Clennon home after failing to land contract
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Waterhouse Football Club's senior team captain, Andre Clennon, returned home late last month after an unsuccessful attempt of getting a contract with Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit Portland Timbers in the United States.
Clennon, who visited the Portland Timbers, based in Oregon, in mid-February could not cope with the cold weather and was forced to return home.
"The weather played a major part in me coming home. I could not cope with the weather," the 23-year-old Clennon told The Gleaner yesterday.
However, Clennon also disclosed that all is not lost for him at Portland Timbers as new coach Calenb Porter told him that he could return during the summer.
"I could return during the summer, as coach Porter wants to take a look at me," Clennon said.
Clennon spent half a season with Lam Dong in the Vietnam First Division in 2012, but is not looking at Asia again. His agent Moziah Marshall is hoping to get him into the MLS and eventually land a contract in Europe.
Portland Timbers, the club of Jamaica's men's senior team football captain Donovan Ricketts and striker Ryan Johnson, battled to a 3-3 draw against New York Red Bull in the MLS season opener on Sunday.
Although home, Clennon is not playing in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) because of a knee injury. He is eyeing a return to the league when his team face. Arnett Gardens on March 17 at the Waterhouse Stadium.
With Waterhouse way off RSPL leaders Harbour View FC, Clennon is eyeing second spot."We will try to finish in second for an automatic spot in the Caribbean Club Championships," he said.
Clennon is a former teammate of Vancouver Whitecaps player Darren Mattocks. Both played at Bridgeport High School where they won the Manning Cup schoolboy football competition in 2006. Clennon has also represented Jamaica at the junior and senior levels.