HARRISON, N.J. – Former Thomas College men's soccer standouts Willie Clemons and Tre Ming represented their home country of Bermuda, competing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup this past week. Clemons and Ming aided the Bermudians to their first Gold Cup victory in the country's first appearance in the tournament. After dropping a pair of 2-1 losses to Costa Rica and Haiti in the first two games of the group stage, Bermuda secured a third-place group finish with a 2-0 victory over Nicaragua on Monday night.
Clemons started all three matches as a midfielder for Bermuda. After a quiet opening game against Haiti, Clemons settled in for strong performances in the final two matches. On Thursday against Costa Rica, Clemons set up the game's first scoring opportunity, releasing teammate Nahki Wells who missed a weak shot wide. He nearly gave Bermuda the lead later in the first when a heavy left-footed shot ended just wide of the open net. Clemons almost found the back of the net again in Monday's match, ringing the post in the opening minutes against Nicaragua.
Ming appeared in Bermuda's second game, coming off the bench as a substitute for Clemons in the 72nd minute against Costa Rica.
"We are very proud of Willie and Tre for their performances in the Gold Cup," said Thomas Head Men's Soccer Coach Chris Parsons. "They left it all on the field and represented both their country and Thomas College with heart, passion and grit. Congratulations to them both on making history."