St. Croix native Raejae Joseph has been invited to Major League Soccer’s 2018 Caribbean Combine, being held in Kingston, Jamaica, beginning Monday and running through Oct. 18.
Joseph, a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior men’s national team, is currently a senior midfielder with Rider University’s men’s soccer team, an NCAA Division I program in Lawrenceville, N.J.
The MLS Caribbean Combine is for players ages 18-21 from Caribbean nations, and was started by Major League Soccer and the Caribbean Football Union in 2013.
Under observations from MLS team scouts and officials, the top players at the Caribbean Combine can earn an invitation to the MLS Combine, an invitation-only showcase held before the annual MLS Super Draft.
Joseph is a graduate of St. Croix Educational Complex High School, and also plays for St. Croix’s Helenites Football Club in the U.S. Virgin Islands Soccer Association’s men’s league.
USVI to face Curaçao in Nations League match
The U.S. Virgin Islands’ senior men’s national soccer team will take on Curaçao today in Bradenton, Fla., in its second match of the CONCACAF Nations League series.
The match will begin at 5 p.m. at the IMG Academy soccer stadium.
The USVI enters today’s match 0-1 after losing its opener to Canada 8-0 on Sept. 9 in Bradenton, Fla.
Meanwhile, Curaçao is 1-0 after shutting out Haiti 10-0 on Sept. 10.
The U.S. Virgin Islands has two matches remaining after today, against Barbados on Nov. 18, and March 22, 2019, against Anguilla.
Youth chess tournament set for Charlotte Amalie High
The first youth chess tournament of the 2018-2019 school year will be held Oct. 20 at Charlotte Amalie High School on St. Thomas.
The four-round tournament will award prizes to the top three finishers in three age-group divisions: age 9-under, age 12-under and age 13-over.
Each round is expected to last no more than an hour.
Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. at Charlotte Amalie High, with the first match beginning at 8 a.m.
The tournament is being sponsored by St. Thomas-St. John Youth Scholastic Chess and St. Thomas Rotary II.
There is no entry fee to play in the tournament, and lunch will be on sale.
For more information, call 340-514-7054.
St. Croix Futsal league signups set for Oct. 20
ST. CROIX — The St. Croix youth and adult futsal leagues will resume play next month after a one-year break due to the damage from hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Registration and a kickaround will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Caribbean Centers for Boys and Girls of the Virgin Islands (formerly called the Boys and Girls Club) in Frederiksted.
Leagues will be formed for boys and girls in under-13 and under-17 divisions, and for men and women.
The registration fee is $75 per player, which includes the full uniform kit (jersey, shorts and socks), and insurance coverage.
For more information or to obtain a registration form, call 340-277-1159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Fry tryouts being held at Boschulte Middle School
ST. THOMAS — The St. Thomas Jaguars Small Fry Organization will be holding tryouts beginning in late October.
The tryouts will be held from Oct. 20 to Dec. 15 at Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School’s Audie Henneman Gymnasium every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. The time is subject to change.
The age range for players is 10 to 13. Players who have not attained the age of 13 prior to Sept. 1 of the calendar year preceding tournament play and do not exceed 5 feet, 1 inches will be eligible to participate.
For more information, call 340-513-8740.
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