A Word with Daryl Ferguson
Defender talks about his international experience with Barbados
Daryl Ferguson recently returned to Real Maryland after missing three matches while on international duty with Barbados.
Ferguson played the full 90 minutes in the first leg of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying against the USA in Carson, California. He was an unused sub in the return leg in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Despite losing 9-0 on aggregate to the US, Ferguson is grateful for the opportunity of a lifetime. “It was an amazing experience,” the center-back said as a huge smile beamed across his face.
“The pace of the game really opened my eyes to what I have to work on in order to get to the next level.”
Despite playing on the biggest stage and in front of 11,476 fans at the Home Depot Center, Ferguson was not overwhelmed. “I wasn’t nervous,” he said. “I was excited to play in that kind of atmosphere.”
The center back also received good reviews from his Real Maryland teammates. “He played real well,” fellow defender Philippe Bissohong said of his teammate’s performance.
Ferguson was unlucky to concede an own goal in the 86th minute, but Bissohong is adamant that “the ball was already going in. He was just unlucky to get the final touch on it.”
With one cap for Barbados under his belt, Ferguson hopes that this is just the beginning of his international career. “Hopefully I’ll get called up in September for the Digicel [Caribbean] Cup,” Ferguson says as he looks toward the future.
A continuation of good form for Real Maryland means that it will be difficult for the Barbados Football Association to ignore him come the fall.
***Read about Barbados's first match with the US: CLICK HERE
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