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United States Virgin Islands national soccer team

The U.S. Virgin Islands national soccer team, nicknamed The Dashing Eagle, is the national soccer team of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is controlled by the U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Federation.

U.S. Virgin Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Dashing Eagle
AssociationUSVI Soccer Federation
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachMarcelo Serrano[1]
CaptainJ.C. Mack
Most capsDwayne Thomas (16)
Top scorerJamie Browne
Reid Klopp
Bryce Pierre
Kevin Sheppard
Trevor Wrensford (2)
Home stadiumBethlehem Soccer Stadium
FIFA codeVIR
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 199 Steady (July 25, 2019)[2]
Highest149 (July 2011)
Lowest202 (February 2008, November 2018 – February 2019)
Elo ranking
Current 213 Increase 2 (September 13, 2019)[3]
Highest208 (1998)
Lowest222 (March 2015)
First international
 U.S. Virgin Islands 1–0 BVI 
(U.S. Virgin Islands; March 21, 1998)
Biggest win
 Anguilla 0–3 U.S. Virgin Islands 
(The Valley, Anguilla; March 22, 2019)
Biggest defeat
 Saint Lucia 14–1 U.S. Virgin Islands 
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; April 14, 2001)

Though FIFA did not officially recognize the USVI team as affiliated until 1992, the Virgin Islands federation was founded in the 1970s by Trinidad native Robert T. Wills who helped build the base of the USVI Soccer Federation as it is known today. The team played its first official international match on March 21, 1998 in a victory against the British Virgin Islands.[4] In May 2011, the USVI soccer federation chief, Frederick Hillaren, began ambitious changes in the team and appointed Keith Griffith, former coach and captain of the Barbados national team and former coach of Trinidad and Tobago powerhouse club team Joe Public F.C., as technical director. Within two months of Griffith's appointment, the team shot up 51 places in the FIFA World Rankings. Soccer is the third most popular sport on the islands.[4]

StadiumEdit

Previously the team did not have a national stadium and were forced to play their home matches at Lionel Roberts Park, a baseball stadium in Charlotte Amalie. For their 2014 World Cup qualification matches, the team needed to bring in a new grass surface and make other special arrangements.[4] In the past, the team has played at Paul E. Joseph Stadium in St. Croix.[5] However, in February 2012, it was announced that the stadium was condemned and will be demolished to make way for a new sports complex that will cost at least $50 million. The 50-acre complex will contain venues for tennis, volleyball, baseball, and aquatics. However, the plans did not include a new soccer stadium.[6]

For the 2018 World Cup qualification, the team played at the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School Ground where they suffered a 4–0 loss to the Barbados national team.[7]

In August 2019, the USVI Soccer Association officially opened the 1,200-seat Bethlehem Soccer Stadium in Christiansted after an almost four year construction process of the new complex.[8][9]

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1998 not a FIFA member not a FIFA member
    2002 did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 14
  2006 2 0 0 2 0 11
  2010 1 0 0 1 0 10
  2014 8 2 0 6 6 41
  2018 2 1 0 1 1 4
  2022 to be determined to be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 15 3 0 12 8 70

Gold Cup recordEdit

Caribbean Cup recordEdit

 
Lionel Roberts Park was used as the USVI home stadium before construction of the Bethlehem Soccer Stadium

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SquadEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the CONCACAF Nations League

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Lionel Brown (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 22) 4 0   Miami FC
22 1GK Carlos Quezada (1982-08-16) 16 August 1982 (age 37) 0 0
23 1GK Erik Mozzo (1990-12-25) 25 December 1990 (age 28) 7 0   FC Versailles

9 2DF Kelton McGregor (1997-10-14) 14 October 1997 (age 21) 0 0
17 2DF Raejae Joseph (1997-08-09) 9 August 1997 (age 22) 4 1   Rider Broncs
5 2DF Kassall Green (1985-09-08) 8 September 1985 (age 34) 8 0   Cayon Rockets
16 2DF Carlos Labrada (1985-12-29) 29 December 1985 (age 33) 5 0   NTX Rayados
15 2DF Nakeeme Julian (1999-04-10) 10 April 1999 (age 20) 1 0   Helenites SC
2 2DF Jacob Borden (1989-12-10) 10 December 1989 (age 29) 8 0   Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats
4 2DF Dusty Good (1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 (age 32) 12 0   New Vibes

3 3MF Tyler Humphrey (1991-07-13) 13 July 1991 (age 28) 5 1   Fort Worth Vaqueros
11 3MF Avier Christian (1996-01-16) 16 January 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Liberta SC
18 3MF Trevor Wrensford (1989-10-07) 7 October 1989 (age 29) 7 2   Raymix SC
6 3MF Tnoy Andrew (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 26) 11 0   Swetes FC
7 3MF Jett Blaschka (1999-09-16) 16 September 1999 (age 20) 6 0   Marquette Golden Eagles
8 3MF MacDonald Taylor Jr (1992-03-23) 23 March 1992 (age 27) 9 0

21 4FW Timothy Herring (2000-05-07) 7 May 2000 (age 19) 0 0
10 4FW J.C. Mack (1988-10-08) 8 October 1988 (age 30) 6 1   Knattspyrnufélagið Víkingur
13 4FW Shomari Francis (2001-03-31) 31 March 2001 (age 18) 0 0
14 4FW Aaron Dennis (1993-02-24) 24 February 1993 (age 26) 5 2   New York Cosmos
12 4FW Connor Kendall (1997-05-25) 25 May 1997 (age 22) 3 0
19 4FW Rakeem Joseph (2000-05-23) 23 May 2000 (age 19) 3 0   Parham FC

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Erik Mozzo (1990-12-25) December 25, 1990 (age 28) 7 0   Versailles 78 vs.   Canada, September 9, 2018

DF Dewayne Dyer (1989-09-13) September 13, 1989 (age 30) 7 0   Atlanta Silverbacks vs.   Canada, September 9, 2018
DF John Engerman (2000-10-25) October 25, 2000 (age 18) 1 0   Darlington Tigers vs.   Canada, September 9, 2018
DF Devaunte Moses (1999-11-02) November 2, 1999 (age 19) 0 0   Sandalwood Saints vs.   Canada, September 9, 2018

MF Junior Laurencin (1985-03-05) March 5, 1985 (age 34) 8 0   Raymix vs.   Canada, September 9, 2018
MF Trevor Wrensford (1989-10-07) October 7, 1989 (age 29) 5 2   Raymix vs.   Canada, September 9, 2018
MF Tyler Humphrey (1991-07-13) July 13, 1991 (age 28) 0 0   Fort Worth Vaqueros vs.   Canada, September 9, 2018

FW Aaron Dennis (1993-02-24) February 24, 1993 (age 26) 2 0   Penn FC vs.   Canada, September 9, 2018

Results and fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

CoachesEdit

Technical DirectorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Association Information". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. July 25, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "US Virgin Islanders find a foothold". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  5. ^ Davis, Dave (September 7, 2011). "V.I. Men's Soccer Team Trounced in World Cup Qualifier". stthomassource.com. V.I. Source Publications, Inc. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  6. ^ Shatwell, Justin (February 16, 2012). "Plans Unveiled for Frederiksted Sports Complex". stcroixsource.com. V.I. Source Publications, Inc. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  7. ^ "USVI 0 Barbados 4". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  8. ^ "Sunday August 11 FIFA and Concacaf Presidents will be visiting the US Virgin Islands". United States Virgin Islands Soccer Association. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "USVI Soccer Association Invites Community to Masters Tournament on Aug. 11". St. Croix Source. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "Helenites are USVI Soccer Champions". virginislandsnewsonline.com. Virgin Islands News Online. February 28, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.

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