March 3, 2005

Hooper joins Toronto Lynx

Former Canadian soccer player Lyndon Hooper has been appointed an assistant coach with the Toronto Lynx Soccer Club.

One of the most capped players in national team history with 66 between 1986 and 1998, Hooper ended his professional career with the Lynx in 2001. In the past four years, he has served as a sports consultant with the Toronto Sports Council and earned his Level "B" coaching licence while working with the Under-17 provincial team.

Hooper's appointment comes just three weeks after Herbert Busby Jr. was named the Lynx's new head coach.

"Lyndon brings a great deal of experience with him to the organization," said Busby. "He is one of Canada's most decorated and respected players and will be instrumental in helping to develop the young players on the club."

The Guyanese-born Hooper moved to Ottawa at age 11 and played youth soccer with the Nepean Hotspurs. After turning pro in 1978 with the Ottawa Trepid of the Canadian Soccer League (CSL), Hooper enjoyed a standout career, including stints with the Montreal Supra and Toronto Blizzard of the CSL and England's Birmingham City before completing his career with the Montreal Impact, the Hampton Road Mariners and the Lynx of the United States League's Division One.

Hooper, brother of veteran female national player Charmaine Hooper, graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1990 with a degree in Physical Education.

In other soccer news, Jamaica clinched its first regional title in seven years, defeating Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados in the Digicel tournament in Barbados.

Jamaica along with T & T and Cuba will represent the Caribbean in the 2005 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Associations of Soccer Gold Cup tournament in the USA from July 6 to 24.

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