Samuel, 37, a Trinidad and Tobago international, played for Villa between 1998 and 2007 and then spent four years at Bolton.
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Rene Simoes caused a shock when he announced that Yorke, then at Manchester United, had been axed from the squad along with Russell Latapy.
Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron was named Major League Soccer's Newcomer of the Year as teammate Kenwyne Jones announced his retirement.
Jack Warner has called Trinidad and Tobago's historic defeat of the United States in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday the happiest day of his life.
Trinidad and Tobago beat the United States 2-1 in the team's final Hexagonal World Cup qualifier, meaning the American can't qualify for Russia 2018.
After Iceland became the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup finals, here are the five other smallest countries to grace the world stage.
The U.S. national team was met by soggy conditions for training on Monday ahead of its game against Trinidad and Tobago.
Mexico roared back from a second-half deficit to beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 in its second-to-last CONCACAF World Cup qualifier.
If the United States is going to qualify for the World Cup in October, it will have to do it at the 10,000-seat Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad.
The United States was beaten 2-0 by Costa Rica in Harrison, New Jersey, and opened the door for Honduras, while Mexico qualify for 2018 World Cup.
Costa Rica are still in second in CONCACAF qualifying after a 2-1 win against T&T, while Panama and Honduras played to a draw.
The United States turned in a strong second half to beat T and T 2-0 and move into 3rd in the Hex, while Mexico rolled Honduras to stay top.
Christian Pulisic scored twice as the United States defeated Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 in a crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
The United States will host its next World Cup qualifier at the Colorado Rapids' Dick's Sporting Goods Park, U.S. Soccer announced on Monday.
It certainly wasn't pretty, but with 10 points from four Hexagonal matches in the bag, every indication suggests Mexico is strolling to Russia 2018.
Mexico survived some nervy moments to take all three points in a 1-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.
"I'm not only a celebrity in Trinidad, but also a celebrity in Mexico, too." ESPN FC spoke with Ancil Elcock on the tackle that defined his career.
Sol Campbell says Trinidad and Tobago will have to keep Carlos Vela subdued if they are to get a result against Mexico in World Cup qualifying.
Ahead of Trinidad & Tobago's World Cup qualifier vs. Mexico, new Soca Warriors assistant Sol Campbell talks to ESPN FC about his coaching future.
Former Manchester United man Dwight Yorke said he was "made to feel like a criminal" after being prevented from travelling to the United States.
Former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell is in line to be named assistant manager of Trinidad & Tobago, sources have told ESPN FC.