T&T wins final training match in Cali
Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 20 Men’s Team will arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica on Wednesday afternoon (tomorrow) ahead of their opening match of the CONCACAF Under 20 Championship against Bermuda on Sunday at the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium.
T&T completed their training camp in Cali, Colombia on a winning note on Monday as a 25th minute goal by Noah Powder was enough for a 1-0 victory over Cardoso FC’s under 20 team in the closing training match.
The victory was the team’s second of the five-match schedule, following a 2-0 win over Club America U-20s on the weekend. T&T drew two and lost one of the other three matches.
The team will be joined in Costa Rica by head of delegation Wayne Cunningham, team doctor Dave Delandro and goalkeeper coach Clayton Ince. The former Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper replaces Ross Russell who returns to T&T to join the Men’s Senior Team staff for an upcoming training camp. Also flying into Costa Rica is Belgium-based forward Nicholas Dillon.
Head Coach Brian Williams summed up the training camp, saying he was pleased to see the team gathering momentum with victories in their closing two games.
“Generally it was a period well spent over in Cali as we were able to put the players through a proper programme in the lead up to the tournament in Costa Rica. We had the opportunity to play five training games that were necessary for us and it was pleasing to see the way the team was able to gather momentum and begin to look like a cohesive unit in the final two games, both of which we were able to get victories,” Williams told TTFA Media.
“At this point in time I can say we were able to get the team up to a satisfactory level during the period in Cali. The players remained focused throughout the camp, the facilities were of a good standard and we were able to concentrate on football throughout,” he added.
“Once we are in Costa Rica, the approach changes as now we will focus all our energies on match day which is when we face Bermuda (February 19th) in our opening fixture. We have gathered the necessary information on the opponents and along with my coaching staff, we will plan for the matches ahead and ensure that our players are ready for the challenges we will face in Costa Rica,” Williams added.
T&T 20-man Roster
Montel Joseph (Boreham Wood F.C./ENG), Denzil Smith (Shiva Boys College/TRI).
Simeon Bailey (Barataria South Secondary School/TRI), Kori Cupid (W Connection/TRI), Isaiah Garcia (W Connection FC/TRI), Taryk Sampson (Ma Pau Stars/TRI), Shane Sandy (Ma Pau Stars/TRI).
Morgan Bruce-de-Rouche (Queens Park Rangers F.C./ENG), Micah Lansiquot (St. Ann’s Rangers/TRI), Stephon Marcano (Fatima College/TRI), Kierron Mason (Marabella Crisis Centre/TRI), Jabari Mitchell (W Connection/TRI), Noah Powder (New York Red Bulls/USA), Joshua Sitney (Alcons/TRI).
Nicholas Dillon (Central FC/TRI), Joshua Leach (Police FC/TRI), Taofik Lucas-Walker (DC United Academy/USA), Rushawn Murphy (St. Ann’s Rangers/TRI), Kathon St Hillare (St. Ann’s Rangers/TRI), Josh Toussaint (St. Ann’s Rangers/TRI).