Trinidad & Tobago is making a ninth appearance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup after advancing past the group stage for the second time, losing to Mexico (1-0) in the 2013 quarterfinals. It reached the semifinals in 2000, before bowing out 1-0 to eventual-champion Canada.
Though the Soca Warriors’ respected place in the hierarchy of Caribbean football is unquestioned, their desire to rejoin the ranks of CONCACAF contenders burns strong. They participated with distinction at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, believing that return trips to the event would be well within reach.
While things may not have gone as fully hoped, positive signs pertaining to the team’s future are plentiful despite an ACL injury to Kevin Molino. The Orlando City SC attacker struck for a team-best seven goals in Trinidad’s campaign to a runner-up finish in the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Veteran forward Kenwyne Jones, the last fully contributing member from the 2006 World Cup squad, will be key to short-term success. He netted five Caribbean Cup goals, including two in a 3-2 win over Curacao.
The roster is comprised mostly of players established in Europe and the United States, plus three (forwards Willis Plaza and Attuallah Guerra, and goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams) from TT Pro League champion Central FC, which also won the 2015 Caribbean Club Championship to qualify for the 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.
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PPL Park, a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium, serves as home to Philadelphia Union. Since opening its doors on June 27, 2010, it has hosted numerous events for multiple sports. In October 2014, the CONCACAF Women’s Championship finals were held there as the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico earned berths to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Two years earlier, the MLS All-Stars squared off against English-power Chelsea before a crowd of 19,236. PPL Park has been recognized on multiple occasions, winning awards from Mid Atlantic Construction Magazine for “Best Sports/Recreation Project of the Year,” the Delaware County Planning Commission for outstanding land projects in the County and the NCS4 Facility Achievement Award that honors venues that excel in safety and security operations.
City: Chester, Pennsylvania
Past Gold Cups:first-time venue
Field Size: 120 x 75