United States Virgin Islands national soccer team

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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 stadiumLionel Roberts Park
FIFA codeVIR
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 199 Increase 1 (June 14, 2019)[2]
Highest149 (July 2011)
Lowest202 (February 2008, November 2018 – February 2019)
Elo ranking
Current 214 Increase 2 (July 20, 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)

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.

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, but the team does not have a national stadium for soccer in which to play.[4]

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.[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 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.[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]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to France 1998 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 14
Germany 2006 2 0 0 2 0 11
South Africa 2010 1 0 0 1 0 10
Brazil 2014 8 2 0 6 6 41
Russia 2018 2 1 0 1 1 4
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 15 3 0 12 8 70

Gold Cup record[edit]

Caribbean Cup record[edit]

Lionel Roberts Park has typically been used as the USVI home stadium.

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the CONCACAF Nations League vs  Anguilla

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
23 1GK Benny Labadie (1977-09-01) September 1, 1977 (age 41) 2 0 United States Virgin Islands Rovers
1 1GK Lionel Brown (1987-09-17) September 17, 1987 (age 31) 1 0 United States Miami FC

6 2DF Karson Kendall (2000-04-01) April 1, 2000 (age 19) 2 0 United States Sporting KC
3 2DF Derrick Smith (1991-09-26) September 26, 1991 (age 27) 13 0
2 2DF Jacob Borden (1989-12-10) December 10, 1989 (age 29)[8] 5 0 United States Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats
13 2DF Carlos Labrada (1985-12-29) December 29, 1985 (age 33) 5 0 United States NTX Rayados
4 2DF Kassall Greene (1985-09-08) September 8, 1985 (age 33) 5 0 Saint Kitts and Nevis Cayon Rockets
12 2DF Raejae Joseph (1997-08-09) August 9, 1997 (age 21) 1 0 United States Rider Broncs
15 2DF Nakeeme Julian (1999-04-10) April 10, 1999 (age 20) 1 0 United States Virgin Islands Helenites SC

3 3MF Tyler Humphrey (1991-07-13) July 13, 1991 (age 28) 2 0
14 3MF Dusty Good (1987-03-30) March 30, 1987 (age 32)[9] 9 0 United States Virgin Islands New Vibes
5 3MF MacDonald Taylor Jr. (1992-03-22) March 22, 1992 (age 27) 9 1
6 3MF Jerry Saintil (1999-05-15) May 15, 1999 (age 20) 2 0 United States Virgin Islands Raymix
2 3MF Jett Blaschka (1999-09-16) September 16, 1999 (age 19) 3 0 United States Marquette University
7 3MF Tnoy Andrew (1992-11-07) November 7, 1992 (age 26) 9 0 Antigua and Barbuda Swetes
15 3MF Zahmyre Harris (1998-10-14) October 14, 1998 (age 20) 1 0
15 3MF Avier Christian (1996-01-16) January 16, 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Antigua and Barbuda Liberta FC

9 4FW Adam Fuller (1990-12-29) December 29, 1990 (age 28)[10] 12 0 United States Virgin Islands UWS Upsetters
17 4FW Bryce Pierre (1985-01-03) January 3, 1985 (age 34) 8 2
16 4FW Lorne Maxime (1992-09-16) September 16, 1992 (age 26)[11] 5 0
18 4FW Asanti Herring (1997-09-12) September 12, 1997 (age 21) 4 1 Germany FC Stein
8 4FW Aaron Dennis (1993-02-24) February 24, 1993 (age 26) 3 1 United States NY Cosmos
10 4FW J. C. Mack (captain) (1988-08-10) August 10, 1988 (age 30) 4 1 Iceland Víkingur Reykjavík
11 4FW Rakeem Joseph (2000-05-23) May 23, 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Antigua and Barbuda Empire FC
19 4FW Ramesses McGuinness (2000-01-06) January 6, 2000 (age 19) 0 0

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 France Versailles 78 vs.  Canada, September 9, 2018

DF Dewayne Dyer (1989-09-13) September 13, 1989 (age 29) 7 0 United States Atlanta Silverbacks vs.  Canada, September 9, 2018
DF John Engerman (2000-10-25) October 25, 2000 (age 18) 1 0 United States Darlington Tigers vs.  Canada, September 9, 2018
DF Devaunte Moses (1999-11-02) November 2, 1999 (age 19) 0 0 United States Sandalwood Saints vs.  Canada, September 9, 2018

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

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

Results and fixtures[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Technical Directors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Association Information". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. July 20, 2019. Retrieved July 20, 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. ^ http://static.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=385559/index.html
  9. ^ http://static.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=349929/index.html
  10. ^ http://static.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=345503/index.html
  11. ^ http://static.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=385561/index.html
  12. ^ "Helenites are USVI Soccer Champions". virginislandsnewsonline.com. Virgin Islands News Online. February 28, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.

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