Team selection, poor offensive strategy and the administration of the game are being blamed for Saturday night's 6-0 drubbing by the United States football team over the T&T Soca Warriors in a crucial Group D encounter of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, USA.
However, Ron La Forrest, the former national coach, speaking to Guardian Media Sports yesterday believes there should be no more excuses from Dennis Lawrence, the T&T coach whose team selection, among other things, have been questionable.
La Forrest, once considered one of T&T's better strikers, said he was confused that midfielders Kevin Molino and Joevin Jones were not able to make Lawrence's starting team for the match, and hinted that something seems to be wrong within the T&T camp.
According to La Forrest, all the departments in the T&T team were in shambles last night (Mean Saturday night), noting that the team hardly created chances, and the defence failed to stand firm. "Football is played in two halves, and not because you conceded just one goal in the first half, means you would not concede in the other."
He said Lawrence's strategy has not allowed the T&T players to function according to their strength.
Also expressing their disappointment yesterday with the team's poor showing were former national players Clayton Morris, Hutson Charles and Dexter Francis, all of whom played on T&T's famous 'Strike Squad' which missed on World Cup qualification by a point in 1989, believe team preparation which stems from the administration of the sport, is also to be blamed for the embarrassing result.
Both Morris and Francis made it clear that what you put in, is what you will receive on the day, both acknowledging that the sport has been at an all-time low in the past few years.
Morris said, "The result is a mirror of the preparation the team had going into the tournament. Of course, Lawrence and his staff must share in the blame, but T&T football teams, regardless of who is in charge, have been at a disadvantage from the get-go, because we do not have the right people at the level of administration. Since the involvement of David John-Williams, we have been made the laughing stock around the world."
Charles, on the other hand, said a total lack of concentration, which may have resulted from the players' fitness level, may have been caused for the players playing well in the first half and just collapsing in the second.
"The players just stopped what they were doing in the first half. I think Levi Garcia's inability to convert the chance that came his way, was also a major let-down for the team. Had he scored that, it would have changed the game completely."
According to Charles, the injury to T&T defensive midfielder Khaleem Hyland also impacted the team as it was without leadership after he was taken off.