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Hart looking for strong auditions as Soca Warriors brace for Peru test

Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team head coach Stephen Hart has challenged newcomers to stake individual claims to the “Soca Warriors” squad, as a new-look outfit prepare to face Peru in international friendly action tomorrow from 9.30 pm (TT time) in Lima.

Photo: Central FC midfielder Sean De Silva trains with the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team in November 2015. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Central FC midfielder Sean De Silva trains with the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team in November 2015.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

It will be the first of a three match tour, which also includes fixtures away to Uruguay and China. The match is expected to be beamed live on Flow channel 99.

Hart only has the services of five starters from Trinidad and Tobago’s last World Cup qualifying contest against St Vincent and the Grenadines on 25 November 2016, which ended in an emphatic 6-0 win, as the match falls outside the FIFA international match window.

In contrast, Peru, who are preparing for the Copa America Centenario, are expected to be full strength.

Hart, who travelled with 15 Pro League players after the inclusion of Central FC forward Marcus Joseph, hopes to see some compelling auditions.

“What I want out of these games are mainly individual performances that allow me to strengthen the squad,” Hart told the TTFA Media. “Obviously the collective effort is important, however in exhibition games it is important to provide playing experience and opportunity to all involved.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago forward Willis Plaza (left) tries to keep the ball from Panama captain Roman Torres in friendly internal action in March 2015 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago forward Willis Plaza (left) tries to keep the ball from Panama captain Roman Torres in friendly internal action in March 2015 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

The Warriors faced Peru twice in 2013 and lost 2-0 in Couva and 3-0 in Lima.

Goalkeeper Marvin Phillip, defenders Curtis Gonzales, Daneil Cyrus, Aubrey David and attacker Joseph are the only players in the squad who travelled to Peru, three years ago.

Stand-in captain and Belgium-based midfielder Khaleem Hyland expects a tough challenge.

“It’s going to be a difficult game because they are at home and they will be on a high heading off to the Copa America,” said Hyland. “But we are really looking forward to the contest… It is a good opportunity, as coach has been saying, for some of the younger players to get themselves familiar with the game at this level. And we will be looking to take everything we can from the outing.

“It will be important for us to stay disciplined and compact for as long as possible. We will have our work cut out but I am certain we can put on a good showing to start off the three matches.”

Photo: W Connection attacker Jomal Williams (right) dances around Deportivo Saprissa defender Andres Imperiale during 2015 CONCACAF Champions League action. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: W Connection attacker Jomal Williams (right) dances around Deportivo Saprissa defender Andres Imperiale during 2015 CONCACAF Champions League action.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

(Trinidad and Tobago team)

Goalkeepers: Marvin Phillip (Morvant Caledonia United), Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Glenroy Samuel (North East Stars);

Defenders: Aubrey David (Saprissa FC—Costa Rica), Alvin Jones, Daneil Cyrus, Triston Hodge (all W Connection), Weslie John (CD Universidad—El Salvador), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Yohance Marshall (Murcielagos FC—Mexico), Andre Ettienne (Central FC), Radanfah Abu Bakr (HB Koge—Denmark);

Midfielders: Hughtun Hector (W Connection), Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge—England), Leston Paul (Central FC), Khaleem Hyland (KVC Westerlo—Belgium);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Andre Boucaud volleys home the second goal in their 2-0 win over Cuba at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Copyright Christian Peterson/AFP 2015)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Andre Boucaud volleys home the second goal in their 2-0 win over Cuba at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
(Copyright Christian Peterson/AFP 2015)

Attacking midfielders: Jomal Williams (W Connection), Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar—Netherlands), Sean De Silva (Central FC), Marcus Joseph (Central FC), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh);

Forwards: Willis Plaza (Alianza FC—El Salvador), Shahdon Winchester (W Connection), Makesi Lewis (Police FC).

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10 comments

  1. Is any station showing the game?

  2. Will we get to see the game?

  3. Thought the game was supposed to be on tv ?

  4. That should be a lesson and a half for them. Good test all the same. No doubt that the quality of these opponents are very good for if we were at full strength.
    Maybe it is a tall ask with so many local-based players who are not used to this level though. That’s the only worry.
    From Grenada to Peru and Uruguay? Big step up. Hope they do well.

  5. i really hope these new guys stake a claim yes!!! buh wait?? where and why Tulla not pick for these games :/ i doh like these signs na. hope he is not being phased out

  6. This is good tour for fringe players…. I am sure they will impress….