Brent Sancho

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Brent Sancho
Personal information
Full name Brent Sancho
Date of birth (1977-03-13) 13 March 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1994–1995 Essex Community College
1996–1997 St. John's Red Storm
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Brooklyn Italians
1999 MyPa 1 (0)
1999 Tervarit
1999 Joe Public
2000 Charleston Battery 20 (1)
2001–2003 Portland Timbers 51 (1)
2002–2003 San Juan Jabloteh (loan) 20 (1)
2003–2005 Dundee 48 (2)
2005–2007 Gillingham 42 (2)
2007–2008 Millwall 0 (0)
2008 Ross County 2 (0)
2008 Atlanta Silverbacks 8 (0)
2008 North East Stars 2 (0)
2009 Rochester Rhinos 24 (1)
2010 North East Stars 5 (0)
National team
1999–2006 Trinidad and Tobago 43 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 October 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2008

Brent Sancho CM (born 13 March 1977 in Port of Spain) is a Trinidadian soccer player who currently plays for Rochester Rhinos in the USL First Division. In January 2015, he became the Minister of Sports for his home country, Trinidad and Tobago.



Sancho spent his college years playing for St. John's University in New York City, where he was part of the school's only National Championship, in 1996.


Sancho then spent most of his early career playing in the United States, before joining Dundee in the 2003/04 season.[1] A successful spell in the SPL was followed by a transfer to League One side Gillingham.

In December 2007 Sancho joined Millwall on a month's contract.[2] This was not renewed and he found himself once again without a club until signing for Scottish Football League Division Two champions Ross County, in March 2008 until the end of the 2007–08 season. Sancho went on trial with Wrexham F.C. in July 2008 but was not signed by the club.[3]

On 30 June 2008, the TTFF reported that Sancho had been training with TT Pro League team San Juan Jabloteh and Wrexham in an effort to regain a place with the national team as well as further his professional career.[4] Eventually, Sancho returned to the USA in August 2008, joining the Atlanta Silverbacks[5] and playing in eight matches in the remaining part of the season.

On 26 February 2009 the Rochester Rhinos announced the signing of Sancho to a two-year contract.[6]

In 2010, Brent Sancho was the owner/coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Professional Football League club North East Stars, before setting up his own team called Central FC.

In 2015, Brent Sancho was appointed as Minister of Sport in the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.


Sancho played in all three matches in which Trinidad and Tobago took part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, thus becoming the first former St. John's player and first current Gillingham player ever to play in a World Cup. In the third match, against Paraguay, he scored an own goal and defeat in this game confirmed Trinidad and Tobago's elimination from the tournament.

On 9 October 2006, Sancho announced his retirement from international football along with 12 others. Speaking at a press conference, Sancho said: "It's not just monetary. They have made certain contractual arrangements which they have now reneged on." This followed a dispute between the World Cup Players and the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation regarding money bonuses. The issue went to court in the United Kingdom which ruled in favour of the players. Several of the players have since returned to the national team, however Sancho has not played for T&T since the World Cup (as of June 2009).


  1. ^ "Brent Sancho transferred to Dundee FC". Portland Timbers. 7 August 2003. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Sancho to sign , Official Millwall F.C. website, Retrieved 30 June 2008.
  3. ^ Wrexham spurn Sancho after trial, BBC, Accessed 11 July 2008.
  4. ^ Sancho heads to Wrexham, Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, Retrieved 30 June 2008.
  5. ^ Atlanta Silverbacks Sign Brent Sancho; Trade for Aaron Paye
  6. ^ Rochester signs Sancho

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