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Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: July 07, 2021, 03:19:05 PM »
As usual, any updates/scores, shout-outs, reports, predictions, views, etc, on the T&T vs Mexico Concacaf Gold Cup Group A game at the AT&T Stadium in Texas from 10pm on the 10th of July 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.

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Trinidad & Tobago Squad

Goalkeepers:

Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Nicklas Frenderup (Ranheim Il—Denmark), Marvin Phillip (Unattached);

Defenders:

Radanfah Abu Bakr (Unattached), Aubrey David (Deportivo Saprissa—Costa Rica), Justin Garcia (Defence Force), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Jelani Peters (Pittsburgh Riverhounds—USA), Triston Hodge (Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC—USA), Alvin Jones (Unattached), Ross Russell Jr (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers), Jesse Williams (Unattached), Mekeil Williams (Pittsburgh Riverhounds—USA), Noah Powder (Real Salt Lake—USA);

Midfielders:

Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Andre Fortune II (Memphis 901 FC—USA), Duane Muckette (Unattached), Molik Khan (Club Sando), Kevin Molino (Columbus Crew—USA), Neveal Hackshaw (Indy Eleven—USA), Khaleem Hyland (Al Batin—Saudi Arabia), Judah Garcia (Unattached);

Forwards:

Marcus Joseph (Unattached), Isaiah Lee (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers), Reon Moore (Defence Force), Ryan Telfer (Atletico Ottawa—Canada).

Coach - Angus Eve (TRI).

Mexico Squad

Goalkeepers:

Alfredo Talavera (Pumas), Rodolfo Cota (Leon), Jonathan Orozco (Tijuana)

Defenders:

Nestor Araujo (Celta de Vigo), Hector Moreno (Monterrey), Luis Rodriguez (Tigres), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca), Carlos Salcedo (Tigres), Osvaldo Rodriguez (Leon), Gilberto Sepulveda (Chivas)

Midfielders:

Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid), Edson Alvarez (Ajax), Erick Gutierrez (PSV Eindhoven), Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Erick Sanchez (Pachuca), Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy), Alan Cervantes (Santos),

Forwards:

Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Jesus Corona (Porto), Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey), Alan Pulido (Sporting Kansas City)

Coach - Gerardo Martino (ARG).

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2021, 03:56:33 PM »
Anybody knows if T&T is allowed to call up any new players for these upcomnig GC games?

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2021, 04:01:00 PM »
Mexico Team

Goalkeepers:

Alfredo Talavera (Pumas), Rodolfo Cota (Leon), Jonathan Orozco (Tijuana)

Defenders:

Nestor Araujo (Celta de Vigo), Hector Moreno (Monterrey), Luis Rodriguez (Tigres), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Kevin Alvarez (Pachuca), Carlos Salcedo (Tigres), Osvaldo Rodriguez (Leon), Gilberto Sepulveda (Chivas)

Midfielders:

Hector Herrera (Atletico Madrid), Edson Alvarez (Ajax), Erick Gutierrez (PSV Eindhoven), Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Erick Sanchez (Pachuca), Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy), Alan Cervantes (Santos),

Forwards:

Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Jesus Corona (Porto), Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey), Alan Pulido (Sporting Kansas City)

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2021, 06:36:54 PM »
Anybody knows if T&T is allowed to call up any new players for these upcomnig GC games?



even if so, seems like Eve delusional about the strength of this current squad. Would like to hear his comments on if he even want to, or tried.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2021, 06:40:42 PM »
Anybody knows if T&T is allowed to call up any new players for these upcomnig GC games?


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Was wondering the same thing....would be good if Levi and Bateau can be in the mix (if avail)
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2021, 07:01:29 PM »
Anybody knows if T&T is allowed to call up any new players for these upcomnig GC games?

Concacaf says "The final 23-player rosters for all participating teams will be confirmed prior to the start of the Preliminary Round (Prelims). After the deadline for submission, changes will only be allowed in the event of force majeure or injury up until 24 hours before each team’s group stage first match. All changes must be approved by Concacaf."
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2021, 07:37:56 PM »
Thanks TM, no brainer, no way Hodge and Hyland lasting 3 games in a week...
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2021, 07:43:32 PM »
The way Hyland pull up and had ice on his hamstring, I don't expect to see him out there.
I hope LG and Bateau are being called up. How can we not call them?

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2021, 08:43:04 PM »
1. we need a left back bad bad bad, they depended too heavily on Joevin Jones being there from what I heard. Those they use in the prelims not good enough. Mexico would have notice that also. 
2. we need an identical replacement for Hyland if he cannot play. His influence in the middle for the team is undeniable       
3. I'm very concern about the teams match fitness. I dunno what our trainers doing but dem men ain't fit. French Guiana who has not played an international game since 2019 players were fitter than ours.   
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2021, 08:47:42 PM »
The way Hyland pull up and had ice on his hamstring, I don't expect to see him out there.
I hope LG and Bateau are being called up. How can we not call them?

I wouldn't risk Hyland with the Mexico game. I'll try for the other two group games.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2021, 11:20:25 PM »
1. we need a left back bad bad bad, they depended too heavily on Joevin Jones being there from what I heard. Those they use in the prelims not good enough. Mexico would have notice that also. 
2. we need an identical replacement for Hyland if he cannot play. His influence in the middle for the team is undeniable       
3. I'm very concern about the teams match fitness. I dunno what our trainers doing but dem men ain't fit. French Guiana who has not played an international game since 2019 players were fitter than ours.
FYI most of this French team just came off their season in europe less than a month ago while most of our players did not play one competitive match since 2019, so of course the FG players would be fitter than the lads, that goes without saying.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2021, 12:01:30 AM »
1. we need a left back bad bad bad, they depended too heavily on Joevin Jones being there from what I heard. Those they use in the prelims not good enough. Mexico would have notice that also. 
2. we need an identical replacement for Hyland if he cannot play. His influence in the middle for the team is undeniable       
3. I'm very concern about the teams match fitness. I dunno what our trainers doing but dem men ain't fit. French Guiana who has not played an international game since 2019 players were fitter than ours.
FYI most of this French team just came off their season in europe less than a month ago while most of our players did not play one competitive match since 2019, so of course the FG players would be fitter than the lads, that goes without saying.

You are correct on that. That is why I am always saying we cannot underestimate, FG, Martinique or Guadaloupe. What makes it difficult is we don't see them for WC. We do see them for  GC and Caribbean cup when that competition is running. Our guys are not match fit.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2021, 04:01:46 PM »
How come Lainez not in Mexico squad? Ok he in the Olympic squad.
Good ting for us, he look a terror to mark. 

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2021, 04:56:46 PM »
How come Lainez not in Mexico squad? Ok he in the Olympic squad.
Good ting for us, he look a terror to mark.

Was discussing this yesterday.  Mexico is out to win the Gold Cup AND to bring home the gold medal. Yuh would think Lainez would make the squad, but it was not to be.

He is two handfuls and he will have many days ahead of bringing the pain to regional football.

Betis is hoping to make some coin from putting him on the market before the new season, otherwise they would not have indulged the Olympics.

The GC team has one Cruz Azul player (Pineda). In TT ppl would be bawling so and so won the title, how come only one. Look at the Olympic team and a few more appear. Also only one Santos Laguna player. Generally, you get an insight into the league and NT strength when you see who is in and the limited # by club.
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Eve still undecided over Soca Warriors replacements
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2021, 09:35:04 PM »
Eve still undecided over Soca Warriors replacements
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian)


Interim Soca Warriors coach Angus Eve is expected to wait until the final hour permitted before deciding on whether to name replacements for the trio of Khaleem Hyland, Triston Hodge and Judah Garcia.

This, as Eve and his squad prepares to face defending Concacaf Gold Cup champions Mexico in their Pool A of the 2021 Gold Cup on Saturday night from 10 pm, three hours after El Salvador and Curacao, the two other teams in the pool meet in the tournament opener.

The Soca Warriors booked their spot in the tournament’s group stage after a nervy 8-7 penalty shoot-out victory over French Guiana at the DRV PNK Stadium, Florida on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw at the end of the 90 minutes regulation time.

Goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup was the hero for the Soca Warriors saving the penalty attempt of Kevin Rimane spot-kick before Defence Force veteran and former T&T Under-17 and U-20 World Cup player Curtis Gonzales slotted home the winning penalty for his team.

But the win for the 49-year-old Eve, who has been at the helm of the team for only three weeks after the sacking of Englishman Terry Fenwick following the team’s failed World Cup qualifying campaign, may have come at a cost as the trio of captain Hyland, Garcia and Hodge all picked up muscular injuries in the match and had to be replaced and are now in a race against time to recover for the group stage.

Eve and his medical staff have been doing crucial assessments of the players since Tuesday and will Friday confirm whether he will have to bring in any players as replacements.

The former national midfielder, turned coach, travelled to the tournament with a 26-man squad instead of the required 23-man roster, saying the three additional players were to be used in situations where injuries or illness may take place.

But that was trimmed to 25 when Inter Miami FC winger Joevin Jones sustained a season-ending injury during a US Major League Soccer match and was forced to withdraw from the Gold Cup.

Two players who are available to Eve at his quick disposal are defender midfielders Michel Poon-Angeron and Molik Khan who travelled as part of the 26 but have not featured in either the 6-1 preliminary round opening win over Montseratt on Saturday last or the victory over French Guiana while defenders Leland Archer and Mekeil Williams, who are both based in the US with United Soccer League clubs could also come in for selection, and Canada-based pair, Akeem Garcia and Andre Rampersad as well as England-born striker Daniel Phillips of Watford.

Another concern for Eve heading into his opening match against the Mexicans who trashed Nigeria 4-0 in their last warm-up international friendly on Saturday is the number of players already on yellow cards.

It must be noted that the mandatory rule that drops yellow cards picked up by players when they are moving from one stage of a tournament to another, is not being used by CONCACAF organisers.

This means players who picked up yellow cards for T&T in the qualifying rounds, will move into the group phase with it.

The players crossing over with the cards are Neveal Hackshaw and Hyland from the Montserrat affair, and Gonzales and defender Aubrey David from the French Guiana match.

With regards to the cards Eve said after the French Guiana win, "It's a bit unfair because it's a different phase, it's the qualifying phase going into the group stage, and at most tournaments in the world, the cards don't carry over like that, from qualifying to the group stage."

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On Friday, the official walk-through will take place at 7pm at the AT&T Stadium, venue for Saturday’s Gold Cup group match versus Mexico.
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2021, 04:36:25 AM »
I want to believe replacements en route to Dallas already and Eve is just keeping this close to his vest...no brainer that these injured guys cannot play 3 games in a week.  No mention of Levi or Bateau above but clearly we will need our best available player pool
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2021, 01:04:57 PM »
Noah Powder called in for Concacaf Gold Cup
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Real Salt Lake defender Noah Powder has been named to Trinidad & Tobago’s squad as an injury replacement for the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup. Trinidad & Tobago open its Gold Cup tournament on Saturday, July 10 when it faces Mexico at 8:00 p.m. MT at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Trinidad & Tobago will feature in Group A for the Concacaf Gold Cup alongside Curacao, El Salvador and Mexico.

“This honor is a testament to the hard work Noah has put in over the years. We are proud to see his quality recognized and excited to watch him represent his country in this region’s premier international competition.” RSL General Manager Elliot Fall said.

Powder, 22, made his Major League Soccer debut on May 15 when he entered a match against Nashville SC to play the final seven minutes of the contest. In 2019 played 30 regular season matches for Real Monarchs, scoring two goals in 2,629 minutes. In the playoffs, he notched two assists and scored in the USL Championship Final to secure the club’s first title. To date, Powder has nine goals and seven assists in 90 USL matches, logging 7,050 minutes, including one goal and four assists in 10 appearances in 2020.

Powder signed for RSL in September 2020 ahead of the 2021 season.

Internationally, Powder has played 13 matches across the Trinidad & Tobago U-17 and U-20 sides, notching two goals for each age group. He made his senior national team debut on January 31 against the United States in Orlando, Florida.

Powder joined the Monarchs prior to the 2019 season as a young veteran in the USL Championship. Success has followed since his professional career began in 2016. The New Jersey native played two seasons with New York Red Bulls II in 2016 and 2017 and helped NYRBII to a USL title as a rookie. He then joined Orange County SC in the USL Championship where he helped OCSC to the Western Conference Final in 2018.

Real Salt Lake returns to the field on Saturday, July 17 when it faces LAFC at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Fans can watch the match live locally on KMYU or the KSL TV app beginning at 7:30 p.m. MT.
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2021, 02:01:27 PM »
Muckette says Trinidad and Tobago is up for the Gold Cup challenge.

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Defender Jelani Peters is red and ready for the Gold Cup.

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Interim Head Coach Angus Eve prepares for the start of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2021, 03:05:51 PM »
T&T needs a bulldog player to beat or tie Mexico..

Mexico is superia but cannot play under physicality.

Jelani Peters is shit and Neveal Hackshaw and Curtis Gonzales is overweight and too slow.

Justin Garcia is a better leftback than Ross Russell Jr.

Jesse Williams needs to start and push Alvin Jones up the wing.

Reon Moore over Marcis Joseph.

Hashim Arcia over Andre Fortune.

T&T good for 8.

Not being negative, its reality.

Corona, Herrera, Salcedo and Moreno go kill them.

Angus Eve is a f00cking joke, only one replacement Noah, he dreaming from his playing days where he had many good players around him, not like now.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2021, 03:26:17 PM »
So Eve is saying that the yellows carry over from prelims to group stage. I wish someone would clarify.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2021, 04:36:41 PM »
Does anyone know if they send poon angeron home or is he still with the team? I believe he would be the perfect replacement for either hyland or garcia.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2021, 07:16:11 PM »
Does anyone know if they send poon angeron home or is he still with the team? I believe he would be the perfect replacement for either hyland or garcia.

The two replacements are Noah Powder and Mekeil Williams.
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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2021, 07:17:03 PM »
Pre-match press conference

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2021, 07:40:57 PM »
Like what Sam saying we need a bulldog in the middle to run down dem Mexican. I say take a chance. Put a good MLS defender like Noah Powder to just run at them. This go work.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2021, 07:33:45 AM »
Pre-match press conference

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2021, 07:57:26 AM »
Noah Powder, Mekeil Williams called up as Hyland, Garcia out of Gold Cup for T&T.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


NATIONAL defenders Noah Powder and Mekeil Williams have been cleared by Concacaf to join the men’s senior team in Texas as immediate replacements for skipper Khaleem Hyland and attacking midfielder Judah Garcia, who have been indefinitely ruled out of T&T’s Gold Cup campaign owing to injury.

Williams and Powder, who both reside in the US, were called to national duty on Friday after Hyland and Garcia were confirmed to take no further part in the tournament. The pair was subbed off with leg muscle injuries during T&T’s final Gold Cup qualifier match against French Guiana on Tuesday.

Hyland’s absence for the rest of the tournament sees striker Kevin Molino step up to captain the squad for the remainder of the competition.

T&T begin their Gold Cup group stage campaign on Saturday against defending champions Mexico at the AT&T Stadium, Arlington, from 10.30pm. Also in Group A are El Salvador and Curacao.

“We got the notification that Judah Garcia and Khaleem Hyland would not be available to us anymore and we now have Noah Powder and Mikheil Williams will be replacing them as of today,” said head coach Angus Eve at the pre-match press conference.

On Friday, Eve and his staff worked alongside Concacaf’s medical department to ensure the players were cleared to arrive in Texas before Saturday’s opening match. He said both Powder and Williams have already been vaccinated for covid19 and also conducted their mandatory PCR tests on Friday.

These steps, Eve said, guarantees the players would be able to arrive in time and immediately join the team for the Mexico clash. Against the Concacaf behemoths, Eve is well aware of their many strengths but believes the Soca Warriors can dig deep to eke out a positive result.

“We want to go and express ourselves as much as possible and see if we can get among them and hopefully cause some sort of upset; that’s the only thing that we can do.

“The guys really fought in the qualifiers. We have the same mentality and spirit going into this game. We have to be more creative in the way that we play. We believe our main battle is against El Salvador and Curacao, whatever we do against Mexico will be a bonus,” Eve added. Eve was appointed national coach in June after then-coach Terry Fenwick was sacked for the squad’s first-round exit from the 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign.

Prior to the World Cup qualifiers, T&T played two additional matches – Eve’s first at the helm – against Montserrat and French Guiana leading up to the Gold Cup qualification. Although successful, Eve believes their opponents are now equipped with ample video footage of their recent matches to study their style of play.

He added, “We would have to tweak some stuff. These (opposing) teams are well-rested. We will have to tweak things tactically. They would have seen us play a couple of matches. They would have been scouting what we’ve been doing.

Eve continued, “We brought a surplus of defensive players because we may have to tweak the formation. We picked players who could play multiple positions. We had two major injuries in the last game which caused the rhythm of the game to be upset. “Bringing the yellow cards over is a bit unfair. Technically we are the weaker teams who are coming forward. We’re not crying about that.”

He said the senior team was in a “rebuilding stage” and aiming at re-establishing itself as formidable opponents in the region.

The former national player was pleased to be back in the Gold Cup competition and believes the Mexico test will serve as a good measurement to see where the team is currently at competing against a top-ranked team.

According to the FIFA Rankings, Mexico is presently ranked an impressive 11th in the world while T&T is 103rd. At the Concacaf level, Mexico are atop the standings with the USA trailing closely behind while T&T are 11th. Amid the statistics, Eve said they must go into the game with a positive mindset.

He added, “We have the mindset of a lion. If we have that lion mentality that we displayed in our games so far; our spirit, team camaraderie, that willingness to fight for each other is what we’re going to need for this stage.”

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Interim Soca Warriors coach, former national Angus Eve will be hoping to continue his unbeaten run at the helm of the team when T&T come up against reigning champion Mexico in their Concacaf Gold Cup Group A opener on Saturday night from 10 pm.

However, Eve and his squad who defeated Montserrat 6-1 and then French Guiana 8-7 on sudden-death penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw to reach the group stages will start as underdogs at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Tonight’s match-up will be the fifth Gold Cup meeting between the two sides and if it is anything like their previous Gold Cup encounter, fans can expect plenty of goal-scoring fireworks.

This will also be T&T’s 11th appearance in the Gold Cup group stage and with the momentum, they have picked up from the Prelims, the Soca Warriors will fancy their chances of advancing from the group which also features El Salvador who they meet on July 14, and Curacao, four days later.

Six years ago in the 2015 group stage, the two sides played to a thrilling 4-4 draw and there is enough attacking power on both sides to see a possible repeat.

The current members of the T&T team, who featured in that enthralling contest, were captain Khaleem Hyland, goalkeeper Marvin Phillip and defender Aubrey David while Radanfah Abu Bakr and Adrian Foncette were unused substitutes for former coach Stephen Hart back then.

However, less than 24 hours before kick-off, Eve and his technical staff were still sweating on the fitness of Hyland, Judah Garcia and Triston Hodge, who all picked up muscle injuries in the win over French Guiana on Tuesday at the DRV PNK Stadium in Florida. Late yesterday, it was learned that Hyland and Garcia are the two players that Eve and the TTFA are hoping to have replacements for at the Gold Cup.

The Carenage-born Eve speaking just over 24 hours before he leads the senior national team into battle against Mexico noted his team will be deprived of two key players who picked up injuries in the previous match against French Guiana and they will play no further part in the tournament.

He said, "We suffered two major injuries last game and we have been using going through the procedures with Concacaf to replace these two players because they won't get better to play any of the games to be honest.

But, overall the mood in the camp according to Eve is a very good one with the players having the mindseta of being like lions.

Eve explained, "The lion is not the biggest animal in the jungle but he is the king of the jungle and if we have the lion mentality that we have displayed so far then that ia what is going to be needed in this phase."

Not one to complaint, Eve stated that the format of tournament and having to play the three group matches in almost ten days right on the heels of the two preliminary matches is a difficult task, one he and his staff knew they were getting into when they took the job.

A confident Eve added, "So we have our noses down and pointed in the right direction."

With regards to his team's approach to the Mexico clash Eve said he and his technical staff will definitely have to tweak things tactically a bit.

"These teams in our group would have seen us play a couple matches and they would have been scouting what we would have been doing. So it's going to be even harder now.But we have the same mentality and same spirit as we had before going into these games."

With his focus on securing second spot in the four team group to reach the quarterfinals, Eve said: "We may have to be a little bit more creative in the way that we play against some of the teams because we believe our main battle is against El Salvador and Curacao and whatever we can do against Mexico will be a bonus."

Eve though noted that those teams may also have a slight edge as those teams weren't playing and are well rested as well as not having the worry of taking yellow card cautions into their match like his team has from the preliminary round.

Eve’s start to life as coach of the senior team for which he has been only contracted to August has been nothing short of a breath of fresh air for the players and supporters alike as things have drastically turned around.

In his two matches as coach, Eve, a winger in his playing days which numbered a record 117 caps for the T&T team has the Soca Warriors displaying a cutting edge in attack, evidenced by the seven goals they scored in their two Prelims matches.

T&T have also gotten contributions from many different players up top led by Columbus Crew midfielder Kevin Molino with two goals, as well as Marcus Joseph, Ryan Telfer and Neveal Hackshaw who form a dangerous quartet going forward, and the likes of Reon Moore (two goals) and Andre Fortune bring fresh legs and a nose for a goal off the bench.

At the back, T&T will also feel like they are in good hands in the back with Denmark-based goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup, who did a superb job in the two Prelims matches, keeping his head during the deciding penalty shootout against French Guiana and making the save that sent his side to the group stage.

Frenderup also benefits from a strong defensive front. Jelani Peters and David are an experienced set of centre backs to keep Frenderup protected, while fullbacks Alvin Jones and Ross Russell Jr make sure there are no breaches on the wings.

Mexico, meanwhile, comes into the T&T match on the back of a resounding 4-0 bashing of Nigeria in a friendly international last weekend in Los Angeles in their final warm-up encounter. 

El Tricolor coached by former Barcelona FC boss, Argentine Gerardo Martin boasts a lot of star power, led by forward Hirving Lozano of Italy’s Napoli, who has 14 goals in 47 matches with Mexico. AT&T Stadium is also friendly territory for Lozano who scored two goals in his last match in Arlington in a 2-1 friendly win versus Iceland on May 29.

Another striker to watch will be former Argentina Under-20 player Rogelio Funes Mori, who made his Mexico debut last Saturday in the Nigeria encounter and scored just four minutes into the match.

Not to be overlooked is winger Uriel Antuna of Guadalajara, who scored four goals for Mexico in the 2019 Gold Cup, including a hat trick in a 7-0 win over Cuba.

One this is for certain is that both T&T and Mexico are not known to shy away from the big moment which will make for an entertaining affair.

In the other Pool A match today, familiar foes El Salvador and Curacao will open Gold Cup with the first match in Group A at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas from 5 pm.

It marks the third Gold Cup meeting between the two sides, with Curacao having faced the Cuscatlecos in each of their previous two Gold Cup appearances.

In 2017, El Salvador pocketed a 2-0 win in Denver, Colorado, while two years later the Central Americans opened their group with a 1-0 triumph against the Caribbean side in Kingston, Jamaica.

Under the guidance of assistant coach and European football legend Patrick Kluivert, Curacao will be hoping that the third time is a charm.

They certainly have the talent to earn the three points, with the likes of veteran Leandro Bacuna, who is one of two players to have scored in a Gold Cup for Curacao, and experienced Eloy Room, who has been in goal for all seven of Curacao’s previous Gold Cup matches.

Also aiding the cause will be forward Jarchinio Antonio, who arrives into the tournament in good form after amassing three assists during Concacaf World Cup Qualifying for Qatar 2022.

El Salvador, now in its 15th Gold Cup and led by Head Coach and former USA international Hugo Perez, will also be feeling confident after having qualified for the Final Round of CWCQ.

Forward David Rugamas scored eight goals in El Salvador’s six matches in CWCQ, while fellow striker Joshua Perez chipped in with three goals.

A winning start for either side would go a long way toward punching a ticket to the knockout round.

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #26 on: July 10, 2021, 08:43:15 AM »
Take the loss and use this game for experimenting. Try switching up the formation. Try players in different positions. See what works. Then use this information to beat El Salvador and Guatemala.

BTW. Guatemala has it out for us. Any fck up, and they go smell blood and punish us.

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« Reply #27 on: July 10, 2021, 09:01:06 AM »
Pre-match press conference

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Why do our players "develop" the accent of the countries they go to play in. Its ridiculous Neveal is speaking like a Yankee yet the Canadian born n bred Telfer speaking like a Trini

The "Canadian-born" Telfer went to school in Trinidad, so not quite the twilight zone. Ah mean, technically he is also an Atletico Madrid-owned player ... Things can get muddled. Iz life. Plus, Telfer had the incentive to leverage Trini talk to reduce the perception of him being an outsider ... although every now and again posts are made referring to him as the Canadian (this post excepted).

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Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« Reply #28 on: July 10, 2021, 10:40:02 AM »
Take the loss and use this game for experimenting. Try switching up the formation. Try players in different positions. See what works. Then use this information to beat El Salvador and Guatemala.

BTW. Guatemala has it out for us. Any fck up, and they go smell blood and punish us.

The Mexico match must be approached like a must-win game because the second position will likely come down to goal differences. Be competitive versus Mexico, then get points from both El Salvador and Guatemala. So, instead of accepting the fate, play to score versus Mexico and force them to allocate resources in the back by fighting for every inch in the midfield and covering the flanks. That is how central American teams are usually able to limit the damages when playing Mexico. They don't just go defensive and hope that Mexico will respect their personal space! :)

If this game versus Mexico is kept at a respectable score, then surviving this group becomes a reality. Guatemala is a weak team. I can see a victory over the Guatemalans. The fight for second place is really between T&T and El Salvador, which is why the game versus Mexico is so important even if it results in a loss.

On a second note, forget everything. Just beat Mexico and everyone else, problem solved! :)
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« Reply #29 on: July 10, 2021, 11:30:32 AM »
Take the loss and use this game for experimenting. Try switching up the formation. Try players in different positions. See what works. Then use this information to beat El Salvador and Guatemala.

BTW. Guatemala has it out for us. Any fck up, and they go smell blood and punish us.

The Mexico match must be approached like a must-win game because the second position will likely come down to goal differences. Be competitive versus Mexico, then get points from both El Salvador and Guatemala. So, instead of accepting the fate, play to score versus Mexico and force them to allocate resources in the back by fighting for every inch in the midfield and covering the flanks. That is how central American teams are usually able to limit the damages when playing Mexico. They don't just go defensive and hope that Mexico will respect their personal space! :)

If this game versus Mexico is kept at a respectable score, then surviving this group becomes a reality. Guatemala is a weak team. I can see a victory over the Guatemalans. The fight for second place is really between T&T and El Salvador, which is why the game versus Mexico is so important even if it results in a loss.

On a second note, forget everything. Just beat Mexico and everyone else, problem solved! :)
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