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Mexico massacre T&T U-15 Women 11-0; Coach: They did what they could

The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-15 Team concluded its first international competition this morning with another mauling, as the young Women Soca Warriors were routed 11-0 in their 70-minute affair with Mexico in Orlando, Florida.

It means that the Trinidad and Tobago conceded 38 goals from three defeats to the United States (22-0), Haiti (5-0) and Mexico (11-0) respectively.

Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago Women's National Under-15 Team warms down after their 4-0 win over the Dominican Republic on 10 August 2016 in the CONCACAF Championships. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-15 Team warms down after their 4-0 win over the Dominican Republic on 10 August 2016 in the CONCACAF Championships.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

The Warriors did enjoy a brief reprieve as they whipped the Dominican Republic 4-0 last Wednesday. Yet, bizarrely, even the Dominican Under-15 players conceded less goals overall—despite losing every match—as the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island conceded 24 goals in total.

Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 coach Marlon Charles said he was proud of his players’ effort and that his squad learnt a lot from the competition.

“[It was a] tough game for the players, they did what they could have done,” Charles told the TTFA Media. “I am proud of the effort the players made throughout this tournament. A lot was learnt and [it was important to] see what is required to play [at this level].

“Time is the most important area because there’s no short cut in the development of football.”

Trinidad and Tobago finished third in the inaugural CONCACAF Under-15 Championships, two years ago, while they came within a play off result of the Canada 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players Kennya Cordner (right) and Anique Walker head for the dressing room after their 1-0 FIFA 2015 Women's Cup Play Off second leg defeat to Ecuador on 2 December 2014 in Port of Spain. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players Kennya Cordner (right) and Anique Walker head for the dressing room after their 1-0 FIFA 2015 Women’s Cup Play Off second leg defeat to Ecuador on 2 December 2014 in Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

However, their results at the ongoing Under-15 tournament are the worst ever by a local international team in the 111 year history of the local game.

The Trinidad and Tobago national women’s previous record defeat was 11-0, which they suffered at senior level to United States in 2000 and Brazil in 2000 and 2015 and, at under-17 level, to Canada in 2013.

And the most goals Trinidad and Tobago ever conceded in an international tournament was 26, which they let in at the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship after defeats to the United States (8-0), Canada (11-0) and Guatemala (7-0).

Charles was also head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 team at that CONCACAF competition.

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)

CONCACAF Under-15 Championships

Group A

(9 August 2016)

USA 22 (Samantha Meza 1, 25, Hollyn Torres 8, Gabrielle Robinson 14, 22, 32, 33, 67, Kalyssa Van Zanten 16, 35, Own Goal 17, 44, Mia Fishel 26, 47, Talia Della Peruta 38, Payton Linnehan 48, 59, 63, Sunshine Fontes 56, 57, Croix Bethune 63, 69), Trinidad and Tobago 0;

Mexico 2, Haiti 0;

(10 August 2016)

Trinidad and Tobago 4 (Annika Daniel 2, Aaliyah Prince 55 pen, 64, 69 pen), Dominican Republic 0;

USA 1, Mexico 0;

(12 August 2016)

Mexico 9, Dominican Republic 0;

USA 1, Haiti 0;

(13 August 2016)

Haiti 5, Trinidad and Tobago 0;

USA 6, Dominican Republic 0;

(15 August 2016)

Mexico 11, Trinidad and Tobago 0;

Haiti 5Dominican Republic 0.

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  1. The Coach says he is Proud of there effort …..???

  2. National team coaches are not supposed to develop. That seems to be out issue. We lack developmental programs and then a coach gets 2 months with a national team and is expected to work miracles. It has to stop.

  3. So does this mean that after proving he only has a losing record that Marlon Charles is going to be replaced and probably give someone else the chance to help develop our youngsters…..

  4. Has the coach offered his resignation yet?

  5. I think the Caribbean needs a unified Golden Gloves program.

  6. Who’s coaching the coach? Where is the oversight? This is just sad!!!

  7. 38 goals conceded, scored 4. Not good AT ALL. This team DEFINITELY wasn’t ready for this level. Why participate?

  8. Yes we all say they do,but who is interested to give it to them,if they had won there was going to be a big excursion all ovet the place with them,after that nothing,so the Person un charge get your act together

  9. I hope that there is a sport psychologist on hand to sequest them on their return we owe those children that much…..

  10. Marlon Charles is not a war coach great at developing and building a pool but piss poor in competition!! They put him as far down as they could to use his strengths but then came competition, time to c d likes of Ahkeela Mollon, Maylee Attin-johnson, Yaya Cordner being involved in coaching at the National level.

  11. Wonder when we will try other coaches in these positions our youngsters are asked to play for their country with six to eight weeks preparation and every time is the same coach with the same excuse !!! we need to try new coaches these are set in their ways and their ways not working

    • It’s called the good old boys network. They look out for each other. They are always talking about giving local coaches opportunity. That’s where their opportunity must start. To prove they can coach. But nooo. They want big money to coach national team and they can’t even coach a youth team. This is the training ground for local coaches and they have all failed miserably.


  13. Why do we keep supporting mediocrity? If 11-0 is their best ,I wonder what the worst is.?

  14. So why send them if you know they were not ready, again its not money coming out of their pockets, so lets go for a joyride, while embarrassing the country. This is bigger than coaches and players. It’s not only politicians stealing the country’s purse, but Sporting bodies led by incompetent Administrators. Everybody know how to ‘eat a food” in T&T and its starts with PS who are supposed to demand accountability from persons who are put in high office.However, when nepotism is the order of the day in T&T, friends and families in position this is the outcome . Sweet T&T

  15. I’m honestly not sure why folks are hating on the coach and the team. The coach played the hand he was dealt – in terms of the talent pool in Tnt. The players also likely gave their all, which we knew before was not going to be good enough. This was a great learning opportunity for the girls, the coaching staff and the TTFA. The girls now understand how far behind they are in terms of soccer development, and the same holds for the coaching staff and administration. Now what we need is a holistic program to develop a deep talent pool at the youth level for both players and coaches.

    • To be honest Carlos, a team that concedes 38 goals in three games is out of its depth and should not be there. Who would want to see a team lose 22-0 at a World Cup finals? We embarrassed the competition I think.
      Although I’d agree that it couldn’t possibly be the coach’s fault alone.

  16. Lasana Liburd I was reading in your other page and you indicated that this coach had the same result with a pervious team, so why send him? Seriously why? I am starting to have a problem with these associations who don’t seem to have the best interest of the players or Trinidad and Tobago. I suggest we really look at these sporting association who begging for taxes pays money. There must be accountably. They run around saying government doesn’t help them. Yet They have 5 stadium but they never host clinics in the village or have village games? To scout for talent. I never hear them put before the public a strategic plan how we reaching the goal. I never hear any of the association doing trials in Mayaro or Penal or Point. Thank God for few cooperate sponsors and the government through its state enterprise for their programs. Or else we would be no better. Stop give away free money to association that not going through the country and look for talent

    • I agree, but succesive Governments have failed in demanding Sporting bodies be accountable for monies spent. Every year money is given, where are the audited accounts of how iit was spent. in the US you have to provide yearly audited accounts in order to get additional funding. Not in T&T , just past change and is the same story over and over . $400 million gone and not a word. we have to be joking. What is the reason for the poor performance of our current Olympic athletes. we heard little about the last 5 years of training , or should I say lack thereof, so what was monies spent on. Comedy central is still on

  17. 22-0 11-0 clearly shows that your defense is weak… no tactics

  18. Was that another good experience like the 22-0 the got last time

  19. At this stage, “what they could” do seems to be to concede goals galore. Please tell me I’m wrong about that.