• Saturday Feb 09, 2013

    Trinidad U17s, Alajuelense U20s draw

    ALAJUELA, Costa Rica - The Trinidad & Tobago under-17 team played Costa Rican under-20 champion Alajuelense to a 0-0 draw on Friday. The match was the first of four friendlies for the young Soca Warriors, who are in the Central American nation to prepare for April's CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.

    Trinidad will face their Costa Rican counterparts on Saturday and is also scheduled to face club side Uruguay, before concluding the trip against Saprissa's under-20 team on Monday.

    "It's a very useful opportunity that came knocking through our relationship with the Costa Ricans and this is something that has been in progress for some time now as it relates to maintaining good relationships with some of our neighboring countries in the region and other organizers of matches and training camps," technical director Anton Corneal told TTFF Media. "I felt it was the ideal opportunity for the team to get some valuable match practice and training time ahead of the final round of qualification for the Under 17 World Cup in Panama in April."

    Corneal guided Trinidad to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea.

    Trinidad advanced to the CONCACAF finals by finishing atop Group 4 in Caribbean qualifying. It posted wins over the British Virgin Islands (23-0), Suriname (3-1) and Guyana (2-0) to go a perfect 3-0-0 and secure maximum points.

    "The team is at a certain part of the preparations and we felt it was necessary to get these matches with the tournament just over a month away," said head coach Shawn Cooper. "Of course we will be aiming to get good results but it's more about organizing our shape and structure of play as it relates to how we will approach the qualifying games."

    The team is captained by midfielder Brandon Creed and includes talented forward Brent Sam, who scored seven goals in the victory over BVI.

    Costa Rica camp - February 6-11, 2013

    D'eandre Villaroel (San Juan Jabloteh), Kevin John (Southern Football Academy), Josiah Trimmingham (San Juan Jabloteh), Mateon Watson (W. Connection), Shannon Gomez (San Juan Jabloteh), Leland Archer (St. Ann's Rangers), Maurice Ford (St. Ann's Rangers), Brendon Creed (SKHY F.C.), Jabari Mitchell (W. Connection), Jarred Dass (W. Connection), Aaron Noel (SKHY F.C.), Matthew Woo Ling (W. Connection), Kishun Seecharan (1st FC Santa Rosa), Anderson Toussaint (SFA Centre of Excellence), Akeem Garcia (San Juan Jabloteh), Yafeu Rougier (W. Connection), Weah Adams (Roxborough Lakers FC), Levi Garcia (T&TEC F.C.), Mani Walcott (Eleanor Roosevelt High School/USA), Brent Sam (Police F.C.), Mikey Basdeo (W. Connection), Aikim Andrews (San Juan Jabloteh)

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