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Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors.
« on: January 17, 2007, 10:17:24 PM »
Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors.
By: Ian Prescott (Express).


Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors face their first CONCACAF test since playing in the FIFA World Cup last June when they travel to Central America for a meeting with the Costa Rican senior men's national football team in the mountainous Alajuela district, on February 4.
The Soca Warriors have a losing record against Los Ticos and have not defeated Costa Rica in seven years. At the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, deceased striker Mickey Trotman gave T&T a sudden-death 2-1 victory.
During the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, the teams drew 0-0 in Port of Spain, before Costa Rica won the return-leg 2-0 at the Rommel Fernandez Stadium in the capital, San Jose, to qualify automatically for the World Cup as the third-placed team in the CONCACAF region, behind the United States and Mexico. Trinidad and Tobago, fourth in CONCACAF qualifying, also reached the World Cup after beating Asia's Bahrain 2-1 on aggregate in a home-and-away playoff. In Germany, at the World Cup, Trinidad and Tobago got a point when holding Sweden goalless, while Costa Rica lost all three of their preliminary matches, going down 4-2 to Germany, 3-0 to Ecuador and 2-1 to Poland.
T&T coach Wim Rijsbergen is using the Costa Rica match as a gauge of the preparation needed to ready Trinidad and Tobago for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, to be played in the United States in mid-year, and to intensify the preparation of his national footballers. Once again, Rijsbergen will be without his England and Scotland-based professionals, including World Cup captain Dwight Yorke. But he is expected to have experienced Jabloteh players Aurtis Whitley and Cyd Gray and W Connection players Andrei Pacheco and Andre Toussaint in his side.
"We play Costa Rica," Rijsbergen confirmed. "We will play with the locally-based players and some of the United States boys."
The coach hinted that some of the players on the current Digicel Caribbean Cup team might not make it to Costa Rica. Already, the Digicel Caribbean Cup has revealed the limitations of some players, and the coach says he is willing to give a few more players an opportunity to prove they can make it on the higher international stage.
"We will be without the overseas-based players because the match will not be played on a FIFA date. We are playing the match because we want to continue to expose the boys to a higher level of international football and see who has the capability of playing a higher level of international football," Rijsbergen said.
The match itself should be quite a stern test since Trinidad and Tobago will, for the first time, be playing Costa Rica in the mountainous inland Alajuela region, an area marked by lush natural beauty and spectacular volcanoes. Alajuela is about 11 miles northwest of San Jose.
Like the Soca Warriors, the Costa Ricans are trying to build a new team, under former star Hernan Medford, who replaced Brazilian Alexandre Guimaraes, who quit following a disappointing World Cup. Medford was a member of Costa Rica's 1990 World Cup squad and coached them at the 2002 finals in Japan and South Korea.
Another Costa Rica standout, Paulo Wanchope, retired after the World Cup. The 29-year-old former Derby County, West Ham and Manchester City ace netted an impressive 45 goals in 72 games for Los Ticos. He has opted out of international football to concentrate on his club career. However, because most Costa Rica players play football within their own country, they are still expected to field an almost full-strength squad against the Soca Warriors.
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Re: Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2007, 10:20:16 PM »
Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors
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The coach hinted that some of the players on the current Digicel Caribbean Cup team might not make it to Costa Rica. Already, the Digicel Caribbean Cup has revealed the limitations of some players, and the coach says he is willing to give a few more players an opportunity to prove they can make it on the higher international stage.
"We will be without the overseas-based players because the match will not be played on a FIFA date. We are playing the match because we want to continue to expose the boys to a higher level of international football  and see who has the capability of playing a higher level of international football," Rijsbergen said.


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Re: Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2007, 10:25:57 PM »
Will be interesting to see how the local players match up against C. Rica....
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2007, 10:31:07 PM »
I am always impressed with CR's abiltiy to keep most of their talent in the country and maintain a high level of football..
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2007, 10:37:58 PM »
This sounds like a nice lil trip to go and watch the Soca Warriors play on the road.   :thinking:

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2007, 10:39:10 PM »
I am always impressed with CR's abiltiy to keep most of their talent in the country and maintain a high level of football..

That's because they have one of the strongest leagues in Central America. One of their biggest Clubs Saprissa is a feeder club for the NT.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2007, 10:41:41 PM »
I am always impressed with CR's abiltiy to keep most of their talent in the country and maintain a high level of football..

That's because they have one of the strongest leagues in Central America. One of their biggest Clubs Saprissa is a feeder club for the NT.

Saprissa is definitely a big club.  Alajuela too.  very high standard of football in that league, and always thousands of fans.

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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2007, 11:18:50 PM »
Wanchope is only 29? Always thought he was older. Who he playing for now?

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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2007, 11:37:18 PM »
Triniman....no disrespect or anything like that....but...lets keep it positive...

Lets look at it this way.....who will be included!

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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2007, 12:51:43 AM »
I am always impressed with CR's abiltiy to keep most of their talent in the country and maintain a high level of football..

That's because they have one of the strongest leagues in Central America. One of their biggest Clubs Saprissa is a feeder club for the NT.

Saprissa is definitely a big club.  Alajuela too.  very high standard of football in that league, and always thousands of fans.

There's also a few others that are big like Heredia and Puntarenas who was recently in some south American tournament and did well. CR has a strong league and it is very professional. Guatemala has the strongest league in Central America although their NT has not been nearly as successful as Costa Ricans.


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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2007, 05:20:33 AM »
Wonderful opportunity!

Not trying to dampen the mood, but as usual, I will only be convinced of this game when the team actually flies out of T&T....

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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2007, 07:24:08 AM »
Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors
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The coach hinted that some of the players on the current Digicel Caribbean Cup team might not make it to Costa Rica. Already, the Digicel Caribbean Cup has revealed the limitations of some players, and the coach says he is willing to give a few more players an opportunity to prove they can make it on the higher international stage.
"We will be without the overseas-based players because the match will not be played on a FIFA date. We are playing the match because we want to continue to expose the boys to a higher level of international football  and see who has the capability of playing a higher level of international football," Rijsbergen said.


Hmmm who will get dropped
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Re: Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors.
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2007, 07:32:03 AM »
Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors.
By: Ian Prescott (Express).


Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors face their first CONCACAF test since playing in the FIFA World Cup last June when they travel to Central America for a meeting with the Costa Rican senior men's national football team in the mountainous Alajuela district, on February 4.

Once again...Panama gets no respect   ;D

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« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2007, 08:33:09 AM »
I am always impressed with CR's abiltiy to keep most of their talent in the country and maintain a high level of football..

However, that was one of the critism of this team during the last World Cup. Yes it is good to go with all local players but what we saw was that some of their players were not up to international standards.

I am hopiing that during the next round of WC qualifying that T&T puts Costa Rica out of there misery and prevents them from qualifying for the World Cup. I can't take that level of embrassment for a Concacaf team again in the World Cup.

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Re: Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors.
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2007, 08:35:34 AM »
Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors.
By: Ian Prescott (Express).


Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors face their first CONCACAF test since playing in the FIFA World Cup last June when they travel to Central America for a meeting with the Costa Rican senior men's national football team in the mountainous Alajuela district, on February 4.

Once again...Panama gets no respect   ;D

It gets worse... The Rommel Fernandez Stadium is in Panama City, Guimaraes coached them in 2002 and Wanchope is actually 30 now. Prescott needs to get his facts straight.
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« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2007, 08:45:45 AM »
I think Wim might play this squad for the TICOS, it will be nice to see this team do well and beat the costa ricans at home...

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« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2007, 10:19:34 AM »
I am always impressed with CR's abiltiy to keep most of their talent in the country and maintain a high level of football..

That's because they have one of the strongest leagues in Central America. One of their biggest Clubs Saprissa is a feeder club for the NT.

Saprissa is definitely a big club.  Alajuela too.  very high standard of football in that league, and always thousands of fans.

There's also a few others that are big like Heredia and Puntarenas who was recently in some south American tournament and did well. CR has a strong league and it is very professional. Guatemala has the strongest league in Central America although their NT has not been nearly as successful as Costa Ricans.




Warlord, them chapines would love you for saying that.  Guatemala league has two good teams: Municipal and Communicaciones (Cremas).  That is it.  They rest are usually also rans.  The Costa Rica league is a solid league for the most part from almost top to bottom.  I personally like the Honduran league cause Olimpia is the king in dey.  And they is a big club too.

El Salvador's league is the pits.  One team in dey: FAS.

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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2007, 10:22:22 AM »
I am always impressed with CR's abiltiy to keep most of their talent in the country and maintain a high level of football..

That's because they have one of the strongest leagues in Central America. One of their biggest Clubs Saprissa is a feeder club for the NT.

Saprissa is definitely a big club.  Alajuela too.  very high standard of football in that league, and always thousands of fans.

There's also a few others that are big like Heredia and Puntarenas who was recently in some south American tournament and did well. CR has a strong league and it is very professional. Guatemala has the strongest league in Central America although their NT has not been nearly as successful as Costa Ricans.




Warlord, them chapines would love you for saying that. Guatemala league has two good teams: Municipal and Communicaciones (Cremas). That is it. They rest are usually also rans. The Costa Rica league is a solid league for the most part from almost top to bottom. I personally like the Honduran league cause Olimpia is the king in dey. And they is a big club too.

El Salvador's league is the pits. One team in dey: FAS.

costa rica has a strong league, very good teams, i rank them with brazil and argentina, also mexico, i would even go as far to rank these leagues over the mls...

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Re: Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors.
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2007, 10:28:38 AM »
Costa Rica test for Soca Warriors.
By: Ian Prescott (Express).


Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors face their first CONCACAF test since playing in the FIFA World Cup last June when they travel to Central America for a meeting with the Costa Rican senior men's national football team in the mountainous Alajuela district, on February 4.

Once again...Panama gets no respect   ;D

It gets worse... The Rommel Fernandez Stadium is in Panama City, Guimaraes coached them in 2002 and Wanchope is actually 30 now. Prescott needs to get his facts straight.

I swear he was older than that, I thought more like 34 - 35.

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« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2007, 01:05:20 PM »
I am always impressed with CR's abiltiy to keep most of their talent in the country and maintain a high level of football..

That's because they have one of the strongest leagues in Central America. One of their biggest Clubs Saprissa is a feeder club for the NT.

Saprissa is definitely a big club.  Alajuela too.  very high standard of football in that league, and always thousands of fans.

There's also a few others that are big like Heredia and Puntarenas who was recently in some south American tournament and did well. CR has a strong league and it is very professional. Guatemala has the strongest league in Central America although their NT has not been nearly as successful as Costa Ricans.




Warlord, them chapines would love you for saying that.  Guatemala league has two good teams: Municipal and Communicaciones (Cremas).  That is it.  They rest are usually also rans.  The Costa Rica league is a solid league for the most part from almost top to bottom.  I personally like the Honduran league cause Olimpia is the king in dey.  And they is a big club too.

El Salvador's league is the pits.  One team in dey: FAS.

Out of all the leagues in Central America, the Guatemala league pays the best and is the strongest like I've mentioned before. The Guatemalans always do well in the UNCAF tournament. As a matter of fact, they beat  CR more than often its only in WCQ they've had problems.

Communicaciones at one time wanted to sign Arnold Dwarika and he turned them down. He was gonna be payed good money too.
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« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2007, 01:07:47 PM »
Wanchope is 31 yrs old, and he's retired from the CR NT.
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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2007, 06:21:55 PM »
I look forward to this game.

Costa Rico (as well as many of those central American teams) usually play fast, compact football and that's one reason why they usually get the better of us.

What will grant us victory is speed of play, aggression, compactness and responsibility on defensive duties.

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« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2007, 06:49:46 PM »
This will be a true messure of the team and Wim. This is the type of preparation we need for qualifiers in 2008.
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« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2007, 08:39:55 PM »
Very interesting..........info, perspective and tone from reggaeboyz site.

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Costa Rica, who was set to play 's Reggae Boyz in a friendly international at the national stadium on February 4, will host Trinidad and Tobago on that same date.
The game against the Reggae Boyz was not yet finalised, and was eventually called off as technical director Bora Mulitunovic was not ready to field a team against .

The Soca Warriors have a losing record against the Ticos and have not defeated Costa Rica in seven years
 

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« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2007, 09:54:05 PM »
I think Wim might play this squad for the TICOS, it will be nice to see this team do well and beat the costa ricans at home...

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« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2007, 10:07:45 PM »
any chance some of the fellas that were in the camp but couldn't make it will get another look?

thinking of yohance marshall in particular but abiola clarence was also in the same boat.

another defensive option can only help.

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« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2007, 04:37:54 AM »
I think Wim might play this squad for the TICOS, it will be nice to see this team do well and beat the costa ricans at home...

williams

cyd gray      jack       telesford   daniel


               whitley

touissant        bleeder   hardest    tiger

                    glasgow

or

williams

gray       jack      telesford      daniel

            whitley

bleeder       hardest       tiger

         glasgow       roberts

God is de BOSS....

I doubt Toussiant and Pacheco will ever play for the national team again under Wim...............
Why...they should play for the best interest of the national team.....what allyuh think .....

 

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