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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #330 on: February 27, 2017, 06:34:50 PM »
Just now is nutritionist and massage therapist or umm masseuse to keep the players happy

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« Reply #331 on: February 28, 2017, 11:28:34 AM »
Just now is nutritionist and massage therapist or umm masseuse to keep the players happy
only nutritionist missing, hopefully a USA/local, who know bout doubles and blue food, will probably be from Scotland doh   :devil:
National and International staff, and this is just for the local, we local boys go be playing like Engirltt sa, then we bring back the foreigners and start over  ;D

guess we have to start somewhere, to bad, Hartie didn't get all that free rein, hope he could at least get paid.

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Head Coach – Dennis LAWRENCE (TT)
Assistant Coach – Sulzeer “Sol” CAMPBELL (ENG)
Assistant Coach – Stuart Charles Ferrier (St Lucia)
Coach – Stern JOHN (T&T)
Goalkeeper Coach – Ross RUSSELL (TT)
Fitness Conditioning Coach- Riedoh BURDEN (South Africa)
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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #332 on: March 02, 2017, 05:35:03 AM »
Lawrence looks to T&T youths.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


TRINIDAD AND Tobago men’s football team coach Dennis Lawrence has shown his intention to build for the future as he has called up a few members of the national Under-20 squad to join his training squad.

The men’s team resumed training yesterday for a friendly international match against Suriname on March 10, in Paramaribo, which will be followed up by a pair of 2018 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Zone Final Round qualifiers at home to Panama, on March 24, and Mexico four days later.

The Under-20 players made favourable impressions based on their performances at the current CONCACAF Under-20 Championships in Costa Rica. The national Under-20 team missed out on qualifying for the quarter-finals last weekend, drawing against Bermuda 1-1, losing to Costa Rica 0-1 and beating El Salvador 2-1 in group play. The trio includes St Ann’s Rangers forward Kathon St Hilaire, English-born goalie Montel Joseph and Ma Pau defender Taryk Sampson.

St Hilaire, a St Anthony’s College player, scored the winner in TT ’s 2-1 victory over El Salvador in their final group game. Lawrence, who was appointed as the men’s team coach in January, began training sessions with a group of 27 players on February 20. Midfielder Darren Mitchell, captain of three-time T&T Pro League champions Central FC, was added to the training squad late last week.

In related news, former England central defender Sol Campbell, who was named by Lawrence as one of his three assistant coaches (alongside ex-national striker Stern John and veteran W Connection tactician Stuart Charles-Fevrier), is expected to join the technical staff in Trinidad this month, after undertaking a brief coaching stint at Queens Park Rangers.

According to a story on Sky Sports yesterday, “Campbell has been spending time coaching the club’s academy and Under-23 players but it has been on an informal basis. “The former Arsenal and Tottenham defender has been out of professional football since 2012 and spent time in politics, including a failed bid to become the Conservative Party candidate for Mayor of London,” the story continued.

“His time at QPR has been partially used to practice the training drills he could be using alongside Lawrence when he takes up the role later this month.

“Campbell (said) that he was thankful to QPR director of football Les Ferdinand and technical director Chris Ramsey for the chance to hone his coaching skills,” the story ended.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #333 on: March 02, 2017, 06:53:25 AM »
Good going Dennis, Ah like Kathon St Hilaire and Taryk Sampson to, but I feel Noah Powder and Nicholas Dillon deserve a call up to.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #334 on: March 02, 2017, 09:28:06 AM »
Good going Dennis, Ah like Kathon St Hilaire and Taryk Sampson to, but I feel Noah Powder and Nicholas Dillon deserve a call up to.

Dillon just signed a contract in Europe. Logistically, one would imagine his club wishes his return (and that seems the advisable path). There's time enough for a subsequent call-up, if he's a consideration. Local-based players don't have this issue.

Consider the date of the Suriname engagement. It's outside the FIFA dates.
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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #335 on: March 02, 2017, 09:59:48 AM »
I hear yuh seeker, however Dillion is not a regular, he did get release for de Under 20 games and he didn't get his clearance yet, so I find he coulda play vs Suriname, de man was T&T best player vs Costa Rica.

Powder have a serious free kick and left foot.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #336 on: March 02, 2017, 11:59:17 AM »
I hear yuh seeker, however Dillion is not a regular, he did get release for de Under 20 games and he didn't get his clearance yet, so I find he coulda play vs Suriname, de man was T&T best player vs Costa Rica.

Powder have a serious free kick and left foot.



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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #337 on: March 02, 2017, 05:12:07 PM »
Players respond positively to Lawrence in opening training camp.
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Men’s National Team goalkeeper Marvin Phillip and teammates Sean De Silva and Alvin Jones have all given a positive outlook to the first few days of the ongoing Training Camp ahead of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Panama on March 24th and Mexico on March 28th.

Phillip and De Silva have 65 caps between them with the Morvant/ Caledonia United custodian playing 59 games and the Central FC midfielder playing six games for the national team. Jones, the younger brother of Seattle Sounders player Joevin Jones, has five international caps and is back home from a recent trial with MLS club Minnesota United

Phillip was ruled out of the recent Caribbean Cup qualifiers due to injury but is back to full fitness and has been involved in the current sessions alongside fellow goalkeepers Jan Michael Williams, Glenroy Samuel, Adrian Foncette, Andre Marchan and T&T Under 20 Montell Joseph who joined the training on Thursday along with U-20 defender Taryk Sampson.

“Things are going great thus far. Dennis is getting familiar with us since taking over, trying to instil and implement his style and the way he wants us to play,” Phillip told TTFA Media on Thursday.

“For some of us as senior players, we understood Dennis as a player when we played with him so it’s  for us to now transfer what we learned from Dennis to the younger players and give him that respect now as a coach as we look ahead to March 24th and 28th.”

Phillip spoke about the team getting the Carnival Monday and Tuesday off before resuming training on Ash Wednesday morning at Larry Gomes Stadium.

“I think it was not a bad idea. We are professionals so we definitely know what needed to be done. It was not a big issue. It actually had guys who came out to training with Dennis over the two days,” he added.

“Now we have to focus on building the team spirit and focusing on the games coming up.”

De Silva stated: “So far the training sessions have been fantastic. The intensity has been really good every day and it’s been good getting to know some of the new faces around the team and working under Dennis. Everything we do right now has been geared towards the two upcoming games. Coach Dennis has made it clear that the only thing that should be on our minds right now is that Panama game and then Mexico to follow.”

Ahead of the friendly away to Suriname on March 10th, the former National U-17 and U-20 midfielder added: “It is going to be crucial for him to have an idea of what players he sees playing in what positions or what he thinks certain players can bring to the game and how he wants to play. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity for the local players to show themselves and maybe show they deserve a chance or not.”

Connection defender Jones is back home after a trial with MLS club Minnesota United.

“I am very pleased with the training so far. It’s been very intense and professional. It’s been great working with the entire staff. It’s been particularly good working with the fitness trainer (Riedoh Berdien) because he alway wants it intense and with full effort. It’s been intense for the players, a different level to the Pro League clubs that we are adapting to,” Jones added.

“I think national players should lead by example when they go back to their clubs and always be at a high level so when they are back in the national team set up, they are always ready. I think every player should always give their best when the opportunity comes.”

The team continues with sessions at Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday and return to Larry Gomes on Saturday.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #338 on: March 02, 2017, 09:43:34 PM »
What?!?!
Who come out and train during the carnival??
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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #339 on: April 08, 2017, 03:23:00 PM »
"Dennis did not make a U-turn. DJW did. Dennis had initially accepted a contract offered by the TTFA Exec Committee but rejected the alterations made by TTFA president DJW.
However, he kept the door open and DJW, who is travelling to FIFA HQ in Zurich this evening, removed the controversial exit clauses he had added to ensure he had a signed document on mutually agreed terms to take to his FIFA bosses.
Monies for the contract (including asst coaches etc re Dennis’ proposal) will be accessed from FIFA Development Fund.
While in Zurich, DJW will also receive his official instruments of appointment to the FIFA Players’ Status Committee, on which he will serve as a member for a four-year term.
Dennis had retained the local law firm of Pamela Elder & Associates to vet his end of the contract"

LMFAO @ DJW. Damn IDIOT!! Public outrage caused this!!

Where is the source of this article again? I also read this but couldn't find where it was, or remember what news source I read it from..

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #340 on: May 10, 2017, 01:44:50 AM »
Lawrence off to Denver.
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Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence departed for Denver today to conduct site visits ahead of this country’s 2018 World Cup Qualifying game against the United States on June 8th  at Dick’s Sporting Good Park.

Lawrence will conduct visits at the team’s potential training facilities as well as hotel base and other related facilities.

The T&T Team will begin assembling in Denver for a training camp around May 23rd and Lawrence will also explore acclimatisation strategies during his current visit.

Dick’s Sporting Good Park is the largest and most state-of-the-art professional stadium & soccer complex in the world. The soccer-specific stadium and the complex, comprised of 24 additional fields surrounding it, is the largest professional complex in the USA as well. The venue also comprises fully-lit sports fields, including 22 natural grass and 2 synthetic turf fields.

Situated near the base of the Rocky Mountains and sitting elevation over 5,200 ft above sea level (1,600 m), the stadium last hosted an international friendly between Brazil and Panama in May, 2016 with the South Americans coming away 2-0 winners. It lasted hosted a World Cup qualifier in March, 2013 with United States defeating Costa Rica 1-0.

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« Reply #341 on: May 10, 2017, 04:20:00 AM »
Lawrence off to Denver.
TTFA Media.


Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence departed for Denver today to conduct site visits ahead of this country’s 2018 World Cup Qualifying game against the United States on June 8th  at Dick’s Sporting Good Park.

Lawrence will conduct visits at the team’s potential training facilities as well as hotel base and other related facilities.

The T&T Team will begin assembling in Denver for a training camp around May 23rd and Lawrence will also explore acclimatisation strategies during his current visit.

Dick’s Sporting Good Park is the largest and most state-of-the-art professional stadium & soccer complex in the world. The soccer-specific stadium and the complex, comprised of 24 additional fields surrounding it, is the largest professional complex in the USA as well. The venue also comprises fully-lit sports fields, including 22 natural grass and 2 synthetic turf fields.

Situated near the base of the Rocky Mountains and sitting elevation over 5,200 ft above sea level (1,600 m), the stadium last hosted an international friendly between Brazil and Panama in May, 2016 with the South Americans coming away 2-0 winners. It lasted hosted a World Cup qualifier in March, 2013 with United States defeating Costa Rica 1-0.



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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #343 on: June 21, 2017, 07:35:05 AM »
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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #344 on: June 21, 2017, 09:20:46 AM »
there's a quiet confidence about DL.

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« Reply #345 on: June 21, 2017, 09:35:53 AM »
there's a quiet confidence about DL.

Quietly confident we are not qualifying and we are rebuilding for Qatar  :D

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #346 on: June 21, 2017, 08:58:18 PM »
there's a quiet confidence about DL.

Quietly confident we are not qualifying and we are rebuilding for Qatar  :D

How can you root for our own to fail? You really are a self absorbed nut job.
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« Reply #347 on: June 21, 2017, 11:58:48 PM »
there's a quiet confidence about DL.

Quietly confident we are not qualifying and we are rebuilding for Qatar  :D

How can you root for our own to fail? You really are a self absorbed nut job.

His behavior is shameless Jefferz.........Just ignore him.
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« Reply #348 on: June 22, 2017, 10:20:58 AM »
there's a quiet confidence about DL.

Quietly confident we are not qualifying and we are rebuilding for Qatar  :D

How can you root for our own to fail? You really are a self absorbed nut job.

His behavior is shameless Jefferz.........Just ignore him.

So your blind support for the dictator initially which you retracted after wasn't shameless?

Allyuh men delusional, I'm not rooting for us to fail, it's already happening, if you guys are blind and can't see the writing on the wall and what's going to happen.. I can't help you.. continue to be manipulated and fooled..

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« Reply #349 on: June 27, 2017, 08:50:03 AM »
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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #350 on: July 22, 2017, 12:43:55 AM »
Lawrence keeping tabs on CONCACAF opponents.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).


DENNIS LAWRENCE, coach of the Trinidad and Tobago football team, is keeping tabs on his opponents, even though the national squad are not involved at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States.

Trinidad and Tobago are still involved at the 2018 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Zone Final Round Qualifiers, but are rooted at the bottom of the six-team standings with three points from six games. T&T will be meeting Honduras on September 1, followed by an away clash against Panama on September 5.

They will also face United States (at home) and Mexico (away) in October.

During a media conference on Tuesday, at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima, Lawrence said, “I’ve got my match analyst who is working closely with me, where I’m taking notes of the games. He’s there watching some of the games.

“The idea is we’ll try and build our reports,” he added. “If you look at the Gold Cup, apart from Honduras, most of the teams are using relatively different squads.

But we are keeping our eyes on it and making sure that we are prepared.” Recently, the trio of goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, defender Daneil Cyrus and Jamille Boatswain have earned professional contracts in Central America, with Williams and Cyrus based with Juticalpa in Honduras, while Boatswain is plying his trade with Deportiva Alajuelense in Costa Rica.

“I’ve (spoken) to (all three) players,” noted Lawrence. “I think it’s fantastic for them to go out and get a different experience.

I’m hoping that the experience that they’re going to have will help them to become better players, because every opportunity for a player to improve on himself, I think, it’s a good thing for him.

“I’m pleased for the boys.

They’ve worked hard. I think they deserve whatever rewards they’re getting. And, as long as they remain focus, I’ll be delighted for them. Hopefully it will benefit Trinidad and Tobago football.” Lawrence played most of his professional career in the United Kingdom, with Wrexham (2001- 2006) and Swansea City (2006- 2009).

Currently, there are no T&T player involved in the top leagues in England.

According to Lawrence, “I’ve got mixed feelings with the contractual situation because what I’ve come to know is that the players now are trying to focus on obtaining contracts and not focus on being the best player that they can be at their football clubs. And I think that hampers (their) chances.

“I think everybody understands that to get to the UK now for us is not (an easy) situation because FIFA rankings, for the first thing, affects where the situation with the boys getting work permits. So I think the first thing that we need to do is make sure that the boys are performing for their clubs.

“Once they start performing for their clubs, it benefits the national team, then we can improve, we can progress, we can climb up the FIFA rankings and the doors are open again. So I think the most important thing, especially for the young players to understand, (is that) you have to do well for your football club. Just concentrate on playing for your football club and the rest will take care of itself,” Lawrence ended.

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« Reply #351 on: August 19, 2017, 01:39:11 AM »
Lawrence firm with his approach ahead of crucial qualifiers.
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Trinidad and Tobago Dennis Lawrence is implementing the right approach towards getting this country’s National Senior Men’s team adequately ready for its upcoming International three-game schedule with Jamaica, Panama and Honduras.

This is according to a trio of home-based players who are currently in the squad to face Jamaica on Thursday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium from 8pm.

Lawrence will finalise his roster to face Honduras next week but in the meantime he is balancing his squad between home-based and overseas-based players heading into the Jamaica clash. The likes of Cordell Cato, Mekeil Wiliams and Aubrey David are all expected to be in the mix for Thursday’s encounter.

“At the moment the head coach is putting the puzzle together and working with the right approach to get the best possible team ready for the qualifiers coming up against Honduras and Panama,” W Connection midfielder Hughtun Hector told TTFA Media on Friday.

“We know how important preparation is and having the Jamaica game is a major boost for us to really put our work into practice before the qualifier. It is important that we put our heads down and implement the things he is asking of us in training on the actual playing field on gameday. It is a process we are working on and hopefully getting it right in time for the matches,” Hector added.

San Juan Jabloteh winger Nathan Lewis is also looking forward to his first international against the Reggae Boyz.

“This will be my first encounter with Jamaica so yes I am pretty excited because I know it’s a big rivalry and players live for these kind of clashes. I think they will come hard but we will also have to show what we are made of. The intensity of the game I think should make it a really good preparation game for us against Honduras,” Lewis said.

“Overall the training sessions are well thought out and planned by the coach. He is getting to know the players better everytime we come together and he is making decisions based on what he observes in the sessions and also the games. The Ecuador game was a good in more ways than one even though we lost it 3-1 but he (Lawrence) would have seen what he needed to. Now it is down to him to pick the best team to take us forward and hopefully get the results we need in the next two qualifiers,” Lewis added.

Experienced goalkeeper Marvin Phillip has had to contest for the number one spot over the past few years and has worked under several past head coaches. But the challenge is never one that overrides his drive to protect the T&T goal at all costs.

“My ambition inspite of what is to always represent to the best of my ability once I am called upon to serve. And Dennis Lawrence has a similar style both when he was a player and now as a coach he is trying to instil that into the players. I think he has a drive that really pushes us,” Phillip said. “These games coming up will be a very demanding period for us but I think we are up to the task and he will know which are the best players best ready to answer the call and give their all in the next set of games.”

The team continues training this weekend at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Tickets for T&T vs Jamaica are available at all NLCB Lotto Locations at $100 (covered) and $50 (uncovered) Early bird ticket purchases for the T&T versus Honduras World Cup qualifier will access the Jamaica friendly free of charge. Those tickets cost $300 (covered) and $150 (uncovered) up until August 24th. T&T will face Honduras at the Ato Boldon Stadium at 8pm on Friday September 1st.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #352 on: August 20, 2017, 02:11:42 PM »
That WConnection defense will leak goals like WASA

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« Reply #353 on: August 21, 2017, 08:51:56 PM »
We can't afford Pep, so we have to back who we have

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #354 on: September 28, 2017, 01:46:20 AM »
Lawrence shifts focus to development.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


With two games left on the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, coach Dennis Lawrence has already shifted his focus to 2022 in Qatar, which is evident from the squad selected on Tuesday for the coming matches, consisting mainly of newcomers.

Former T&T defender was again in defensive mood at a press conference at the National Cycling Centre (NCC) in Balmain Couva yesterday, saying the change came from a two-tier decision made when he became national coach. “We discussed the two-tier plan which was (1) We knew we had Russia so we were going to give Russia our best shot, and in the second tier we haven’t qualified for Russia, so how do we move forward with respect to developing a football philosophy for our country and how are we going to develop players.”

Lawrence who took over the team in the midst of controversial circumstances that included the removal of Stephen Hart following two successive defeats, as well as the retiring of Belgian Tom Saintfiet for lack of support from the TTFA and its president David John Williams, called for a development process that will enable the country to be dominant in the Caribbean first, as he revealed the country has not won anything in the Caribbean for 16 years.

He explained the selection of the team was based on the direction the team is heading, noting that it is now an ideal opportunity to integrate the young players in the team set-up, which will expose them to what it will be like to play at top international football. Among his inexperienced team to face Mexico on October 6 at the Estadio Alfonso Lastras and four days later against the United States at the Ato Boldon Stadium, are Kathon St Hillaire of MIC St Ann’s Rangers and Josiah Trimmingham from Club Sando.

Lawrence also has his eyes focused on Keston Julien who plays for AS Trencin in Slovakia and central midfielder Neveal Hackshaw who represents Charleston Battery in the USL, but Julien he said, has not played with his club since August 12. He believes it will be unfair to select an international player who has not been getting playing time ahead of players in the TT Pro League who have been performing well.

He also sought to defend the non-selection of defender Sheldon Bateau who has been bugged down by club commitments. He later fended off blame attributed to him for the team’s early exit from the world cup, saying “Unfortunately we did not qualify for Russia for many obvious reasons.

“The first thing I started to do was to look at myself and question what can I do better and how can I improve. As regards to my experience as a coach, I don’t think it was the reason we did not qualify, I think it was our performance.”

Though no decision has been made on the status of the team’s technical staff to date, Lawrence said he will sit with assistant coach Sol Campbell to find out if the ex England international will want to stay on board for the long term, as he was initially taken in for the qualifiers.

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Re: Dennis Lawrence Thread
« Reply #355 on: October 12, 2017, 01:41:24 AM »
New era for T&T football—Lawrence.
By Gyasi Merrique (Guardian).


Arena takes responsibility for US defeat

It is a term more readily applied to West Indies cricket. But could T&T football now be turning the proverbial corner?

Soca Warriors head coach Dennis Lawrence would like to think so based on Tuesday night’s performance in a disciplined 2-1 win against the United States as he indicated such during his post-match press conference at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Tuesday night.

Lawrence declared that the result finally provided closure on T&T’s 1-0 defeat to the USA on November 19, 1989, which derailed T&T from the Road to Italy 1990 while needing just a draw.

“Everything was at stake for the US. I think 1989 is now behind us so we can go forward now.” Lawrence declared.

Since taking over as T&T head coach in February from Tom Saintfiet, when T&T had little more than a mathematical chance of qualifying for Russia 2018, Lawrence had just one qualifying win under his belt, 1-0 against Panama in March, but lost his next six qualifying matches consecutively before Tuesday night’s encounter. The former assistant coach at Everton F.C seemed to have finally found his groove as he commanded his troops to the historic win over the USA from the sideline.

He said: “I would like everyone to look at tonight’s (Tuesday) match and understand that this is the beginning of our new era. We’ve had a rough time, everyone knows we’ve had a rough time and taken a few punches. Tonight we punched back. Unfortunately the USA had to fall victim but that is not my concern.”

Like he did against Mexico in a 3-1 defeat in San Luis Potosi on Friday night, Lawrence left out some of his regulars against the USA, opting instead to continue to blood some of his less experienced talents onto the international scene.

His faith was repaid with two goals in the first half as T&T stunned the visitors, playing with an unfamiliar level of composure and purpose.

“Something we’ve been trying to work on is belief. The belief that as players we are as good as anyone,” Lawrence explained. He added: “I’ve been trying to educate the boys once we lost to Panama, the idea is to start to think about going forward. The Panama defeat wasn’t a failure, it was the beginning of what we’re going to start to do next. And that started tonight.”

With no major competitions in sight for the Warriors it is unclear just when Lawrence will have a chance to continue building on Tuesday’s result, but from all indication he has started plotting a new course.

“What I would like to happen is we have to play an international friendly on every FIFA date. That is part of the programme because I would like to have more contact time with the players.

I’ve told the boys that when they leave and come back, they must not drop their standard.”

While the T&T coach sounded purposeful and clear on what is his team’s future, USA coach and legend Bruce Arena was more contemplative when it came to the performance by his team which will now miss its first FIFA World Cup since 1986.

“It’s a blemish for us, we should not be staying home for this World Cup and I take the responsibility. This game in my view was perfectly positioned for the US to win and we failed on the day, we have no excuses. There are no excuses for us not qualifying for the World Cup.” he stated flatly.

Arena had previously coached the US to the 2002 and 2006 World Cups before US Soccer Federation decided against a contract renewal for the 65-year-old. The Federation had a change of heart in November 2016, however, when it removed former coach and German standout, Jurgen Klinsmann and recalled Arena on a two-year contract with the sole mandate of getting the United States to an eighth consecutive World Cup tournament.

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« Reply #356 on: October 12, 2017, 02:26:08 PM »
Why we insist to go to people like Gally etc for an opinion. His time has long passed. Time the country move on and move forward. Steupsss

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« Reply #357 on: October 12, 2017, 02:51:55 PM »
Why we insist to go to people like Gally etc for an opinion. His time has long passed. Time the country move on and move forward. Steupsss

Would Maradona's opinion be rejected because he is from the bygone days.

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« Reply #358 on: October 12, 2017, 09:58:20 PM »
Why we insist to go to people like Gally etc for an opinion. His time has long passed. Time the country move on and move forward. Steupsss

Would Maradona's opinion be rejected because he is from the bygone days.

Yuh realize hardly anybody,including Argentinians, asking Maradona his opinion of this Argentine team even though they were in a desperate position going into their last qualifying match?

They respect Maradona the player for sure. But Maradona the coach?  Eh eh

Latas is a legend as a player.  He is also a coach.  When last you see any article or hear an interview with Latas regarding his opinion on the performances of the senior men's national team?
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« Reply #359 on: October 12, 2017, 11:42:05 PM »
As far as I know TT is still a free country where you can express your opinion. Even Jack >:(. I don't think Gally all local squad and coaches go wuk in today's football. If by some miracle , ManU, Liverpool, PSG, Madrid or Barca come and give your locals contract. What Gally go tell them .... Doh sign. Man, every manjack gone. Plus, it is true most local coaches need more work as far as taking the squad to WC level. On the other hand, TTFA has chosen some good foreign coaches. But they have also selected some duds.