Sports — 20 May 2017
Belize internationals

Deon McCaulay and Woodrow West, making strides

BELIZE CITY, Wed. May 17, 2017–While the Premier League of Belize (PLB) has just crowned the champion of its 2016-2017 Closing Season, 3-peat champion Belmopan Bandits SC, two Belizean players abroad, all-time goal leader Deon McCaulay and goalkeeper Woodrow West are also making strides in their respective competitions.

In the Honduran professional league, Woodrow West’s club, Honduras Progresso FC just clinched a spot in the 2017 Honduras Closing Season finals on Saturday, May 13, when they drew 2-2 in the second leg of their semifinals against perennial powerhouse Olimpia, after beating Olimpia 4-2 in the first leg. Honduras Progresso will now face defending Honduran champion Motagua in a home-and-away championship finals, beginning this Sunday, May 21.

Meanwhile, in his first outing this season with the Atlanta Silverbacks, Deon McCaulay scored 2 goals, to help his team register its first season win, 4-1, over SC United Bantams on May 10. Without Deon, the Silverbacks had lost their season opener, 2-1, on May 7 to Birmingham Hammers.

The Silverbacks web site atlantasilverbacksfc.com reported:
“After a tough loss against the Birmingham Hammers, Silverbacks bounced back and defeated SC United Bantams in their first round of the U.S Open Cup. Two of their key players, Alex Harley and Deon McCaulay were cleared from U.S. soccer clearance….

“Silverbacks forward Deon McCaulay scored a goal in the 19th minute giving his team a 2-0 lead… In the 57th minute, McCaulay scored his second goal of the evening making the score 3-0…”

Deon’s impressive return to action with the Silverbacks prompted the CONCACAF web site to feature a lengthy interview with the Belizean star in its Sunday, May 14, edition, titled: “CONCACAF Q&A: Deon McCaulay (Atlanta Silverbacks & Belize).” The introductory paragraph to the article reads:

“Belize international Deon McCaulay is a clinical finisher. In March, the 29-year-old forward returned for his second spell with the USA’s Atlanta Silverbacks after spending two years in his native country with Verdes. McCaulay is best known for being the joint-top scorer in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup along with Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie of the Netherlands – all on 11 goals. In addition to that feat, he is the only Belizean to score at least one goal in four different editions of the Copa Centroamericana. He took some time to speak to CONCACAF.com about his career…”

The entire article/interview can be viewed on concacaf.com, in the “news” section.

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