Trinidad to host New Zealand in friendly

Trinidad & Tobago lines up prior to its CONCACAF Gold Cup game against Honduras on July 15, 2013, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Mexsport) 


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago – Trinidad & Tobago will host New Zealand in a friendly international on October 15 at Hasely Crawford Stadium.  The Trinidad & Tobago Football Association confirmed the game Wednesday, giving local supporters their first opportunity to see the team play in Port of Spain since a 3-2 loss to Finland on January 22, 2012.


The visitors from Oceania will be preparing for their World Cup Qualifying Intercontinental Playoff against the yet to be determined fourth-place finisher in the CONCACAF hexagonal.


“It’s a good international for us particularly as we are hoping to continue with the intentions of playing at least one international game per month,” said T&T head coach Stephen Hart, who will make his debut after being appointed to the position in June.  “So far we have seen progress but it is important to have the group together at every affordable time and this game will provide us with another opportunity to work with the players and see them in a match situation against a respectable opponent in New Zealand which finished unbeaten at the 2010 World Cup Finals.”


Trinidad took third place at last month’s OSN Cup in Saudi Arabia and advanced to the quarterfinals of this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, its best placement in the competition since progressing to the semifinals of the 2000 edition.

While in the CONCACAF region, New Zealand will also play Mexican Liga MX side Querétaro on October 9 and Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA three days later.