United States Virgin Islands national soccer team

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U.S. Virgin Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Dashing Eagle
Association USVI Soccer Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Leonard Appleton
Top scorer Kevin Sheppard (2)
Reid Klopp (2)
Home stadium Lionel Roberts Park
FIFA code VIR
FIFA ranking 191 Decrease 1 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 149 (July 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking 202 (February 2008)
Elo ranking 218
Highest Elo ranking 213 (10 July 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking 218 (July 2014)
First colours
Second colours
First international
United States Virgin Islands USVI 1–0 British Virgin Isls. 
(U.S. Virgin Islands; 21 March 1998)
Biggest win
United States Virgin Islands USVI 2–0 British Virgin Isls. 
(U.S. Virgin Islands; 3 July 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Saint Lucia 14–1 U.S. Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 14 April 2001)

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

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 21 March 1998 in a victory against the British Virgin Islands.[1] In May of 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 football 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, despite the fact that the islands have never produced a professional player, soccer is the third most popular sport on the islands, and the team does not have a national stadium for soccer in which to play.[1]

Stadium[edit]

The team does not have a national stadium. They must 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.[1] In the past, the team has played at Paul E. Joseph Stadium in St. Croix.[2] However, in February of 2012, it was announced that the stadium is 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.[3]

World Cup record[edit]

Gold Cup record[edit]

U.S Virgin Islands International Record[edit]

Played Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD
37 3 6 28 19 189 −170

List of wins[edit]

# Date Opponent Score Competition
1 21/03/1998 British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands 1–0 friendly
2 03/07/2011 British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 10/07/2011 British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

List of draws[edit]

# Date Opponent Score Competition
1 26/02/1999 Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos 2–2 1999 Caribbean Cup Qualification
2 28/02/1999 The Bahamas Bahamas 0–0 1999 Caribbean Cup Qualification
3 28/11/2004 Collectivity of Saint Martin Saint Martin 0–0 2005 Caribbean Cup Qualification
4 14/03/2008 British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands 0–0 friendly
5 15/03/2008 British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands 1–1 friendly
6 19/06/2011 Anguilla Anguilla 0–0 friendly

Most recent fixtures[edit]

Date Tournament Location Opponent Score Scorers
22 June 2011
Friendly
Anguilla Anguilla Anguilla Anguilla
0–0
3 July 2011
World Cup Qualification
United States Virgin Islands U.S Virgin Islands  British Virgin Islands
2–0
Alderman Lesmond Goal 6'
Reid Klopp Goal 52'
10 July 2011
World Cup Qualification
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands  British Virgin Islands
2–1
Dwayne Thomas Goal 1'
Reid Klopp Goal 90+3'
2 September 2011
World Cup Qualification
Haiti Haiti  Haiti
0–6
6 September 2011
World Cup Qualification
United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands  Antigua and Barbuda
1–8
Jamie Browne Goal 49'
7 October 2011
World Cup Qualification
United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands  Haiti
0–7
11 October 2011
World Cup Qualification
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua & Barbuda  Antigua and Barbuda
0–10
11 November 2011
World Cup Qualification
United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands  Curaçao
0–3
15 November 2011
World Cup Qualification
Curaçao Curaçao  Curaçao
1–6
Keithroy Cornelius Goal 50'
Key

      Win       Draw       Loss

Current Squad[edit]

Squad called for 2014 Caribbean Cup qualification games. Caps correct as of 1 June 2014

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Carlos Claxton (1990-12-13) 13 December 1990 (age 23) 2 0 British Virgin Islands VG Ball Stars
1GK Jonas Verhoff (1981-06-07) 7 June 1981 (age 33) 0 0 United States Virgin Islands
1GK Denny Smith 2 0 United States Virgin Islands UVI
2DF Ayinde Augustus (1988-12-27) 27 December 1988 (age 25) 12 1 United States Orlando City U-23
2DF Alberto Van Gurp (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 24) 10 0 United States Virginia Tech Hokies
2DF Derrick Smith (1991-09-26) 26 September 1991 (age 22) 10 0 United States Pittsburgh Panthers
2DF Andre Christof Thomas (1988-10-28) 28 October 1988 (age 25) 2 0 United States Virgin Islands Prankton FC
2DF Kimani George (1989-12-12) 12 December 1989 (age 24) 5 0
3MF Junior Laurencin (1985-03-05) 5 March 1985 (age 29) 7 0 United States Virgin Islands Positive Vibes
3MF Dusty Good (1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 (age 27) 3 0
3MF Alex Washington (1995-05-02) 2 May 1995 (age 19) 2 0
3MF Jamie Browne (1989-07-03) 3 July 1989 (age 25) 4 1 United States Virgin Islands
3MF Peter Phillippe Jr 2 0
3MF Rigoberto Miga 1 0
3MF MacDonald Taylor, Jr. (1992-03-22) 22 March 1992 (age 22) 5 1 United States Seton Hill Griffins
3MF Fabian Felix 1 0 United States Virgin Islands
20 4FW Adam Fuller (1990-12-29) 29 December 1990 (age 23) 4 0
4FW Vivian Florent 2 0 United States Virgin Islands Raymix
4FW Terrence Jones Jr (1991-10-08) 8 October 1991 (age 22) 1 0 United States Virgin Islands

Past Squad[edit]

Squad called for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification games.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
18 1GK Terrence Jones (1968-04-13) 13 April 1968 (age 46) 22 0
1 1GK Dillon Pieffer (1982-05-10) 10 May 1982 (age 32) 6 0 United States Virgin Islands Helenites
6 2DF Jamal Shuman (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 22) 8 0
23 2DF Joseph Limeburner (1976-01-02) 2 January 1976 (age 38) 3 0 United States Virgin Islands La Raza
12 2DF Steven Augustin (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 (age 23) 2 0 United States Virgin Islands Helenites
3MF Julian Cordova (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 23) 5 0 United States Virgin Islands Positive Vibes
14 3MF Reid Klopp (c)[4] (1984-06-02) 2 June 1984 (age 30) 5 2 United States Virgin Islands Free Will Baptist
16 3MF Kai Schuster (1990-01-18) 18 January 1990 (age 24) 2 0
21 3MF Chad Walter (1974-06-25) 25 June 1974 (age 40) 5 0 United States Virgin Islands Rovers FC
3 3MF Wilbert Pierre (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 22) 1 0 United States Virgin Islands Rovers FC
4 3MF Wilmer Arellano (1991-03-22) 22 March 1991 (age 23) 4 1 United States Seton Hill Griffins
5 3MF Dwayne Thomas (1984-04-22) 22 April 1984 (age 30) 12 1 United States Virgin Islands Skills FC
9 4FW Jude Forges Kearra (1994-11-27) 27 November 1994 (age 19) 6 1 United States Virgin Islands New Vibes
8 4FW Dereck Villafana (1983-07-09) 9 July 1983 (age 31) 4 0 United States Virgin Islands Rovers FC
28 4FW Alderman Lesmond (1978-07-07) 7 July 1978 (age 36) 3 1 United States Virgin Islands Helenites
11 4FW Bryan Melendez (1987-05-21) 21 May 1987 (age 27) 0 0
15 4FW Michael Beharry (1992-12-15) 15 December 1992 (age 21) 4 0 United States Virgin Islands Rovers FC
17 4FW Alexander Nissman (1990-01-15) 15 January 1990 (age 24) 5 0 United States Virgin Islands Rovers FC

Coaches[edit]

Technical Directors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "US Virgin Islanders find a foothold". Fifa.com. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Davis, Dave. "V.I. Men’s Soccer Team Trounced in World Cup Qualifier". St. Thomas Source. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Shatwell, Justin. "Plans Unveiled for Frederiksted Sports Complex". stcroixsource.com. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Montague, James. "The other U.S. national soccer team". CNN. Retrieved 21 February 2012.