ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Premier Division title hopefuls, Special Security Services All Saints United, could be faced with having to contend the remainder of the 2012/13 imobile Premier Division title without one of their ace players – national midfielder Quinton Griffith.
The player, touted as one of the country’s best, has been invited to a nine-day tryout with the New England Revolution, a first division professional team in the United States’ Major League Soccer (MLS).
According to the “letter of invitation” the training period dates will run from January 21 to 30.
New England Revolution have also agreed to incur cost for travel to include air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations and meals during Griffith’s training period.
It had been rumoured that Griffith was one of five players earmarked to play professionally in the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League but had opted out of travelling to the Caribbean country.
Last week, four other players – Akeem “Leppy” Thomas of Parham, Elvis “Chung” Thomas of LIME Old Road, Peter “Big Pete” Byers of Sugar Ridge SAP and Troy Dublin of Education for Advancement Bassa – left the island to take up professional contracts in T&T.
Griffith’s opportunity was, however, organised by Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) and has reportedly been in the works since the country’s failed 2014 World Cup bid.
The utility player has scored five times in 13 matches to date in the country’s top division, while United occupy the number four position in the 10-team standings. United have won eight and lost five of their matches.
ABFA is expected to host a press conference on Tuesday to officially announce Griffith’s pending travels.