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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: Hart and Kenwyne have mixed feelings but vow to keep succeeding

“There’s an old saying, if it’s not broken don’t try to fix it.”

This was Soca Warriors skipper Kenwyne Jones’ response when asked about possible changes to certain aspects of the team’s performances after they booked a spot into the CONCACAF hex last night. The Warriors battled to a nervy 2-2 draw with Guatemala at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, and will now travel to Jacksonville to take on an American team which has one foot in the hex themselves, having spanked St Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 yesterday.

Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team pose before kick off against Guatemala at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team pose before kick off against Guatemala at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Costa Rica, Panama and Central American powerhouse Mexico have also booked their spots to CONCACAF’s last stage of World Cup qualifying, but for stretches of the game in Port of Spain last night, it appeared that coach Stephen Hart’s “Red Army” would not rise to the occasion.

“It was a bittersweet moment,” said Trinidad and Tobago coach Stephen Hart. “Overall, I thought we played with a lot of nerves (…) I thought we were sloppy, it’s almost like we didn’t want the ball and we didn’t move it effectively.

Although the Warriors seemed to surrender possession for much of the first period, they were out of the blocks like a tracer bullet and should have probably scored inside the first two minutes.

“I thought the way we opened the game was extremely positive, we moved the ball very well,” said Hart. “We got into two very good positions and we sort of failed to take the opportunity.

“After that point the game was fairly evenly balanced and then Guatemala scored a goal on the back post which I was a little bit disappointed in. Because most of what we worked on as a team was the sort of runs they made coming in on the back post and us being aware of it.”

Photo: Guatemala captain Carlos Ruiz (second from left) and his teammates celebrate one of his two goals against Trinidad and Tobago at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Guatemala captain Carlos Ruiz (second from left) and his teammates celebrate one of his two goals against Trinidad and Tobago at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Friday 2 September 2016.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Right-back Christian Jimenez and Guatemala’s all-time leading goal scorer Carlos Ruiz combined for the visitors’ opening goal, as Mekeil Williams was culpable of being sucked into the penalty area, while Carlyle Mitchell, who was playing his first international game since the Copa America Centenario play-off match against Haiti in January, allowed the wily Ruiz to slip off his left shoulder and tap home.

Hart tried to ensure that the defensive lapse would not occur again.

“We talked about the wide players not doing their defensive duties and the two central midfielders getting stretched,” said Hart, “and because of that, Guatemala was getting space between the lines. We talked about utilising the counter attack knowing they had to come forward.

“The biggest discussion we had was really to address the lack of urgency. We lacked that sort of impetus and urgency at times.”

Seattle Sounders utility player Joevin Jones then provided some impetus with a delicious left-footed just after the hour mark and Hart possibly thought that his team were in the clear.

“I tried to pin back Guatemala by bringing on two attacking players,” said Hart. “Young Levi Garcia, he sort of upset the tone and we should have killed off the game, we had some chances to kill off the game. Of course we failed to do that and it became a game of panic after that.”

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)

Instead, TT goalkeeper Marvin Phillip had to be wide awake as he pulled off two remarkable reflex saves in the space of a minute. And despite going a man down in the dying moments, Guatemala levelled the game at two apiece as Ruiz scored the perfect poacher’s goal after Phillip parried a shot into his path.

Hart stated that he opted for the centre-back pairing of Bateau and Mitchell due to their quickness and probability of curtailing Guatemala’s combination play, but the 36-year old Ruiz showed that he was sharper than his younger opponents in two critical moments of the game.

Did complacency cause the lack of impetus and urgency shown by the Warriors?

“No I don’t think it was complacency,” Hart said. “I just think we started the game well; we did this before in the US game. No team dominates the entire game so in their period of domination what we needed to do was get the ball and make them run a little bit because I was not worried if Guatemala could get behind us, unless it was some sort of combination or mistake made.”

Jones (K) also pointed to the lack of decisive play from his team, and admitted dissatisfaction with his own performance. But the 2006 World Cup player was ready to see the bigger picture.

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

“I didn’t score so I’m not going to be satisfied.” Jones (K) said. “At the end of the day I’m satisfied that we got into the hex. The most important thing about tonight was getting that result and going to the next stage.”

The former Sunderland and Stoke City striker, who is set to link up with Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise Atlanta United in the new year, gave his reasoning for his team’s hot and cold showing.

“It’s a combination of things that I think we need to deal with in-house,” Jones (K) said. “Also, I think the equation, it’s pretty tough. It’s like having a one-nil or a two-nil lead in a game. It’s the most dangerous lead that you could ever have; the most vulnerable point for you.

“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. It’s not something that we should make a habit of really.”

If the Warriors finish in top spot in Group C they would entertain Mexico on November 7. Hart’s charges drew 4-4 and 3-3 with “El Tri” in respective Gold Cup and friendly matches last year, and the skipper does not see the need to shake things up tactically just yet.

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)

“There’s an old saying, if it’s not broken don’t try to fix it,” Jones said. “The team itself, I don’t want to say we are set up to play a certain way, but we play a certain type of football. And I don’t think that trying to change certain things going forward is going to make a massive difference…

“Being able to be at the top of that focal point to bring my other teammates in is fantastic to me. At the end of the day, every game I’m playing I will be the main focus because of my profile and I have no problem with that because it frees up other people in the team to be able to express themselves and get the job done.”

Jones (K), who is currently on loan with two-time TT Pro League champions Central FC, reiterated his team’s desire for an “advantage” when they play on home soil. On Tuesday, Trinidad and Tobago saw their scrimmage match shifted from the Hasely Crawford Stadium to the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar as the stadium staff tried to keep the playing surface in top condition.

“When we went to Guatemala they stuck us in the back of a field where we had to walk through a trace (…) we went through a town where one morning there was a murder, and they trained somewhere good,” said the Warriors skipper. “Anytime we play here in Trinidad and Tobago, for some reason they always take something away from us. There’s always something that is giving us less of an advantage every time.

“So that’s not for us to sort out that’s for the people behind the scenes to deal with. However they decide to at least help us out a little bit would be really nice.”

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

The Warriors have qualified for the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifying undefeated, and with a game to spare. Now their towering on-field leader is pleading for that extra competitive edge going into the hex.

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Roneil Walcott is an avid sports fan and freelance reporter with a BA in Mass Communication from COSTAATT. Roneil is a former Harvard and St Mary's College cricketer who once had lofty aspirations of bringing joy to sport fans with the West Indies team. Now, his mission is to keep them on the edge of their seats with sharp commentary from off the playing field.

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163 comments

  1. Yes i agree kenwyne’s finishing is not great but he does things that ppl dont see… he wins alot of flick on headers from long balls for the wide players to run onto… his physical presence alone also gives others more time and space on the ball… he holds up the ball better than anyone else on the team would cuz of his strength… take him out of the team and u will see for yourself how much we miss him… i will always point out that game vs haiti late last yr to qualify for the gold cup where u can see the other strikers in glenn and shahdon not a knock on them but there was zero pressure on the haitian defence and u could clearly see kenwyne was badly missed in that game… right now our strength is wide play and u need kenwyne on the end of those crosses… obviously coach Hart is also seeing what he brings to the team otherwise he wont keep on starting him… he is serving a purpose and alot of ppl just not seeing that…. the 25 ppl that like the last comment need to sit back and look at the football in dept

  2. I dont care if we win ,loose,or draw. I want to see my boys play fearless football for 90 minutes..

  3. Do not wash your dirty linen in public coach keep the distraction away .

  4. Hannibal Najjar

    Not sure why Coach Hart finds himself bound to giving explanations or reasons to anyone for his selection and/or substitution decision!

  5. My question is how in heavens name could kenwyn Jones be the best striker we have to offer? This dude could hardly keep control of the ball,off the ball movement is zero,takes on no defenders as ah striker,misses 99 an scores 1 an starts every single game for his country. How?

  6. Earl Mango Pierre why don’t you ask why Central FC are still owed prize money from 2015? Maybe that will help you with your answers? Also for your information, players out of contract do not get “releases”. They bring a transfer request from their new club. Which he did and we signed!

  7. hey Lasana Liburd i think the next Wired868.com exposé has to be about the corporate bandwagonists ready and waiting in the wings to exploit the TTO run in the Hex.
    a great starting point would be to look at the marketing execs of corporations from the 2006 Hex campaign

    • that campaign cost Jack about TT$18m (he said)
      So a cost projection for this run would be interesting reading as well

    • Dennis Allen, I know two big companies who tried to sponsor and were frustrated by talks with TTFA. One was Carib. The reason there were no drinks at the game was not for a lack of trying by them.
      So I don’t know if it would be fair to blame the companies alone.

    • The TTFA need to employ someone with a marketing brain but when one man thinks he can do it all then we’re just spinning top in mud.

    • I would investigate those claims bro.
      last time i checked there was one brewery with exclusive rights at the HCS and they were using that deal to block other brands as well as to leverage themselves into a cheaper deal with the TTFA…it is alleged…

  8. Any body remember Richard Chinapoo ????
    Gally Cummings had to let him go eventually

  9. To be fixed: Kenwyn finishing off sitters, Mickel Williams tracking back quicker #goalswinmatches #coverthespacesquickly #warriorstimeisnow #lovemyteam

  10. Jones must be dropped now. If Hart cant see that sonethings wrong. He took too long to sub him. I thought that when we leading 2-1 in the 80th minute that Abu Bakr could have been introduced to bolster the defence or any other player to strenghten the defense. The team has lots of potential but we cant encourage and accept mediocrity

  11. T&T players must think on their feet, play a tighter brand of football if they are to advance after the next round !

  12. Time to go Hart, well that is the most dotish comment in football history. Nothing had been happening in Trinidad football since 2006 and finally we reach the last 6 with a coach who has been with us the last three years and some ignoranant fool will say time to go heart. Allyuh from hell yes

  13. We as a sporting nation accepts sub par preformance an the coach has to change this to get the desire result .jamaica goes to win we go for a sweat kenwynne should lead not follow which he is lacking latapy was a leader talk to him

  14. Kenwyn needs to be sub. He is unfit to make a starting XI. Let the younger guys get that opportunity.

  15. Joey Richardson are you really serious eh, at this stage of his life eh, you want Mr. Bound not to score do what eh, personal training to get there eh, so what was he doing all these years in England eh, and no wonder why his contract days are over in England eh, and he is heading to the MLS eh, and he needs to retire and return to our sweet country and come and be part of the Players Association to defend our players rights eh, because some players are still being exploited by the professional teams in our sweet country starting with Central F. C. eh. ah wonder if my player Manners finally was paid his thousand of monies that is owed to him by the ex- corrupted Sports Minister eh and was given his release so that he can return to his home town to represent Jabloteh eh. Them really good yes.

  16. agree but assist counts too no one scores without getting a pass

  17. Coaches allow certain things from certain players, the first question i was asked by d Coach when i landed in Portugal, ( can u score goals), now that i am a Coach the equation becomes simple, u r the leading striker, jus SCORE

  18. Joey I am in support on comment I wonder he he does it

  19. Lets all remember Kenwyne is very strong on the ball and in the air was his pass to Jones for first goal lets not be to hard on him he can work on his finishing shooting and first touch he has to do personal trainig to get there and he can i am still one of his biggest supporters so is Total Support from me no part time lover

  20. Ever heard of the ticki-racket style?

  21. Brian he giving it but they have him in d round position

  22. I have no problem with that what we supposed to be doing at r tender age at 7 years learning to control that ball and if u can’t how could pass it to another

  23. Everyone including Kenwyne has to step up their game in the Hex. Not sure Kenwyne can at this stage, but praying that he does. Giving Coach Hart and his charges 100% support!!

  24. The other factor is his vast experience we cannot discount that. He has played in two World Cups. He has been under several coaches we will devalue his worth to our own peril. Having been there and done that is an important factor going into big games in hostile situations

  25. He does not have evostick on his feet but in my view his control is reasonable. But if you compare him with the guys around him he is not that artistic maestro nor do I think he wants to be. He has made a huge living doing what he does

  26. Jamaal does kenwyne have that proper ball control football is not speed is skill and u have to be quick my decision is put where he belong central Defence d corners when we get them to him he is d target I remember buckwald d German defender r forward is not to push is foot anyway he a has to get d ball away and punish d opponent

  27. Also it’s difficult for the eye of the fan to see the details of that slight delay from the wingbacks to play the ball into Kenwyne ….causing the moment to be lost. Added to when it should have been played into space created in the channel or when to his feet. Those combinations with the wingbacks clipping the ball over the top and the movements between striker and shadow striker are as important as the individual skill of our wingers like Joevin, Levi, Cato etc.
    When the team and Kenwyne was fitter in the Gold Cup , the timing and quality of the balls going into to Kenwyne was better. Most of the squad just coming off preseason with only 2 or 3 games under their belt. I think Kenwyne and this team will improve as their own season continues and their fitness steps up.

    • The trust in Kenwyne is not there, a trained Coach’s eye can see it, the players are always looking for other options especially during build up

    • I thought Cyrus crossed the ball better than I’ve ever seen on Friday. And Mekeil did at least one marvellous first time cross. Even Bateau got up there and carved out a brilliant scoring opportunity for Kenwyne.
      I don’t agree with blaming the full backs Jamaal. He got the chances and couldn’t take them on the day. And that’s football too.

  28. Jones brings his own strengths to the team. We were singing his praises not to long ago when he had good form for TT. He has done well for Coach Hart and this incarnation of the national team. While we must always be looking for replacements and to improve the squad one must be careful that we are expecting everyone to be piano players. His aerial strength and ability to dogfight will be needed in the hex. Our teams are developing more confidence to build up the attack but as seen when Guatemala applied pressure higher upfield we had to go over the top and Kenwyne can also run.

  29. Ok Keith u know how English soccer is up in d air few English born players have that skill take away those foreign players from d England soccer and it will turn into nothing also I am watching mr john Williams

  30. ..Jones was turned into a forward by his club manager in England..

    • He always wanted to play forward though. I interviewed him before and he always wanted to emulate his uncle Philbert Jones. Down to his backflip.
      In his mind, he was always a forward and only played any other role reluctantly. But it’s true that it was in England that he got to live that dream.

    • ..I hear you Lasana, but one you are not a forward or anything else because you want to be that. Like every little boy, I wanted to be a famous forward too. LOL. Instead, I had to “settle” for being a defender. The secret to football, as to Life, is to discover your strengths and to hide your weaknesses..

  31. time to drop Kenwyne Jones and make him play for his pick. He adding no value to the team and taking the sting out of their attack

    • Take KJ out and replace him with who? When you name your replacement also provide the tactic and strategy that will coincide with that player selected.

      • Lasana Liburd

        We played once with two false 9s. Ataulla Guerra and Kevin Molino played alongside each other and it was actually a good experiment. Not that I’m saying we should suddenly go that route.
        If Kenwyne was unavailable, Hart would have to find another way. But I still think we are stronger with him as an outlet to head on long clearances when we are under pressure or attack the ball in the air from set pieces.

        • With players like Joevin, Levi, Molino, Hyland, Boucaud,Cummings,eventually Bostock the approach of KJ drawing 2 or 3 defenders and leaving space of those terrors is for me, Plan A. Plan B maybe two false 9s but I do not know the personnel well enough to evaluate. Which game did we do that, maybe I can view on Youtbue?

          • Lasana Liburd

            It was 13 November 2014 against French Guiana in the Caribbean Cup. We won 4-2 which was our biggest win of the tournament. And, for context, that was French Guiana’s only loss as they whipped Curacao and drew Cuba. So it was a decent team.
            I don’t know if you will find it online. But here was our starting team and subs from my own records:
            Trinidad and Tobago: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK); 2.Justin Hoyte, 6.Daneil Cyrus, 12.Radanfah Abu Bakr, 26.Aubrey David, 14.Andre Boucaud (15.Jamal Gay 65), 8.Khaleem Hyland (captain) (5.Kevan George 53); 23.Lester Peltier (13.Cordell Cato 84), 11.Ataulla Guerra, 10.Kevin Molino, 7.Hughtun Hector.

          • Lasana Liburd

            Molino scored twice, Guerra scored once and Molino won the penalty for the other goal, which was scored by Peltier.
            Jamal Gay came on but played as a defensive midfielder rather than upfront.
            So that would have to be a storming experiment in terms of how Guerra and Molino did.
            I always wondered why Hart never gave it a go again. Maybe insufficient practice games. Or maybe because of Guerra’s inconsistency.
            In theory, a player like Kadeem Corbin would be perfect for that role alongside Molino. Our football will change from the moment that boy makes his senior debut and people who crave the old days with attackers like Jerren Nixon and Arnold Dwarika should swarm to the stadium.
            Only Corbin had some setbacks because of his frail size and an alleged disinclination to work hard, which might have cost him a deal in the Netherlands when Levi was picked up.
            T&T needs Kadeem Corbin to progress in the future.

  32. In school football where was kenwyne jones playing stopper which coach took that gamble and put him up front as r kid did he work on ball control he can head the ball he left and went abroad and the teams he played with d coaches did same thing up front I was listening and watching d game he got and header all u can ask terry fenwick what he said this he was commentator on d header jones got as I see it u will get more out of him playing central defender not taking anything away from him as I see it up front theirs no place for him those guys Garcia jones Cato Mollineau they r to quick for him watching and waiting Tuesday game coming up mr hart make ur decision

  33. In the Hex it’s all about the top 3/4, 3rd we’re granted into Russia 2018. 4th we go into a play off against an Oceana team

  34. We know the challenges. …. but we still wanna qualify so we really can’t dwell on it tbh ….
    We still gotta try and sort out issues other teams are challenged too with the exception of the US who despite unlimited resources are plagued with limited robotic players but we still want to kick their racist …. murderous cops …corrupt politically incorrect asses!!

    • The Mexico football problem is almost as well funded as the USA. I heard their annual budget is something like US$60 million. Ours is closer to TT$6 million.
      Think about that difference for a bit…

    • Lasana I’ve thought about this since 1989 you think the comparable budgets weren’t the same for 2006? We’re never going to be on equal footing ….we’ve never been on equal footing so we either do it this way or use the excuse to justify why we should fail. If we’re gonna do the latter then we should simply give up our spot to Guatemala and home then. With our severely limited budget we are currently on top our group it speaks to our character and underated talent despite the off and on field challenges.

    • It isn’t an excuse though. It’s a fact. Nobody is saying not to try.
      USA and Mexico don’t spend because they like to waste money. They think it will give them an advantage.
      So let us know what is being done so we better understand how to close the gap.

    • I don’t think it is an excuse. You said it with our underfunding we are at the top of the group. Talent,grit and character and team unity for UA there. Imangine how much morw we could do with more funding. BTW isn’t Beenhaker supposed to be like an advisor to Hart? What’s going on with that.

    • Hart is obviously doing something/s right.

    • Beenhakker said he will not work with employees who are not being paid and told the TTFA to contact him when ALL arrears were paid to coaches.
      That is still not the case, even if the current president did want to bring him back. But I don’t know that he is wanted now anyway.

    • Beenhakker is a damn good coach

  35. Not to make excuses. But I can’t help but add to the mix that our players and current staff continue to cry out for some facilities and equipment that would help. I always hear the coach saying they don’t have funds to plan as he would like. Players saying things are being taken away with home advantage. Maybe taking all that into consideration the team is doing the best it can with the resources available. Hart said he would prefer first class seats for his players like under Beenhaker but he is not getting it. Just saying

  36. I think last night the wingers weren’t defending as much so when there wingbacks overlapped it cause a problem especially when we didn’t have a true defensive midfielder to cover. Boucaud, Khaleem and molino can compete against any midfield in terms of ball possession and skill on the ball but not so much defensively. So going forward we have to decide if we sacrifice one of them and play a true defensive midfielder or we sacrifice our counter attack with the high wingers. I think either way would work for us but we can’t do both.

  37. The reason that is so,cause of the type of teams we played against.this side need some serious make over.

  38. U all good give kenwyn a chance he is world class

  39. Kenwyn Jones needs to increase his work rate even if you are having and off day and can’t hit the target at least he can try to help the team by closing down opponents.Take example the Guatemala aged skipper he worked his socks off and he was on target.

  40. I don’t like to get down on players, but kenwyne is a spent force long time ago is only Hart not seeing, something that the world have seen long time

  41. KJ starts regardless… The ttfa needs to make it harder on our opponents

  42. I don’t think anyone is guaranteed of a play in any case. Coach man seems to have his tactics and how he wants each player to work to achieve it. Men aint coming into the side based on reputation. The added competion for squad spots may lift the quality of the entire camp, don’t you think??

    • Then why is Kenwyn Jones captain? His play hardly consistently inspires leadership.

    • Because he has other roles beside scoring. Attract markers to free up the other attackers… he is a tower in the box when it comes to set pieces, both attacking and defensive. He didn’t perform when it came to his striking role, but he sure demanded the attention of two defenders in the attacking 3rd… creating extra space for Molino et al

  43. I knw it’s the nature of the business but I’d definitely feel if for the players who helped get us to the hex but now would have to make way for new additions…

  44. We can do it if we try a little harder

  45. Vijai, I bet you we play better in the US. We were poor on Friday. But remember this team hasn’t lost a single game so far in qualifying. So it isn’t all doom and gloom.

  46. Trinidad and Tobago has done well to reach the final round we need to improve thou on keeping the ball for longer periods and kenwyne has to take another role in the team beside centre forward maybe a defensive midfielder like does not have the legs again for it

  47. playing at home and playing for a draw…what ah plan…no fight…playing an old man who cant score in front…

  48. STEUPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you judge the team on one mediocre performance.

  49. with such a school boy performance…long ball from d baack…ohhh please…

  50. u r obviously a Jonnny come lately…have we ever won against the US…???

  51. Is there any where in history where the US have walked over our senior team, please enlighten me.

  52. Thanks Vijai Ramsawak, we plan to lie down and let them…why we people so.

  53. Levi garcia and jovein jones should start on the right and left forward flanks respectively. Molino could play centre forward. Kenwyn jones could assist hart with water and anything else off the feild.

  54. Ah sat down last night in d stadium watching d game and ah damn vex. Kenwyne Jones is beyond broken and can’t be fix. So y d ass he was on d field so long d man was ah damn eyesore five easy chances and he throw way. Believe u me my decease grandfather wud have put on ah better showing.

  55. Kenwyne too lazy…. It had times in that game where he had the midfield plenty of his work

  56. I’m not impress with what i saw sorry

  57. On to the hex. Who we targeting to join in ? We need more quality

  58. World Cup qualifying is never pretty. The important thing is once the job is done. We are in the final round one more step to go!

  59. I have to criticise the coaching staff for waiting too long to sub and change the game from attack to defense.It nearly cost us the match..

  60. Hart took too long to sub off Kenwyne [all them chances he tro way]

  61. Lassana you have to ask yourself …. in our recent performances against the aforementioned teams ….where did we struggle. As much as people cry down KJ …the copa qualifier vs haiti brings me back to the fact that when KJ wasnt there we had no focal point of attack. In the gold cup vs Panama our endurance killed us ..badly particularly ..Mekeil and Cyrus ….. Mexico will pressure us until our endurance gives out and then they will benefit from mistakes they will work the wings religiously until we make a mistake in the box. My point is power and athleticism is not enough without focus and discipline. ….if we can’t learn to possess the ball better and manage our game (not necessarily control it) ….. we’ll be on the backfoot defending too much at which point …our suspect fitness endurance will eventually force us into mistakes whereby we will concede. Marvin Phillips is not a goalie I have faith in … Jan Michael is acceptable but not outstanding … I’m concerned 🙁 …. plus I might have wagered $40 on the game vs US Tuesday. …umm oops???

    • Well, we know our weaknesses. John Bostock should help us keep the ball just a bit as will Kevin Molino who was off last night. Not that Andre Boucaud doesn’t help there. Because he does.
      But we know what we have to work on.

    • I was surprised Kevon George didn’t start …he is our best defensive mid.

    • I took that as a positive sign that we wanted to hold the ball and dictate terms. Didn’t quite work out as well as it should have. But I didn’t mind.

    • Think Bostock has a real opportunity to impact this team …we need someone of his ability to possess the ball it seems.

    • Lasana Liburd Andre Boucaud helps too much. He lost the ball too often in parts of the field where you should not. Most times holding it too long almost daring the opponent to come and take it.

    • Yeah. He gets a lil cocky sometimes Gerard Johnson. 🙂

    • Molino is not fully off injury. I’m hoping he gets 100% soon.

    • KJ had opportunities. He missed them.
      I recall the same with Stern.
      Then, sometimes he scores them.
      That’s the ballad of the striker.

    • Dennis, true. But when it comes to finishing, there’s no comparison.
      I saw Dwight and Stern at shooting practice and I’ve watched other strikers since. Dwight and Stern set a high bar.

    • I didn’t wanna say it…
      But…there yuh went and said it.
      However, the reality is that KJ is what we got. Now.
      the guys waiting in the wings have not yet seized the moment.
      But i think it’s clear to everyone that #9 shirt is not guaranteed to be KJ’s in the Hex

    • I agree with you on almost everything there. But I actually think KJ has the role for the hex too.
      The hex starts in Nov and I still think he is our best forward. If someone takes his spot in that space of time, that person surely wasn’t born in Trinidad.

    • Aside from match FIT—KJ has to get match FORM. last time he took off that kit he had a muffintop.
      That is unacceptable at this level of the game. With the pace of MLS KJ will be forced into fitness cause they really don’t play that lurking mop-up player style over there. He gonna have to run. so fitness will come if he applies himself (i’m watching the Ronaldinho fans shaking their heads and tearing up here…)
      but will he get FORM? Them two throw-way was a man putting himself into the right place but then fluffing. I want to see KJ on form, cutting like a white-handle razor…but i wonder if that’s a possibility now or just fanboy hopefulness?

  62. Stephen John, our main asset so far is athleticism and power. But Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and the United States can pretty much match us with those assets.
    And of course Mexico has the advantage of the Azteca at home. So we will be starting from scratch and trying to find a way to beat a few teams that have gotten good results against us in recent years.
    We were mostly poor last night and we should have won that game comfortably.
    But we are still unbeaten and that counts too. I think with the pressure off, we should get a glimpse of our capabilities against the US on Tuesday.

  63. But Kenwyne is broken and can’t be fix. Threw away 5 perfectly good chances to score and aside from 1 really good pass I didn’t see him contribute in any significant way to the overall game.

  64. If the coach does not recognize complacency when he sees it, especially at midfield, we have a problem. At least the skipper sees it.

  65. Something is broke ….else the mood after qualifying wouldn’t be so worrisome. SH we need you to figure it out my dude ….. our mental prep seems suspect …..

  66. Thanks Lasana. I wasn’t here for the game. What are your thoughts? The next stage is going to be more testing definitely.

  67. Our worse game and we got a point I slept well last night. Plenty work but we in the hex.

  68. What happens if we don’t top the group?

  69. Keeper’s ball all day long on the right wing square to make it 1- 0. If it was any closer to him he’d be wearing it.

  70. As long as they are honestly assessing their performance and addressing critical opportunities without hesitation they will improve every game.