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Scouting Report: Caledonia AIA

Scouting Caribbean teams can be a challenge. Outside the two that participate within the American system (Puerto Rico Islanders, Antigua Barracuda FC) the other leagues aren't available on television and highlights are hard to find. With the upcoming 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League opponent being Caledonia AIA the Seattle Sounders are at an advantage because both Ezra Hendrickson and Kurt Schmid actively scout players from Trinidad & Tobago. For those of us without the travel budget of the team there is a little we can do but scout on resume, or listen to Nos Audietis.

On paper there seems decent talent on the team that finished third in the top T&T league (12-7-2 +6GD) and first in the CFU Club Championship (2-1-1 +7GD). Trinidad & Tobago have a history of doing OK in the CCL, essentially on par with Central American leagues.

They also have some decent players. Leading scorer (8 goals in league) Devon Jorsling played for Orlando City in 2011 and Defence Force of T&T prior to that. They add two other scorers (7 goals each) in Jamaal Gay (with a 2.Bundesliga team in his past) and Ataullah Guerra (only T&T league), so there are options in scoring. But the man that may have done the most for their CFU run is 6'5" CB Radanfah Abu Bakr who had two goals to qualify Caledonia for the CCL and one in league play. Abu Bakr saw time with Swansea City and a Belgian 3rd division club. His centerback partner Nuru Abdullah Muhammad also returns.

Caledonia is not in league play yet, so Seattle adds that advantage to their talent advantage. The Trinidad side also doesn't have experience in front of large crowds (even though it will be a small crowd for CenturyLink Field). The Sounders are clearly favorites.

The match is Thursday night at 7 PM on FSC. Tickets are still available.

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