sun for a little over an hour to see the boys off.  Despite the controversy and the rumored contention prior to leaving Belmopan, supporters of the National ‘A’ Selection were treated to autographs and photo ops.

 

Dalton Eiley

Dalton Eiley, Defense, Belize Jaguars

“I want to tell the Belizean public that we appreciate all they have done for us and it’s something good that they could look forward to in the future, you know, we are putting Belize on the map so it’s not only for us, it’s for the upcoming players, you know, we have a lot of talent here in Belize.”

 

…and that talent, nurtured within an athletics program that is still very much nascent, will be on display at the twelfth CONCACAF Gold Cup in Portland, Oregon.  The road to this regional championship has been a rocky journey for the entire team, but sober optimism is what they each have in spades.

 

Deon McCauley

Deon McCauley, Forward, Belize Jaguars

“We are not looking for anything easy, it’s not gonna be easy.  It’s going to be hard knowing that we’re playing one of the powerhouse teams in the world in our first game.  So we are just looking for the best result possible.  If we get a draw that would be very good for us but if we get a win that would be excellent.  But we’re not going out there to lose, we’re going out there to compete.”

 

Competition at this level is the greatest exposure the Jaguars will have had thus far.  In the opening round they will do battle against Landon Donovan, all-time leader in scoring and assists for the United States men’s national team.  Defending our goalpost against a potential onslaught is Woodrow ‘The President’ West.

 

Woodrow West, Goalkeeper, Belize Jaguars

“We feel so proud to make that big step and that next level and we worked hard for this, you know.  We’ve been working for the past five to ten years for this moment so now that we’ve got it we just have to take the best advantage [of it] as much as we could to this Gold Cup, you know.”

 

Woodrow West

Isani Cayetano

“What was the chemistry like with the team in terms of preparing to go forward with Gold Cup 2013?”

 

Woodrow West

“Well it was kinda difficult, we had a lot of bumpy roads, you know, but we stood up and held strong as a team, you know.  It’s all about the team at the end of the day and we are together as one unit.  So the team is very focused on what we’re going to do, you know, and everything we’re going to do is for our country.”

 

Elroy Kuylen

That spirit of patriotism also holds true across the team’s fan base.  Inside the terminal avid supporters were draped in the country’s standard, hugging and taking eleventh hour pictures with members of the team before they headed toward the departure lounge.  Midfielder Elroy Kuylen is taking with him the soul of the football nation.

 

Elroy Kuylen, Midfield, Belize Jaguars

“I’m taking my confidence, I’m taking the love from my family, from the fans, from the whole country, the vibes, the spirit and everything and just put it in one and put it out on the field.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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4 Responses for “Jaguars leave for Portland Oregon for Gold Cup”

  1. Johnny Cash says:

    HURRAY FOR TEAM BELIZE!!!

  2. aij says:

    proud of you guys, will be there tuesday cheering you on.

  3. ken says:

    How come no players is from Orange Walk Town???

    Everyone knows Orange Walk has the best players!!!!!

  4. XMON says:

    THANK U KEN WHERE ARE THE LATIN PLAYERS FROM CRZL OW CYO WAT HAPPEN. GOOD LUCK TEAM BLZ

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