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Former TT Defender Joins Beckham’s Inter Miami as a Coach

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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.”

 

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