It may not be a happy occasion to be featured, but Falmouth News has to highlight our sons and daughters when they excel. Winning the game is one, but making the Reggae Boyz team playing against Argentina, one of the top teams in the world and against Messi, the best player in the world, is an achievement in itself.
Of course, the Reggae Boyz put up a creditable showing, losing by 1-0. Many were expecting a larger margin.
Lance Laing is a former William Knibb Memorial High School DaCosta Cup player that showed tremendous potential while at high school. I watched him a few times take my Alma Mater single-handedly on his back to defeat more talented teams. His lethal left foot and change of pace was too much for the guys his age. At school, the Kinloss born Laing, was given the nickname: “Double Dog.”
After William Knibb, Laing played for Holland United, Village and Harbour View before leaving for the USA in 2011. He joined current team FC Edmonton in November 2012, where he has had tremendous success. Take a look at some of his achievements at Edmonton :
Laing was named FC Edmonton’s MVP by supporter group ESG in 2013. In 2014, following a mid-season move from fullback to midfield, Laing led the Eddies in goals and assists. He was twice named NASL Player of the Week including after scoring an ‘Olimpico’ goal in a 2-0 victory over Ottawa Fury FC. As a result of his fine season, Laing was awarded a contract extension and named MVP by ESG for a second straight year. He was also named to the NASL’s Best XI, as voted on by each of the league’s 10 head coaches, for the second time in his career.
We wish “Double Dog’ all the best in his future endeavors on and off the pitch and that he will continue to make Trelawny and Jamaica proud.