HOUSTON – Trinidad & Tobago is ready to face the music on Monday when it takes on Honduras Monday in a potential must-win Group B game for the Caribbean side at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Soca Warriors (0-1-1) enter the match at BBVA Compass Stadium with a point. It is possible that a draw against the Catrachos could be the difference between going home or reaching the quarterfinals as one of the two best third-place teams.
Trinidad still has a chance of making the knockout stage and has the advantage of playing after El Salvador (0-1-1, 1 point) squares off against Haiti (1-0-1, 3 pts.) in the first game of the doubleheader. The Soca Warriors will know exactly what is required of them to possibly progress.
Trinidad coach Stephen Hart remained upbeat and confident his team will do well against Honduras.
"We are quite aware of the importance of the game to us and we are hopeful to improve our performance and get ourselves into the next round," he said. "I don't think playing after El Salvador gives us any advantage. We have to win the game. We control our own destiny."
Hart added the mood of the camp was very positive.
"The mood in the camp has been excellent," he said. "We looked at the previous game as a team earlier and there were a lot of good things to take away from that game. We created some chances and if we had a bit of luck could have even won the game."
Honduras (2-0-0, 6 points) leads the group, but as coach Luis Fernando Suarez told the media before its training session, his team’s goal is finish as high as it can in the tournament.
"Our two previous games have been very complicated for us," he said. "We are hoping for a good game and to qualify to the next round. I believe our mentality has stayed the same. We are very positive and hope to show that in the game. I will be making some changes to the lineup, but I'm not sure how many as yet.”
The Hondurans, as group favorites, have lived up to expectations and now have an even larger objective -- to win the cup.
"It is easier said than, done but that is what we are hoping for," Suarez said. "The United States and Mexico are the favorites, but we are also watching out for Panama and Costa Rica."