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FC Dallas, Brazilians for Shaka Hislop Tribute Cup

Thursday, September 27 2007

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FRISCO: FC Dallas and Brazilian-partner Clube Atletico Paranaense will join two All-Star teams from the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League in honouring retired FCD goalkeeper and Trinidad and Tobago National team legend Shaka Hislop in the Shaka Hislop Tribute Cup.

The four-team tournament will be played as doubleheaders on Friday, November 30 and Sunday, December 2, 2007 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port- of-Spain.

Two all-star teams will be formed out of the players currently playing in the TT Pro League: the TT Pro League Local All-Stars, chosen from the best local players in the league; and the TT Pro League Foreign All-Stars, chosen from the best foreign players playing in the league. Hislop is scheduled to play part of a match with the TT Pro League local All-Stars and part of a clash with FC Dallas.

On November 30, FC Dallas will play the TT Pro League Foreign All-Stars while Atletico Paranaense meets the TT Pro league Local All-Stars. On December 2, Atletico Paranaense will face the TT Pro League Foreign All-Stars while FC Dallas plays the TT Pro League Local All-Stars.

“FC Dallas is proud to take part in honouring Shaka by participating in the Shaka Hislop Tribute Cup,” said FC Dallas General Manager Michael Hitchcock.

“Shaka brought experience, leadership, and professionalism to FC Dallas, and it will be special to see him represent our team one final time in his home country.” In September 2007, Hislop retired from professional football, ending a career that spanned 15 years playing professionally in England and the United States.

After graduating from Howard University in Washington DC in May 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Shaka was identified by Reading FC scouts during a trip to England and offered a contract.

Over the next 14 years, he went on to also play for Newcastle, Portsmouth, and West Ham, finishing his English Premier League career by playing in the FA Cup final in May 2006, in which the Hammers fell to Liverpool 3-1 on penalty kicks after tying 3-3 in regulation.

A month later, Shaka was in goal for Trinidad and Tobago's national team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, shutting out Sweden in a 0-0 draw and then keeping England off the scoreboard for 83 minutes before conceding a pair of late goals in a 2-0 loss.

Shaka joined FC Dallas shortly after the 2006 World Cup, and posted a record of 4-5-1 in 10 first team appearances before retiring due to back problems earlier this month.

Off the field, in April 2005, Hislop was recognised as the recipient of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Special Merit Award for his continued involvement with the “Show Racism The Red Card” campaign, which he helped start in 1996 as a way to keep racism away from football.

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