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Hex-ed! Soca Warriors hold off Guatemala to advance to final World Cup qualifying round

Mission accomplished. If you videotaped tonight’s Russia 2018 World Cup, then erase it.

It was a scrappy, nervy affair with few flashes of genuine quality. But, at the final whistle, the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team did just enough to seal their place in the CONCACAF hex courtesy of a 2-2 draw against Guatemala at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

The Soca Warriors still lead Group C albeit by a solitary point over the United States, who trounced St Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 in Kingstown.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (second from right) gestures to fans after Joevin Jones' second goal against Guatemala during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016. Both teams played to a 2-2 draw. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (second from right) gestures to fans after Joevin Jones’ second goal against Guatemala during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016.
Both teams played to a 2-2 draw.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868

Trinidad and Tobago travel to Jacksonville, Florida this weekend in anticipation of their clash with the United States. A win or draw for the two island republic will allow the Warriors to advance as group winners. But there is no noticeable advantage either way in the fixtures for the hex.

Guatemala can still advance if they rout St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday once the Warriors manage a similar hefty win over the US. And who knows how the Warriors will perform now that the pressure has been lifted.

But, tonight, their performance was largely forgettable.

Right back Daneil Cyrus produced one of his best offensive displays in a red shirt while Khaleem Hyland was his usual tigerish self in central midfield. However, Joevin Jones, who scored both of Trinidad and Tobago’s games, rotated between sublime and sloppy for much of the 90 minutes and he was not alone.

But Guatemala, who scored twice through captain Carlos Ruiz, could not do enough to snatch the three points and they ended the contest with 10 players after right back Christian Jimenez hauled back Jones for a straight red card in the 83rd minute.

“It was a bittersweet moment,” said Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart. “I thought there were a lot of nerves and being 2-1 up, you would expect a team at international level to kill off the game.

“We lacked urgency and impetus.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Kenwyne Jones takes a breather during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016. The Soca Warriors and Guatemala played to a 2-2 draw. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Kenwyne Jones takes a breather during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016.
The Soca Warriors and Guatemala played to a 2-2 draw.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868

The Warriors captain, Kenwyne Jones, shared some of his coach’s concern.

“I think coming up to the occasion knowing that we needed a point maybe played a part in our minds that we needed to do just enough,” said Jones (K). “It’s not something that we should make a habit of really.”

There were over 20,000 supporters at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and tens of thousands more who followed the affair on the television or internet who would certainly agree.

First, to put things into context, the Warriors are on top of Group C with an unprecedented opportunity to advance to the hex without a single World Cup qualifying defeat.

The boys in red, black and white are the only Caribbean representatives left in the Russia World Cup race, after Jamaica’s “Reggae Boyz” were eliminated tonight and joined Haiti and St Vincent and the Grenadines in the departure lounge.

And surely Guatemala would feel a hell of a lot worse about tonight’s result, which preserved Trinidad and Tobago’s unbeaten home record against the Central American nation and meant the Warriors have not lost a competitive match to the team in sky blue and white since 26 February 2005.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (centre) takes on Guatemala midfielders Jean Marquez (left) and Rodrigo Saravia during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016. Both teams played to a 2-2 draw. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (centre) takes on Guatemala midfielders Jean Marquez (left) and Rodrigo Saravia during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016.
Both teams played to a 2-2 draw.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

At times tonight, the Warriors looked capable or ripping to shreds a Guatemalan outfit that beat United States 2-0 in Guatemala City, just six months ago.

The host nation should have gone ahead within the opening 27 seconds, as Cyrus delivered an early telling cross on the overlap which Jones (K) flicked on to Cordell Cato, only for the winger to sky his effort with his weaker left foot.

Cato was unplayable, as was Jones (J) on the other flank, as the one-paced Central America had no answer for the Warriors’ athleticism.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Rio 2016 Olympic athletes were guests of honour in the covered stands—along with the likes of 2006 World Cup captain Dwight Yorke and France’s 1998 World Cup winner Patrick Vieira—and, in that aspect at least, there was plenty to puff out the chest at.

Yet, it was Guatemala who got the first shot on target, as Warriors goalkeeper had to fend away a Jean Marquez free kick in the 15th minute. And, by the midway point, the visitors were the more purposeful team as Trinidad and Tobago lost the plot.

Photo: Referee John Patti (far left) tries to calm things down as Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (centre) remonstrates with Guatemala playmaker Jose Contreras (second from left) during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 2 September 2016. Both teams played to a 2-2 draw. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)
Photo: Referee John Patti (far left) tries to calm things down as Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Khaleem Hyland (centre) remonstrates with Guatemala playmaker Jose Contreras (second from left) during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 2 September 2016.
Both teams played to a 2-2 draw.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-Images/Wired868)

Hart spun around in disgust when Jones (J) lost possession midway in his own half, as he unsuccessfully tried to play the ball between Jimenez’s legs in the 19th minute. While Phillip had to tip over a Marco Papa rocket in the 26th minute and defender Sheldon Bateau had no margin of error when he stripped Ruiz in his own penalty area in the 35th minute.

Seconds later, Guatemala went ahead as an overlapping Jimenez was granted enough space down their right flank to arrow a delicious low cross towards the back post. Phillip appeared to slip on the slick surface and, in a flash, Ruiz extended his record tally for his country to 61 goals from 129 appearances.

It was the first goal that Trinidad and Tobago conceded at home for their World Cup campaign so far. But, 10 minutes later, Jones (J) responded to settle the nerves on the verge of halftime, as he neatly prodded a cross from his former W Connection teammate, Cyrus, through the legs of opposing goalkeeper Paula Motta.

It should have been the incentive for the Warriors to recover their poise. Instead, the hosts seemed to see less and less of the ball as Guatemala took over the midfield area after the break.

Yet, paradoxically, Hart’s men are usually at their most dangerous in such circumstances, as they active their counter attack.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Cordell Cato (left) sprints past Guatemala left back Rafael Morales (centre) and midfielder Rodrigo Saravia during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 2 September 2016. Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala played to a 2-2 draw. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Cordell Cato (left) sprints past Guatemala left back Rafael Morales (centre) and midfielder Rodrigo Saravia during 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 2 September 2016.
Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala played to a 2-2 draw.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

So, now Guatemala had the ball but Trinidad and Tobago were creating the scoring opportunities and Jones (K) had already passed up two presentable opportunities before his namesake, Joevin, put the hosts ahead for the first time tonight.

The big Warriors captain played his part as he won his aerial battle—he was unmatched in the air for most of the night—before relaying the ball to Kevin Molino who passed it on to Joevin in the 65th minute.

There was still a lot of work to be done here. Joevin charged to go past Jimenez but, with insufficient space to knock it around him, he came to an abrupt stop on the full back in the opposing penalty area.

Guatemala defender Hamilton Lopez realised the Seattle Sounders flanker was about to do something different. But it was too late. From a sharp angle down the left side of the area, Joevin improvised with an outside of left foot stab into the far corner that Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge would be proud of.

It was only Joevin’s fifth international goal but all five were scored in the last 14 months. The Warriors will need his streak to continue in the hex.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (centre) steers home his second goal while Guatemala defenders Christian Jimenez (right) and Hamilton Lopez look on during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 2 September 2016. Jones struck twice in a 2-2 draw between the two nations. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (centre) steers home his second goal while Guatemala defenders Christian Jimenez (right) and Hamilton Lopez look on during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 2 September 2016.
Jones struck twice in a 2-2 draw between the two nations.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Hart tried to apply the padlock as midfield destroyer Kevan George replaced the more elegant Andre Boucaud, who was booked in the first half, while the subdued Molino gave way for another speed demon in Netherlands-based winger Levi Garcia.

Hart explained after that he had hoped to pin back Guatemala with fresh attacking legs and it almost paid immediate dividends.

Garcia beat Jimenez to the ball in the 70th minute and hared into the opposing area, only to be denied by Motta’s legs at the near post with the Joneses both screaming for the ball to his right.

The Warriors had another chance to kill off the match, three minutes later, as Bateau angled an incise cross towards Kenwyne only for the skipper to again miss the target at full stretch.

Then, in the 83rd minute, more disaster for Guatemala, as Jimenez had finally had enough of chasing after Joevin and dragged back the winger as he raced on to a clever threaded Hyland pass on the break. Panamanian referee John Patti had no option but to flash the red card.

Photo: Hugs for Joevin Jones. Guatemala defender Christian Jimenez (left) tugs back Jones during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 2 September 2016. Jimenez was sent off for the foul while Jones scored twice as the two nations played to a 2-2 draw. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Hugs for Joevin Jones.
Guatemala defender Christian Jimenez (left) tugs back Jones during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 2 September 2016.
Jimenez was sent off for the foul while Jones scored twice as the two nations played to a 2-2 draw.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Yet, with just 10 players, Guatemala conjured up an unlikely equaliser.

Phillip, who kept the Warriors level with a superb double save midway through the half from Papa and Gerson Tinoco, fended another Papa effort straight to Ruiz at just about six yards out. And the snarling Guatemalan captain does not miss those.

In stoppage time, with Guatemala needing a single goal to deflate the Warriors’ World Cup ambitions, Joevin miscued a simple pass towards Cato and presented a counter attacking opportunity to their desperate visitors.

Hart was furious.

But the final whistle meant Guatemala were virtually out—they need Trinidad and Tobago to defeat the US on Tuesday while they beat St Vincent and somehow erase a 12-goal advantage by the “Yanks” at the same time—while the Warriors can begin preparation for the hex.

It could have been better. But it could easily have been much worse too.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Russian dreams will continue.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (centre) goes airborne to control the ball during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016. Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala played to a 2-2 draw. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (centre) goes airborne to control the ball during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016.
Trinidad and Tobago and Guatemala played to a 2-2 draw.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 1.Marvin Phillip (GK); 5.Daneil Cyrus, 4.Sheldon Bateau, 12.Carlyle Mitchell, 17.Mekeil Williams; 14.Andre Boucaud (19.Kevan George 66), 8.Khaleem Hyland, 13.Cordell Cato, 10.Kevin Molino (16.Levi Garcia 68), 3.Joevin Jones, 9.Kenwyne Jones (captain) (20.Trevin Caesar 85).

Unused substitutes: 21.Adrian Foncette (GK), 22.Gregory Ranjitsingh (GK), 2.Aubrey David, 6.Radanfah Abu Bakr, 7.Hughtun Hector, 11.Shahdon Winchester, 15.Neveal Hackshaw, 18.Yohance Marshall, 23.Jomal Williams.

Coach: Stephen Hart

 

Guatemala (4-4-2): 12.Paula Motta (GK); 3.Christian Jimenez, 4.Hamilton Lopez, 5.Jefrey Payeras, 14.Rafael Morales (11.Victor Matta 81); 22.Rodrigo Saravia, 8.Jean Marquez, 16.Marco Papa, 10.Jose Contreras (19.Jose Rosales 80), 20.Carlos Ruiz (captain), 9.Gerson Tinoco (18.Mario Castellanos 76)

Unused substitutes: 1.Ricardo Jerez (GK), 21.Jose Garcia (GK), 2.Wilson Lalin, 6.Carlos Mejia, 7.Jairo Arreola, 13.Eddy Aragon, 15.Luis Cardona, 17.Edi Guerra, 23.Jorge Aparicio.

Coach: Walter Claveri

 

Referee: John Pitti (Panama)

Man of the Match: Joevin Jones (Trinidad and Tobago)

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones controls the ball during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action against St Vincent and the Grenadines at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 29 March 2016. Trinidad and Tobago won 6-0. (Courtesy: Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones controls the ball during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action against St Vincent and the Grenadines at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on 29 March 2016.
Trinidad and Tobago won 6-0.
(Courtesy: Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Group C

(2 September 2016)

Trinidad and Tobago 2 (Joevin Jones 45, 62), Guatemala 2 (Carlos Ruiz 35, 85) at Port of Spain;

St Vincent and the Grenadines 0, USA 6 (Bobby Wood 28, Matt Besler 32, Jozy Altidore 43 pen, Christian Pulisic 71, 90+2, Sacha Kljestan 78) at Kingstown.

 

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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163 comments

  1. Everybody is a coach. Sheesh. Let Hart do his thing and we show our support by turning up.

    • Look Christophe coming to take away people’s fun! Hahaha. Just now you will say people can’t watch a movie and say what the star boy really shoulda do! 🙂

    • Lol Lasana. Everybody turns coach after each game but Christophe has a point. We need to let up a bit and let Hart do his thing. Pretty or not he is still delivering results against all odds. Can you imagine what he could do if he had the full support of the TTFA. Freedom to select his team, good warm up matches against competitive teams, top class training facilities, notice well in advance of all of the above and not being kept in limbo ALL the time. One could only dream. Sigh!!

    • That would be the Producer Lasana and nope never …then it would not be his movie it would be yours.

    • well I was making some of those points a few nights abak and a former national coach said we are getting all the matches we ask for and more…the team is getting Intl friendlies…when I asked that TTFA tell us how much money FIFA is giving to the TTFA…not a man bark to datee…all of ah sudden everybody quiet…and nobody else seems to wanna join me in getting TTFA to put their act together….

    • Christophe, nobody is going to watch anything and not have an opinion. I say people should not go overboard. Not that they shouldn’t have an opinion and share it with friends. All that in it.
      I see nothing wrong with that at all.
      I only have an issue when people start getting personal or disrespectful.

  2. I remember John Terry saying the striker he hated playing against was KJ ….wins all headers ….strong with pace …. it ain’t as apocalyptic as people making it out to be. My concern is the amount of opportunities other teams are getting due to lax marking and poor closing down.

  3. Think you should remember that KJ started with T&T as a defensive midfielder. Also, in his early days, there were much more capable goal scorers such as Stern so his role was different. Therefore stating his goal to game ratio is a waste of time. Since he’s played under Hart he has been playing a specific role quite effectively. He’s a battering ram who’s job is to unsettle the centre backs and force errors. He physically has to out man two (usually) big centre backs and soften them up. In games he takes away 1 and a half defenders to free up space for the attacking mids. That’s how Jones and Cato found their space on Friday. It’s not pretty, but it’s the job he’s asked to do. Of course he could be more clinical in front of goal and we all hope that improves, but we don’t want him to then be less effective in his main role. If you read what people outside of T&T say about KJ, including players and coaches, you would wonder why Trinis don’t seem to appreciate his efforts. Why would so many clubs pay so much money for him? Because he does backflips? The thing we should all be worrying about is where our squad for 2018 will come from if we make it. Goalkeepers? Defenders? Strikers? Aside from Levi, who else is coming through? Sample looking good and would be about 23 in Russia. But who else?

  4. ..TnT has never beaten US in the US…but we should at least draw the match…we must take the half chances..cut down on errant passes..attack on the flanks as we do have some speedy fellas..and hope that the goalie Sheldon Phillips do another Superman as he did vs Guatemala

  5. Oh and good job btw eh Lasana with Wired868….I doh even bother to read or watch any other source for mih local football coverage….

  6. Go out there look for a win use it aa a moral buster rub home your advantage do experiment with them experiment in you warm up games an training towards your preperation do not allow them to no your suprises your superises will be when you playing them in the hexs u s a will scoutt you well there for if there are to be any new addatiin or suprises keep it that way towards the hex

  7. Still can’t get enough of Joevin’s second goal. It was sublime!

  8. If it’s one team Guatemala probably sick of playing against is T&T…

  9. I haven’t seen the game so I can’t make any assessments but I’m seeing all kind of tactical assessments being stated so I’ll bite ….since KJ is allegedly so much rubbish who exactly would you guys put in his place? I feel this will determine who know what they talking about or who simply talking out of their ass. Could be he had a bad game but KJ’s game has never been a Stern John finish everything brand …it’s a hold and bring people into the game….. not so? 11 starters and the lone striker is getting the brunt of the criticism? That seems suspect …..

    • That is my biggest question, who else do we got?

    • At this point there are no legit contenders because we may have some skillfull contenders but you start marking them out tactically and physically they’re shutting down and will do nothing…. facts. Jamal Gay is technically inferior …size and some strength but simply not good enough. Our smaller forwards tends to hang on the wings to avoid the point of impact in the middle …takes away our focal point of attack and we look lost.

    • Malik Johnson..thing is with winger like Garcia Cato and joevin …Kenwyn doesn’t fit in…half the time they dribbled and got to the bye line and kenwyn was on top the box because he’s too slow to get where he’s supposed to be… I would play short man Caesar .especially at home… maybe kenwyn away when I’m playing defensive looking for a point and need a hold up man

    • The shortman have something for sure!! My only thing with him is tactically as the lone man he wouldn’t win much airballs and he tends to drift to the wings alot which could take up the wingers space. But it woukd seem kj need to do better individually. Also I think shortman would play well in tandem with KJ play off the flicks or coming from deep because he have some toes.

    • Kenwyne Jones won almost every aerial challenge btw. He generally does the bits that he can do and we look forward to him taking maybe one in three chances.
      Last night, he got three chances and missed all. So he let us down there. But he is still the best option we have there… Unless they bring back Cornell Glen who in pre-season right now so he wasn’t match fit. Come back for the hex Cornell! Lol

    • Well he’s not going to get three chances in the Hex. ..

    • Then we have to hope he can score from set pieces or create chances for his teammates, which he can manage.
      Molino was also below par last night but he is a good finisher.

    • Lasana is clearly a disciple of KJ…smh….you can be his media officer…he is 1 in 4 chances ok…22 goals in 85 games

    • How come people only harping on KJ so? Am I to believe the rest of the team was splendid? I’m almost actually waiting for someone to say it was Obama’s fault lol. A team wins and loses together it’s always been that way.

    • Lasana Liburd I would consider Cornel Glenn … if he fit enough I still feel he can do a good job.

    • Lol. Trini Don, Kenwyne is actually closer to one in two under Hart. But I’d say he is about a one in three man.
      My preference has always been technically good attackers. But Kenwyne is what we have and he chips in.

    • Lasana Liburd for his entire intl career he has been poor in his conversion rate per game…and the facts are 1 in every 4 games….his first touch is still pòor ar this level….in the hex is pressure for we with him as our focal point

    • Well, kenwyne has scored competitive goals against Mexico and Panama along with a penalty against Honduras. If he matches that, it will go a long way.

    • Lololol @ Lasana Liburd….you are normallly brutal in yr analysis on issues etc….but KJ !!! Omg….you are a spin Doctor

    • We all crucified Stern John who turned out to be our most prolific goal scorer ever. Hart must know what he is about by keeping Kenwyn Jones. Ease up on the hate nah. As you all noted Hart is a good tactician.

    • Kj is 31, we just calling a spade a spade

    • And the Guatemalan who scored the goal was 36. What’s your point?

    • Lol. I wouldn’t call the Kenwyne Jones critics haters. Not all of them anyway. I’m a critic too. But I just have different expectations to allyuh.
      Trini Don, allyuh want a Hilux to drive like a race car. For me, the man just have different strengths. So I don’t compare him to Stern John. Stern couldn’t do what he does and he couldn’t do what Stern does.
      Once he does his job as captain, wins the aerial balls, puts pressure on defenders and creates opportunities for his teammates, I’m satisfied.
      I can’t criticise anybody who vexed the man missed. I vex too. Of course I want him to score. But once he does what he can do well, I’m at least satisfied.

    • And trust me when I say Kenwyne and I barely speak to each other. He is one of the few national athletes that I don’t really communicate with at all. And I’m not making a play for his autographed Central FC jersey either! Lol.

    • Lolz@ Lasana Liburd for Disclaimer ??

    • I don’t think Trevin Caesar quite has the tactical smarts to play 90 minutes at this level. He is an impact player. Fast and willing but somebody that top defenders would figure out after 10 or 15 minutes.
      Trevin can play a particular role and be an asset in a certain type of match. But no way will I say he should start ahead of Kenwyne against teams like Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama and the USA. I won’t even consider it.
      We played once with two false nines and actually did pretty well. That was with Kevin Molino and Ataulla Guerra alongside each other. But that was over a year ago and against Caribbean opposition. And Guerra has fallen away since. So might not see that again.

    • KJ style is not we Trinis like. We luv all the #9 on the club side but we don’t like that kind of player.

    • Lasana boy….I eh no football expert but ah watch enough to be the best arm chair coach I know. I understand KJ’s role…..yuh take de words right out of an argument I been having since Friday night….ah feel yuh eavesdrop on mih discussion….:)

    • It have no British fella with ah trini Tanti playing striker somewhere ?

    • Cause we have problems… KJ recently started scoring but his overall career return has always been slim… I really can’t see us advancing with such a wasteful striker

    • Shaun, the British striker who can represent us is Bradley Wright-Phillips who plays in the MLS. He is the brother of Shaun Wright-Phillips and the adopted son of former England and Arsenal forward Ian Wright.
      Whether he will come is another story.

    • Wow that’s news I didnt know. Is it being looked into? He’s a finisher for sure …..

    • I hope Ryan Innis plays for us. He is a 20 yr old central defender and a good prospect for the future.

    • Malik, it is being looked into. There are a few players like that from time to time. You can’t always get them. Of course the coach probably headhunts himself. Don’t know about TTFA support.

  10. when T&T was running at Gua we showed we could outplay and outscore them…but it was only in spurts…it was as though we were playing for a draw…not going on an allout attack…whicjh we should have been doing…we played Gua game…we allowed them to contraol the game…we gave them too much respecct…Mr Hart is afraid to run at teams…he has a team of men who can handle any team if we play more attacking football…the errors at the back will be solved with more Intl friendlies…the back is allowing playing to come at them and to shoot…take a look at the match agaaain with ur boyss Hart…and u will see the mistakes at the back…

    • Mister man u jokey yes u all does only talk out of u all a hole u ain’t c hart blank practice games bc he does can’t get his players!! Stupz our defensive problem is about culture and not being able to match up one on one defensively at any part of the field!! When u all talk it makes ppl who knows football realize being tt national coach is d hardest in d world bc u all know nothing and talks d most!! Stupz

  11. So what should be the plan for the USA game?

  12. T&T needs to use Skipper of the bench…he has time and again thrown away too mmany easy chances that should have easily been put away…time for change Mr Hart…have a heart to Hart with Jones…and start using the younger strikers…we have many…those opportunities Jones is missing will cost us…as the next round we cnt afford not to take our chances…if Jones is not performing as he should…bench him…not a difficult decision at ll Mr Hart…

  13. Team was obviously lacking match practise…no Intl friendly to prepare…Kenwyn Jones needs to come on as a sub if need be…we need the younger ones in now to replace him…he is not delivering the goods…a shadow of himself…we have lots of talented youngsters wanting to run …Hart should have always started with Garcia…team was playing too defensive…playing school boy football of long ball…I thought those days were over in T&T Football…we have so much work to do with this team…but again…we will get no where if Mr Hart and his boys doesnt get Intl friendlies to prepare properly…this game sadly showed our talent and without games we will only get so far and we will regret it…

  14. Would love to know what all this “eh” is about, so retarded and annoying!

  15. If it’s one team Guatemala probably sick of playing against is T&T… Scrappy game but mission accomplished. Into d hex

  16. Victory preferred being up 2-1 and a man up but a good professional result to qualify for the hex with a game to spare. With our budget(whatever it is), administration changes and recent controversies its encouraging to see continued progress. Hart building a team, full stop!

    Remember 2014 we did not make the HEX, 2010 finished bottom of the HEX, 2006-GLORY First WC Qualification

    KJ did not finish some gilded chances, however I rate his performance because he pressured well and had excellent hold up play, often keeping possession with two or three defenders on him.

    Midfielders were focused but often overzealous to close down leaving openings causing first goal.

    Looking forward to Tuesday to see Hart’s approach as the USA still need a result with Guatemala having an outside chance. Tuesday is a much different test, it will tell us something different about our TEAM.

    Will we do our part to exact some revenge for 19 November 1989?

    • Lasana Liburd

      Too many sloppy decisions by players. But we are still unbeaten and deserved the point. The main thing is the result. Hopefully we do better with the pressure off now.

  17. Thanks T & T, still

  18. Morning TNT Warriors mission accomplish the real wok now starting we have the potential to be in Russia and will be there under coach HART the man has really inspired these players we have time to make the vital adjustments with some good warm up games i mentioned to the coaches some special finishing work with Kenwyn our public is becoming impatient with him he had a good game won some fighting balls was strong on the ball that helped us just his finishing need some work for him to be world class more clinical in front goal thank guys for making the country happy alluh give we a killing freee day nar today to celebrate OMG LOVE one another nar please

  19. GUATEMALA one man down 15 min to go… T&T should have put it away..lost ball possession..
    Skipper Jones must convert his ‘inside the box’ chances..

  20. And if Cummings “Ball Pest” didn’t get shot in his leg eh, and he was in this game eh, our Soca Warriors would have been the victors eh, hoping that he really gets back to 100″% and ready for the Hex eh.

  21. This team has shown the ability to get points even while playing poorly….to me that says alot

  22. Well yuh have a point there eh, but in our sweet country yuh eh notice that they are only looking after themselves eh. Them really good yes.

  23. All oil rich nations has corruption hoeever they look after there sports and and achievers ..

  24. hahahaha like if you don’t know we is on the list of the World’s most corrupted nation eh. Them really good yes.

  25. Opp the negative ghost is awaken

  26. With a game to spare Amazing just Amazing

  27. Really for another 200 million of monies to just vanish again eh, like when the corrupted Jack Warner, Oliver Camps and their cronies was in charge eh, and the 2006 Soca Warriors team eventually had to take them to court to get their well deserve millions eh. Them really good yes.

  28. Good peperation now government and cooperate tnt to ensure all the requirements are met to ensure the team gets the best preperation going imto the Hex

  29. We have some work to do to be really competitive in the Hex… Still serious defensive blunders, and need a forward to put goals in…. We have the potential… We will be in Russia….

  30. We played for a draw.
    Started off defending. Then we were down so we attacked.
    Then we were ahead, so we got complacent.
    Beautiful goals by Joevin.
    KJ lacked more than finishing skills tonight. It was almost like he couldn’t control the ball tonight.

  31. Well said Brian Springer and I agree with you 1000 % eh, but meh family Savitri Maharaj and myself attended the game tonight to finally see him score some goals so I will stop calling him bound not to score eh, hahaha

  32. We just lucky tonight that Guatemala is an awful team

  33. I agree. It was a performance no one would want to watch again.

  34. KJ threw away a lot of chances but he also used his mass to out-muscle the Guatemalans and his mere PRESENCE forced them to either foul or double-team him which creates space for the speddy men and dribblers like Cato J Jones Molino and Garcia later on…so yes his role as a striker is to SCORE but IMHO he brings OTHER qualities which as was said above we simply do NOT have anyone else to bring to the table right now ie a POWER-forward…hence the reason he’s NOT past his sell-by date just yet…he was also excellent in helping us defend when facing corners…so while I too lament his woeful finishing tonight I also balance that out by recognizing his undeniable WORTH to THIS team AT THIS TIME.

  35. Back in your playing days eh Brent Bennett you wudda score plenty of the goals that these nowadays players does be missing eh. Them really good yes.

  36. hahahaha but he have plenty speed eh yuh eh see how he does out run the defenders eh,

  37. Ok nah ok nah I agree with you eh, but oh gosh as the game started eh he shudda score a goal along with the other forward eh Mr. Cato steeuuppss, hahahaha

  38. Kenwyne was horrible tonight…that happens much too often in my opinion…but he genuinely brings something to the team and as much as I’d love to hang him by the toenails I have to respect what he brings. He’s a handful..a HUGE handful…there’s no one else available that carries the the threat he does…defenders struggle with him…..oh..and the equaliser began with him.

  39. All I noticed was when Levi Garcia passed back the ball to the defender eh, instead of going forward and the defender switched the ball to the other side to Cato eh, bound not to score lost the ball and that was when the Guatemala team scored the second goal eh Aaron Pollard.. Them really good yes.

  40. Earl Mango Pierre I’m not saying he was good tonight – I’m saying even when Kenwyne has had good games under Hart people r still overly critical of his performance

    If TT had a better natural goal scorer KJ would have been a sub option long ago that’s facts

    But as of now the Warriors don’t have a better forward option – so one has to take the rough with the smooth with KJ

  41. Anybody noticed that KJ didnt celebrate with the team for the 2nd goal? #belikecr7?

  42. Good result although we should not be conceding to a 10 man Guatemalan team away from home

  43. All that shit he played tonight eh and his place on the team is unfairly scrutinized eh Colin Benjamin. Alyuh really good yes.

  44. “We lacked urgency and impetus” coach Hart….. nothing else needs to be said….

  45. KJ has a excellent goal scoring record under Hart – but yet unfortunately despite this after every other game his imperfections as a striker is highlighted and his place in the team unfairly scrutinized

  46. Congratulations to our Soca Warriors eh, and they better come to my second sweetest country and finally beat up that USA team eh, and not because they don’t have to win the game eh.

  47. That intro could’ve said parried !!!

  48. do we start to question the need for the second Mr Jones?