Trinidad and Tobago Under 16 team madetheir debut at the prestigious Dallas Cup on Monday when they kicked off with a 2-0 defeat to defending champions Chicago Magic at the Pizza Hut Park Field.
Under the guidance of technical director Lincoln Phillips and head coach Ken Elie and manager Christopher Gouveia, the team arrived in Dallas on the weekend and to take up action in Group G with Chicago Magic, Crossfire Premier and Brentwood Excel United.
The Squad selected includes TTFF 2005 Young player of the year Jessie Fullerton as well as other former national under 15 team members like Sean de Silva, Chad De Freitas and Stephen Knox
Phillips described the tournament as a worthy experience for the young T&T footballers. "It's definitely the kind of exposure that the players of this age group need now. We may have lost our first game but I can assure you that there was a lot to take out of it by boys who are eager to learn and develop," Phillips told TTFF Media. "The TTFF needs to be credited for taking up this venture and we can only grow from this."
Former great Sir Bobby Charlton of Manchester United and England fame is the Â guest of honor at this year's Dallas Cup tournament as he accompanies his Manchester United Under-19 team.
"It's like a mini Olympics. We saw the opening game between Manchester United and Real Madrid which United won 3-2 and we experienced a great display of football."
Against T&T, Chicago scored two second half goals but goalie Fullerton came up big on two occasions and there were promising performances from defender Sheldon Bateau and striker Stephen Knox.
"The team played the ball backwards far too often in the game and must be work on going forward and the players had good ball control," he added.
T&T Dallas Cup Squad
Jesse Fullerton, Matthew Jardim, Elton John, Robert Primus, Sheldon Bateau, Ryan O'Neil, Brendon Barbosa. Leston Paul, Sean De Silva, Stephan Chang, Chad De Freitas, Jean Luc Rochford, Stephen Knox, Daniel Joseph, Franz Husbands, Daneil Cyrus, Micah Lewis and Brandon Rupert.