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Final batch of T&T v USA WCQ tickets on sale today

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) will release a final batch of tickets today for tomorrow’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match against the United States at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players (from left) Khaleem Hyland, Radanfah Abu Bakr, Mekeil Williams, Daneil Cyrus and Sheldon Bateau celebrate their 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala on November 13. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players (from left) Khaleem Hyland, Radanfah Abu Bakr, Mekeil Williams, Daneil Cyrus and Sheldon Bateau celebrate their 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala on November 13.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Tickets will be available at Sports and Games in San Fernando, Port of Spain and Trincity Mall, Fan Club in Movie Towne (Port of Spain), Ramsingh’s in Couva and Kenny’s Sport Centre.

The CONCACAF fixture kicks off at 7.36 pm while gates open at 4 pm. There will be no public parking at the stadium on match day.

The “Soca Warriors” opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over Guatemala in Guatemala City last Friday and defender Radanfah Abu Bakr, who plays professionally in Denmark, said the squad is anxious to play in front of their own fans.

Abu Bakr told the TTFA Media that there is great belief and camaraderie within the current squad and they will provide another example of their tenacity on November 17.

“The entire squad looks out for each other both on and off the field and it shows on the pitch,” said Abu Bakr. “We are all there for each other, pulling each other together and keeping each other concentrating all the time. And we’d like to see that in the people of Trinidad and Tobago as well.

Photo: Just over 20,000 Trinidad and Tobago supporters came out to watch the "Women Soca Warriors" face Ecuador in Port of Spain on 2 December 2014. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Just over 20,000 Trinidad and Tobago supporters came out to watch the “Women Soca Warriors” face Ecuador in Port of Spain on 2 December 2014.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“And when we go out there on Tuesday, we’d like to feel the love. We all know what the home crowd does to us as an opposing team in the way they support their team when we travel.

“So it’s the same way we would like to feel the love at home.”

Today is the 10th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s historic qualification for the Germany 2006 World Cup. On 16 November 2005, lanky defender Dennis Lawrence, who is now the assistant coach at Everton, rose to head home a Dwight Yorke corner kick in Manama, Bahrain.

Kenwyne Jones played from the start in Manama and the strapping centre forward, who has inherited the captain’s armband, will hope to again inspire the Warriors towards history tomorrow.

Warriors coach Stephen Hart said his team is healthy and ready to go.

“Everyone’s healthy and that’s a big thing for us this time,” said Hart, “and of course the recovery from the game in Guatemala is also critical.

“Now we will switch our focus and our preparation will be more game specific for Tuesday’s match.”

Photo: Stern John (second from right) celebrates with goal scorer Dennis Lawrence (centre), Kenwyne Jones (far right), Aurtis Whitley (second from left) and Cyd Gray after going ahead against Bahrain on November 16, 2005. (Copyright AFP 2014)
Photo: Stern John (second from right) celebrates with goal scorer Dennis Lawrence (centre), Kenwyne Jones (far right), Aurtis Whitley (second from left) and Cyd Gray after going ahead against Bahrain on November 16, 2005.
(Copyright AFP 2014)

Despite the Warriors’ success in Bahrain, November remains memorable too for the United States football team’s visit to Port of Spain on 19 November 1989.

Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper coach Michael “Brow” Maurice was between the uprights, 26 years ago, as Paul Caliguiri’s long range blast took the US to the Italy World Cup at the expense of the “Strike Squad.”

“A very interesting thing is up to this day even though people have asked me about the match,” Maurice told the TTFA Media, “no reporter interviewed me after the game or ever asked about what happened in that goal that was scored by Paul Caligiuri.

“They said it appeared as though the sun was in Maurice’s eye and everybody went with that. The sun was not the reason the goal scored.

“When Paul Caligiuri got into a particular zone, the way how we closed that zone, when the ball was struck I didn’t see it. When the ball was travelling even though it passed through the sun, when I saw it was when it reached in the goal.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago's famous 1989 "Strike Squad." (Courtesy TTfootballhistory.com)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago’s famous 1989 “Strike Squad.”
(Courtesy TTfootballhistory.com)

“Had I seen when that ball was struck from the distance it was hit at, even though it was hit through the sun, I would have known if to move a few steps to the left or to the right and then catch it.”

Maurice, who starred for Police FC before he went on to play professionally in Costa Rica, said he expects that the current players would use their experience playing abroad to their advantage.

He hopes the crowd does its part as well.

“When you are down, the crowd needs to get behind you and spur you on,” said Maurice. “You see it all around the world and on that day (on November 19) the crowd did not do that to spur us on.

“Hopefully now the fans can break that habit and can really get behind this team in our matches. Seeing that this is a World Cup qualifier, we will certainly look to avenge what happened in ’89.

“It is still a vivid memory. It was a special time in all of our lives including myself and teammates.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (left) volleys home his country's second item despite the best efforts of Guatemala defender Dennis Lopez. The "Soca Warriors" won their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Guatemala City on 13 November 2015. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (left) volleys home his country’s second item despite the best efforts of Guatemala defender Dennis Lopez.
The “Soca Warriors” won their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Guatemala City on 13 November 2015.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Jones and company will try to ensure that it is their North American guests who leave Port of Spain disappointed tomorrow.

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12 comments

  1. Let’s go out their and the soca boys the support

  2. Could someone tell Michael Maurice that we don’t want to know and we don’t care.

    • Well maybe you don’t want to know or you don’t care..but there are others who do care and who do want to know..so speak for yourself buddy! I still love the Strike Squad up to this day!

    • did u really say u don’t care about November 19, 1989. It has long gone but we can learn from our mistakes..smh

  3. Different day, Kerwin, same ol’ shiticket.

  4. Stueppp please we don’t want to here you boy you costs us big time dread

  5. after all these years…lol…we know what happened….it went into the back of the net…

  6. They said Sports & Games Gulf City has but it’s a new store called Sportsway in Gulf City Mall where you get the tickets…for anyone going to get tickets tomorrow.

  7. When you go to these ticket venues…they normally say they don’t have, never informed, or not aware at all. Call TTFA Office the same time and they say the tickets were delivered already. SMH. Especially Sports & Games in South !!!