Eve hails ‘superb’ T&T U-20 showing in friendly, starts fine-tuning for Haiti clash

Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Under-20 Team head coach Angus Eve credited his players for a ‘superb’ showing yesterday, as they fell 2-0 to top flight Costa Rican professional team, Sporting Football Club, at the Costa Rican Federation Training Centre.

The Junior Soca Warriors leave San Jose tomorrow for San Pedro Sula in Honduras, where they kick off their Concacaf Under-20 Championship campaign from 5pm on Sunday against Haiti.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago coach Angus Eve (right) talks to the National Under-20 players during halftime of their friendly against Sporting Football Club in San Jose.
(via TTFA Media)

The two island republic played two friendlies against the Costa Rica National Under-20 Team last week and came away with a goalless draw and 2-1 loss. Trinidad and Tobago’s sole goal in the pre-tournament camp came from attacking midfielder Jaheim Faustin, who was not selected on the 20-man squad.

Yesterday’s outing was their final warm-up match and Eve, who joined the team on Tuesday after Concacaf Nations League duty, said he did some experimenting.

“I thought it went superb,” said Eve. “[…] We wanted tough opposition for the boys. We created chances, we are having trouble converting and I think that we made two mistakes today. But all in all we tried a different formation today. 

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“We know in the tournament we have to try different things—[so] we experimented with the line-up.”

Eve described the pre-tournament camp as “extremely vital” and credited Costa Rica’s “fantastic facilities” at their answer to a Home of Football. The Under-20s, he said, will work on defending set pieces and begin preparing in earnest to face Haiti from today.

(Trinidad and Tobago 20-member team)

Goalkeepers: 18.Rushon Sandy (Patuxent Football Athletics—USA), 1.Jahiem Wickham (Toronto FC—Canada),

Defenders: 5.Jaron Pascall (Police FC), 4.Jaheim Joseph (W Connection), 14.Josiah Cooper (Club Sando), 2.Christian Bailey (Defence Force FC), 13.Noah Roka (FC Stadieu—Austria), 3.Marvin Waldrop (Club Sando), 19.Isaiah Thompson (Unattached), 16.Tyrik Trotman (Hartford Community College—USA),

Midfielders: 8.Luke Phillip (Deportivo Point Fortin), 17.Andrew De Gannes (Atlanta Utd Academy—USA), 7.Kaihim Thomas (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers), 6.Kassidy Davidson (IFAPT—Portugal), 10.Molik Jesse Khan (Minnesota United II—USA), 15.Micah Cain (TSV Meerbusch—Germany),

Attackers: 9.Real Gill (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers), 12.Josiah Wilson (Cercle Brugge KSV—Belgium), 11.Nathaniel James (W Connection), 20.Tarik Lee (W Connection).

Head coach: Angus Eve

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