MIAMI – FORMER Trinidad and Tobago defender Julius James has joined David Beckham’s Major League Soccer expansion team Inter Miami CF as an academy coach.
James, who is a founding member of the Can Bou Play Foundation, said, “I am extremely excited to join such an international brand and I know that this is a blessing from God.”
Speaking to Can Bou Play Media, he said, “Promotion cometh not from the east, nor west, but God. No good thing would He withhold from those who love God.”
Born in Maloney, James has been in the US for the past 15 years and played for a number of MLS teams including Toronto FC, DC United, Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew. He was also a member of the national Under-17 team that hosted the 2001 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
James said, “This opportunity came through a chain of events that only God could have planned and made come through. It all started way back when, when I was now leaving St Anthony’s. The same person who was instrumental in me coming to the US on scholarship back then is the same person who is the Sporting Director at Inter Miami now, that’s Paul McDonough.”
He said, “He has always been a mentor to me and I reached out to him recently to get his advice on some things as I’m transitioning more into coaching and life after playing and it just so happened that he also had this opportunity at the same time.”
According its Facebook page, “Can Bou Play Foundation is a high impact mentor and education organization that is spearheaded by Trinidad and Tobago footballers.
We believe that sport (football) is a unifying agent that can inspire greatness, mend relationships and provide opportunities for children who belong to all sectors of society.”