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Jul 8, 2013

Portland, Oregon ready for Belize Jaguars

As we said earlier, two team members have resisted an offer to lose the game against the United States. That game takes place on Tuesday night at the Wen Jeld Field where the team has been attracting attention. William Neal caught up with the Jaguars as they practised for their first match. Here is his report.


Portland is a city located in Oregon State in the Pacific northwest of the U.S. While for most Belizeans it is not among the first places that spring to mind when talking about the U.S., Portland is Oregon’s most popular city. Approximately a half million live in the city itself.  Portland is also known for its superior land use planning and light rail train system and it is one of the most green cities in the world. But enough trivia about the city of roses because for the next couple days, Belizeans at home and abroad will be tuned in to Portland as it plays host to the Belize National Male Football Team for Game One of Gold Cup 2013—Belize versus U.S.A.


William Neal

William Neal

“It’s day one on the ground in Portland and even though it is in the sixties right now and the sun is shining, that’s a part of the challenge that team Belize faces. One, they have to get accustomed to the change in the climate with it being much cooler and two; they have to practice on artificial turf. So while today is kind of a little bit of relaxation in terms of just getting yourself accustomed to the weather and the turf, fans who live in and around Portland, also came out to make sure that the team realizes that fan’s support is strong right here in Portland.”


Viola Romero, Belizean American

“I’m very proud of the Belize team; that they have made it so far and I am here to give them my support and I really wanted to see them practice.”


Aviola Romero

William Neal

“What would you like to say to the team and to Belizeans back home?”


Viola Romero

“I would like to say to the team to never give up. That they’ve made it so far and they can make it even farther.”


Ian Mork, Head Coach, Belize Jaguars

“Mainly, we just want them to get their legs…they’ve been travelling and then we want them to get used to the turf…we are doing a little bit of endurance, but mainly just to get use to the surface and get them playing.”


William Neal

Ian Mork

“How do you prepare them for things like the dip in the temperature for example and how can that impact their performance?”


Ian Mork

“Well I don’t know that the temperature will be too drastic, but we are training at the same time. But several times we are training at the same time as the game. So we will just have to help them that way. The moral is very high, the team is very motivated and ready for this game; specifically this first game. But tactically, we still got some work to do. We have a couple of days here that we really gotta get focused in and stay focused on what our job is on Tuesday. But overall the team unity is very impressive with this group.”


While day one was primarily a test to see how climate, altitude and artificial turf impact the team’s performance, in the days ahead, all trainings will be tactical to reduce any such advantage. William Neal from Portland Oregan for Channel Five’s Coverage of Gold Cup 2013.


William’s report is brought to you by Delta Airlines, the official airline sponsorship of Channel Five’s coverage of Gold Cup 2013.  As we said, our special live coverage of the first game against the United States begins at eight-thirty on this station. 

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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2 Responses for “Portland, Oregon ready for Belize Jaguars”

  1. fatwood says:

    @Bzean, @Belizean Pride, @ceo, @kid Regrettably, I’m not done with you guys yet. Let me tell you a little story. It’s short. In the early 90s there was a star cyclist on the Belize circuit who would very regularly party the night away only to saddle up at the starting line the next morning and go on to get the Big W. Naysayers like you used to say that the level of cycling in Belize was amateurish at best if one could tank up the night before and still win a race. To that our bacchus would challenge, “Really, okay, well then get a bike and go out there and we’ll see.” And he was serious. He would whip your sober a** any day.

    In yesterday’s newscast, Jaguars team nutritionist Karen Rosito said, “I kind of encourage them [the players] to pack up on the cookies and the brownies and all that for right now because seriously they are carbohydrate loading meaning trying to get the body used to storing energy in the liver so that when they need it on game night it is right there.” To that Jules Vasquez asked, “Now this almost sounds counterintuitive because we know that well we think that athletes have to look at what they’re eating and be very judicious about what they’re eating but you have them eating carbs and sweets.”

    Well, Jules let her off the hook easily. The players should never be eating sugary treats. High-performing athletes should be getting in meat, veggies, nuts, fruits, and complex starches, and especially NO SUGAR. So Vicente cut Slusher from the roster because he was, among other things, aiding and abetting with player ethanol loading, but he (Vicente) is happy to have in his midst Miss Rosito helping the players stock up on useless high-glycemic trash.

    At least ethanol has some redeeming properties for the circulatory system. Simple sugar is mostly useless.

  2. William Flesher says:

    Portland is happy to welcome the Belize Jaguars! They are great players, and represent a serious challenge to the Portland Timbers.

    As a great lover of Belize, I hope that the Jaguars play hard, and feel as welcome here as I do when I visit Belize.

    Go Jaguars!

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