Trinidad gathering momentum, says coach Williams
Trinidad and Tobago will enter the opening Concacaf Under-20 Championship group C match against Bermuda with momentum after a successful training camp in Cali, Columbia.
The camp's itinerary included five-matches with Trinidad winning two, drawing two and losing one to suggest they are in good form ahead of their opener at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San José on Sunday.
“Generally it was a period well spent over in Cali as we were able to put the players through a proper programme in the lead-up to the tournament in Costa Rica,” Brian Williams, the Trinidad head coach, said.
“We had the opportunity to play five training games that were necessary for us and it was pleasing to see the way the team was able to gather momentum and begin to look like a cohesive unit in the final two games, both of which we were able to get victories.
“At this point in time I can say we were able to get the team up to a satisfactory level during the period in Cali.
“The players remained focused throughout the camp, the facilities were of a good standard and we were able to concentrate on football throughout.”
Trinidad will be making their third appearance at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Costa Rica and were scheduled to arrive yesterday.
“Once we are in Costa Rica, the approach changes as now we will focus all our energies on match day,” Williams said.
Coach Kyle Lightbourne's Bermuda narrowly beat Trinidad 2-1 in a third-place play-off in the previous meeting between the two countries at the Caribbean Under-20 Championship in Curaçao in October last year.
“We have gathered the necessary information on the opponents and along with my coaching staff, we will plan for the matches ahead and ensure that our players are ready for the challenges we will face in Costa Rica,” Williams added.
Trinidad edged Columbian side Cardoso FC 1-0 in their final warm-up game on Monday, with Noah Powder's 25th-minute strike separating the teams.
Eighteen-year-old Powder, who plays as a defender for the New York Red Bulls II in the United Soccer League, is one of the key figures in Trinidad's set-up.
Trinidad's opening group match against Bermuda will be followed by the second match of a double-header at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa between Costa Rica and El Salvador.