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Title: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Flex on August 19, 2020, 02:42:16 PM
As usual, any updates/scores, shout-outs, reports, predictions, views, etc, on the T&T vs Puerto Rico preliminary 2022 World Cup qualifying game in Puerto Rico on the 28th of March 2021 will be posted here, this way, we can maintain the message board and not make it look too scrappy with un-necessary or related headlines and postings on game day.

For the internet users, you can follow the game at:

To be updated.

Possible Online Streams.

To be updated.

Possible TV Station.

To be updated.

Trinidad & Tobago Squad

Goalkeepers:

To be updated.

Defenders:

To be updated.

Midfielders:

To be updated.

Forwards:

To be updated.

Coach - Terry Fenwick (ENG).

Puerto Rico Squad

Goalkeepers

To be updated.

Defenders

To be updated.

Midfielders

To be updated.

Forwards

To be updated.

Coach - Dave Sarachan (USA).


Updates to follow as we get more info, so keep checking back.

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on February 27, 2021, 05:10:58 AM
(https://concacaf-cloudinary.corebine.com/concacaf-production/image/upload/c_fit,dpr_3.0,f_webp,g_center,q_auto,w_430/v1/concacaf-prod/Concacaf_Qualifiers_for_the_Fifa_World_Cup_Qatar_2022_Schedule)

Some observations.

1. We are faced with the challenge of getting to Puerto Rico between Thursday post-match and Friday. Tight. Arriving on Saturday would probably be ill-advised although conceivable.

2. Assuming that the good folk at Puerto Rico FA/CONCACAF are not deliberately challenging our already challenged logistics capacity, they certainly have not helped by placing us about as for away as you can get from San Juan without swimming. Mayaguez is a bit of a hike from the main airport in PR. While it does have its own airport, as far as I have determined, there is no service directly from the DR. Therefore we likely have to fly into San Juan, assuming CONCACAF/TTFA is not facilitating a charter of a craft of the size that can be accommodated at Mayaguez (or option stated below).

3. Passport jeopardy. Visa implications exist because the match is in Puerto Rico and because some flights to PR from DR (depending on departure times) are routed to New York or Miami etc. Nevertheless, there's normally a lot of movement between DR and PR so direct routes exist.

The good news is that we are about as close to PR as we could be?

4. Presumably no COVID-19 protocols are triggered by the transnational arrangement and Puerto Rico's requirements. The match is a month away. That is a long time in terms of policy changes.

That stated, presumably we are on the same return arrangements to Puerto Rico as the PR team or it could be problematic. Stick to them like glue. :)

Meant to add something. Escapes me atm. (Meanwhile, the outbound issue is probably the same issue as the inbound issue (re: visas), unless we are going via Panama).
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Guyana Game (25-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on February 28, 2021, 12:28:02 PM
Puerto Rico is only now naming a coach. That's promising. For all of our difficulties, that has to be helpful to a degree.

Will shift this when the Puerto Rico thread is live.*
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Flex on March 16, 2021, 03:38:21 PM
Dave Sarachan hired to coach Puerto Rico soccer team
By The Associated Press


Former U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan has been hired as coach of Puerto Rico's soccer team.

The 66-year-old Sarachan will lead Puerto Rico in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, the Puerto Rican Football Federation said Wednesday.

Puerto Rico, which competes separately from the United States, is in Group F of the pandemic-delayed first round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region. It opens March 24 at St. Kitts and Nevis, then hosts Trinidad and Tobago four days later.

The group also includes Bahamas and Guyana, and the group winner opens the final round at home against the U.S. in September.

Sarachan was Bruce Arena's top assistant with the U.S. team from 1999-2002 and again in 2017. He took over as interim coach when Arena quit following the October 2017 loss at Trinidad that prevented the Americans from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Sarachan was interim head coach through 2018 and led the U.S. to three wins, five losses and four ties in 12 exhibitions. He transitioned to a younger roster, giving debuts to 22 players, a group that included Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent, Antonee Robinson, Tim Weah, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long.

Sarachan was coach of the Chicago Fire from 2003-07 and was Arena's assistant at the LA Galaxy from 2008-16.

“The playoffs for a World Cup are incredibly special to me,” Sarachan said in a statement. “So, with Puerto Rico, the challenge right now is to move this group in a positive direction and that excites me."

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 17, 2021, 11:06:19 AM
(https://concacaf-cloudinary.corebine.com/concacaf-production/image/upload/c_fit,dpr_3.0,f_webp,g_center,q_auto,w_430/v1/concacaf-prod/Concacaf_Qualifiers_for_the_Fifa_World_Cup_Qatar_2022_Schedule)

Some observations.

1. We are faced with the challenge of getting to Puerto Rico between Thursday post-match and Friday. Tight. Arriving on Saturday would probably be ill-advised although conceivable.

2. Assuming that the good folk at Puerto Rico FA/CONCACAF are not deliberately challenging our already challenged logistics capacity, they certainly have not helped by placing us about as for away as you can get from San Juan without swimming. Mayaguez is a bit of a hike from the main airport in PR. While it does have its own airport, as far as I have determined, there is no service directly from the DR. Therefore we likely have to fly into San Juan, assuming CONCACAF/TTFA is not facilitating a charter of a craft of the size that can be accommodated at Mayaguez (or option stated below).

3. Passport jeopardy. Visa implications exist because the match is in Puerto Rico and because some flights to PR from DR (depending on departure times) are routed to New York or Miami etc. Nevertheless, there's normally a lot of movement between DR and PR so direct routes exist.

The good news is that we are about as close to PR as we could be?

4. Presumably no COVID-19 protocols are triggered by the transnational arrangement and Puerto Rico's requirements. The match is a month away. That is a long time in terms of policy changes.

That stated, presumably we are on the same return arrangements to Puerto Rico as the PR team or it could be problematic. Stick to them like glue. :)

Meant to add something. Escapes me atm. (Meanwhile, the outbound issue is probably the same issue as the inbound issue (re: visas), unless we are going via Panama).

Thanks to Lasana for reminding me. It was about the playing surface. (https://www.futbolprotronivel.wixsite.com/futbolprotronivel1/amp/el-estadio-de-mayag%25C3%25BCez-es-certificado-por-la-fifa-quality-pro) It is not natural grass.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Flex on March 19, 2021, 01:30:18 AM
Soca Warriors granted waivers to travel to Puerto Rico.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


MEMBERS of the T&T football team have all been granted National Interest Exemption (NIE) waivers to travel to Puerto Rico for their 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone qualifier on March 28.

The TT Football Association (TTFA), in a media release issued on Thursday, expressed “its sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the TT Olympic Committee (TTOC) and, by extension, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for their assistance in facilitating the processing of the waivers for the T&T players.”

A number of T&T players and technical staff members would have been ineligible to travel to Puerto Rico due to US President Joe Biden’s proclamation regarding the current travel regulations imposed on non-citizens.

According to the media release, “This NIE waiver now grants our affected players the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico without being affected by the strict suspension of entry to non-citizens.

“This restriction is applicable to non-citizens who were physically present in a restricted country during the 14-day period preceding their entry/attempted entry into the US.”

The TTFA stressed that they are “committed to ensuring that strict covid19 procedures and protocols are observed, as well as maintaining the safety and security of all the players and staff.”

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 24, 2021, 08:55:38 PM
WATCH: St. Kitts Nevis vs Puerto Rico - Behind the scene footage - It is not particularly difficult to decipher what the Puerto Rican federation is seeking to convey in these highlights.

https://youtube.com/v/jKV9Mt36Df0

St Kitts and Nevis 1-0 Puerto Rico
Vinceroy Nelson's goal towards the end of the first half proved to be the difference in San Cristobal. SKN now have four wins in 11 World Cup qualifying matches, meaning they have only lost two of their last 11 since the start of the 2014 qualifying campaign. It is also St Kitts and Nevis' fourth clean sheet in their last five meetings with Puerto Rico in their last five meetings with Puerto Rico in all competitions.

(Sourced from FIFA).
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 26, 2021, 04:43:41 AM
This week: Wilfredo Rivera signed with Orlando City.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 26, 2021, 06:41:06 AM
Puerto Rico arrived in Mayaguez on Thursday night.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 27, 2021, 03:35:41 AM
Darryl Shore, Puerto Rico assistant coach comments (https://youtu.be/JRpS1bKr8Bc) about his appointment and the task ahead.

Dave Sarachan, Puerto Rico senior team head coach: brief comment on assuming the job. (https://youtu.be/tj9YXb2bBBY)
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 27, 2021, 03:59:50 AM
Puerto Rico arrived in Mayaguez on Thursday night.

Trained on Friday evening. No morning session.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 27, 2021, 04:03:21 AM
Darryl Shore, Puerto Rico assistant coach comments (https://youtu.be/JRpS1bKr8Bc) about his appointment and the task ahead.
...

Travelled separately from the main squad. Stayed in DR to assess our match versus Guyana. 
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 27, 2021, 01:22:43 PM
WATCH: Snippet of pre-match press conference with Fenwick and Hyland.

https://www.youtube.com/v/I8vrLqqTkxE
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: royal on March 27, 2021, 06:42:27 PM
WATCH: Snippet of pre-match press conference with Fenwick and Hyland.

https://www.youtube.com/v/I8vrLqqTkxE

these pre match press conferences make no sense. it's a waste of time. We learn nothing new except diplomacy and as we say in Trinidad - mamaguy. No insight on injuries update eg Bateau. Nothing on if the player tested positive for COVID then negative is available for tomorrows match. When will Fenwick have a real press conference.   
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 01:19:46 AM
WATCH: Footage of the national team's arrival in Puerto Rico and of pre-game preparations for the battle with the Blue Hurricane.

https://youtube.com/v/cXy36K9wjw4
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 04:48:52 AM
The barber makes house calls. (https://twitter.com/FPFPuertoRico/status/1375991403679997956)
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Tallman on March 28, 2021, 08:36:02 AM
MATCH PREVIEW: Puerto Rico vs Trinidad and Tobago

https://www.youtube.com/v/V1dOOtkVQo8
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: trini_stallion on March 28, 2021, 08:36:05 AM
Good morning guys, and gals (if brown sugar) still around...anyone knows where we could watch this game?
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 08:59:42 AM
Good morning guys, and gals (if brown sugar) still around...anyone knows where we could watch this game?

https://www.facebook.com/FPFPuertoRico

https://twitter.com/FPFPuertoRico

and the YouTube of the Puerto Rican federation (to be provided).


I'm sure other choices will appear as well.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: trini_stallion on March 28, 2021, 10:43:04 AM
Good morning guys, and gals (if brown sugar) still around...anyone knows where we could watch this game?

https://www.facebook.com/FPFPuertoRico

https://twitter.com/FPFPuertoRico

and the YouTube of the Puerto Rican federation (to be provided).


I'm sure other choices will appear as well.

Thanks budd!
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 02:18:59 PM
Puerto Rico vs Trinidad and Tobago – Resistance to test Persistence
By Chambi Sey


Just as footballers are urged to win their 1 v 1 duels, the ideal scenario for each team participating in the current phase of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is to defeat each opponent. Achieving victory in each encounter is the surest formula for progression to the next qualification stage and to avoid the heartache of not advancing based on goals scored or goals conceded calculations. Therefore, in marching one step closer to Qatar, it is of utmost importance for the Trinidad and Tobago men’s national team to preserve destiny in its hands and free itself of any reliance on the performance of rival teams.

Despite the element of rust that has impacted the cohesiveness of play - in part attributable to consequences of the pandemic - national teams at this stage of the World Cup qualifying process do not have an excessive luxury of growing into matches, or of not imposing themselves on matches, when an opponent’s vulnerabilities are evident. Indeed, the present playing reality may probe questions of game management and physiological loading to a greater degree, for many players, than under non-COVID conditions. The strategy of sealing match outcomes effectively and quickly is a tool that teams from the United States historically have exploited to their advantage when competing against teams from the Caribbean Basin. The Soca Warriors outing against Guyana endorsed the benefits of scoring multiple goals as insulation from playing errors and against the failure to sufficiently generate threatening collective movement or to stimulate coherent circulations of the ball. As evidenced in the match, negative psychological effects from the state of the score line also emerged within both teams.
 
Matters are delicately poised with St. Kitts and Nevis having launched a frontal challenge to the Soca Warriors through adequately responding to its competitive assignments. It is imperative that Trinidad and Tobago be clinical in its approach to resolving match outcomes. The mentality and playing approach that is applied to the present round of matches must be ingrained now because the national teams that are positioned and waiting in the Third Round of qualifying are presently engaged in higher order assignments aimed at fortifying their psychological, physical and tactical resources as collective units. Honduras has used the international calendar to venture to Europe. Following an opening draw with Belarus (1-1), the Hondurans confronted Greece (1-2). Costa Rica and Mexico, who will face each other midweek on their second match day, also elected European opposition for their initial engagements. Costa Rica challenged Bosnia and Herzegovina (0-0), while Mexico suffered against Wales (0-1). The United States and Jamaica reversed the order by playing each other (4-1) before the United States tackled its European rival. The Americans defeated Northern Ireland (2-1).

The lowest stationed of the European opposition was Belarus, ranked in the low 80s. With the exception of Top 20 ranked Wales, all of the other teams are Top 60 performers. Although there is an intermediate round of play between the present qualifying phase and the octogonal round-robin final stage that has replaced the traditional hexagonal tournament, and despite there being a couple matches before the winners of the current phase emerge, it is critical to understand that the method in which the Trinidad and Tobago national team approaches current matches is also a function of what the regional teams it aims to join in the Third Round are doing. Otherwise, actually waiting until qualifying progression occurs is an impediment in itself. Inherently, the tension is that of purposefully taking each present match in stride while balancing it with measured forward-thinking, scientific and logistical resources targeted to narrowing the competitive gap and neutralizing advantages possessed by the teams in the proximate rounds. Understandably, some may suggest that thinking ahead is dangerous but it is actually no more dangerous than walking and chewing gum at the same time. Also, the danger is not one of being anticipatory. The actual danger would be thinking beyond the conceivable, not within it. Progression to the next phase is conceivable. In addition, the danger is no more dangerous than walking and chewing gum because, fundamentally, the personnel the process should trigger are not immediately the players themselves but those within the federation’s institutional framework.
 
An anticipatory thought process is is also critical because Trinidad and Tobago’s coming engagements on the official FIFA calendar will be tied to World Cup qualifying encounters and not to carefully chosen opponents as is the case of the already placed Third Round teams. Put simply, the other national teams are out of the starting blocks and have glimpses of the finish line. Consequently, the mentality of the Soca Warriors must be one of serious application and of not cuddling teams that should be dispatched to the boundary. And, the surrounding institutional architecture needs to shift from reaction to proaction and consistent player-centered decision-making.

In defeating Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis maintained its record of never having lost to Puerto Rico. On this match date, it is the duty of the Soca Warriors to do the same. No Trinidad and Tobago senior men’s national team has ever lost to Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico holds a winning record against a mere eight of the 39 opponents it has faced (Anguilla, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, St. Lucia and the Dutch and French components of the island of St. Martin). The Soca Warriors are tasked with conquering and dispatching Puerto Rico with minimum fanfare, undue delay and maximum effort. The mission demands doing fundamental tasks efficiently and executing more complex responsibilities with the requisite levels of concentration and effectiveness. Aside from being inferior on the night, Guyana offered Trinidad and Tobago a reminder of the pitfalls of indecision and poor concentration.
 
Curacao, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago comprise a select club of teams that have compiled 30 or more goals against Puerto Rico. Curacao is uniquely distinguished in having tallied more than 40 goals to Puerto Rican detriment. Curacao is positioned at two goals shy of 50 goals, but has played two more matches against Puerto Rico than have the Soca Warriors. In six outings Trinidad and Tobago has placed 32 goals in Puerto Rico’s net.

A word of caution is necessary. Despite its overwhelmingly undistinguished record, of its 39 opponents Puerto Rico has scored goals against all of the opposition barring four nations (Belize, Canada, Costa Rica and Indonesia). Conversely, a mere five teams have been unable to score against Puerto Rico (Indonesia, Sint Maarten, the Cayman Islands, St. Lucia and Saint-Martin). Of those five teams, the Blue Hurricane have beaten three of them consistently, been held to a goal less tie once (Indonesia) and been victorious in the remaining  one-off match (Sint Maarten). However, also notable is that Puerto Rico has scored against Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Spain, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.

The historical data remain relevant despite the past being the past. While matches are played on the day, ask players or officials from any elite national team set-up whether legacy matters. The best nations intertwine legacy with expectation and the DNA of their playing culture. For them legacy matters. Indeed, under its youthful president, Ivan Rivera, legacy is what the Puerto Rican football federation is ambitiously and strategically seeking to jettison. Rivera has been in the hot seat since 2019, when he assumed office at the age of 29. His signing of former US national team assistant coach Dave Sarachan is billed as a step in that process. However, Sarachan, only signed a month ago, has not had an extended period of time to invoke radical and profound transformations. Nonetheless, it is appreciated that Sarachan is seeking measured, gradual and tangible change rather than immediate cosmetics.
 
For much of his career Sarachan’s coaching product has been synonymous, or intersected, with former United States national team coach, Bruce Arena. They initially met at Cornell University. While Sarachan has held head coaching roles in his own right, his biography and affiliation with Arena has automatically projected onto the impending battle versus Puerto Rico. Aside from defensive organization, what Sarachan presents to the Trinidad and Tobago technical staff is a swifter challenge at identifying areas of vulnerabilities and strengths as the match progresses and greater immediacy at attempted resolution, than did his Guyanese counterpart. Whether the assembled arsenal of Puerto Rican players are talented enough to be individually or collectively responsive to what is identified is part of the challenge this evening. However, those inherent challenges also pose questions for the Soca Warrior camp. As such, it provides another supporting reason for Trinidad and Tobago to avoid being on the back foot.

Even when rival teams are faced with an opponent in common, there are no two football matches that are identical. As such, rendering conclusions from Puerto Rico’s opening match loss against St. Kitts and Nevis has inherent limitations. Nevertheless, extracting information from that match does hold a measure of utility.

Sarachan’s view of the encounter versus St. Kitts and Nevis indicates that he was satisfied with the degree to which his team possessed the ball, particularly during the first half, but less satisfied by the quality of the passing relationships and combination play exhibited in the second 45 minute spell. Although observing that St. Kitts and Nevis presented defensive challenges, Sarachan noted that Puerto Rico carved out and squandered scoring opportunities. Consequently, what approaches to the match are key for Trinidad and Tobago?

It is incumbent on the Soca Warriors to dominate possession and to manage the ball and dictate the tempo of the game. Against this opponent, there is insufficient reason to adopt a counter-attacking posture unless a counter-attacking moment arises organically through the development of play. Insisting, threatening and running at Puerto Rico consistently is a commendable ingredient. Of course, the Soca Warriors should be deployed in a format that lends itself to nullifying rapid transitions by Puerto Rico and that also proposes multiple potential points of attack, rather than a singular focal point of the attack. Naturally, the spacing arrangement the Soca Warriors exhibited against Guyana has to improve.

The importance of the Warriors being persistent and insisting can not be overemphasized. As the adage goes, you miss 100 per cent of the shots you do not take. Puerto Rico appreciates where the imbalances between the teams lie and that opportunistic play offers them a gateway to bringing the ball back to the center circle. But, they also believe that structured approaches to goal could be productive. However, the key data point of relevance to Trinidad and Tobago is that in Sarachan’s post-match assessment St. Kitts and Nevis did not present a concerted threat to the Puerto Rican goal. He considered a defensive error by his team costly, rather than penetrating actions by the Kittitians and Nevisians. The error marked the difference between Puerto Rico safeguarding a point and St. Kitts and Nevis gaining three points. Trinbagonians know that scenario all too well. Persistence and insistence should overcome Puerto Rico’s resistance.

Coach Sarachan’s team is young - so young that when interviewed on Puerto Rican radio, he remarked that he was struck by their youth during in-person interaction, despite being aware of their ages prior to arriving in Puerto Rico. It will not be surprising if maintaining poise is a factor relevant to the outcome of the match. The youthful team has players with attacking instincts and others who are said to be committed to running hard. What Sarachan brings to the table is the ability to influence his team’s extension of energy by channeling their running and attacking instincts within an organized framework. It is understood that changes to the Starting XI that faced St. Kitts and Nevis are probable due to discomfort and injury and influenced by Puerto Rico’s tactical vision of what Trinidad and Tobago will propose.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Anbrat on March 28, 2021, 03:07:56 PM
Good morning guys, and gals (if brown sugar) still around...anyone knows where we could watch this game?

https://www.facebook.com/FPFPuertoRico

https://twitter.com/FPFPuertoRico

and the YouTube of the Puerto Rican federation (to be provided).


I'm sure other choices will appear as well.

Thanks budd!
Any live feed from those links?
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 03:08:16 PM
http://www.hesgoal.com/news/76441/Puerto_Rico_vs_Trinidad_and_Tobago.html

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago: 21.Nicklas Frenderup; 2.Aubrey David, 12.Robert Primus, 4.Sheldon Bateau, 15.Neveal Hackshaw; 18.Michel Poon-Angeron, 8.Khaleem Hyland (capt), 19.Daniel Phillips, 11.Levi Garcia, 7.Ryan Telfer, 3.Joevin Jones.

Coach: Terry Fenwick.

Puerto Rico: 12.Cody Laurendi; 2.Darren Ross, 3.Nicolas Cardona, 21.Daniel Rosario, 4.Raúl González, 11.Devin Vega, 6.Juan O'Neill, 10.Isaac Angking, 7.Wilfredo Rivera, 9.Sidney Rivera (capt), 23.Gerald Diaz.

Coach: Dave Sarachan.

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: lil damo on March 28, 2021, 03:13:18 PM
Thanks for the link; any other ones out there? That one isn't loading for me.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 03:16:07 PM
OMG this tnt team is hard to watch
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: jojosxm on March 28, 2021, 03:18:41 PM
yeah boy
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: 100% Barataria on March 28, 2021, 03:19:50 PM
Try peacock
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 03:22:32 PM
PR three chances back TO BACK TO BACK  from build up
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Thomo on March 28, 2021, 03:23:02 PM
As it stands PR are more likely to score and win the game smfh
T&T are abysmal!!
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: jojosxm on March 28, 2021, 03:28:48 PM
couldn't agree more
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini boi on March 28, 2021, 03:30:20 PM
Hyland continuously losing the ball in the midfield and or deep in our half.  Not sure why he is trying to constantly dribble the ball and be unsuccessful with it, instead of making positive passes.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 03:33:05 PM
not attacking on the flanks nothing how may back pass we make
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 03:33:54 PM
telfer not in the game
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Thomo on March 28, 2021, 03:37:52 PM
Wtmc I seeing here boy. Thank god for we finally have a competent goalkeeper 🤦🏾‍♂️
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 03:40:40 PM
telfer not in the game

Subtly in the game. Not his fault. Different match from last game. Bring Levi in, send Telfer wide? Have JJ attack diagonally instead of trying to go line? The last 30-40 meters needs to be resolved.
 
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 03:40:55 PM
this is worst i have  seen jones play
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Thomo on March 28, 2021, 03:41:03 PM
telfer not in the game
Not one player has tried to tread a ball into him either on the carpet or over the heads of the midgets 🤦🏾‍♂️
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 03:41:54 PM
we under pressure
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Thomo on March 28, 2021, 03:42:27 PM
this is worst i have  seen jones play
Just about to say that. He's not even trying to dribble, only back passes and pulling up his hand brakes
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Thomo on March 28, 2021, 03:44:30 PM
Michel Poon is our best player.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 03:45:16 PM
half time come quick
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 03:51:12 PM
this is worst i have  seen jones play
Just about to say that. He's not even trying to dribble, only back passes and pulling up his hand brakes

I have a problem with that. Logged on to comment about that. Spot on. Would like to see him take responsibility to lift the intensity not to make it more comfortable for the opponent.

The commentators I'm listening to have actually shifted their sentiment to Puerto Rico as the game has progressed. We have allowed Puerto Rico to play as they preferred.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: injunchile on March 28, 2021, 03:51:56 PM
The Goal keeper is our saving GrACE.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Thomo on March 28, 2021, 03:52:21 PM
half time come quick
Thank God it did because that was painful to watch.
Hopefully they pull it together and crack on in the 2nd half.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: MEP on March 28, 2021, 03:55:02 PM
half time come quick
Thank God it did because that was painful to watch.
Hopefully they pull it together and crack on in the 2nd half.
painful eh de word......

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Sam on March 28, 2021, 03:59:41 PM
Half time rating.

Nicklas Frenderup - 5 - Looks very comfortable and confident
Aubrey David - 4 - Doing he thing
Robert Primus - 3 - Playing out of position
Sheldon Bateau - 4 - Doing he thing but some bad passes
Neveal Hackshaw - 1 - This fat f00cker need to come off de field
Michel Poon-Angeron - 6 - Looks solid in defence midfield
Khaleem Hyland - 4 - Fighting, some bad passes here and there
Daniel Phillips - 5 - Solid player, need to ripe some more
Levi Garcia - 2 - Shithound
Ryan Telfer - 3 - Need more service
Joevin Jones - 3 - Over weight

Puerto Rico looks better overall and more like a team.

T&T playing to hurry but looks individually better.

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 28, 2021, 04:00:53 PM
What is the line up people?
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Big Blood on March 28, 2021, 04:03:23 PM
Frenderup get more touches on the ball than Levi Garcia
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 04:03:47 PM
The Goal keeper is our saving GrACE.

Thank you! People seem to be overlooking that.

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 04:13:35 PM
PR putting on the pressure
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 04:14:43 PM
we score thank god
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pioneertrini on March 28, 2021, 04:15:16 PM
Thankfully
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: lefty on March 28, 2021, 04:15:23 PM
Well finally goal
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Thomo on March 28, 2021, 04:16:12 PM
Finally Jones did something right.
Come on fellas, stick in another one.
Please don't sit back!
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: lefty on March 28, 2021, 04:17:16 PM
What miss by joevin time and didn work d keeper at least
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 04:17:30 PM
Incredible. Come on Joevin that was supposed to be 2-0.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini boi on March 28, 2021, 04:18:19 PM
Jones has truly regressed when he should be miles better by now.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini boi on March 28, 2021, 04:20:01 PM
And, man our keeper.  World class, the engine in setting up the what should have been second goal.  Great saves and aggressive when needed.  He's gonna be here for a while.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 04:22:51 PM
We have too much talent in the field for this match to be what it is.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: lil damo on March 28, 2021, 04:23:10 PM
Jones looks unfit and now he’s down. He hasn’t looked 100% all game.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 04:25:00 PM
I never heard a coach shout players name so much
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 04:28:13 PM
Hackshaw!
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Thomo on March 28, 2021, 04:28:22 PM
At last we're keeping possession in spells and pegging PR back.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 04:30:20 PM
they equalize
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: lefty on March 28, 2021, 04:31:15 PM
1 all bad defending on dat corner

Cross sorry
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 04:31:19 PM
I refuse to watch the rest of this match.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Storeboy on March 28, 2021, 04:31:41 PM
Stupid soft goal
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 04:37:17 PM
this is to much man
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: lil damo on March 28, 2021, 04:46:24 PM
This is the most offensively minded and possession based approach I’ve seen in a long time. It’s nice to see. They lack speed, fitness and cohesion but this is a decent side.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 04:52:58 PM
Even  if we beat all these other teams i cannot see us beating el salvador
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: gawd on pitch on March 28, 2021, 04:53:29 PM
Wtf did I just see.

We have to go to St Kitts for a game.  St Kitts beat Puerto Rico!!!
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 28, 2021, 04:53:43 PM
This is the most offensively minded and possession based approach I’ve seen in a long time. It’s nice to see. They lack speed, fitness and cohesion but this is a decent side.
You talking about PR?
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Storeboy on March 28, 2021, 04:54:33 PM
If we continue to play like that there is no way we beat St. Kitts-Nevis
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: injunchile on March 28, 2021, 04:57:47 PM
A better second Half. Muskette (10) injected some energy.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: maxg on March 28, 2021, 04:58:30 PM
If we continue to play like that there is no way we beat St. Kitts-Nevis
yuh assuming we manage Bahamas
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: MEP on March 28, 2021, 05:00:21 PM
so is this why Fenwick what to be national team coach????? if this is his style of coaching no wonder the pro-league is crap
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: lefty on March 28, 2021, 05:00:30 PM
dat was disjointed and tired play in d end d result probably fair, we eh play nutten to deserve a win
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trinidogg on March 28, 2021, 05:00:56 PM
I was concern when Terri was saying we played good against Guyana. This is our main team and we can’t pass the ball forward against PR. I wasn’t a big fan of this hire but pray he can turn this thing around.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: trini_stallion on March 28, 2021, 05:04:15 PM
Guys...on paper we have a superior team in this group...we have the talent...we’re lacking cohesiveness and fitness...even though this Puerto Rico team came out to win this game, and they were better than Guyana...we should have put away our limited chances!!!

We always like this drama style.

We did look better composed this game though and I like how Terry lot the team up, “two touch pass!!”

The guys lack intelligent intensity
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: frico on March 28, 2021, 05:12:05 PM
When we beat Guyana we celebrated,I didn't and was worried about our matches against St.Kitts &Nevis and this same P.Rico.In case people didn't recognise we were very lucky against Guyana,now yuh know.Although we got lucky goals against Guyana they themselves should have got 3,and secured a draw.Our defence is the worst I've seen for sometime,our mid field can't hold a ball for 5 seconds,we keep losing the ball,everything is wrong.TF or no one else can fix TT football anytime soon.This team is going no where,I have reason to believe that Guyana could still come back and top this group,they can't be unlucky again as they were against TT,who IMO played a crappy game but won ,luckily.We will be in need of plenty luck to beat St.Kitts & Nevis.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 05:13:10 PM
dat was disjointed and tired play in d end d result probably fair, we eh play nutten to deserve a win

Ah! But we scored a goal that we should have protected. And that was absolute nonsense.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: lefty on March 28, 2021, 05:21:53 PM
dat was disjointed and tired play in d end d result probably fair, we eh play nutten to deserve a win

Ah! But we scored a goal that we should have protected. And that was absolute nonsense.

I concur.....jus taking d all things being equal tack to ease mih dismay
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 05:29:35 PM
A better second Half. Muskette (10) injected some energy.

Muckette has a football brain that we underutilized.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 05:30:37 PM
Eagerly awaiting the press conference. :devil:
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: gawd on pitch on March 28, 2021, 05:39:05 PM
Mark my words. The group is going to come down to our final game vs St Kitts. I think Guyana will beat St Kitts and Puerto Rico.

Hopefully Rowley eases up on the protocols so we can get a home game.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 28, 2021, 05:42:17 PM
jeeez guys they just played a game two days ago and had to travel, don't you think that doesn't affect performances? plus PR had an extra day of rest and was playing at home, not to mention most of these lads didn't kick a competitive ball all year and are not no where close to being match fit, and it's not that we didn't have our chances, we just didn't capitalize

shit happens so just lay off the coach and the players. had we won big all your concerns would not be expressed. just say thank god marvin or foncette wasn't in goal, because you all would have been calling for fenwick's scalp.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 28, 2021, 05:45:09 PM
Mark my words. The group is going to come down to our final game vs St Kitts. I think Guyana will beat St Kitts and Puerto Rico.

Hopefully Rowley eases up on the protocols so we can get a home game.
we're still in it mate, we just have to win our next two games, if they can't then they don't deserve the nod. at this stage PR is out, we just have to beat st kitts, which i think is attainable once the players come prepared.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: gawd on pitch on March 28, 2021, 05:50:54 PM
Mark my words. The group is going to come down to our final game vs St Kitts. I think Guyana will beat St Kitts and Puerto Rico.

Hopefully Rowley eases up on the protocols so we can get a home game.
we're still in it mate, we just have to win our next two games, if they can't then they don't deserve the nod. at this stage PR is out, we just have to beat st kitts, which i think is attainable once the players come prepared.

Indeed.

Looks like Montserrat pulled a Puerto Rico on El Salvador. Mon 1 - 1 El Salvador. 90min goal by Montserrat.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: g on March 28, 2021, 06:02:53 PM
Fair result, we should have protected our lead but PR was simply more desperate. T&T football has always been a mental challenge and today was just another example, many times especially in the first half we were just too casual in our play, we won the first game comfortably so the mindset was that we gonna roll the rest off the teams. I said in the Guyana thread that we just need to get the results and get the hell out of this group. Two draws is enough to be out of contention, we can’t mess around. Regardless of our position we have play desperate and with urgency.

PR knew it was do or die and did enough to keep their mathematical chance alive, credit to them.

We always get the result we deserve, today is no different,on to the next game.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Tallman on March 28, 2021, 06:16:41 PM
WATCH: Highlights of Trinidad and Tobago's 1-1 draw with Puerto Rico.

https://www.youtube.com/v/kh_8oCMS1zk
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 06:18:02 PM
I never heard a coach shout players name so much

SHELDON BATEAU!

I thought he was trying to memorize names.  :P
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 28, 2021, 06:59:16 PM
Good grief terry you went and dug up willis plaza, for what? that bloke has been on the team for almost 10 years and only scored one goal in a competitive game vs the worst team in the world anguilla, even san marino will drub the cake out of anguilla.

terry you need to come to the game mate, to begin with you started the same defense who had no rest after playing two days ago, you needed to sub two defenders and two midfielders, you should have started mukette and judah garcia, rest levi and telfer because they played 90 minutes in thursday,

start brent sam in the from position, BTW aubrey david is not a full back, he bums in that position, he's nothing but a central defender and nothing more, you'll get value for money with him in that position. BTW sheldom bataeu strikes again, this bloke has always been very poor on set pieces, we really need two brand new center halves.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: raj on March 28, 2021, 06:59:56 PM
I agree with others who say we should be grateful for the effort in light of the situation. Match fitness is definitely lacking as some of these players are fit while others are not in playing shape(overweight). The artificial playing surface had a lot to do with the way the game was played. At least the possession was decent at times. I feel that overall we trending upwards even though slightly upwards so we should be positive and build from strength to strength.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 28, 2021, 07:08:50 PM
Reinforcements are needed.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: ffisback on March 28, 2021, 07:20:19 PM
Terry Fenwick was outcoached in this game PR scouted our players very well did we even scout there team it sickens me when i see 1 player score against 3 defenders in the box so free TT should not be conceding goals at this level with Kevin Molino coming back we should win our next 2 games and win the group but if we win our play off games i would fire Terry Fenwick before the  next rounds starts.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Tallman on March 28, 2021, 09:08:06 PM
WATCH: Post-match comments from Head Coach Terry Fenwick after Trinidad and Tobago's 1-1 draw with Puerto Rico.

https://www.youtube.com/v/G3rUnvdKHeg
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Tiresais on March 29, 2021, 12:41:01 AM
Disappointing but not the end of the world. Saint Kitts will be a toss up
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Flex on March 29, 2021, 01:23:51 AM
Soca Warriors, Puerto Rico draw 1-1.
By Walter Alibey (T&T Guardian).


A combination of excellent acrobatics inside the goal by T&T's Danish goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup and a goal from speedy T&T over-lapping defender Joevin Jones earned the Soca Warriors a hard-fought 1-1 tie with Puerto Rico in their second match of the 2022 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers on Sunday at the Estadio Jose Antonio Figueroa in Mayaquez, Puerto Rico.

However, Jones, who teased the Puerto Ricans for most of his stay on the pitch, could have sealed the winner two minutes after his opening goal, when striker Ryan Telfer took the ball down the byline and pulled it back for him in the 57th minute.

Jones with the goal at his mercy fired his effort high and wide of the post.

The game was billed the Warriors' first real test by analysts, firstly because of the perceived lack of quality by the Guyanese team in their opening match, and secondly, because the home team needed a win to stay alive in the qualifiers. The Puerto Ricans expectedly settled in quickly and could have had the opener in the 17th minute, from a right-side cross which found the head of Sidney Rivera, but goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup pushed it wide.

Later Frenderup again spoiled the home team's attempt to score in the 26th minute. This time from a free-kick on top of the T&T area after Wilfredo Rivera was bundled off the ball by Neveal Hackshaw, to the dislike of the referee. But again Frenderup shuffled quickly to his right side to push wide a well-driven shot through the wall by Isaac Angking.

Eight minutes later the home team was gifted another chance from a defensive blunder by Robert Primus. Still, with the goal at his mercy, Devin Vega who intercepted a sloppy Primus back-pass, shot straight to Frenderup in the T&T goal.

The Soca Warriors opted for possession-play in the early stages but it was the Puerto Ricans who lost their opening game to St Kitts/Nevis 0-1 and faced an early exit from the qualifiers that looked the more likely team to score.

Yet they squandered their best opportunity to score in the 40th minute. Another build-up down the left-side ended in a cross by Juan O'Neill for Angking, who quickly released to the open Vega. The latter however drove his shot against an opposing player with two unmarked players better positioned.

T&T's lone chance of the half came from a snap-shot by midfielder Daniel Phillips midway in the first half, which went straight to goalkeeper Cody Laurendi.

Both teams went to the interval with the score locked at 0-0 and when they resumed the Warriors broke the deadlock. Telfer with a dangerous run down the left-side delivered a cross to Levi Garcia who headed down for Jones to meet sweetly on the volley, past Laurendi in the 55th minute.

Two minutes later Jones did everything right from Telfer's right-side centre but put the ball high over the crossbar.

Fenwick brought on central midfielder Duane Muckette to set the T&T pace in the match, but it did not prevent the surge expected from the Puerto Ricans who got the equaliser in the 72nd minute. Substitute Ricardo Rivera swooped into the box to head home a left-side cross by Alec Diaz.

Meanwhile, substitute Willis Plaza who came on for Telfer in the 69th minute almost snatched the winner for T&T late in the game, with a thunderous attempt from the right boot that just whisked past the Puerto Rican goal.

Full Results

Puerto Rico 1 (Ricardo Rivera 71) v Trinidad and Tobago 1 (Joevin Jones 55), Mayaguez Athletics Stadium, Mayaguez.

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-1-3): 21.Nicklas Frenderup (GK); 2.Aubrey David, 12.Robert Primus, 4.Sheldon Bateau, 15.Neveal Hackshaw; 18.Michel Poon-Angeron, 8.Khaleem Hyland (captain) (14.Andre Boucaud 85); 19.Daniel Phillips (10.Duane Muckette 46); 11.Levi Garcia, 7.Ryan Telfer (9.Willis Plaza 72), 3.Joevin Jones (23.Jabari Mitchell 65).

Unused substitutes: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 22.Adrian Foncette (GK), 5.Leland Archer, 6.Radanfah Abu Bakr, 13.Brent Sam, 16.Marcus Joseph Jr, 17.Justin Garcia, 20.Judah Garcia, 23.Jabari Mitchell.

Standbys: Denzil Smith (GK), Sean Bonval.

Coach: Terry Fenwick

Puerto Rico (4-1-4-1): 12.Codi Laurendi (GK); 2.Darren Ríos, 21.Daniel Rosario, 3.Nicolás Cardona, 4.Raúl Gonzáles III (22.Eli Carr 87); 6.Juan O’Neill; 7.Wilfredo Rivera, 11.Devin Vega (16.Giovanni Padron 87), 10.Isaac Angking (8.Alec Diaz 70), 23.Gerald Diaz (19.Jaden Servania 61); 9.Sidney Rivera (captain) (5.Ricardo Rivera 61).

Unused substitutes: 1.Angel Molinari (GK), 18.Joel Serrano (GK), 13.Jordan Saling, 14.Jan Mateo, 15.Rodolfo Sulia, 17.Kevin Hernández, 20.Joshua Calderon.

Coach: Dave Sarachan.

Standings - Group F

P  W  D  L  F  A  GD Pts
St. Kitts and Nevis  2  2  0  0  5  0  +5  6
Trinidad and Tobago  2  1  1  0  4  1  +3  4
Puerto Rico  2  0  1  1  1  2  -1  1
Guyana  1  0  0  1  0  3  -3  0
Bahamas  1  0  0  1  0  4  -4  0

Watch Puerto Rico vs. Trinidad y Tobago 1-1 | Rumbo al Mundial | Telemundo Deportes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh_8oCMS1zk)

Watch Fenwick's Post-Game Reactions following 1-1 draw with Puerto Rico (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3rUnvdKHeg)

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 29, 2021, 03:38:35 AM
This week: Wilfredo Rivera signed with Orlando City.

After last night, everyone in CONCACAF probably knows his name or is on the verge of doing so. But both he and Angking (formerly at New England Revolution) were introduced to this region before WC qualification started and there was not a shred of surprise in my mind that Rivera would be very dynamic and influential.

We have a player like that as well, but he is aging before our eyes. What I find ludicrous is that a Judah Garcia hasn't been finding a platform to express himself on the NT. Yesterday was crying out for Judah. The player is being stifled because he isn't getting the platform to add value to the team and demonstrate his worth. It is like having a ripe or ripening fruit, not eating it before the skin starts to get blotchy.

The market is not seeing enough of him. If he was born elsewhere, someone would figure out how to bring him along and use him to proper effect.

And another part of the problem is that this week, even if he wasn't playing in WC qualification, his platform should have been Olympic qualification. Non-participation in Olympic qualification was genocidal.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 29, 2021, 03:56:32 AM
WATCH: Post-match comments from Head Coach Terry Fenwick after Trinidad and Tobago's 1-1 draw with Puerto Rico.

https://www.youtube.com/v/G3rUnvdKHeg

Been trying to source Sarachan's comments. (https://twitter.com/FPFPuertoRico/status/1376316656931201026)

If the coaching roles were reversed last night, Puerto Rico would be stuck on 0 points and T&T would be on 6 pts.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 29, 2021, 06:35:47 AM
Disappointing but not the end of the world. Saint Kitts will be a toss up
saint kitts could do to us what guyana did to us in 2011 if we're not careful, we had to beat them to get into the semifinal round and only one team adcanced, i think the group was bardbados, bermuda, guyana and TT, and we went to bermuda and loss or draw the game, but my point is that guyana lead the group and when we went to guyana in a must win scenario we blew it.

i can only hope that we remember that experience and and put peddle to the metal and win the next two games, because i have a suspicion that guyana will not do us any favors and by beating st kitts, or even pull off a draw, so we have to go out there and win those games ourselves, we can't afford nothing less. this is like deja vu. these lads better get frikin serious and not play around.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 29, 2021, 06:38:46 AM
This week: Wilfredo Rivera signed with Orlando City.

After last night, everyone in CONCACAF probably knows his name or is on the verge of doing so. But both he and Angking (formerly at New England Revolution) were introduced to this region before WC qualification started and there was not a shred of surprise in my mind that Rivera would be very dynamic and influential.

We have a player like that as well, but he is aging before our eyes. What I find ludicrous is that a Judah Garcia hasn't been finding a platform to express himself on the NT. Yesterday was crying out for Judah. The player is being stifled because he isn't getting the platform to add value to the team and demonstrate his worth. It is like having a ripe or ripening fruit, not eating it before the skin starts to get blotchy.


Well Judah in in India ....And terry is going to call top class player for St kitt and bermuda ... we safe
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 29, 2021, 06:45:33 AM
What Puerto Rico coach Dave Sarachan had to say about the match before the match. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfhZ6PD5K-kstart=75)

Start at 1:09.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 29, 2021, 06:47:20 AM
Disappointing but not the end of the world. Saint Kitts will be a toss up
saint kitts could do to us what guyana did to us in 2011 if we're not careful, we had to beat them to get into the semifinal round and only one team adcanced, i think the group was bardbados, bermuda, guyana and TT, and we went to bermuda and loss or draw the game, but my point is that guyana lead the group and when we went to guyana in a must win scenario we blew it.

i can only hope that we remember that experience and and put peddle to the metal and win the next two games, because i have a suspicion that guyana will not do us any favors and by beating st kitts, or even pull off a draw, so we have to go out there and win those games ourselves, we can't afford nothing less. this is like deja vu. these lads better get frikin serious and not play around.
if romaine sawyers is in full gear we dead ....  Hyland seems to be going down hill also and levi  so inconsistent   we got kerron cumming kevin goddard and jamaal creighton phillps is good but just not ready yet i believe ... he need to playing regular first team football... we need moore delon and bostosk
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 29, 2021, 07:09:02 AM
Post-match comments, Puerto Rico head coach Dave Sarachan: "We are not happy that we tied." (https://twitter.com/FPFPuertoRico/status/1376316656931201026)
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: noize on March 29, 2021, 09:03:35 AM
The first half was slow, labored and disjointed. J. Jones is obviously out of shape and several players looked tired. The substitution in the 2nd half made a huge difference he was the tidy, played simple and had the best performance. As usual back against the wall for us to qualify. Pretty pathetic that we always have inconsistent performances
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Deeks on March 29, 2021, 09:21:26 AM
we need moore delon and bostosk

Could be wrong, but not happening!
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: gawd on pitch on March 29, 2021, 09:42:26 AM
we need moore delon and bostosk

Could be wrong, but not happening!

If you were Bostock or even Deleon, would you take your chances?

Deleon father said 4 years ago that they were working on the passport for Nick.. At this point, I think we know what happen with that.

I believe there are a handful of players in the US who havent been identified. Same can be said for the UK and Europe.

Honestly, this coach is not cut out for the job. The past 3 coaches really puts into perspective how valuable/special Stephen Hart was to the team. I implore anyone to watch the TT gold cup games from 2015 and compare it to yesterday.. Difference between night and day. The only way this team making in headway is if, STEPHEN HART comes back.. I hate to keep beating a dead horse as we all know Hart is not coming back ever. But that is the truth.

My prediction, Fenwick quits after a string of poor results. Hadad/TTFA/Normalization will not fire Fenwick. . Even if we lose to Bahamas.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 29, 2021, 11:56:35 AM
we need moore delon and bostosk

Could be wrong, but not happening!

If you were Bostock or even Deleon, would you take your chances?

Deleon father said 4 years ago that they were working on the passport for Nick.. At this point, I think we know what happen with that.

I believe there are a handful of players in the US who havent been identified. Same can be said for the UK and Europe.

Honestly, this coach is not cut out for the job. The past 3 coaches really puts into perspective how valuable/special Stephen Hart was to the team. I implore anyone to watch the TT gold cup games from 2015 and compare it to yesterday.. Difference between night and day. The only way this team making in headway is if, STEPHEN HART comes back.. I hate to keep beating a dead horse as we all know Hart is not coming back ever. But that is the truth.

My prediction, Fenwick quits after a string of poor results. Hadad/TTFA/Normalization will not fire Fenwick. . Even if we lose to Bahamas.
come on mate with the doom and gloom, enough already. the team has been on the road for almost two weeks now and had to travel to different countries and hardly got to train on sataurday, don’t you know what it’s like to play a game and have to travel the very next day to play another game in 48 hours? that shit takes a chunk out of you.

maybe the guyana game took a lot out the lads, and Terry messed up by starting the same squad from Thursday where about 4 players were carrying knocks, oh well shit happens, you live and learn. give the lads a break, we’re going to beat the bahamas, the real test would be the last game vs st kitts, but losing to the Bahamas should never even cross your mind.

BTW after tomorrow they would have nothing to play for, so why worry. I can’t believe you guys call yourselves warriors, you all behave more like worriers.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Deeks on March 29, 2021, 12:03:35 PM
Apart for the tedious travel and small resting period between games, PR is no longer a walkover as we want to think. Like Panama, the are slowly/quickly evolving from being looked upon as "them is ah baseball country".
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Deeks on March 29, 2021, 12:06:26 PM
If you were Bostock or even Deleon, would you take your chances?

Philips, Birchall, and the Canadian boy all took their chance! Too bad the others missed theirs.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 29, 2021, 12:07:10 PM
we need moore delon and bostosk

Could be wrong, but not happening!

If you were Bostock or even Deleon, would you take your chances?

Deleon father said 4 years ago that they were working on the passport for Nick.. At this point, I think we know what happen with that.

I believe there are a handful of players in the US who havent been identified. Same can be said for the UK and Europe.

Honestly, this coach is not cut out for the job. The past 3 coaches really puts into perspective how valuable/special Stephen Hart was to the team. I implore anyone to watch the TT gold cup games from 2015 and compare it to yesterday.. Difference between night and day. The only way this team making in headway is if, STEPHEN HART comes back.. I hate to keep beating a dead horse as we all know Hart is not coming back ever. But that is the truth.

My prediction, Fenwick quits after a string of poor results. Hadad/TTFA/Normalization will not fire Fenwick. . Even if we lose to Bahamas.

once Terry qualifies our team for the gold cup it triggers an automatic 2 year extension ......
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Trini _2026 on March 29, 2021, 12:08:15 PM
Apart for the tedious travel and small resting period between games, PR is no longer a walkover as we want to think. Like Panama, the are slowly/quickly evolving from being looked upon as "them is ah baseball country".

same for suriname and curacoa and DR and they are tapping into thier overseas  population something we  dont really do .....
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Deeks on March 29, 2021, 01:18:36 PM
Apart for the tedious travel and small resting period between games, PR is no longer a walkover as we want to think. Like Panama, the are slowly/quickly evolving from being looked upon as "them is ah baseball country".

same for suriname and curacoa and DR and they are tapping into thier overseas  population something we  dont really do .....

I have no problem with sourcing foreign born TT. The Euros, SAmericans, Africans have been doing it for ages. But we have to do development at home. It is imperative. If we can't developed our home grown talent, what is the use of playing international football. In the past, we did great. Currently,  we are underachievers when it comes to developing local talent.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Cocorite on March 29, 2021, 03:18:57 PM
Since I saw TF's dunce interviews, praising up his team which beat thrown together,makeshift bands of local players, and his condescending tone,
I predicted zero wins. And I felt the sooner we lost and got out of the way will be best.

Of course, I was happy to be wrong with the Guyana win, but not surprised with his anachronistic British style of play.

Look Loy called it on his piece over in Wired868.

But anybody looking for him to resign after a string of losses is misguided. Just take his predecessor, DL, stubborn, and not going anywhere. The money too sweet.

Sorry to be so pessimistic but I don't see an avenue for optimism except maybe in the players themselves who take it upon themselves to do something
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: lil damo on March 29, 2021, 04:15:00 PM
I'm not here to criticize anyone but the negativity of our fan base is something that is interesting to observe. New coach, new players, COVID Prep; most players not currently playing in their season so unfit; good talent on the field but not exceptional talent that playing in the big leagues in Europe. What did we expect? Dominance? The 70s, 80s, 90s when Trinidad dominated Caribbean opposition are so long gone. All of those countries have caught up to us and have players playing in bigger and better leagues than ours. Do we really expect to dominate and cruise in these games? The style of play in both games was possession-based attacking which I can appreciate. Do we want to sit back and absorb pressure and hope for a counterattack like before? This team and their overall play is a work in progress but I'm not sure enough of our players play in big enough leagues to come on to this team and produce the quality some of you are looking for and that's not the coach's fault.   
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: MEP on March 29, 2021, 05:14:59 PM
Somebody forget to tell Fenwick proleague tactics eh go work even at the lowest international level
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 29, 2021, 07:03:39 PM
I don’t know where you people have been but apparently it’s wasn’t here watching the warriors, because if you were then you would be a bit more patient. the country don’t have money to subsidize the league so the league crashes, the cooperate sector does not support football in anyway shape or form and for the last year we weren’t even sure football would have taken off in TT because of the fifa debacle, and you people want to act like football is in a good place?

I know many trinis would like to think that we have a style, but nothing could be farther from the truth. in reality our style is to feed football like a fowl and watch it grow on its own. it’s just like parents who send their kids to school feed them three times a day and expect them to turn out as top notch skilled professionals without the extra input. where and when did we put in the work in trinidad and tobago?

people in reality we are running on fumes, and bare talent alone don’t cut it in today’s footballing world. we need to spend plenty plenty money on football to see it reach where we want it to be. you all talking about fenwick and his style but in reality football is not longer a game where big teams walk on the field and drub little teams and go home singing.

just yesterday germany won by a single goal against a minnow team and England beat Albania of all places by only two goals, and these are clinical teams with great programs and tons of money thrown into their football.

Yesterday we had the game to win but we blew it by not taking our chances, how in the world is the coach responsible for that? we could’ve had mancini on the side lines but if the lads don’t execute then how do we beat teams? it’s a no brainer. this is Terry’s third game in charge and already he’s in for mounting criticism, you people got some balls.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Deeks on March 29, 2021, 10:34:51 PM
this is Terry’s third game in charge and already he’s in for mounting criticism, you people got some balls.

If TT do not win their next game, your will see a "Fire Terry Fenwick Thread".
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: maxg on March 29, 2021, 11:13:32 PM
this is Terry’s third game in charge and already he’s in for mounting criticism, you people got some balls.

If TT do not win their next game, your will see a "Fire Terry Fenwick Thread".

Only BsC and SH get unusual extended stints, so barring another FIFA coup or Wc qualification don't see a bright light for TF. And even with those successes, not in bacchanal T and lately T. Might as well keep the suitcase packed.  :devil:

Managers
See also: Trinidad and Tobago national football team managers
Trinidad and Tobago Joffre Chambers – (1964)
Hungary Amerigo Brunner – (1965–1966)
Trinidad and Tobago Conrad Braithwaite – (1965–1967)
Trinidad and Tobago Michael Laing – (1968)
Trinidad and Tobago Trevor Smith – (1969)
England Kevin Verity – (1972–1973)
Germany Rudi Gutendorf – (1976)
Trinidad and Tobago Edgar Vidale – (1976)
Trinidad and Tobago Alvin Corneal – (1980)
Trinidad and Tobago Kenneth Butcher – (1980)
Trinidad and Tobago Roderick Warner – (1984–1985)
Trinidad and Tobago Everald Cummings – (1988–1989)
Trinidad and Tobago Kenwyn Cooper – (1989)
Trinidad and Tobago Alvin Corneal – (1990)
Trinidad and Tobago Edgar Vidale – (1990–1991)
Trinidad and Tobago Muhammad Isa – (1992)
Brazil Clóvis de Oliviera – (1992)
Trinidad and Tobago Everald Cummings – (1993)
Trinidad and Tobago Kenny Joseph – (1994)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Vraneš – (1994–1996)
Germany Jochen Figge – (1996)
Trinidad and Tobago Kenny Joseph – (1996)
Brazil Sebastian de Araújo – (1996)
Trinidad and Tobago Edgar Vidale – (1997)
Trinidad and Tobago Bertille St. Clair – (1997–2000)
Scotland Ian Porterfield – (2000–2001)
Brazil René Simões – (2001–2002)
Trinidad and Tobago Clayton Morris – (2002)
Trinidad and Tobago Hannibal Najjar – (2002–2003)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Vraneš – (2003)
Curaçao Stuart Charles-Fevrier – (2003)
Trinidad and Tobago Ron La Forest – (2004)
Trinidad and Tobago Bertille St. Clair – (2004–2005)
Netherlands Leo Beenhakker – (2005–2006)
Netherlands Wim Rijsbergen – (2006–2007)
Trinidad and Tobago Anton Corneal – (2008)
Colombia Francisco Maturana – (2008–2009)
Trinidad and Tobago Russell Latapy – (2009–2011)
Germany Otto Pfister – (2011–2012)
Trinidad and Tobago Hutson Charles – (2012–2013)
Trinidad and Tobago Jamaal Shabazz – (2012–2013)
Trinidad and Tobago Stephen Hart – (2013–2016)
Belgium Tom Saintfiet – (2016–2017)
Trinidad and Tobago Dennis Lawrence – (2017–2019)
England Terry Fenwick – (2019–)


btw
https://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/match-stats/puerto-rico-vs-trinidad-and-tobago_game_17868495_ss.html
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Flex on March 30, 2021, 01:31:43 AM
Soca Warriors unimpressive display.
By Keith Look Loy (T&T Guardian).


Dear Editor,

After getting by a poor Guyana outfit with a mediocre performance, we all hoped for a win and a better display against unheralded Puerto Rico on Sunday. I was left distinctly unimpressed by what was, in fact, a worse display; one in which, but for the heroics of goalkeeper Frenderup, we were very lucky to have a draw and a share of the points. Frankly, with due respect to Puerto Rico, I fully expected we would win against a country with no footballing pedigree, which had hired its coach only days earlier, and which had lost to St. Kitts. Not so in the event.

We started slowly and poorly while Puerto Rico demonstrated readiness for the battle with two attacks inside the first minute. They never let up after that. Indeed, the determination to have a result was demonstrated in their early appearance from the tunnel after the half time break, and their taking to battle stations while my team strolled out to resume battle without the look of urgency expected from a team realistically chasing a World Cup berth.

The highlight of our performance was the goalkeeping of Frenderup. Surely the number one jersey is his to lose now. He was outstanding. Not much more could be placed in the positive column. Having seen two matches now, my concerns are, briefly:

BALL POSSESSION

Our ball retention and rotation is lacking in energy and far too lethargic. We make too many unforced errors (sloppy passing), and often dangerously so. We seem uncertain how to move the ball from the back, through the lines, and into the opposing penalty area.

DEFENCE:

1. Is the selection based on a physical prototype preferred by Fenwick? Tall, big, strong. I ask because for the third match now we saw Hackshaw, who is known as a defensive midfielder, appearing as the left back. Every position has associated physical, technical, psychological, tactical characteristics, which are the basis of effective performance in that position. Our wing backs, particularly Hackshaw, do not meet the basic wing back characteristics. But he doesn't select himself. This is on the coach.

2. As ever, our defence is far too porous, and lacks a marshal. An organizer. We continue to be plagued by the twin issues of a) lapses in concentration, as evidenced in poor passing out of defence, and loose marking - the Puerto Rican scorer was surrounded by four defenders; and b) lack of cover, particularly for Hacksaw (as in the Guyana match), who was tormented by the seventeen year old Rivera all match long.

3. I don't know where the team wants to regain possession and how. Pressing is inconsistent and not effective enough.

ATTACK:

1. Compared to the Guyana match, the wing backs were more involved in the attack. But because they are not natural wingbacks they are very limited in their offensive actions. They do not make plays or combine with team mates in the attacking third, or in and around the opposing penalty area. They do not enter crosses. I do not have the match statistics but I am sure they will support my analysis.

2. The team lacks creativity in midfield. Only Muckette has the look of a natural playmaker and his play is far too laid back. He needs to demand more of himself, he needs to get on the,ball more and play progressive football (as opposed to little back and lateral passes), something which I discussed with him during 2020 USL season. An important aspect of effective attacking play is forward running out of midfield, which is virtually nonexistent at the moment.

3. Our shooting is generally very poor. Frankly, Levi Garcia's efforts on goal are unprofessional for a forward in an elite European league

4. We lack a genuine centre forward, of which there are different types, but Telfer is not mobile enough and disappears from the match and he is not a predator.

MATCH MANAGEMENT

Fenwick did not manage the match properly. After a dismal first half Muckette correctly entered but Poon-Angeron, not Phillips, should have been substituted.

Mitchell entered to replace the injured Jones and proceeded to do nothing. Why wasn't the dangerous Judah Garcia used, as he was to good effect against Guyana?

The truth is that senior players like Jones and Levi Garcia not doing enough to show their level at all. Compare their effort to that of Rivera.

So now we are looking up the table at St. Kitt's, who beat Puerto Rico, and need only to beat Guyana to put themselves even more in the driver's seat for the last match of the group. Still, we have two months to improve the team via recruitment. Whatever Fenwick does, I suggest he talk to his assistant coach, Derek King, about bringing in two of my club, FC Santa Rosa's, former players, now with Halifax Wanderers of the Canadian Premier League (CPL) - 2020 league top scorer Akeem Garcia and midfielder Andre Rampersad (club captain). Accuse me of favouritism if you will, but I cannot understand why Telfer (also CPL) is in the team while Garcia is not. Derek was assistant coach to Stephen Hart at Halifax in 2019.

So we look to June. Two months. Let's see what transpires then.

Keith Look Loy
Former chairman
TTFA Technical Committee


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Sancho: T&T lacked energy, purpose.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


FORMER T&T footballer Brent Sancho was unimpressed with the national team’s display against hosts Puerto Rico at the Mayaguez Athletics Stadium, Mayaguez, on Sunday.

T&T and Puerto Rico played to a 1-1 draw in their 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone Group F fixture, with Joevin Jones scoring for T&T in the 54th minute, and substitute Ricardo Rivera equalising for Puerto Rico in the 72nd.

Sancho said on Monday, “It was a disappointing result and an even more disappointing performance. I thought that the players looked tired, (they) lacked energy. From a team perspective, they lacked purpose and they looked second best for most of the afternoon. I think (goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup) put in a Man of the Match display. I was disappointed that we never changed the course of the game.”

T&T defeated Guyana 3-0 on Thursday, at the Estadio Panamericano, San Cristobal, Dominican Republic but struggled on the artificial surface at Mayaguez on Sunday.

However, Sancho refused to blame the surface in Puerto Rico for T&T’s subpar performance.

“Both teams have to play on it,” he said. “A lot of the players, at some point of their career, would have played on artificial turf. Jones played his entire (2020) season on turf with Seattle.

“I think where the turf would have been a factor is that it does wear and tear you,” continued the ex-T&T defender.

“I was very surprised they went with the same team. The majority of them played so many minutes in the last game, to come in such a short space of time and play a next set of minutes, I thought that was strange, particularly when you have a huge travelling squad. I thought they would have tried to rotate and bring some fresh legs. That really surprised me, the team selection.”

The four substitutes used by T&T coach Terry Fenwick on Sunday against Puerto Rico – Duane Muckette, Jabari Mitchell, Willis Plaza and Andre Boucaud, were not used against Guyana.

According to Sancho, “Muckette and Plaza, I think, should have started (against Puerto Rico). It didn’t make sense bringing in a 36-year-old Boucaud and not playing him at all.”

But the Central FC owner acknowledged, “They looked very tired, especially in the middle of the park. Everything was very slow in our build-up, compared to the Puerto Ricans who were snapping about (on) the pitch and who were moving the ball faster than us.

“To add to that, throughout the whole game, we never changed our approach. We stuck with that particular formation, we never changed or tried to use some variants tactically to give the Puerto Ricans a different look. They clearly were double-teaming Levi Garcia. I would have played him through the middle at some point.”

Did he think Boucaud’s introduction was a signal that T&T were satisfied with a draw against Puerto Rico, instead of using an attacking option to seek full points?

Sancho replied, “I think we lost the impetus through the team selection. The way the game started to evolve, we wouldn’t have been able to push for a winner. It started so badly for us. If there was any time to make a change, I would have done it at half-time, play three up front or three at the back, give them a different look.

“We have to give the Puerto Ricans some credit because they did their homework, in the way they approached us. We went in with the same approach against Guyana and it didn’t work. I think the horse had already bolted the stable, later on in the game.

“In the second half, it looked like there would only be one winner. If you were a gambling man, you would have probably said Puerto Rico are the ones who would have gone on to win.”

About Frenderup’s performances against Guyana and Puerto Rico, the former Sports Minister pointed out, “I still believe that Marvin Phillip is a very talented goalkeeper, and (Adrian) Foncette for that matter. Frenderup has (come) in and done very well thus far.

“We’re truly blessed with talented goalkeepers. During the World Cup, we had three very talented goalkeepers,” he continued, referring to Kelvin Jack, Shaka Hislop and Clayton Ince. “As a former player, I would feel safe with any one of that three that I went to the World Cup with, in the goal. I think it’s a similar situation here now.

“I’m sure, during the course of this campaign, they would continue to push and strive, and give each other competition. It’s one of the few bright spots, coming out of these two games.”

T&T control their destiny.
T&T Express Reports.


Sancho points to ‘keeper Frenderup as positive in overall disappointing display.

TWO former national team players and a former manager says the T&T men’s national football team has it all to play for following a 1-1 draw away to Puerto Rico in their World Cup qualifying match Sunday.

All three said the “Soca Warrior”’s fate is in their control, with T&T needing to win their next two games against the Bahamas and group leaders St Kitts and Nevis, to advance to the next phase of Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualification.

Coach Terry Fenwick’s men are scheduled to play Bahamas, in Nassau, on June 5 before hosting St Kitts and Nevis in what could be a crucial and decisive encounter on June 8.

Former “Strike Squad” captain Clayton “JB” Morris said the team lacked chemistry while they also played against a Puerto Rican team with nothing to lose.

“They (Puerto Rico) could only gain, playing at home on a surface that they are accustomed to and that we (T&T) are not accustomed to, with youngsters who were hungry for success, with a coach who encouraged their players to go out and express themselves freely...coming up against a team like that it is always difficult to beat them,” Morris assessed, adding that our players also failed to lift their play and conduct to a professional level.

Morris suggested the team (T&T) lacked cohesion and match fitness and that the “Soca Warriors” must now adopt a similar aggressive attitude like Puerto Rico if they are to advance. “Our destiny is in our hands,” Morris said. “We now have to go beat St Kitts and win the other game against the Bahamas. So destiny is in our hands.”

Former “Soca Warrior” Brent Sancho said the performance lacked energy and purpose. “And a lot of individuals, mostly the experienced ones, would have let themselves down,” Sancho assessed, adding the “Huracan Azul” (Blue Hurricane) was not a particularly special outfit.

With a squad of 26 players to choose from and with two games within days of each other, Sancho said there was need for more rotation of the players when you consider the factors of travel, Covid-19.

“It was a bit mind-boggling that they didn’t rotate some players, change up some players in the middle of the park, where you needed a little bit more energy and desire. To be honest, playing on an artificial surface after playing Guyana on grass... the artificial surface is very taxing, so I think all those things really led to a really poor performance and to be honest if it wasn’t for our goalkeeper we would have lost that one.”

Denmark-based goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup made crucial stops to ensure T&T came away with a point (draw). Sancho said he remains concerned about the lack of fitness in some players, who ended their international club campaigns since November but seemed short of work Sunday.

“It is strange that from a fitness perspective...it is something that it should not be because nine out of ten times a national team isn’t afforded that (amount of) training time (together), so that is an aspect that really baffles me a bit because that side of it is not there,” Sancho explained. He further highlighted that there was also a failure to make tactical, formational, and positional adjustments during the game.

Former national manager Jamaal Shabazz determined that it was always going to be a tough game for this country, coming up against a very organised and motivated “Boricua” squad.

He said after a lacklustre first half, he felt T&T only came to life in the second half when local-based player Duane Muckette was introduced to engineer a period of play the “Soca Warriors” dominated, and when Joevin Jones eventually scored (56th minute).

Shabazz said Group F leaders St Kitts & Nevis has been making steady progress over the last five years and that he had predicted before the start of the qualifiers that they would be a team to beat.

“But T&T should still be pleased with four points from two games, (Fenwick) has been under tremendous pressure from within the football fraternity and outside of it. It is something that he certainly will have to get accustomed to...graduating to international football. This pressure is very different from club football.”

While Shabazz admitted the result was cause for concern, he is still optimistic about T&T improving and advancing, as he believes T&T possesses a formidable squad, but it is up to some players to become fitter and the team to become better organised.

“In World Cup qualifiers, this is the nature of it, the ball does not bounce exactly like you want it and you have to grind out some results. It will be a test of our character, but very possible. Our destiny is still in the hands of the performances for the next two games,” Shabazz noted.

“My advice would be for coach and staff to focus on football, zero in on needs of team and not be even fazed with comments from people like me,” he concluded.

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 30, 2021, 02:42:10 AM
this is Terry’s third game in charge and already he’s in for mounting criticism, you people got some balls.

If TT do not win their next game, your will see a "Fire Terry Fenwick Thread".

Compared to what has been launched at other coaches, Fenwick has had a honeymoon on this forum. I don't think a Fire Fenwick thread exists and if that is the case, it is testament to the honeymoon. From what I observe, he entered the job with loads of goodwill. Some coaches had a Fire thread early o'clock.

Third game or not, certain manifestations on the field are undeniable.

One thing I will say doh: during matches coaches don't have the luxury of seeing the field from the view delivered on TV. What is immediately obvious to the viewer may not be immediately obvious to the coach BUT everything that occurs on the field is the coach's responsibility to decipher or influence or anticipate and the coach must acquire a way of seeing the field three dimensionally. But even if she or he misses something during the match, she or he still has video later to have the light bulb go off. How many matches are necessary for that to happen?

International football can't be assessed in the same way as a league. Negative manifestations in two matches ordinarily prompt questions because there are only a handful of matches that determine whether a team swims or sinks. Nothing within the critique of Fenwick's product is atypical. In places like Argentina and Mexico similar comments would be platformed on TV with vigorous argument. In T&T they come through written media mostly.

That stated, I doubt Fenwick is hobbled by not perceiving the field three-dimensionally. He is hobbled by inflexibility. And pay attention to a word Cocorite used: anachronistic.

On Sunday he failed at determining how to be more effective in the final 35 to 45 meters of the field. That lack of effectivity is inseparable from his preferences in other areas of the pitch. That cyah happen and not geh ponged. Three points were for the picking like a ripe mango and we almost left the venue hungry.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: trini_stallion on March 30, 2021, 03:13:44 AM
I see Terry saying next rounds he’ll have more top quality players...this eh about top quality players Mr. Fenwick...on paper, we had the quality in that squad to win that game...what was lacking is proper  coaching....straight up...he was out coached. Call a spade a spade...if we make it out this group, I hope the admin have a plan to get a top coach. I like Terry. I prefer him over Lawrence, but we’re still a ways away.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 30, 2021, 04:58:17 AM
this is Terry’s third game in charge and already he’s in for mounting criticism, you people got some balls.

If TT do not win their next game, your will see a "Fire Terry Fenwick Thread".
deeks did you know that the two most successful coaches in the pro league is now coaching the national team, and the quality of their coaching ain't even that good. as we all know dereck king and terry fenwick did a lot of damage in the pro league and they are two of the most prosperous that the league ha ever seen, stuart charles who is also another successful pro league coach has also done stints internationally with both the senior and junior teams respectively and didn't do that well, do you get my point?

we need to raise the bar, and we're not going to do it with poor coaching and lack of developmental academies, no way. we must think bigger than this regardless of who's opposed.

when raymond timkee brought in steven hart, jamal and hudson was doing a good job with the team but he realized that we needed better coaching to be able to compete in concacaf.

this is nothing personal, and if we want to go forward we must stand on some toes and people will get their feelings hurt, but this is not about sparing feelings it's about efficiency and progress.

if we so desire to see our own people running our league then let it be people who are gaining first world experience in formidable leagues like carlos edwards, dennis lawrence, kelvin jack, kenwin jones, russell latapy and dwight yorke.

 let these guys who went out and coach in foreign leagues who got their feet wet in leagues on a more competitive level come home and coach these teams. not a bunch of ex footballers who did a badge here and a course there but didn't coach no where of great significance, why do we have to cater to small minded people and their feelings at the expense of our young athletes?
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 30, 2021, 05:11:38 AM
I see Terry saying next rounds he’ll have more top quality players...this eh about top quality players Mr. Fenwick...on paper, we had the quality in that squad to win that game...what was lacking is proper  coaching....straight up...he was out coached. Call a spade a spade...if we make it out this group, I hope the admin have a plan to get a top coach. I like Terry. I prefer him over Lawrence, but we’re still a ways away.
i heard steven hart on one occasion said when he had back to back games and on the second leg where the team bummed, that the lads needed time to recuperate, and players need at least three days rest before they go into another game, not to mention they were travelling and living out of a suit case. i think as football hounds we all know this, so please cut the coach and the lads some slack. they were playing away to a very good team with players playing on the same level or even better.

 look guys i think we're making a mountain of a mole hill. the team still has their destiny in their own hands....that is if you all love the world cup lime light so much that it takes precedence over gaining a philosophy and playing as a unit, then we still in the drivers seat. BTW st kitts played their two easiest games which would explain the six point lead and i'm pretty sure they not beating guyana in june, they might get a draw, but not a win.

i would rather we got into the gold cup and made it to the semi final than to go to the hex and come last again, but in the same breath i would also like to see us both in the final round of eight and the gold cup just for the games and the experience and nothing more.

we have two games left and i think we will be better prepared and more focused on the task ahead. thinking good vibes and wishing the team well will go a long way for morale, the lads don't need the beatdown right now, it will only help to kill their motivation.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Deeks on March 30, 2021, 05:51:29 AM
I see Terry saying next rounds he’ll have more top quality players...this eh about top quality players Mr. Fenwick...on paper, we had the quality in that squad to win that game...what was lacking is proper  coaching....straight up...he was out coached. Call a spade a spade...if we make it out this group, I hope the admin have a plan to get a top coach. I like Terry. I prefer him over Lawrence, but we’re still a ways away.
i heard steven hart on one occasion said when he had back to back games and on the second leg where the team bummed, that the lads needed time to recuperate, and players need at least three days rest before they go into another game, not to mention they were travelling and living out of a suit case. i think as football hounds we all know this, so please cut the coach and the lads some slack. they were playing away to a very good team with players playing on the same level or even better.

 look guys i think we're making a mountain of a mole hill. the team still has their destiny in their own hands....that is if you all love the world cup lime light so much that it takes precedence over gaining a philosophy and playing as a unit, then we still in the drivers seat. BTW st kitts played their two easiest games which would explain the six point lead and i'm pretty sure they not beating guyana in june, they might get a draw, but not a win.

i would rather we got into the gold cup and made it to the semi final than to go to the hex and come last again, but in the same breath i would also like to see us both in the final round of eight and the gold cup just for the games and the experience and nothing more.

we have two games left and i think we will be better prepared and more focused on the task ahead. thinking good vibes and wishing the team well will go a long way for morale, the lads don't need the beatdown right now, it will only help to kill their motivation.


i would rather we got into the gold cup and made it to the semi final than to go to the hex and come last again

Nah Breds !!!! Hex anyday!!!!!
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Deeks on March 30, 2021, 05:54:18 AM
I see Terry saying next rounds he’ll have more top quality players...this eh about top quality players Mr. Fenwick...on paper, we had the quality in that squad to win that game...what was lacking is proper  coaching....straight up...he was out coached. Call a spade a spade...if we make it out this group, I hope the admin have a plan to get a top coach. I like Terry. I prefer him over Lawrence, but we’re still a ways away.

If TT makes it to the next round, Hadad will not fire TF.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 30, 2021, 07:05:22 AM
A few months ago, when it was unclear whether we would be participating in WC qualifying, there were players who were out front and center making comments about having a strong desire to play in the WC etc. 

I want to see that desire expressed on the field. There's a bit of disconnect between what was said and what was seen.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: injunchile on March 30, 2021, 07:12:41 AM
Keith Look Loy made a great point of a playmaker in the middle of the park, bringing the ball from defence  to attack. also like the suggestion of bringing two of Hart's boys for the next game. Akeem Garcia and Rampersad.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: injunchile on March 30, 2021, 07:15:03 AM
Big Players need to step up. Well said Asylumseekers.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 30, 2021, 08:05:36 AM
Another thing. I am wary of scapegoating Telfer. The conditions were not conducive for a Telfer to be successful. That was always going to be the case going into the match, but it could have been rectified on the field by changing players' assignments. See where he found success on the field in a supporting role rather than as the focal point of the attack.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: kounty on March 30, 2021, 08:35:36 AM
anybody ever find a youtube copy of these games?
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 30, 2021, 09:40:52 AM
anybody ever find a youtube copy of these games?

Just located it. Hang tight.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 30, 2021, 09:41:15 AM
Another thing. I am wary of scapegoating Telfer. The conditions were not conducive for a Telfer to be successful. That was always going to be the case going into the match, but it could have been rectified on the field by changing players' assignments. See where he found success on the field in a supporting role rather than as the focal point of the attack.
you better be wary, he’s the reason we left PR with a point. in the last three matches he’s been the only consistent bright spark we had. he created a scoring chance vs america, another chance that jovin blew on Thursday in DR and scored one of his own, and created the cross that lead to our only goal on sunday. the lad plays like a Latin born player, all business. God bless him.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 30, 2021, 09:42:52 AM
anybody ever find a youtube copy of these games?

Just located it. Hang tight.
yippeee great news mate. I’ve been looking forward to this.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on March 30, 2021, 09:44:13 AM
WATCH: Full match - Puerto Rico vs Trinidad and Tobago.

https://www.youtube.com/v/EMBIQyxlXNU&t=4s
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 30, 2021, 10:10:50 AM
anybody ever find a youtube copy of these games?

Just located it. Hang tight.
do you have the guyana game as well?
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 30, 2021, 10:47:52 AM
These puerto ricans are damn good players, can anyone name the players by clubs? I couldn’t find it in the thread.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Sam on March 30, 2021, 08:33:24 PM
Terry Fenwick needs glasses.

Neveal Hackshaw is overweight, slow and is not a left back, Robert Primus is.

Levi Garcia should have been sub.

Duane Muckette should start.

Jabari Mitchell, lord fadda, man need to score and Terry bring on he while Brent Sam, Marcus Joseph and Judah Garcia on de bench.

 :rotfl:

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Flex on March 31, 2021, 01:24:58 AM
Williams calls for greater pride, passion in T&T football
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


FORMER T&T defender Brian Williams is calling for greater pride and passion among the national players, following their two 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone Group F qualifiers, against Guyana last Thursday and Puerto Rico on Sunday.

T&T whipped Guyana 3-0 but were held to a 1-1 draw by Puerto Rico.

T&T are second in the five-team group with four points, trailing St Kitts/Nevis who have a maximum of six points.

Rounding off the group are Puerto Rico (one), Guyana and Bahamas (zero apiece). Only the group winners will advance to the Concacaf Zone second round.

“I wasn’t so much impressed with the game (on Sunday) night but, taking into consideration T&T football, I think there is a lot of work to be done still,” Williams said, during an interview on Monday. “I want to see a little more passion (regarding) playing for T&T from some of the guys. When I looked at the team, I want to see more intensity. They play a little too slow.

“I think there are some areas to work on, defensively we look a little too porous, especially balls coming through the spinal column of the defence. I find that was a concern. We need to play a little more collective up front. I think (Ryan) Telfer is sometimes too alone in attack.”

Guyana and Puerto Rico fielded starting line-ups which mainly comprised of players who were not born in the respective countries.

Williams said, “Most of the countries are having players who are playing abroad, who have some sort of family link and can play for the country. We have to now take that into consideration and don’t feel like teams like St Kitts/Nevis and Puerto Rico are weak teams.

“Looking at (Sunday’s) game, our players need to show a little more national pride. I understand the situation generally in T&T football. It’s not for me to say if the boys are not totally motivated but (what) I see lacking is a true patriotism, a drive to play for T&T.”

A bright spot for T&T in their two qualifying matches was the display from Denmark-born goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup.

According to the former Strike Squad right-back, “I was pretty satisfied with the goalkeeper. He’s doing a pretty good job. He’s shown some levels of maturity and professionalism. I think he is one of the players (who) the rest can tap a vibes off of, in terms of the spirit of playing the game.”

However, the former T&T youth team coach was quick to point out, “Regardless of the challenges that we face in our football, I want to see a little more urgency. Our intensity is too low. We have to play a little quicker. We have to show a little more pride in representing our country.

“It needs to be moved by the staff and the administrators, in making these players as comfortable as possible, to want and have the drive to play for T&T. I don’t want to sound knocking (anyone) but we’re looking at what is required to play international football. When we play for our country, we must work hard.”

Coach Terry Fenwick has come under fire from local football pundits and fans after the 7-0 humiliation against the United States on January 31, as well as his heated confrontation against TT Football Association (TTFA) media officer Shaun Fuentes during a training session at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on March 17.

Williams noted, “There is so much chat around Fenwick but he’s coaching the national team and we have to try to give (him) the best support.

“Like every coach, their responsibility is in motivating and keeping the team alive as best as possible, also seeking players’ welfare and interest. The coach is a reflection of his team. We want to see players playing for their coach, and who have that love and acceptance from the coach. It’s in his early stages. Let us see how it unfolds.”

PULL QUOTE: “ I don’t want to sound knocking (anyone) but we’re looking at what is required to play international football. When we play for our country, we must work hard.” former T&T defender Brian Williams.

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Tiresais on March 31, 2021, 01:38:57 AM
Disappointing but not the end of the world. Saint Kitts will be a toss up
saint kitts could do to us what guyana did to us in 2011 if we're not careful, we had to beat them to get into the semifinal round and only one team adcanced, i think the group was bardbados, bermuda, guyana and TT, and we went to bermuda and loss or draw the game, but my point is that guyana lead the group and when we went to guyana in a must win scenario we blew it.

i can only hope that we remember that experience and and put peddle to the metal and win the next two games, because i have a suspicion that guyana will not do us any favors and by beating st kitts, or even pull off a draw, so we have to go out there and win those games ourselves, we can't afford nothing less. this is like deja vu. these lads better get frikin serious and not play around.

Agreed. Saint kitts also form a big threat as they have lots of individuals who known our football and can exploit it.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Controversial on March 31, 2021, 01:52:52 AM
Terry Fenwick needs glasses.

Neveal Hackshaw is overweight, slow and is not a left back, Robert Primus is.

Levi Garcia should have been sub.

Duane Muckette should start.

Jabari Mitchell, lord fadda, man need to score and Terry bring on he while Brent Sam, Marcus Joseph and Judah Garcia on de bench.

 :rotfl:



I was wondering who was the man with the rum shop belly in defense ...  :D

Fenwicks selection makes no sense to me and his approach to subs also seem like pure experimentation than  a well devised plan
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on March 31, 2021, 05:59:23 AM
Terry Fenwick needs glasses.

Neveal Hackshaw is overweight, slow and is not a left back, Robert Primus is.

Levi Garcia should have been sub.

Duane Muckette should start.

Jabari Mitchell, lord fadda, man need to score and Terry bring on he while Brent Sam, Marcus Joseph and Judah Garcia on de bench.

 :rotfl:



I was wondering who was the man with the rum shop belly in defense ...  :D

Fenwicks selection makes no sense to me and his approach to subs also seem like pure experimentation than  a well devised plan
goes to show how much you know. BTW this is the same rum belly boy who saved the day when we was losing to st vincent by creating the two chances for Levi garcia on his debut that brought us back in the game after st vincent took the lead, and that was under the great steven hart’s tenure.

that’s the same rum belly boy who made the USL all star team more than once, and In case you don’t know neval hackshaw is playing out of position, his ideal position is in the midfield playing the same role as hyland just sitting behind the attack, at least that’s where hart played him and he was very effective.

I believe his position changed playing for his USL club where he substituted as a defender, but had you seen the last few games you would see that he helped a great deal in controlling the attack down the left, and his possessions of the ball has stalled many efforts by the opposing team. anyway why I am on about you and your nonsense, what do you know. you’re just a disgruntled hater who believe no one is worthy to coach the great TT but the magnanimous steven magic man hart.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: grskywalker on March 31, 2021, 10:45:37 AM
telfer not in the game
Not one player has tried to tread a ball into him either on the carpet or over the heads of the midgets 🤦🏾‍♂️
I find Telfer quite useless for his size and strength. Does not appear to know what to do with the ball or get himself in a position to offer Levi an option in attack
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: grskywalker on March 31, 2021, 10:49:28 AM
Hackshaw, Jovein need to get themselves in better shape, Jovein used to be faster and quicker on the dribble than what I have seen in the last two games. At the international level, you should not have that amt of body fat! I think Hacshaw can be a formidable defender if he gets himself together
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: grskywalker on March 31, 2021, 10:52:30 AM
So if you live in the US or have access to PEACOCK TV the games are being carried and saved.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Tallman on March 31, 2021, 11:02:29 AM
telfer not in the game
Not one player has tried to tread a ball into him either on the carpet or over the heads of the midgets 🤦🏾‍♂️
I find Telfer quite useless for his size and strength. Does not appear to know what to do with the ball or get himself in a position to offer Levi an option in attack

The fact is there is nor kind of attacking strategy or shape, so you will get what we have seen over the last two matches.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: royal on March 31, 2021, 01:39:07 PM
Mediocre in Mayaguez: Muckette, Wilfredo and T&T’s missing jockey shorts
Sean Powder Tuesday 30 March 2021 Global Football, National Football, Wired 868

I arrived 20 minutes prior to kick off at the Estadio Centroamericano in Mayaguez to a populated parking lot with a surprising stream of fans in red, white and blue.

The Puerto Rican Football Federation president Ivan Rivera stated on 15 March that the game would be played behind closed doors. Apparently for the Boriquen ‘closed to the public’ is as fluid a term as ‘excellence’ for Trinidad and Tobago head coach Terry Fenwick.

I learned that the Puerto Rican Federation provided every football club on the island with two tickets; and, although there was a guest list at the entrance, some Puerto Rican clubs might have studied our 19 November 1989 ticketing process.

The World Cup qualifier was staged at the home of Puerto Rico Sol FC, one of the strongest football programs in Puerto Rico since its founding in 2016. Across the street is Plaza Patos y Copas, a wonderful revenue generator—though I do not know whether for the club or the federation.

Former TTFA president David John-Williams would love the setting.

As the match kicked off on a pitch surrounded by an athletic track, Fenwick spent much of his time in lane one trying to get as close as possible to his players who he shouted orders to constantly.
Puerto Rico head coach Dave Sarachan, on the hand, only emerged from his bench with the occasional tactical adjustment.


The first half ended with both teams still on even terms. Thank Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup for that, as he was lively and commanding—save for one strike that he judged to be wide but which struck his near post.

As the second half got underway, our back four must have felt like I did at the San Juan airport, greeted by an ants’ nest of Covid-19 regulations and tables of individuals in gloves, masks and white disposal suits, awaiting your ‘intake’. It was like a scene from the movie Pandemic.

In the Estadio Centroamericano, Trinidad and Tobago, effectively using four six foot central defenders across their entire backline, were struggling to cope with the nippy Puerto Ricans.

The 17-year-old human highlight reel that is right winger Wilfredo A Rivera Cepeda, aka Wilfredo Rivera, looked particularly impressive in an otherwise mediocre game.

Wilfredo spent his early years at one of the oldest clubs in Puerto Rico, Academia Quintana, and hails from the Quintana neighborhood of San Juan, where boys sweat from early in the morning until after the sun sets. He immigrated to Jacksonville, FL where he eventually joined Orlando FC.


Almost every talented footballer has some ‘barrio football’ in their past and Wilfredo is no different. The sons of the privileged almost never rise to the top in the game.

Fenwick injected some creativity into his team in the second half by swapping Daniel Phillips with Duane Muckette, and the impact was felt on and off the field.

“Ay Dios Mio (oh my God),” said the Puerto Rican fan next to me, “it’s good they did not start ‘Number 10’ because he changed the game. Now we are going to lose…”

Joevin Jones put the visitors ahead within 10 minutes of Muckette’s introduction. But the Trinidad and Tobago players were not efficient with our chances, while their defence always seemed desperate for protection from the Puerto Rico attackers.

We needed better game management. There didn’t appear to be a plan to sit deeper and hit them on the counter with Levi Garcia and Willis Plaza, or for Michel Poon-Angeron to stay home and look after the back four.

The match remained opened and Puerto Rico eventually found an equaliser with an attack that was well constructed but poorly defended.

“Yo soy Boricua pa que tu lo sepas (I am Puerto Rican in case you didn’t know),” sang the home fans, as they pushed their boys to go for the victory.

But 1-1 was as good as it was going to get for the hosts.

I was fortunate to meet and spend some time with Puerto Rico defender Nicolás Javier Cordona and flanker Gerald Jadiel Diaz after the match. They and the supporters felt the result was fair, although they felt they could have taken all three points.

They still view Trinidad and Tobago as a Caribbean powerhouse and considered the result to be an excellent one for the development of Puerto Rican football.

As a true patriot, I played along with their description of our team as a ‘powerhouse’, and did not tell them the emperor might have lost his jockey shorts some time ago.

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Flex on March 31, 2021, 05:39:13 PM
Soca Warriors WC Campaign - A work in progress
By Colin Murray (T&T Guardian).


After the nauseating experiment against the United States went awry where the Soca Warriors were humiliated 7-0, T&T’s football fans locally and abroad looked forward to the start of the opening round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF qualifiers against Guyana in the Dominican Republic followed by an away fixture against Puerto Rico.

Fans were unsure of what to expect especially against a Guyana side that has posed problems in the past for the Soca Warriors. They boasted a Brazilian coach in Márcio Máximo with seven players playing professionally outside of Guyana albeit in the lower leagues of Europe. But all in all, one could sense a feeling of uncertainty of what this Guyanese side was capable of producing.

Nevertheless, fans would have expected nothing but a victory from coach Terry Fenwick’s charges and they rightfully delivered. The Soca Warriors started positively and never allowed their opponents to settle and from early on they looked like, as a friend texted me, “they good for 4 or 5”. The important question is: were the Warriors that good to whip the Guyanese by 3-0 including missing a penalty, or were the Guyanese just hopeless? When one looks back at the game in its entirety, it is a mixture of both.

There were times T&T looked good, especially when Levi Garcia was in full flow as he was menacing on the right flank, but far too much depended on his quite evident individualism. He truly has so much talent that he was able, on occasions, to claw his way out of trouble. Both Garcia and Joevin Jones seemed isolated at times, as when T&T moved forward into attack, the cohesion of the team failed to be on display. Ryan Telfer upfront was like The Lone Ranger and when he made his runs and picked up the ball, he was forced to try and dribble opponents as the expected support from the midfield was way too slow in arriving. Kevin Molino was sorely missed as he would have been the outlet not only for Telfer but for Garcia and Jones.

T&T fans should remain hopeful that when their team settles and finds an identity for itself, they will be able to witness some more flair in the midfield with players pushing forward as a unit; and possibly with the defensive midfielder sitting on top of the defence but with instructions to move forward once in possession.

Admittedly, I was concerned with T&T’s defence. I thought Guyana would score and on one occasion, the post got in the way. Debutant goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup, who looked pretty solid, made a couple of good saves. In Sheldon Bateau and Robert Primus at the heart of the defence, there was every reason for T&T fans to feel comfortable as they are two very capable defenders, but when the Guyanese strung a few passes together, the defence seemed to panic. To call a spade a spade, they did not look as organised as they should be at this level. Should their opponents have had more quality, the Warriors could have easily suffered a goal or two. I know it will take some time for the players to understand each other, but they need to learn fast as I am unsure each player on the field knows their role and how to mesh that into the overall team.

The 3-0 victory was a great start to their campaign and would have given them a much-needed boost of confidence against a Puerto Rican team that, by all accounts, have improved tremendously in the last couple of years. A match of this nature a few years ago would have been a walk in the park but based on their results, it was going to be a tough nut to crack.

El Huracán Azul (The Blue Hurricane) as they are fondly referred to, were at home and knowing they needed a victory to stay alive in the qualifiers, it was imperative the Soca Warriors started the game like they did against the Guyanese or they could have found themselves facing a Category 5 Blue Hurricane that could have been devastating.

Luckily, they instead faced a tropical storm as they put T&T under continuous pressure and again, Frenderup proved his worth as he made critical saves when called upon which ultimately kept the Warriors in the game. I know before the start of the encounter, coach Fenwick spoke about the power and the running ability of this Puerto Rican team, but T&T did not seem to match them with the same intensity that was needed to keep them at bay and indeed, were fortunate to go into the dressing room on level terms.

The Warriors started the second half more positively and tried to keep possession but this young and energetic Puerto Rican team never stopped running and T&T were able to take the lead with their improved second-half display leaving Puerto Rico behind and chasing their fading world cup dreams. As mentioned, this Puerto Rican team is talented and in young, 17-year-old Wilfredo Rivera, who plays for Orlando City, is a piece of dynamite and gave Neveal Hackshaw a night to remember with their equaliser being well-taken in the end.

The Soca Warriors came away with a point and qualifying is still very much on their own feet but doesn’t be surprised if this Puerto Rican team in the next few years emulates Panama as their football grows in stature to challenge all of the CONCACAF’s big names.

Next up, the Soca Warriors should take care of the Bahamas but the big game (imagine than?) is against St Kitts and Nevis and nothing but a victory would see T&T into the next round. I understand coach Fenwick is seeking to strengthen his squad which is all well and good however, his team must place emphasis on ensuring his players understand their roles and the system in which they are brought in to play. I have seen on so many occasions where players come into a squad but they just don't fit into the system and things go haywire.

Former coach Leo Beenhakker was a master of bringing players into a team to fit into a role that strengthened his squad. As such, one can only hope that the same thing unfolds here and that the team’s attack is filled with unity and flair while being defensively well-organised and tough to break down. That I am sure is all the fans are asking for as I am totally confident the nation is 100% behind the Soca Warriors on the road to Qatar 2022. But no one can disagree that there is still lots of work to be done.

Editor’s note:

The views expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of any organisation of which he is a stakeholder.

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Deeks on April 01, 2021, 07:19:20 AM
Williams calls for greater pride, passion in T&T football
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


FORMER T&T defender Brian Williams is calling for greater pride and passion among the national players, following their two 2022 FIFA World Cup Concacaf Zone Group F qualifiers, against Guyana last Thursday and Puerto Rico on Sunday.

T&T whipped Guyana 3-0 but were held to a 1-1 draw by Puerto Rico.

T&T are second in the five-team group with four points, trailing St Kitts/Nevis who have a maximum of six points.

Rounding off the group are Puerto Rico (one), Guyana and Bahamas (zero apiece). Only the group winners will advance to the Concacaf Zone second round.

“I wasn’t so much impressed with the game (on Sunday) night but, taking into consideration T&T football, I think there is a lot of work to be done still,” Williams said, during an interview on Monday. “I want to see a little more passion (regarding) playing for T&T from some of the guys. When I looked at the team, I want to see more intensity. They play a little too slow.

“I think there are some areas to work on, defensively we look a little too porous, especially balls coming through the spinal column of the defence. I find that was a concern. We need to play a little more collective up front. I think (Ryan) Telfer is sometimes too alone in attack.”

Guyana and Puerto Rico fielded starting line-ups which mainly comprised of players who were not born in the respective countries.

Williams said, “Most of the countries are having players who are playing abroad, who have some sort of family link and can play for the country. We have to now take that into consideration and don’t feel like teams like St Kitts/Nevis and Puerto Rico are weak teams.

“Looking at (Sunday’s) game, our players need to show a little more national pride. I understand the situation generally in T&T football. It’s not for me to say if the boys are not totally motivated but (what) I see lacking is a true patriotism, a drive to play for T&T.”

A bright spot for T&T in their two qualifying matches was the display from Denmark-born goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup.

According to the former Strike Squad right-back, “I was pretty satisfied with the goalkeeper. He’s doing a pretty good job. He’s shown some levels of maturity and professionalism. I think he is one of the players (who) the rest can tap a vibes off of, in terms of the spirit of playing the game.”

However, the former T&T youth team coach was quick to point out, “Regardless of the challenges that we face in our football, I want to see a little more urgency. Our intensity is too low. We have to play a little quicker. We have to show a little more pride in representing our country.

“It needs to be moved by the staff and the administrators, in making these players as comfortable as possible, to want and have the drive to play for T&T. I don’t want to sound knocking (anyone) but we’re looking at what is required to play international football. When we play for our country, we must work hard.”

Coach Terry Fenwick has come under fire from local football pundits and fans after the 7-0 humiliation against the United States on January 31, as well as his heated confrontation against TT Football Association (TTFA) media officer Shaun Fuentes during a training session at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on March 17.

Williams noted, “There is so much chat around Fenwick but he’s coaching the national team and we have to try to give (him) the best support.

“Like every coach, their responsibility is in motivating and keeping the team alive as best as possible, also seeking players’ welfare and interest. The coach is a reflection of his team. We want to see players playing for their coach, and who have that love and acceptance from the coach. It’s in his early stages. Let us see how it unfolds.”

PULL QUOTE: “ I don’t want to sound knocking (anyone) but we’re looking at what is required to play international football. When we play for our country, we must work hard.” former T&T defender Brian Williams.



While I understands Brian's frustration,  I disagree that the players are not passionate and lack pride. After the 7-0 beating, you think these players came with a laisser-faire mind set to play these games. I think they were tired with a dose of anxiety. They wanted to win the game real bad. I think mental fatigue set in. So this is something that they need to help them with.  Go ahead and blame them for not playing the way we want them to play. But don't say they lack pride and passion.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: injunchile on April 01, 2021, 07:42:45 AM
Well Said Deeks and Colin. As latapy said about his Bajan team don't attack the players commitment and Pride.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on April 01, 2021, 10:56:03 AM
These trini talking heads love to fool themselves into thinking we have a winning team with world class players and all we need is a top notch coach to complete the magic, when nothing could be farther from the truth. i know it’s a bitter pill to swallow but let’s face the truth and be honest here, we will always be way down in the pecking order in concacaf simply because we are a neglectful bunch who suffers from delusions of grandeur.

I hate to repeat myself over and over again, but if you’re not willing to spend on developmental schools all over the nation, top level coaching courses, develop a proper league which includes funding community stadiums and spending tons of money on promoting the league and compensating players and making the game lucrative, then we wasting time and will continue to be the boo boys of concacaf.

This is what people like colin Murray fazeer Muhammad and lasana liburd should be writing about, not the coaches performance or the teams weakness, but football being properly administrated and developed in such a way that it would be a totally justified to expect Trinidad and Tobago to beat teams like PR, jamaica, haiti, El Salvador and honduras and nothing less will suffice, but until then, we need to keep quiet because we didn’t earn that right as of yet, and we have plenty work to do before we get there.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Storeboy on April 01, 2021, 11:58:14 AM
These trini talking heads love to fool themselves into thinking we have a winning team with world class players and all we need is a top notch coach to complete the magic, when nothing could be farther from the truth. i know it’s a bitter pill to swallow but let’s face the truth and be honest here, we will always be way down in the pecking order in concacaf simply because we are a neglectful bunch who suffers from delusions of grandeur.

I hate to repeat myself over and over again, but if you’re not willing to spend on developmental schools all over the nation, top level coaching courses, develop a proper league which includes funding community stadiums and spending tons of money on promoting the league and compensating players and making the game lucrative, then we wasting time and will continue to be the boo boys of concacaf.

This is what people like colin Murray fazeer Muhammad and lasana liburd should be writing about, not the coaches performance or the teams weakness, but football being properly administrated and developed in such a way that it would be a totally justified to expect Trinidad and Tobago to beat teams like PR, jamaica, haiti, El Salvador and honduras and nothing less will suffice, but until then, we need to keep quiet because we didn’t earn that right as of yet, and we have plenty work to do before we get there.

Amen! We don't have a league. We don't have players in top leagues around the world. We don't have academies that train our youngsters. We played few International friendlies in the last four years. Our best player did not play - injured. But somehow, we must win games. 
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Jayerson on April 01, 2021, 12:00:37 PM
These trini talking heads love to fool themselves into thinking we have a winning team with world class players and all we need is a top notch coach to complete the magic, when nothing could be farther from the truth. i know it’s a bitter pill to swallow but let’s face the truth and be honest here, we will always be way down in the pecking order in concacaf simply because we are a neglectful bunch who suffers from delusions of grandeur.

I hate to repeat myself over and over again, but if you’re not willing to spend on developmental schools all over the nation, top level coaching courses, develop a proper league which includes funding community stadiums and spending tons of money on promoting the league and compensating players and making the game lucrative, then we wasting time and will continue to be the boo boys of concacaf.

This is what people like colin Murray fazeer Muhammad and lasana liburd should be writing about, not the coaches performance or the teams weakness, but football being properly administrated and developed in such a way that it would be a totally justified to expect Trinidad and Tobago to beat teams like PR, jamaica, haiti, El Salvador and honduras and nothing less will suffice, but until then, we need to keep quiet because we didn’t earn that right as of yet, and we have plenty work to do before we get there.

The flip side to that is that men watching their favourite EPL and La Liga team and expecting these players to produce performances resembling that and that a good coach would produce such
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Tiresais on April 01, 2021, 02:21:43 PM
Cosign to the coaching - we have 4 times the population of Iceland and look where they end up with serious investment in their youth
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on April 01, 2021, 07:52:39 PM
These trini talking heads love to fool themselves into thinking we have a winning team with world class players and all we need is a top notch coach to complete the magic, when nothing could be farther from the truth. i know it’s a bitter pill to swallow but let’s face the truth and be honest here, we will always be way down in the pecking order in concacaf simply because we are a neglectful bunch who suffers from delusions of grandeur.

I hate to repeat myself over and over again, but if you’re not willing to spend on developmental schools all over the nation, top level coaching courses, develop a proper league which includes funding community stadiums and spending tons of money on promoting the league and compensating players and making the game lucrative, then we wasting time and will continue to be the boo boys of concacaf.

This is what people like colin Murray fazeer Muhammad and lasana liburd should be writing about, not the coaches performance or the teams weakness, but football being properly administrated and developed in such a way that it would be a totally justified to expect Trinidad and Tobago to beat teams like PR, jamaica, haiti, El Salvador and honduras and nothing less will suffice, but until then, we need to keep quiet because we didn’t earn that right as of yet, and we have plenty work to do before we get there.

The flip side to that is that men watching their favourite EPL and La Liga team and expecting these players to produce performances resembling that and that a good coach would produce such
in the fire terry fenwick thread i echoed the very same sentiments.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Flex on April 01, 2021, 08:39:21 PM
Look Loy: Thank God for Frenderup; T&T need multiple improvements—plus ‘Froggy’ and Rampersad.
Wired868.com.


“[…] Is the selection [of defenders] based on a physical prototype preferred by coach Terry Fenwick—tall, big and strong? I ask because for the third match now we saw Neveal Hackshaw, who is known as a defensive midfielder and now plays central defence for his club, appearing as the left back.

“Every position has associated physical, technical, psychological, tactical characteristics, which are the basis of effective performance in that position. Our wing-backs, particularly Hackshaw, do not meet the basic wing-back characteristics.

“But he doesn’t select himself; this is on the coach…”

The following commentary on Trinidad and Tobago’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Puerto Rico was submitted to Wired868 by former Concacaf technical study group member and Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) technical committee chairman Keith Look Loy:

After getting by a poor Guyana outfit with a mediocre performance, we all hoped for a win with a better display against unheralded Puerto Rico today.

I was left distinctly unimpressed by what was, in fact, a worse display; one in which—but for the heroics of goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup—we were very lucky to have a draw and a share of the points.

Frankly, with due respect to Puerto Rico, I fully expected we would win against a country with no footballing pedigree, which had hired its coach only days earlier, and lost its opening qualifier to St Kitts and Nevis. Not so in the event.

We started slowly and poorly while Puerto Rico demonstrated readiness for the battle with two attacks inside the first minute. They never let up after that. Indeed, the determination to have a result was demonstrated by their early appearance from the tunnel after the half-time break.

The Puerto Rico players were already in their battle stations while my team strolled out to resume battle, without the look of urgency expected from a team realistically chasing a World Cup berth.

The highlight of our performance was the goalkeeping of Frenderup. Surely the number one jersey is his to lose now. He was outstanding. Not much more could be placed in the positive column. Having seen two matches now, my concerns are, briefly:

(Ball possession)

Our ball retention and rotation lacks energy and is far too lethargic. We make too many unforced errors through sloppy passing—often in dangerous areas too. We seem uncertain how to move the ball from the back, through the lines, and into the opposing penalty area.

(Defence)

Is the selection based on a physical prototype preferred by coach Terry Fenwick—tall, big and strong? I ask because for the third match now we saw Neveal Hackshaw, who is known as a defensive midfielder and now plays central defence for his club, appearing as the left back.

Every position has associated physical, technical, psychological, tactical characteristics, which are the basis of effective performance in that position. Our wing-backs, particularly Hackshaw, do not meet the basic wing-back characteristics. But he doesn’t select himself; this is on the coach.

As ever, our defence is far too porous, and lacks a marshal; an organiser. We continue to be plagued by the twin issues of: a) lapses in concentration, as evidenced in poor passing out of defence, and loose marking (the Puerto Rican scorer was surrounded by four defenders); and b) lack of cover, particularly for Hacksaw (as in the Guyana match), who was tormented by 17-year-old Wilfredo Rivera all match long.

I don’t know where the team wants to regain possession and how. Pressing is inconsistent and not effective enough.

(Attack)

Compared to the Guyana match, the wing-backs were more involved in the attack. But because they are not natural wingbacks, they are very limited in their offensive actions.

They do not make plays or combine with team mates in the attacking third, or in and around the opposing penalty area. They do not enter crosses. I do not have the match statistics but I am sure they will support my analysis.

The team lacks creativity in midfield. Only Duane Muckette has the look of a natural playmaker and his play is far too laid-back. He needs to demand more of himself, he needs to get on the ball more and play progressive football (as opposed to little back and lateral passes), something which I discussed with him during the 2020 USL season.

An important aspect of effective attacking play is forward running out of midfield, which is virtually nonexistent at the moment.

Our shooting is generally very poor. Frankly, Levi Garcia’s efforts on goal are unprofessional for a forward in an elite European league

We lack a genuine centre-forward, of which there are different types, but Ryan Telfer is not mobile enough, disappears from the match and is not a predator.

(Match management)

Fenwick did not manage the match properly. He never sought any tactical adjustment to assist Hackshaw in handling Rivera. After a dismal first half, Muckette correctly entered; but Michel Poon-Angeron, not Daniel Phillips, should have been substituted.

Jabari Mitchell entered to replace the injured Joevin Jones and proceeded to do nothing. Why wasn’t the dangerous Judah Garcia used—as he was to good effect against Guyana?

The truth is that senior players like Jones and Levi Garcia not doing enough to show their level at all. Compare their effort to that of Rivera.

So now we are looking up the table at St Kitts and Nevis, who beat Puerto Rico and Bahamas, and need only to defeat Guyana to entrench themselves in the driver’s seat for the last match of the group.

Still, we have two months to improve the team via recruitment. Whatever Fenwick does, I suggest he talk to his assistant coach, Derek King, about bringing in two of my club FC Santa Rosa’s former players, now with Halifax Wanderers of the Canadian Premier League (CPL).

Those are 2020 league top scorer Akeem ‘Froggy’ Garcia and club captain and midfielder Andre Rampersad. Accuse me of favouritism if you will, but I cannot understand why Telfer (also CPL) is in the team while Garcia is not. (Derek was assistant coach to Stephen Hart at Halifax in 2019.)

So we look towards June. Two months. Let’s see what transpires then.

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Deeks on April 01, 2021, 10:40:21 PM
Cosign to the coaching - we have 4 times the population of Iceland and look where they end up with serious investment in their youth

Quite true. The Icelandic think and speak with one voice. They don't have issues of different groups pulling and tugging. Ethnic issues. North, South, Central, Tobago, EW corridor.  I am sure the Icelandic business community with the govt fund these developmental programs without thinking which group it will benefit. What do we do in TT?
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on April 03, 2021, 12:08:37 PM
Ah even more pissed. One of the things that irked me about this match is that we failed to test the keeper repeatedly ... I elaborated on why privately. Well, guess what! He just called quits on his playing career.

Great send off.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: soccerman on April 03, 2021, 01:14:30 PM
Ah even more pissed. One of the things that irked me about this match is that we failed to test the keeper repeatedly ... I elaborated on why privately. Well, guess what! He just called quits on his playing career.

Great send off.

He retired? Don't know if it was just me but with all due respect, that keeper seemed to be a bit heavy but we had him looking like Buffon.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on April 03, 2021, 01:39:08 PM
Ah even more pissed. One of the things that irked me about this match is that we failed to test the keeper repeatedly ... I elaborated on why privately. Well, guess what! He just called quits on his playing career.

Great send off.

He retired? Don't know if it was just me but with all due respect, that keeper seemed to be a bit heavy but we had him looking like Buffon.

Yeah, he retired. Who retires at this juncture during a WC campaign? Everything you said.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on April 03, 2021, 07:07:54 PM
These puerto ricans are damn good players, can anyone name the players by clubs? I couldn’t find it in the thread.
At least one plays for Ascension College in the NCAA. shameful.
why, does he have one eye and a clog foot? The fact that he’s playing on a collegiate level makes him less effective and dangerous? some times I wonder how you people assess football. BTW germany just loss to a minnow team, and we had no right to draw with mexico some years ago, at least on paper. we also had no right to beat the United States with a B team in a must win game, and the list could go on until tomorrow. the reality is that football on any given day could yield surprises. that’s football for you and regardless of who’s playing or not.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on April 03, 2021, 07:55:54 PM
I’m not surprised at that article after all just look who’s the publisher, the man who gets a hard on for bad publicity. as for this look loy man, I’m sure he was the one in WW ears all along giving him the awful advice steering him away from CAS to the high courts acting like a shirt jack wearing union boss in the process crying out about oppression on the part fifa.

What a childish assertion to place blame on one person while giving all the credit to another individual, and this from a man who owns a football team. I cringe every time I read a trini newspaper just to see the retardation of our citizen that literally takes foolish banter that you hear in a rum shop and bring it into the public domain.

This rubbish look loy is pushing belongs in a corner pub and no where else. to literally blame the coach for everything that transpired in that PR game is just ludicrous. here we have look loy playing side line coach saying to us what should have been done, and without having a conversation with terry is just wank.

he wasn’t there so he didn’t actually know what the circumstances were with any of the players and why they were subbed off or why they weren’t used, yet he takes the liberty to talk out of turn, and I’m pretty sure it’s because he never liked terry in the first place and wanted a coach of his own liking,maybe that’s why he made a big stink with wallace when he offered fenwick the job without his input.

and to compound on the issue to make fenderup a hero when he was only doing what he’s paid to do, it’s not like he saved a penalty for christ sake, and it’s funny that neval hackshaw was no where near that goal when it scored, in fact it was bateau and primus who had the player covered and when you look closely at that goal it was a real spirit goal in nature, just a pure hard luck goal.

Then in the end he makes suggestions to players he once coached while the insinuation of telfer into the conversation which was nothing short of undermining. I guess this is why I will never stop bashing these local trinis, they always present themselves from a position of ulterior motives never seeking the genuine interest of the country, and is plenty willing to sink the ship if they can’t have a say or control it all together even though they have nothing of value to offer. these people scare me shitless with their toxicity.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: kounty on April 03, 2021, 08:05:02 PM
Plaza didn't play too bad. Bring the whole india team over lewwe have a look! cuz them unfit and not match-fit fellaz not really looking like they will take us to the next round.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on April 03, 2021, 08:09:19 PM
Plaza didn't play too bad. Bring the whole india team over lewwe have a look! cuz them unfit and not match-fit fellaz not really looking like they will take us to the next round.
what are you actually saying to me sir? I don’t quite follow. and if it’s nonsensical then please spare me the anguish.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: kounty on April 03, 2021, 08:24:59 PM
Plaza didn't play too bad. Bring the whole india team over lewwe have a look! cuz them unfit and not match-fit fellaz not really looking like they will take us to the next round.
what are you actually saying to me sir? I don’t quite follow. and if it’s nonsensical then please spare me the anguish.

somebody whistle? or you gettin tie up and think every post on here directed at you? you doesn't have to have an opinion on every single one you know.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on April 04, 2021, 12:30:45 AM
Plaza didn't play too bad. Bring the whole india team over lewwe have a look! cuz them unfit and not match-fit fellaz not really looking like they will take us to the next round.
what are you actually saying to me sir? I don’t quite follow. and if it’s nonsensical then please spare me the anguish.

somebody whistle? or you gettin tie up and think every post on here directed at you? you doesn't have to have an opinion on every single one you know.
excuse me sir, i had no problem with your comment, in fact it was you who replied to me citing some varsity athlete playing for PR, and as i can recall it was you who came looking for me and not the other way around.

i would suggest if you do have a problem with me contributing to as many post as i like, to take it up with the moderators. maybe they could give me a quota on how many words i'm allowed to type per day if that would make you any happier, but from what i could remember the catch phrase on the forum heading went like this "talk yuh talk", and i'm doing just that....though very respectfully and without malice i might add.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: asylumseeker on April 04, 2021, 04:14:22 AM
Plaza didn't play too bad. Bring the whole india team over lewwe have a look! cuz them unfit and not match-fit fellaz not really looking like they will take us to the next round.

Heck, outsource de Pro League. Ship all the unemployed and unpaid to India and being dem back in June. Might also be a faster route to vaccination.  ::)
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Tallman on April 04, 2021, 10:00:01 AM
Plaza didn't play too bad. Bring the whole india team over lewwe have a look! cuz them unfit and not match-fit fellaz not really looking like they will take us to the next round.

Plaza wasn't match fit. He eh playing no ball, outside of training with Rangers.
Title: How was Sidney Rivera allowed to play for Puerto Rico?
Post by: rastafari on April 04, 2021, 02:15:14 PM
Rivera was born in the United States to a Colombian father and Cape Verdean mother. After a stint with Puerto Rico FC, he gained the option to represent the Puerto Rico national football team.[14] He made his debut for Puerto Rico on 24 March 2019 in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier against Grenada, as a 58th-minute substitute for Héctor Ramos.[15]
Title: Re: How was Sidney Rivera allowed to play for Puerto Rico?
Post by: Tiresais on April 04, 2021, 02:24:45 PM
Probably the same way I could live in Anguilla for 2 years and be eligible for the national team, whilst some people (previously, I think it was changed) born on the island would be inelligible.

Puerto Rico is the United states, so I imagine theoretically any American would qualify? This is where FIFA usually insists they were resident in the territory for 5 years, but it can be substantially lower.
Title: Re: How was Sidney Rivera allowed to play for Puerto Rico?
Post by: Tallman on April 04, 2021, 03:39:10 PM
Rivera was born in the United States to a Colombian father and Cape Verdean mother. After a stint with Puerto Rico FC, he gained the option to represent the Puerto Rico national football team.[14] He made his debut for Puerto Rico on 24 March 2019 in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier against Grenada, as a 58th-minute substitute for Héctor Ramos.[15]

To be eligible to apply for a Puerto Rican citizenship certificate, you must either:
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: rastafari on April 04, 2021, 08:28:15 PM
What are the fifa eligibility rules. I think it is more than one year.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Tiresais on April 04, 2021, 10:48:40 PM
What are the fifa eligibility rules. I think it is more than one year.

Parent, grandparent, or 5 years, but Puerto Rico is part of the US so it gets murky. The home nations (UK) for example have a gentleman's agreement predating FIFA rules
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Tallman on April 05, 2021, 07:31:45 AM
What are the fifa eligibility rules. I think it is more than one year.

Parent, grandparent, or 5 years, but Puerto Rico is part of the US so it gets murky. The home nations (UK) for example have a gentleman's agreement predating FIFA rules

...associations sharing a common nationality may make an agreement under which item d) of par. 1 of this article is deleted completely or amended to specify a longer time limit. Such agreements shall be lodged with and approved by the Council.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Flex on April 06, 2021, 06:17:12 PM
Mediocre in Mayaguez: Muckette, Wilfredo and T&T’s missing jockey shorts
By Sean Powder (Wired868).


I arrived 20 minutes prior to kick off at the Estadio Centroamericano in Mayaguez to a populated parking lot with a surprising stream of fans in red, white and blue.

The Puerto Rican Football Federation president Ivan Rivera stated on 15 March that the game would be played behind closed doors. Apparently for the Boriquen ‘closed to the public’ is as fluid a term as ‘excellence’ for Trinidad and Tobago head coach Terry Fenwick.

I learned that the Puerto Rican Federation provided every football club on the island with two tickets; and, although there was a guest list at the entrance, some Puerto Rican clubs might have studied our 19 November 1989 ticketing process.

The World Cup qualifier was staged at the home of Puerto Rico Sol FC, one of the strongest football programs in Puerto Rico since its founding in 2016. Across the street is Plaza Patos y Copas, a wonderful revenue generator—though I do not know whether for the club or the federation.

Former TTFA president David John-Williams would love the setting.

As the match kicked off on a pitch surrounded by an athletic track, Fenwick spent much of his time in lane one trying to get as close as possible to his players who he shouted orders to constantly.

Puerto Rico head coach Dave Sarachan, on the hand, only emerged from his bench with the occasional tactical adjustment.

The first half ended with both teams still on even terms. Thank Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup for that, as he was lively and commanding—save for one strike that he judged to be wide but which struck his near post.

As the second half got underway, our back four must have felt like I did at the San Juan airport, greeted by an ants’ nest of Covid-19 regulations and tables of individuals in gloves, masks and white disposal suits, awaiting your ‘intake’. It was like a scene from the movie Pandemic.

In the Estadio Centroamericano, Trinidad and Tobago, effectively using four six foot central defenders across their entire backline, were struggling to cope with the nippy Puerto Ricans.

The 17-year-old human highlight reel that is right winger Wilfredo A Rivera Cepeda, aka Wilfredo Rivera, looked particularly impressive in an otherwise mediocre game.

Wilfredo spent his early years at one of the oldest clubs in Puerto Rico, Academia Quintana, and hails from the Quintana neighborhood of San Juan, where boys sweat from early in the morning until after the sun sets. He immigrated to Jacksonville, FL where he eventually joined Orlando FC.

Almost every talented footballer has some ‘barrio football’ in their past and Wilfredo is no different. The sons of the privileged almost never rise to the top in the game.

Fenwick injected some creativity into his team in the second half by swapping Daniel Phillips with Duane Muckette, and the impact was felt on and off the field.

“Ay Dios Mio (oh my God),” said the Puerto Rican fan next to me, “it’s good they did not start ‘Number 10’ because he changed the game. Now we are going to lose…”

Joevin Jones put the visitors ahead within 10 minutes of Muckette’s introduction. But the Trinidad and Tobago players were not efficient with our chances, while their defence always seemed desperate for protection from the Puerto Rico attackers.

We needed better game management. There didn’t appear to be a plan to sit deeper and hit them on the counter with Levi Garcia and Willis Plaza, or for Michel Poon-Angeron to stay home and look after the back four.

The match remained opened and Puerto Rico eventually found an equaliser with an attack that was well constructed but poorly defended.

“Yo soy Boricua pa que tu lo sepas (I am Puerto Rican in case you didn’t know),” sang the home fans, as they pushed their boys to go for the victory.

But 1-1 was as good as it was going to get for the hosts.

I was fortunate to meet and spend some time with Puerto Rico defender Nicolás Javier Cordona and flanker Gerald Jadiel Diaz after the match. They and the supporters felt the result was fair, although they felt they could have taken all three points.

They still view Trinidad and Tobago as a Caribbean powerhouse and considered the result to be an excellent one for the development of Puerto Rican football.

As a true patriot, I played along with their description of our team as a ‘powerhouse’, and did not tell them the emperor might have lost his jockey shorts some time ago.

On now to 5 June in the Bahamas, where we need a decisive, high-scoring victory to set up a showdown against St Kitts and Nevis in Port of Spain on 8 June.

I hope the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago can resolve international access to the country by then, or we will likely be back in the new home of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU): the Dominican Republic.

I am not holding my breath for the GORTT, after observing epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds arriving at conclusions without data and Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi facilitating arm-wrestling without a mask.

Maybe our attorney general heard Fenwick’s constant calls to his players to get ‘closer, closer… closerrrrrrr!’

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Martin: T&T had improved possession, but insufficient penetration and indisciplined defence.
By Hayden Martin (Wired868).


“[…] Converting the possession to scoring opportunities needs to be improved. At the moment, it appears that all is left up to Levi Garcia to either come inside and shoot or play low balls to the top of the box.

“Ryan Telfer needs to move into passing lanes and make himself a target for passes from the midfielders. He is slow to move and needs to work harder at losing his marker and making himself available…”

The following tactical analysis on Trinidad and Tobago’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Puerto Rico on 28 March 2021 was submitted by Fatima College programme director and ex-St Mary’s College head coach Hayden Martin, who holds a KNVB level one coaching instructors license:

Trinidad and Tobago dropped a vital point in their second World Cup qualifier against Puerto Rico, as they found themselves facing an entirely different proposition against a diminutive but skilful opponent who made their intentions known from the very start.

There were two major problems in the first half. Despite keeping possession, although mainly outside of the dangerous areas, T&T struggled to make inroads into the Puerto Rican defence. The penetration was just insufficient.

The fact that it took 35 minutes for Puerto Rico goalkeeper Codi Laurendi to make his first save, speaks volumes.

The good news is however that the approach of T&T to the game was in stark contrast to the game against Guyana. T&T attempted to play more of a passing game as compared to the missiles that were launched to the back of the defence in their opening qualifier.

The issue is what comes at the end of these spells of possession, which is still unclear. That final pass seems elusive.

The strategy of releasing Levi Garcia down the right flank as an inverted winger, would soon become predictable. In fact in the first half he was not given the space and time to get back unto his left foot to shoot or even pass and be a real threat. This appears to be the main focus of T&T’s attack.

Defensively, T&T struggled to cope with the deft touch and movement of the Puerto Rico players. The wide players on the right side proved a hand-full time and time again, especially the overlapping wing back, Darren Ríos.

Goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup had to do more in the first 30 minutes than he did in the entire game against Guyana. Such was the difference in opponents.

Trinidad and Tobago defended in midfield as a first station. The runs off the ball and the first touch of the Puerto Ricans, enabled them to play out of trouble frequently and get the ball into dangerous areas.

T&T were asked to defend around the 18-yard box frequently and at times seemed to be at sixes and sevens, lacking the required defensive organisation. Frenderup had to make two fine saves to keep the scoreline goalless, which frankly was flattering to T&T at the interval.

The introduction of Duane Muckette for Daniel Phillips at the half, brought a much needed boost to the T&T attack. He was extremely mobile in midfield, passing and moving.

He executed a variety of passes, played into the feet of players ahead of him, and opted to switch play from time to time. This allowed Trinidad and Tobago to keep possession deep in the Puerto Rico half for relatively long periods of time.

Puerto Rico were pinned back in their own half with only sporadic attacks. The only problem was that the score remained 0:0.

Midway in the half, the breakthrough came. After a decent spell of possession, Khaleem Hyland released Ryan Telfer, who had drifted wide and found space to deliver a cross into the mid-goal area. Garcia rose to nod down to Joevin Jones who shot the ball into the net.

Jones could have put T&T further ahead, running onto a low cross from Garcia, but he shot wide. Despite going behind, Puerto Rico kept on playing, kept possession and prodded for that opening that would bring them level.

T&T were unlucky not to have gone further ahead, as Garcia struck the upright directly from a right side corner. Another opportunity to extend the lead went a begging as Jabari Mitchell failed to take the chance falling to him.

Instead, T&T paid the price as Puerto Rico found the equaliser they were seeking.

After switching the play to the advancing left back, Raúl Gonzáles III, on the far side, Roberto Rivera, who had been brought on as a substitute, contorted himself to make contact with Gonzáles’ cross.

The game almost became end to end in the remaining period, as both teams looked to grab the winning item. T&T looked the more likely of the two teams to do so. In the end, the score remained unchanged as both teams could only salvage a solitary point from the encounter.

The performance of the T&T team is encouraging. The build-up play in their own half is good. They displayed the ability to circulate the ball within lines and between lines.

Unlike the previous game they were able to get the ball successfully into the opponents’ half—Michel Poon-Angeron being instrumental in this respect. The passing lane at the side of the field could be utilised a bit more, but this is unlikely as the T&T wingers stay wide in attack.

In the opponents’ half, possession again is well maintained, especially with the introduction of Muckette.

The coupling of Phillips and Hyland should be reconsidered since, with Phillips playing slightly more advanced than Hyland, he ought to be more involved in attacking play, and be available to receiving knock backs from Telfer and even running beyond him into the box to receive passes.

He did not show this in the game and was substituted at the half.

Converting the possession to scoring opportunities needs to be improved. At the moment, it appears that all is left up to Garcia to either come inside and shoot or play low balls to the top of the box.

Telfer needs to move into passing lanes and make himself a target for passes from the midfielders. He is slow to move and needs to work harder at losing his marker and making himself available. He doesn’t seem to have the touch required though.

More crosses could be played in from the side of the field. Jones shows little interest in going down the side of the box and crossing, while the wing backs seem to be uninterested in exploiting the space at the side of the field. This could bring another dimension to the T&T attack.

Central attacks are sparse. It might be beneficial if some combination plays through the centre are implemented. Forward runs by the midfielders into the box would also be beneficial. There is an urgent need to create scoring opportunities from all that possession enjoyed.

Defensively, T&T seemed to have abandoned the high press. It didn’t work against Guyana, but it remains a worthwhile defensive tactic nonetheless.

Their principal defensive tactic appears to be defending on line two. The idea is there, but the organisation needs to be more consistent against stronger teams. The attempts to close the ball down is good, although sometimes the discipline is lacking—with defenders easily beaten or committing fouls.

The problem with the organisation may have its origin in the transition. The wide players do not complete their recovery runs, especially on the weak side, and so the defensive chain is incomplete.

This is also reflected when T&T have to defend the penalty area. The first line always seem incomplete, so organised defending is difficult. This also affects our ability to defend crosses—an example being Puerto Rico’s headed goal, despite T&T’s existing height advantage.

All isn’t lost however; the shortcomings can be overcome through appropriate practice. There is sufficient time before the next game and the virtual group decider against St Kitts and Nevis to rectify them.

Editor’s Note: Hayden Martin was a consultant to the TTFA for the recruitment of Women’s National Senior Team head coach in 2021.

Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: pull stones on April 06, 2021, 08:28:34 PM
Idiot article especially by sean powder. his words were filled with dissatisfaction and acrimony, it’s almost like he’s carrying a torch for terry fenwick. it’s funny how trinis were silent when fatso david john and his lanky friend Dennis was mangling football, yet tied tongue andre and lasana his mates in the media was slow off their blocks in terms of criticism, but their xenophobia is glaringly obvious where even before terry took the field for game one mounds of criticism were already being heaped on him. it is quite obvious that the media in that country is certainly not independent and objective by any means.
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Deeks on April 07, 2021, 10:21:03 PM
Idiot article especially by sean powder. his words were filled with dissatisfaction and acrimony, it’s almost like he’s carrying a torch for terry fenwick. it’s funny how trinis were silent when fatso david john and his lanky friend Dennis was mangling football, yet tied tongue andre and lasana his mates in the media was slow off their blocks in terms of criticism, but their xenophobia is glaringly obvious where even before terry took the field for game one mounds of criticism were already being heaped on him. it is quite obvious that the media in that country is certainly not independent and objective by any means.

Which article are you referring to as idiotic ? Hayden Martin's ?
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: kounty on June 04, 2021, 06:44:32 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/EMBIQyxlXNU
Title: Re: Thread for T&T vs Puerto Rico Game (28-Mar-2021)
Post by: Tallman on August 06, 2021, 02:01:17 PM
Former national defender Ansil Elcock reviews Trinidad and Tobago's 1-1 draw with Puerto Rico.

https://www.youtube.com/v/JikFfK_ZQgU