29 May 2016

UPDATE: SANTA ROSA RETIRES JOVAN ROCHFORD’S NUMBER

FC Santa Rosa has retired the number 13 from its Super League team list with immediate effect. This is the number worn by captain Jovan Rochord with distinction over very many years.  Jovan announced his retirement to the Big Cannons only days ago.

Jovan joined FC Santa Rosa (when the club was still called Santa Rosa Soccer School) as an eleven-year old in 1998. In his eighteen years with Santa Rosa he captained the club at every level from Under-14 to Super League, winning many titles in the process. As a youth captain he led the club on two international tours, to Curacao in 2003, and to Suriname in 2004, where Santa Rosa beat the Surinamese Under-17 champion 2:0 and lost 2:1 to the national Under-20 team of French Guyana.

Jovan attended and represented both Queen’s Royal College and Arima Senior Comprehensive School in Inter Col. He left the club to attend Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, USA, in 2005 moving on to Newberry College in South Carolina, USA, in 2007. At Newberry he was voted both “Rookie of the Year” and “Defensive Player of the Year” in 2007-2008.

Jovan returned to Trinidad and played with Joe Public FC since Santa Rosa did not then have a men’s team. When the Big Cannons were formed in 2010 Jovan immediately returned to the club and resumed his captain’s role.

Jovan’s on-field leadership will be missed but he will continue to play a role with the Big Cannons, attending training sessions and matches as an advisor and mentor. This will lead to a position in the club’s coaching staff.

FC Santa Rosa heartily thanks Jovan for his years as a player and captain with the club and very much anticipates his transition into a coaching role.

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