Khano hands Hogges away day boost
Former Major League Soccer player Khano Smith will use the upcoming Bermuda Hogges season to get match fit for the national team’s Caribbean Cup campaign.
The Boston-based Bermuda captain has handed Hogges a major boost ahead of the upcoming Premier Development League season by making himself available for the team’s away games.
Smith, who made five Hogges appearances last term, is keen to be part of their PDL campaign, which will be used as a vehicle to prepare the national team for group games in Cayman Islands in August.
Devarr Boyles, Bermuda Football Association’s director of player development, said the majority of Bermuda’s 2011 World Cup qualifying squad would be joining Smith in the Hogges squad.
Boyles also revealed that Maurice Lowe would continue as Hogges’ head coach, with Gary Darrell and Scott Morton serving as assistants.
“Khano will make himself available for the away matches,” said Boyles. “We used to have to tie people’s hands behind their back to get them to play (for the Hogges) but now we have an avalanche of players who want to play.
“Obviously we want to get to the PDL play-offs but realistically for us these are just matches for something else, primarily the Caribbean Cup.”
Hogges achieved their highest ever United Soccer League finish last summer, placing sixth in the PDL Mid Atlantic Division.
And Boyles is hopeful the team can improve on that record this season and emphasised the importance of starting the season strongly.
“Had we won our first game last season, like we should have done, against one of the top teams (Reading United) our season would have been very different,” he said.
“It took us another five games to right ourselves. “We ended up with four wins and three draws, which isn’t bad considering we couldn’t buy a result during the first half of the season
“The last nine games we started to roll a little bit.”
Hogges kick off the season with a trio of home games at BAA Field. Up first will be a match against New Jersey Rangers on Friday, May 18, followed by a visit from Brooklyn Knights two days later before facing Jersey Express on May 26.
They then embark on a road trip on June 2 when they will play four matches in seven days, against Westchester Flames, Brooklyn Knights, Long Island Rough Riders and Jersey Express.
Lowe’s side finish the campaign with three games on home soil against Long Island Rough Riders, new franchise Baltimore Bohemians and Westchester Flames.