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Former Colorado Rapids 2 Assistant Coach Brian Haynes (left) during a training session on July 15th 2022. Haynes is the newly appointed Trinidad and Tobago Men's U-20 Head Coach.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is pleased to welcome Mr Brian Haynes as the newly appointed Head Coach of our Men’s Under 20 Team.

The appointment of Haynes comes following a review of various applications that were received and reviewed by the TTFA, via a process led by Technical Director Anton Corneal, over the past few weeks.

Haynes will serve initially on a six-month appointment starting November 1st and he will also be at the helm of a Men’s Under 23 Team which will be used a Feeder Team for the Senior Men’s National Team. He will also assist the TTFA with developing the Talent Identification and Scouting Systems across the various age groups.

As a player, Haynes represented  Trinidad and Tobago at senior level between 1987-1997 and the Under 20 Team between 1980-1982. He played for Dallas Burn in Major League Soccer from 1996-2000 along with a host of other clubs in the US.

On the coaching side, Haynes was most recently attached to Colorado Rapids II in MLS NextPro. He also served at Charlotte Independence in the USL Championship and InterMiami Developmental Academy. 

He began his professional coaching career as an Assistant Coach with Dallas Burn in the MLS in 2001-2006.

In an initial reaction to his appointment, Haynes told TTFA Media, “It’s an understatement to say I’m delighted with the appointment. What I’m looking for is the next Trinibagonian who wants to make an impact not just in his local community but for the country itself.

“It’s always been my passion to work with players between the ages of 18  and 24. It’s where I feel comfortable and when the opportunity came it didn’t matter when it was going to be. Once it was offered to me the answer was yes. I’m thankful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to come home to get to work with these players,” he continued.

“First and foremost I will get familiar with the players, get to know them and get all the information on these players. I will be looking at all the videos. I am a possession oriented type of coach. I am also the kind of coach that likes to press and I am also the kind of coach that wants to make sure that we entertain first. 

“Yes, we want to win but we want the Trinbagonian people to come support us because we play a brand of football that is something they want to see. We are going to work harder than any other team. 

“We are going to do our best to qualify and take this team as far as we can take it. I want to make sure we can put our name back on the map in Concacaf. Mediocrity is not something I am willing to stand for.