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T&T U-15 women lose 22-0 to USA; Coach: Great experience for the young girls

The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-15 Team lost by an astounding 22-0 margin to the United States today in the opening day of the 2016 CONCACAF Under-15 competition in Orlando, Florida.

The score was a record for the CONCACAF tournament and a massive humbling for Trinidad and Tobago, as the two island republic finished third in the same competition, two years ago.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national women's under-15 team head coach Marlon Charles. (Courtesy SPH-SYOGOC/Eddie Chen)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago national women’s under-15 team head coach Marlon Charles.
(Courtesy SPH-SYOGOC/Eddie Chen)

However, Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 coach Marlon Charles described the hiding as a “great experience for the young girls” and insisted that they remain in good spirits.

“We lost very badly today but it was a great experience for the young girls,” Charles told TTFA Media. “It was a very difficult game for them in all areas. Our players looked scared in the early stages of the match and speed of play was the main component which affected our team.

“But the learning process has begun for these players in this tournament. The players, in spite of the loss, are in good spirits which is important for the remainder of the tournament as they understand that the game is about exposure and playing.”

The Trinidad and Tobago starting team was: Aaliyah Alexander (GK), Tianna Daniel (DF), Roshun Williams (DF), Kady Adams (DF), Chrissy Mitchell (MD), Natifah Hackshaw (MD), Aaliyah Prince (FW), Tyanna Williams (FW), Maria-Frances Serrant (MD), Annika Daniel (MD) and Afiyah Cornwall (FW and captain).

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Raenah Campbell in action during the 2014 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship. Campbell helped steer Trinidad and Tobago to third spot. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago captain Raenah Campbell in action during the 2014 CONCACAF Under-15 Championship.
Campbell helped steer Trinidad and Tobago to third spot.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

In today’s other group encounters, Mexico defeated Haiti 2-0 while in other matches, Costa Rica beat Jamaica 2-1, Puerto Rico defeated St Lucia 4-1 and Canada beat Venezuela 6-0.

T&T will face Dominican Republic in their second match on Wednesday from 11am.

Stats Summary: USA / TRI

Shots: 36 / 0

Shots on Goal: 29 / 0

Saves: 0 / 9

Corner Kicks: 15 / 0

Fouls: 2 / 4

Offside: 8 / 1

(What they said before the tournament)

Head coach Marlon Charles:

Photo: Ex-Trinidad and Tobago women's coach Marlon Charles (background) instructs his team during an international fixture against Chile in the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore, Aug 12, 2010. Chile won 1-0. (Courtesy SPH-SYOGOC/Seyu Tzyy Wei)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago women’s under-15 coach Marlon Charles (background) instructs his team during an international fixture against Chile in the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore, Aug 12, 2010.
Chile won 1-0.
(Courtesy SPH-SYOGOC/Seyu Tzyy Wei)

“We started off with 65 players and now we are down to 18 and I must give credit to every player who took part in the preparations… This is going to be a whole new experience for the players, not just on the football field but in so many situations…

“At this level what you will find is players who are still learning and playing for the first time so while the United States will have more resources than us, I don’t want to say that they will be superior or for us to fear them.

“We want our players to enjoy every bit of the experience. We are not putting any pressure on them… But at the same time we will be using it as a learning experience and one which we as coaches can evaluate for the future.

“The preparation was good. The TTFA did what it could to ensure we had the opportunity to prepare well and we tried to maximise the time that we had leading up to the tournament.”

TTFA President David John-Williams:

Photo: TTFA president and W Connection founder David John-Williams.
Photo: TTFA president and W Connection founder David John-Williams.

“We’ve had the Under 15 Girls team in preparation for some time and I know they have been hard at work. This is a wonderful opportunity for the young players in our women’s program to get such an experience at this early stage at the CONCACAF level and we are very pleased to have them heading off to Orlando and we’d like to wish them well in the tournament.”

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318 comments

  1. “Don’t” or “can’t”… Big difference… Anyway I’m having great difficulty trying to communicate at this level.

  2. I see you are an expert and I don’t deal with experts

  3. Just heard they won 4-0. Good comeback!!

  4. The Dominican Republic does play football eh, hahahaha oh well Congratulations to the young ladies eh, and after the 22 – 0 lost eh, every other team should be getting beat up from them eh, what was the score by the way Bass Cleff?

    • 4-0 but yuh kno Earl Mango Pierre I’m disappointed in someone who’s supposed to be more knowledgeable. What do you mean if they play football? They’re in the tournament aren’t they? Can’t we just give the kids some credit? Do we always have to be so pessimistic? Had they lost to the Dominican Republic would have been another story… According to you self… Dem really good yes

  5. Ummmmm…what was the outcome of the girls U-15 game today against the Dominican Republic??? I heard not a peep… Not even congratulations to the girls… Well I’ll start it… Very good comeback young ladies… congrats on the victory!

  6. the US eats and sleep football. the same team trains for years from juniors to seniors. if we don’t have bacchanal with administrators, or coaches, its money worries. Then we bring teams together weeks before competitions, and expect a miracle. . we continue to do the same thing repeatedly

  7. Wait. That’s a FOOTBALL score?!

  8. Varoon Seepersad great experience? Lol

  9. The problem is that over the years way back then some of our real youth Coaches left our sweet country to greener pastures to my second sweetest country eh, because we does pay our Coaches to develop our American kids eh, then to always beat up our sweet country eh ent Kurtwyn Baird and Earl Carter. Them really good yes.

  10. we in a mess.
    these kids suffer because of our failures

  11. So all of that just died as Keith Look Loy said eh. Them really good yes.

  12. hahahaha this is the reason why I just love wired 868 and my people eh, especially when I need a good laugh Michael Samuel you really good yes.

  13. We had a story on that once that spoke to several youth coaches including Look Loy and Michael Grayson. I will search for that and repost.

  14. Yes Dennis Allen. That system was in place when I was in school. And that is the system that helped produce the awesome players we had in the 1980s and 1990s.

  15. That concept is an old one that was inmplemented back in the 1990s. It was never fully supported by the TTFA and died..

  16. we need to evolve a better youth team programme in T&T
    Perhaps a decentralised model…have several teams in diff regions in each zone and one overriding system, then on a monthly basis bring the kids into a central location for evaluations by the national coaches.
    there has to be some more focus on the strength and conditioning elements of our team prep. that falls apart too easily. too many injuries at youth level.
    just some thoughts on reviewing this thread

  17. In the spirit of Rio, shouldn’t there be some kind of medal for this summary?

  18. I wonder what the trip back home was like. high fives led by the optimistic coach? yeah!!! we sure showed them Yankees

  19. 4 fouls alone and we take 22? Something off with that stat

  20. Wow… that paints a vivid picture! A one-sided picture as one would observe in a backs & forwards practice session.

  21. That’s good stats for the USA know give me the stats about how many shots our gk saved,how many defensive tackles we won,how many turnover in midfield etc!I also coach mistakes too to help in my knowledge of correcting in the future ??so food for thought ??

  22. hopefully this will boost their spirits to face Haiti and MEXICO

  23. Stats showed we didn’t even get a yellow card. And only committed four fouls in the whole game.
    Ian, I bet that one made you choke! Lol.

  24. Those stats are pretty consistent with the result. On a brighter note the girls were 4-0 victors over the Dominican Republic this morning

  25. Well, USA beat Mexico 1-0 today. And we play Mexico on Monday. And Mexico previously beat Haiti 2-0. We play Haiti on Saturday.
    So we will have a good guide soon.

  26. Stats Summary: USA / TRI
    Shots: 36 / 0
    Shots on Goal: 29 / 0
    Saves: 0 / 9
    Corner Kicks: 15 / 0
    Fouls: 2 / 4
    Offside: 8 / 1

  27. Kurtwyn Baird i agree Bass Cleff is time to walk d talk!! And we do have answers there is no one answer to d problem

  28. Bass Cleff no one here really know the right answer to this situation but what we know is that if nothing changes then don’t expect nothing to change

  29. hahahahaha as you know that I have plenty of experience eh since I started it in Brooklyn in 1992 and have defended our players in court amongst other things helping them along the way, but I am waiting on Gordon Pierre to organize the meeting with a few of our concerned citizens eh, and I just want to be an adviser because as I said before I don’t want meh friend Mr. Live Wire to write nutten about me but good things eh

  30. Skipper no one is going to start this and say let Mango run it,you have to start it Boss!

  31. Well the Coaches Association started many moons ago and it was a flop and Keith Look Loy explained the reason why in another discussion some time ago and as all of you know the ex- corrupted Sports Minister, Shaka Hislop, Kelvin Jack, and Stern John started the Players Association in 2006 in order to take the corrupted Jack Warner and his cronies to court in order to get their well deserved millions of monies and look what happened after eh that was swept under the carpet the same eh, so I will be waiting very patiently to see who have the balls to initiate these two things to once more start up again which I have been calling for a very long time now and with out any personal agendas eh. Them really good yes.

  32. I’m willing to assist in whatever capacity…I’m not sure I have the required knowledge and capabilities but I’m quite willing to learn… Let’s not let all these ideas, knowledge and expertise being talked about on this chat go to waste. Its time to WALK THE TALK

  33. I quite like the idea of the “Players’ and Coaches’ Association” but is anybody even on this said chat ready, prepared or even willing to initiate this? I wait!

  34. Then boycott the ttff youth leagues in order for the heads to understand that things must change otherwise private leagues are going to be better supported by all academies and coaching schools going forward