WATERHOUSE FC will put a glorious chance on the line to continue in the CONCACAF Champions League when they engage DC United in an extremely delicate return clash in a vital Group Four clincher at the National Stadium tonight at 7:00 pm.
A good win in this game would put Waterhouse on the fast track to the next round, as they would move to nine points having won three of four matches. DC, who handed Waterhouse their only loss in their home game in Washington on August 20, will remain on three points with another two games to be played against Tauro of Panama, who are pointless after their two failed attempts against Waterhouse at home and away.
Each club will play four matches, with the top finisher advancing to the quarter-finals early next year.
Despite winning at home, DC United will approach this game better prepared, and according to reports, have made serious attempts to strengthen their defence that showed glaring weaknesses on which Waterhouse failed to capitalise even though falling behind to an early Eddie Johnson goal.
Waterhouse coach Anthony Patrick told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that it was"very important for Waterhouse to win the final game in the preliminary round".
"It is not only (important) to the players, coaches, management team and sponsors of the club, but to Jamaican football as a whole," he said.
"We have been putting in some decent training hours and a number of players, including Romario Campbell, Kenardo Forbes, Evan Taylor, just to mention a few, have all stepped up their work rate.
"I must mention here the approach of Romario Campbell to his training. He has taken a serious turn-around in getting fit and that has inspired other members of the team to do so as well," Patrick said.
Leading goalscorer Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson is expected to lead the Waterhouse attack, with Vincent Earle, Forbes, Campbell to supply the passes from midfield, while Taylor, Hughan Gray, Nicholy Finlayson, skipper Damarley Samuels and Oshane Roberts will do rear guard duty.