MLS pioneer Butler to be honoured by Earthquakes

first_imgNational Under-20 coach and former Reggae Boy, Altimont ‘Freddie’ Butler will tomorrow be honoured by the San Jose Earthquakes as one of the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise’s original roster members when the league kicked off 20 years ago. Butler, the first Jamaican to play in the MLS, was drafted by the San Jose Clash (later renamed Earthquakes) in February 1996 in the second round (eighteenth overall) of 250 players in the league’s Inaugural Player Draft. He was also on the team’s roster for the first ever MLS game to be played which was against DC United. Tomorrow the San Jose Earthquakes will hold a 20th Anniversary Celebration when D.C. United visits to Avaya Stadium in a recreation of MLS’ inaugural match in San Jose on April 6, 1996, just four days shy of the exact day 20 years ago. As part of the affair all the former San Jose Clash players, staff and MLS representatives that made the inaugural season possible will be honoured at half-time. “It is always a great feeling to be part of history especially being the first Jamaican to be drafted for and to play in the MLS. Being recognised as one of the pioneers is a special feeling,” said Butler who departed the island yesterday for California. Among the former players who will be honoured alongside Butler are current Chelsea technical director and former Nigeria international Michael Emenalo, US Internationals Eric Wynalda, Eddie Lewis, Paul Bravo and John Doyle. Others include Mexican international Eduardo Missael Espinoza, Jorge Rodas (Guatemala) and  Ben Iroha (Nigeria). Having been there at the start Butler now looks on with pride. “It has grown a lot. Right now it is a real big league compared to what it was then and all the signs show that it will grow even more. What I am most proud about is that it has opened the doors for a lot of Jamaicans and the performance of most of them means that we can become a major supplier of talent for the League,” said Butler, who was drafted out of the University of Southern New Hampshire. Even with that success though, the Port Royal native who distinguished himself as a schoolboy at Dunoon Technical High and at Harbour View before venturing overseas, said there is still more for Jamaicans to do in the MLS. “We have to change our outlook, training attitudes and approach. We are too laid back and that is one of the reasons for the most part why some of us do not stay too long there. Our thinking has to get to the level where we treat the sport as a job. We have to prepare our youngsters to know that this (football) is a job just like those you get dressed up in your suits for,” the man, who shares coaching responsibility for the country under-20 Boyz with his former Reggae Boy teammate Ricardo Gardner, said.last_img read more


first_imgRed Hughs Notes 14/04/2013Lotto & 100+ ClubThere was no jackpot winning sequence in this weeks Lotto draw but Richard Hume, Ard McCool and Joe Marley matched 3 numbers to win €25 each. Numbers drawn were 4,1,7,3,6,2,8,5. Next weeks Lotto jackpot is €2,150. The Lotto sellers in the coming weeks are: 20th April – Joe Carlin, 27th April – Eamonn Kelly, 4th May – Maurice O’Donnell and 11th May – Ollie Doherty. The winner of the 100+ Club draw this week was Conor Callaghan who wins €100. Thanks to all for their continued support of the weekly Lotto & 100+ Club.Seniors & Reserves The league season continued for both teams on Saturday away to Fanad Gaels. The reserves had a tough evening missing a few regulars and the game was very close in the first half but they had a bad start to the second period and never recovered. Final score: Red Hughs 0-8 Fanad 3-14. The seniors also had a tough game against a strong Fanad outfit but they played some good football and despite defeat there were plenty of positives to take into the next game. Final score: Fanad 1-11 Red Hughs 1-8.Both teams are fixed to play Carndonagh at home this Saturday 20th April with the senior at 7.00pm and reserve at 5.45pm. All come out and support the teams.Senior LadiesThe senior ladies played Carndonagh at home on Sunday and were beaten by a strong Carn side. There was a large turnout of girls for this game which is encouraging for the rest of the season. Their next game is this Sunday 21st April away to Buncrana at 12.00 Noon.Minor BoardU14 boys are fixed to play Muff at home this Wednesday 17th April at 7.00pm.The minors made the long journey to play Carndonagh on Friday last and were defeated for the first time this season. But they are still well in contention for league honours. Final score: Carndonagh 2-6 Red Hughs 0-5. Their next fixture is away to Moville next Tuesday 23rd April at 7.00pm. Underage training continues this Saturday from 11.00-12.00 noon for all boys and girls from U6 to U12/13. The U12/13 girls training continues on Saturday from 11.00-12.00 noon. All new players are welcome. Players are now required to wear gumshields at all training sessions and games.U14 girls training takes place at the pitch on Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. All girls are asked to attend. Players born from January 1999 to form panel. All new players welcome. Girls to bring their own waterbottle/mouthguard/gloves. Contact Kate Bradley (086) 3421602 or Cathal Doherty (086) 3038286.Back of the Wall 5K ChallengeThis years ‘Back of the Wall Challenge’ 5k walk/run takes place this Sunday 21st April at 11.00am. Entry can be made on the day between 9.30 and 10.30am. €5 per adult/€3 per child. All are welcome. Check the Red Hughs Facebook page for more details and for training schedule. Johnny Brady ConcertCountry music star Johnny Brady will play live in Jackson Hotel on Friday 17th May in aid of Red Hughs GAA. Tickets are currently on sale priced at €15. All supporters and club members are encouraged to support this event.Circuit TrainingCircuit training classes take place in the clubhouse on Mondays and Thursdays. Classes are open to men and women of all fitness levels and are a great chance to meet your fitness goals giving a total body workout. Ladies only classes take place on Mondays at 6.00pm and 6.30pm on Thursdays. A mixed class for beginners to advanced takes place on Mondays at 7.00pm and Thursdays at 6.30pm. Classes are open to all within or outside the Red Hughs club. Contact Troy McCormick (087) 7501680 or Calvin Bradley (086) 2424248 for more details.Gaelic Life ArticleThere will be a feature article on Red Hughs in this weeks ‘Gaelic Life’ newspaper which will be out at the end of this week.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RED HUGHS CLUB NOTESlast_img read more