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Jul 10, 2013

Jaguars bear heart at press conference following game

Following Belize’s crushing defeat at the hands of the United States, coaches and players from both teams fielded questions from the media.  Coach Ian Mork, as well as several of the Jaguars, discussed the six-one loss and their plans going into the remaining matches.  Those games are scheduled to be played in Sandy City, Utah against team Costa Rica and Cuba in Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday and Tuesday, respectively.  While F.F.B. President Ruperto Vicente had previously weighed the prospects should Team Belize fall to the United States, members of our national selection, including Daniel Jimenez, Deon McCauley, co-captain Dalton Eiley, who did not play, and Ian Gaynair, who scored the only goal, offered their perspective during a brief post mortem.


Ian Mork, Coach, Belize National Football Team

Ian Mork

“We thought that, that was gonna happen where it will take us a little while to get our feet and get in the game. At 2-1 that was ideal. It didn’t last long enough and I think that really turned things for us at that moment. Dalton, he had something going on that was wrong with his breathing and the doctor suggested that he should not play.”


Dalton Eiley, Co-Captain, Belize National Football Team

“I had some chest pains ad I thought it was gone. I took an injection earlier today and it felt like it went away but when I was training it came down hard. So I decided that I had to tell the coach I couldn’t continue.”


Daniel Jimenez

Daniel Jimenez, Belize National Football Team

“Well in a way I feel sad but I feel good because I know that we went out there and we gave our all. I know we could have give more but it is unfortunate that it didn’t work out the way we wanted. Like I said it’s not the end we have two more games and I still have hope that we could qualify out of the other two games.”


William Neal

“Ian, you scored the winning goal for Belize but yet we lost, how does that make you feel?”


Ian Gaynair, Belize National Football Team

Ian Gaynair

“It made me feel bad because we haven’t taken so much goals in awhile. You know how long we haven’t taken so much goal, we took whole a six goal today. I’m not sure if some of the players they weren’t ready today or if they were just nervous for the game. But I don’t think we played the kind of ball that we know how to play.”


Deon McCaulley, Belize National Football Team

“Most of the players weren’t focused; I think we weren’t ready for this game. We didn’t expect this kind of level that the us is playing. And we just put our hands to our side and we just took the lick.”


William Neal

“Were you overwhelmed by the entire situation with the number of fans or just over matched u think?”


Deon McCaulley

Deon McCaulley

“Well I think that when I get on the field I don’t think about the fans. I just try to block them out as much as possible. I don’t really worry about the fans but I don’t know if that played an effect with the other players on the field.”


Dalton Eiley

Dalton Eilley

“Everyone wants to hold their own. I don’t know if it is nervousness or what but they weren’t doing what they coach told us to do in the locker room. Just a little bit lackadaisical. Players going out there and not doing their job. It’s not the coach’s job it’s the players we need to step up our games and be ready for these games because these are big games. We didn’t tend to lose by such a big margin. I’m sad that I didn’t get to play it’s the game I’ve been dreaming about. I wanted to play but the coach said lest put our heads high and we have two more games so let’s get out there and try and qualify.”


Shane Orio, Belize National Football Team

“It’s disappointing but at the end of the day if we want to play at this level; this is the professional level and the end of the day we need to be serious and get our act together. I wanna say on behalf of myself and the team I just wanna send an apology to the Belizean people he expected much more fro, us tonight and at the end of the day I hope that they could continue believing in us because we have two more games to play.”


William Neal

“Was the team overcome buy the moment with the fans, everything or were you just overmatched?”


Shane Orio

Shane Orio

“I think we were overmatched in every aspect. Playing in an environment like this we need to be prepared mentally and it showed. Giving up a goal in the first five minutes of the game; we weren’t prepared mentally as a team. Things like that do happen and we do have some positive things that we need to look at. At the 2-1 in the game, then I felt that we really, the sensation in the atmosphere is that we could have done something more. But then again you can’t just play three minutes of football in a ninety minute footballer. Against a professional team, a team that is leading in the CONCAF world cup elimination. We need to be better and we need to get better for our next match.”


Ian Mork

“You know but our players they still obviously have a lot of pride and they also hold a high standard for themselves. We know that we could have done better and I know that is what they are thinking. There is disappointment within the camp but we have to regroup and we have to start to think about the next game.”


The Belize National ‘A’ Selection departed for Sandy City, Utah earlier today where they will prepare for the upcoming match against Costa Rica.

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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1 Response for “Jaguars bear heart at press conference following game”

  1. Johnny Cash says:

    We are PROUD of you boys! We have faith that you will give us an impressive comeback. Our prayers are with you.

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