Hart: We let them off the hook; T&T and USA finish goalless

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Deadlocked at 0-0 after 90 minutes of 2018 World Cup qualifying action, the Trinidad and Tobago and United States head coaches continued to fight for an advantage in the post-game press conference at the Hasely Crawford Stadium tonight.

Trinidad and Tobago coach Stephen Hart felt his “Soca Warriors” should have sent the “Yanks” back home empty-handed.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (left) rolls the ball through the legs of United Staes captain Michael Bradley during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (left) rolls the ball through the legs of United Staes captain Michael Bradley during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“I was pleased with our performance and I thought we controlled the game,” said Hart. “Even in the second half when they looked as if they were controlling the game, they didn’t really penetrate us and they only got one good shot…

“I think we let them off the hook.”

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann disagreed slightly over the balance of play and was quick to remind everyone about which team was leading the group, even though they only lead T&T by goal difference.

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“It was a very tricky game,” said Klinsmann. “I think Trinidad and Tobago started well and, after 25 minutes, we took over. There were chances on both sides (but) I think we had the clearest one.

“But a tie is alright and it keeps us first in the group.”

In truth, it is remarkable that there is even a debate about which team did better tonight—one side has a multi-million dollar annual budget, more than a handful of players with top flight European experience and a population of over 318 million to choose from while the other football association sources players from roughly 1.5 million citizens, is bankrupt and has not paid its coach in four months.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago soca entertainer Swappy tries to rouse the ground during halftime between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.  (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago soca entertainer Swappy tries to rouse the ground during halftime between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Before kick off, the stadium suffered two power outages while the battered seats and worn field looked distinctively like a hand-me-down.

But there is nothing shabby about the Warriors these days. Just maybe, whisper it, Trinidad and Tobago might be on the verge of something memorable.

There were 22,000 patrons at the Hasely Crawford Stadium today, which is the first time the venue was sold out since 12 October 2005 when the T&T edged Mexico 2-1 en route to a historic Germany 2006 World Cup berth.

And Klinsmann did not have long to discover what all the fuss was about.

There were barely 15 seconds on the clock before T&T had their first shot as a sweeping play involving Radanfah Abu Bakr, Cordell Cato and Kenwyne Jones ended with a hurried effort from Joevin Jones that cleared the bar.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (right) gets a shot off under pressure from United States midfielder DeAndre Yedlin. Trinidad and Tobago and USA played to a goalless draw at the Hasely Crawford Stadium tonight in 2018 World Cup qualifying action. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (right) gets a shot off under pressure from United States midfielder DeAndre Yedlin.
Trinidad and Tobago and USA played to a goalless draw at the Hasely Crawford Stadium tonight in 2018 World Cup qualifying action.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Kenwyne had a pop himself in the 12th minute but was wide at the near post while Cato dragged his shot wide of the far corner, under pressure from two US defenders, after an inviting through ball from Khaleem Hyland in the 25th minute.

Andre Boucaud was humming in midfield and Joevin and Cato, ably supported by Daneil Cyrus, were threatening down either flank. For all their promising build up play, though, there were a shortage of clear openings for the Warriors.


“(Central defenders Matt Beasler and Geoff Cameron) had Kenwyne Jones pretty much completely under control,” said Klinsmann.

Beasler and Cameron got the credit but it was Germany-born midfielder Jermaine Jones who often did the hard work, particularly on goal kicks. Mr Jones versus Mr Jones beats Mayweather/Pacquaio hands down.

On the first meeting, Kenwyne blasted the American out of the sky. The second time around, the Trinidadian ended up stooped, rubbing a sore spot on his head while Jermaine smirked.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (centre) winces after a challenge from US midfielder Jermaine Jones in 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones (centre) winces after a challenge from US midfielder Jermaine Jones in 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

They never stopped. ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ was a game within a game and, for peace’s sake, one hopes they are staying at different hotels.

Klinsmann revealed after that Jermaine was carrying an injury and potential replacement, Kyle Beckerman, warmed up for the entire second half as a precaution.

“It was crucial that Jermaine played 90 minutes,” said Klinsmann.

The days of giant Americans bullying artsy but lightweight T&T attackers are long gone. It is the United States players who are in danger of losing their lunch money if things get rowdy against the robust men in red, black and white gear.

By then, though, the tourists had gotten a feel for the venue and were beginning to get ideas.

Burly striker Jozy Altidore hammered one dipping effort just over bar in the 20th minute while Zardes and Altidore failed to make the most of opportunities in the 28th and 30th minutes respectively.

Photo: United States forward Jozy Altidore (right) runs at the Trinidad and Tobago defence during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: United States forward Jozy Altidore (right) runs at the Trinidad and Tobago defence during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Zardes was an inch too short for Altidore’s cross while the latter striker displayed the touch of a construction worker, when played through by Fabian Johnson, and was stripped by the alert Radanfah Abu Bakr.

The Yanks got off to a roaring start in the second half as, within seconds, Zardes headed against the bar after another Altidore cross.

“He has the smell for it,” said Klinsmann, of the 24-year-old Zardes.

US attacker Clint Dempsey, who was left out tonight, probably scores a dozen of those before breakfast.

The moment of the match came in the 77th minute, as Jermaine uncorked one from about 25 yards that fizzed towards the top left hand corner. Somehow, Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams was able to get a touch, which diverted the effort on to the bar and over for a corner kick.

It salvaged a point for the Warriors.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams (right) enjoys a calm moment with teammate Sheldon Bateau (centre) and United States midfielder Michael Bradley in attendance during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams (right) enjoys a calm moment with teammate Sheldon Bateau (centre) and United States midfielder Michael Bradley in attendance during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Klinsmann was not wrong when he said that his team had the better chances. But then Trinidad and Tobago got into good attacking positions on multiple occasions and won more than enough set pieces to challenge for three points.

Hart suggested his players should have been bolder.

“When Khaleem was high up the pitch, their two centre backs struggled,” said Hart. “We started playing in front of them and it was possession for possession’s sake. I felt we should have put them under a little more pressure.”

On the sidelines, Hart and Klinsmann were also trying to outmanoeuvre each other.

The United States began with an old school 4-4-2 formation but captain Michael Bradley and Jermaine struggled with T&T’s excellent midfield triangle of Boucaud, Hyland and Kevan George, particularly as Jermaine had to help manage the Warriors captain.

So, Klinsmann had Jermaine drop off as a midfield sweeper while the other three midfielders played closer together in front of him.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Andre Boucaud (centre) looks for passing options under close watch from US players (from right) Jermaine Jones, Gyasi Zardes and Tim Ream during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Andre Boucaud (centre) looks for passing options under close watch from US players (from right) Jermaine Jones, Gyasi Zardes and Tim Ream during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

In the second half, it was the turn of the US coach to take the initiative as he withdrew Tim Leam and Johnson dropped to left back while Liberia-born substitute Darlington Nagbe went on the left flank.

“We’ve found a player who knows how to play and take care of the ball,” said Klinsmann. “(Nagbe) is very comfortable on the ball and he gives us a different flow in the game because he connects the passes.”

At the time, Joevin was marshalling Trinidad and Tobago’s right flank. Hart quickly switched him with Cato and then sent on the fresh legs of Trevin Caesar to boot.

“(Nagbe) could play,” said Hart, with a raised eyebrow and appreciative nod. “What they did was brought him on to take advantage of Joevin who had run himself out.

“When we switched back to Cato on that side, (Nagbe) started coming deep inside the pitch (into central midfield) and I wasn’t worried about that.”

Photo: USA coach and former Germany World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann cheers his team on.
Photo: USA coach and former Germany World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann cheers his team on.

Klinsmann insisted that his soldiers were winning the war though.

“We want to finish the group as the number one team,” said Klinsmann. “Our goal is to make a huge step in March with six points (home and away against Guatemala). It is important that you don’t give anyone an advantage.

“Getting a tie (against T&T) means you leave them behind you.”

Hart countered that the United States were ripe for the taking and his men will not be as inhibited in their next meeting.

“I felt on the first half performance alone we should have scored more than one,” said the Warriors coach. “It is a psychological thing because it is the US (and) they are a CONCACAF powerhouse and have qualified for every World Cup since 1990. I think my team doesn’t know how well they can play…

“I would have liked to be with six points (from Guatemala and the United States).”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago coach Stephen Hart (right) urges his team forward during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago coach Stephen Hart (right) urges his team forward during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Hart’s belief is contagious. Already local football fans are responding and they came out in their numbers today, although they were still largely reactive during the 90 minutes.

“It was fantastic,” Hart said, of the turnout. “When they began singing the national anthem, it was very emotional. It was very nice. I thank them for that.”

The Warriors do not travel to the US until next September. And 10 months is a long time in Trinidad and Tobago football.

“You don’t want that break to come when you are playing well,” said Hart.

But one suspects that the young men from the two island republic will no longer be content to finish second in the group.

The mighty United States should brace for a blast of T&T.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football fans get behind their team at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. The "Soca Warriors" played to a goalless draw tonight against the United States in 2018 World Cup qualifying action. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football fans get behind their team at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
The “Soca Warriors” played to a goalless draw tonight against the United States in 2018 World Cup qualifying action.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 21.Jan-Michael Williams (GK), 5.Daneil Cyrus, 6.Radanfah Abu Bakr, 4.Sheldon Bateau, 17.Mekeil Williams (16.Justin Hoyte 75), 19.Kevan George, 14.Andre Boucaud (20.Keron Cummings 81), 13.Cordell Cato (11.Trevin Caesar 83), 8.Khaleem Hyland, 3.Joevin Jones, 9.Kenwyne Jones,

Unused substitutes: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 7.Jonathan Glenn, 10.Willis Plaza, 18.Yohance Marshall, 12.Carlyle Mitchell, 15.Neveal Hackshaw, 23.Lester Peltier.

Coach: Stephen Hart

 

United States (4-4-2): 12.Tim Howard (GK); 16.Michael Orozco, 20.Geoff Cameron, 5.Matt Beasler, 3.Tim Ream (6.Darlington Nagbe 67), 2.DeAndre Yedlin, 4.Michael Bradley (captain), 13.Jermaine Jones, 23.Fabian Johnson, 9.Gyasi Zardes (18.Bobby Wood 75), 17.Jozy Altidore,

Unused substitutes: 1.Brad Guzan (GK), 22.Bill Hamid (GK), 7.Miguel Ibarra, 8.Jordan Morris, 10.Mix Diskerud, 11.Brek Shea, 14.Matt Miazga, 15.Kyle Beckerman, 19.Ventura Alvarado, 21.Alan Gordon.

Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

 

Referee: César Ramos (Mexico)

Man of the Match: Khaleem Hyland (Trinidad and Tobago)

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams (left) tips a crashing drive from US midfielder Jermaine Jones (centre) on to the bar. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams (left) tips a crashing drive from US midfielder Jermaine Jones (centre) on to the bar.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

2018 World Cup qualifiers

Group C

(Tuesday November 17)

Trinidad and Tobago 0, USA 0 at Port of Spain;

St Vincent and the Grenadines 0, Guatemala 4 (Stefano Cincotta 23, Mynor Lopez 32, Dennis Lopez 48, Gerson Tinoco 81) at Arnos Vale;

(Friday November 13)

Guatemala 1 (Carlos Mejia 90), Trinidad and Tobago 2 (Khaleem Hyland 67, Kenwyne Jones 80) at Guatemala City,

USA 6 (Bobby Wood 11, Fabian Johnson 29, Jozy Altidore 31, 74, Geoff Cameron 51, Gyasi Zardes 58), St Vincent and the Grenadines 1 (Oalex Anderson 5) at St Louis.

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  1. Warning: Undefined variable $userid in /www/wired868_759/public/wp-content/plugins/user-photo/user-photo.php on line 114

    I think we held the ball better than we usually do actually.

  2. Hart was right. And despite the Zardes chance and us not closing Jermaine Jones earlier…we managed the game well after a tough away outing. We played the game geared toward that Cummings chance. Defend stoutly and catch them on the break with 2 fresh subs running at the US backs. It almost worked…but the finish was poor . Im taking that. Remember US are no slouches. They had good results this year against much tougher opposition.

  3. Lasana Liburd but politics have to come to show off all the time before the match????

  4. ..The teams you name look for matches against BIG opponents, which they can sell to the fans. Unless they have a political objective. You pay them to play. Brasil charges something like USD 1.5 M appearance fee. PLUS first class travel and first class everything else, player match fees, etc, paid in advance. You see where I am going.

    • Yep, I understand, but I am allowed to dream.. right…. The key point is that we need to practice against stronger teams. FIFA gets involved in all kind of activities and this is an area where they should mandate that the top tier teams play other teams that are not in the top tier.

    • …FIFA cannot mandate that. Even the mighty FIFA has its limits. Every national team is free to select its friendly opponents. But I hear you…

    • Given the current organization of FIFA, yes, but FIFA’s reputation at moment is at such an all time low that they have to make changes to improve their image. One way to do so is to have the higher tier teams play international games against the low tier teams. I think such a venture would appeal to many football fans and would inevitably redound to FIFA’s image.

  5. I think the TT team needs competitive games in its preparation, I would like to see games against, Brazil, Holland, Costa Rica and Spain. The US has played against some of these teams and one can observe the difference in how they approach important matches.

  6. Started bright… flame flickered after that half time break. Great atmosphere… really proud to see so many government officials in attendance, especially our PM repping hard.

  7. Our possession game was a lot better than previous games. The US looked surprisingly lackluster for a team that had good results against European opposition. Hoping for improvements as the qualifiers progress.

  8. I think that TT looked exhausted by the middle of the 2nd half. I think Cato lost a golden opportunity to score as his final shot was poorly executed and missed its mark by “a mile”. It seems as though the US saw something on our right flank as most of their attacks were on our right side. The US had a few goal scoring opportunities and and were it not for the woodwork, they would have scored.

  9. I could not get any news of the match anywhere on local media. Not even here on 868wired which is supposed to be the “go-to” site for local football. I had to resort to the UK Guardian to get ball-by-ball updates. http://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2015/nov/17/trinidad-tobago-usa-world-cup-2018-qualifying-live
    Why can’t we get news like that here, especially when it concerns us?

    • Lasana Liburd

      Sorry about that Marcia. We do live updates on Twitter and our official Facebook page. But we will invest in a plug in that will allow us to do it on our website too.
      We have tried plug ins before but haven’t found one that works the way we want it to. Thanks for the feedback.

  10. Honest result… both terms deserved to share the points. We came out lively, did well in the first half dropped off way too deep in the second half allowing the US plenty options. Is it me or having watched Cordell Cato thru the GC and WC qualifiers he doesn’t hold possession. I’d venture to say he loses possession 75% of the time. He has speed yes but he can’t seem to maintain possession. Say what we want though, coach Hart has this team very organized.

  11. Was I the only one in the section that required police intervention three times?
    And yet still the police wouldn’t stand with their back to the game and watch the crowd. They stood up blocking the tunnel entrance taking in the match. Lol.

  12. 1) Very organised and hungry first 25 minutes, but if we think that gives us d right of a victory then we can 4get qualifying, we faded at the end of both halves and that US team is d worse i have seen in years. Bradley, Jones and Howard and maybe Altidore on a good day if he shows up, Kenwyne was good on d night but he needs to play on that offside line a little more, his hold up play was really good and he made good choices with his distribution, on the 2 occasions when we were penetrated slightly on the flanks the US got 2 clear chances first half and second half, both were free headers in and about the 6 yrd box, the US had the clearest chance of the game and they will feel that they should have won the match. I concur with Hart and do feel that we let them off the hook by not being ruthless enough

  13. Whether we like it or not Kenwyn Jones is not what he used to be. Yes he has a role to play but he cannot be used as the primary striker. I am absolutely certain that there are other who will be able to take up the mantle. I was very impressed with the level of concentration by the players. They are a confident bunch and that augurs well for the future. We need to get some kind of formula for more noise in the stadium. The opposing teams have to know that it is war when they come here.

  14. …The clock is supposed to stop at 90 minutes. The referee then takes over with his watch. FIFA rules..

  15. I didn’t mention the fact that the clock stopped at 90 mins and failed to record the extra 3 mins of added time

  16. Kevin Molino should be healthy in time for March 2016 games against St Vincent. He will make a big difference. I expect St. Vincent to collect at least 5 goals with their weak defense.

  17. Win at home.. draw when you are away…

    • Coaches aren’t gods. Nor are footballers. TRY YOUR LEVEL BEST TO win at home, try to draw at worst when away, that’s the realistic maxim.

    • Yes but team T&T is not at their full potential. USA is. Under those circumstances trust me, usa very pissed that they played undeserving of a win. We must not kid ourselves. Be happy we didn’t lose and build on that. They hit post twice. It could have been very different in the end…

  18. Good result for the Soca Warriors. We need to work on conditioning and in the last third of the field. While you cannot always coach goal scorers, but we are deficient here. Too many bad passes and giving up possession too easily. We need to sort these out before the next round. We have enough speed and our defence and goalkeeping is solid. Kudos to the coaching staff.

  19. For the want of better finishing! Brilliant first half performance, a goal would’ve been the icing on the cake. Few non footballing points though, they really need to sort out the PA system at HC, couldn’t hear any announcements; interesting being greeted by Lurbz at the entrance :-D!

  20. 1) I was happy to see the stadium filed after so many empty years. 2) Both teams would obviously have been happy with a draw, which keeps them firmly on the road to qualification for the final round. The draw piles political pressure on Klinsmann, however. And on USSF president Gulati, to fire him. 3) Our defensive performance was solid. We never let them do what they wanted – penetrate the flanks – our wing backs were very good. But we left much to be desired in attack as the team really lacks midfield inspiration and we lacked penetration, the more so as the game wore on. 4) USA is no longer the gold standard in CONCACAF and this was obviously our best opportunity to beat them in donkey years. Their team has stagnated under Klinsmann and they have lost several key players while the new generation is failing to replace them. For example, I have seen Zardes (9) many times now. He is hopeless. We failed to do it and, realistically, it will be MUCH harder in the final round..

  21. I thought I alone thought that 45 mins 2 get in and 2 hrs 2 get home then it had a road block in san juan after your done frustrated from that ordeal

  22. On a different note, it was a nightmare getting into the stadium for the match. There were no parking arrangements for the spectators, and to make matters worst spectators were forced to enter the stadium in a barbaric and brutal way. Wives, girlfriends, sisters, daughters, mothers, kids, and sweaty hard back men, with literally no room to breathe, were channeled into the one and only entrance to the stadium like PIGS. Absolutely horrendous! Would love to know who the hell was responsible for the above. Madness!

  23. The team is playing with great confidence. Excellent ball control exhibited by the players and several sessions where the passing and movement was solid. A little bit of a drop off in the second half, but overall the team had a solid showing. Congrats to coach Hart and the players. Tnt football on the rise once again. I’m excited!

  24. …0-0 was better than a loss for TNT..great job again by goalie JM Williams …US had two clear cut chances…Kevin Molino and Joevin Jones…looking forward…
    US commanded ball possession in the second half..tougher for Kenwyn in the second half..to get the ball…as defenders are marking him like a whiteboard…
    ..team should get better..defense OK..Bakr was excellent …
    ..however, we lost possession of the ball too many times…
    ..let’s GO Soca Warriors…!

  25. Tale of two halves. We looked better in the first, they in the second. That being said, we didn’t drop off that bad, hats off to the players for their effort and to coach Hart for his tactics

  26. the team played well as a unit but if zardes and alltidore was any good with their 1st touches they both would have scored 2 each there were holes in the defence and the only really attacking force going frwd is joevin jones who has lots of pace but not enough dribbling ability to get pass quality defenders

  27. Ah Weak USA We could not Beat PLEASE not d man to take us WC

  28. At home we are under more pressure not to lose actually. I think you are far from relaxed. May tend to be a little more flamboyant.

  29. What’s the chances Levi Garcia finds himself in this squad soon? With him and a healthy Molino I think we can be more dangerous!

  30. BTW d no. 11 who came on showed some similarities of deacesed former player mickey trotman.

  31. I taught we played d beta game. Fair result. We created more opportunities Dan d us. Am greatful for d 1 point. It cud of been one of those moments wen we loose 1 nil. Its been yes since I HV seen us make 12 consecutive passes an looking so confident. As I said b4, hart dereck an baba soon a gr8 job. D level I saw tonight is wat u call a total transformation. I think we need to pit in some more work on fitness. It showed in d last 20 mins of d game. But in all fairness this is a real team. Am proud of this team even if we lose I can not c is wit out a fight. New era Ppl some of these guy gonna get so.e contracts wit top clubs very soon

  32. We did but from observation we play better on the road.. at home they are too relaxed

  33. brent is really yr brother,from my vantage point i would say they had the better of the chances

  34. In hindsight, yes we can mouth off and say they get away but they are probably thinking the same thing. But baby steps… any game that is not a loss against quality opposition right now should be seen as a win.

  35. First time I have ever seen us dominate the US, Hyland was great, Jones held the ball up well and linked the play well. Overall there is hope in this team. Klinsman looked at a different game or was just trying to keep the wolves at bay.

  36. It was a very good showing for the Warriors. I enjoyed the game despite it being a draw. USA never looked like they were pushing for a definitive win, with 8 men in the box once we were in possession, they looked tired actually. Jan did us a great service as usual, solid performance by him. I saw genuine inovation at times that made me smile. Great game guys!

  37. Hart’s reaction at the final whistle showed that he was disappointed. They looked good though.

  38. 4 points out of 2 games is not bad at all. I think Mr Hart should have made his subsituation a little earlier. The team loss momentum around the 75 minute. #WarriorsTimeIsNow

  39. We still don’t believe fully …..we believe we can compete with but psychologically we dont believe we can dominate and beat them …encouraging first half ….we gave them the initiative second half ….

  40. Think overall we played a solid game was very organized and played to a plan missing Molino creative touch but good start the midfield and,the defense played more composed

  41. T&T had the US against the ropes in the first half but ran out of gas in the 2nd

  42. I am trying to recall : is this the first point we have ever taken off USA in WC qualifiers?

    • I’m no expert but I seem to remember Hutson Charles scoring a famous goal for a 1-1 equaliser in the away game in the 1990 qualifiers. If that is true, then we have held them to a draw at least one before. Lasana?

      • You are half right. Marlon Morris scored the diving header for us to draw 1-1 in the USA during the 1990 campaign. It was the first game of the hex as well.
        Hutson Charles ‘goal’ was against Costa Rica…but the ref called it a handball to deny us a draw…and the one point that would have allowed us to qualify to Italy.

        • Lasana Liburd

          Actually it was Hutson Charles who scored the equaliser. Marlon Morris made a brilliant stooping diving header into Hutson’s path.
          I seem to recall that we beat the US once in a match that didn’t matter much as both teams were already through to the next round. Will check.

    • We beat the USA 2-1 in 2008 at this same stage in the qualiifers. We also drew 0-0 against them in 2001, I think.

      • Lasana Liburd

        Yes, you’re right:
        2010 World Cup Qualifier
        Wed Oct 15, 2008
        WCQ x United States at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. 2-1.
        Goals: Russell Latapy 61, Charles Davies 75, Dwight Yorke 79 pen.

  43. I think the pitch played as a disadvantage to our pace. Men, slipping, can’t get a proper shot off! Again MVP for me is the keeper. His save that tip the bar was exceptional. Again I just saw the first half. We looked really tired down the stretch too.

  44. It was a better game than I thought it would be although the result was predictable.

  45. Gyasi Zardes probably should have scored. But I think the draw was fair. We were livelier I thought. Just didn’t quite dig out enough clear chances.
    The stadium is pretty beat down. It really needs a renovation.

  46. Didn’t make it to the stadium, tickets sold out within hours on Tuesday. I looked at the second half online. At the final whistle Hart was visibly upset with the result. I am glad to see that at least I know he has high goal and thinks the team can do better. Trust the player catch/ing on.

  47. I didn’t see the first half! This pitch is unacceptable. We were lucky in the second half

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