North East Stars have sent a stark warning to Pro League challengers, including three-time defending champions Central FC who they face on the resumption today, with 2006 FIFA World Cup midfielder Densill Theobald and 2001 FIFA U17 World Cup defender Julius James close to completing moves to east Trinidad.
James, 33, who spent almost his entire professional life across leagues in the United States including the MLS, represented Central in the latter half of last season before returning to the US with Sacramento Republic, and 35-year-old former household name of Morvant Caledonia United, Theobald, who is eager to suit up for his new club, are awaiting international transfer from USA and India respectively.
“We have added some experience with Theobald and Julius James around younger talents like Duane Muckette and others,” said North East Stars head coach Derek King, whose side are also in the process of completing the signings of W Connection midfielder Kevon Goddard and former Morvant Caledonia, San Juan Jabloteh and St.Ann’s Rangers goalkeeper Jesse Peters in the mid-season transfer window.
North East Stars will host Central for the first time at the iconic Arima Velodrome from 8pm tonight in a much anticipated rescheduled clash following a month-long break to assist the Trinidad and Tobago team preparations for recent FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers.
Also today, Point Fortin Civic, who snapped the Stars’ unbeaten run of six games on August 11 with a late 1-0 win in front of home fans in Point Fortin, will host San Juan Jabloteh from 6pm at Mahaica Oval in another of three rescheduled fixtures on the weekend inclusive of Morvant Caledonia United’s visit against MIC-IT St Ann’s Rangers from 4pm on Sunday at the St Augustine Senior Secondary Ground.
“It’s very important against Central,” King expressed. “because if we win we go on top (the standings).”