Kevin Molino (pictured) has been a standout for Trinidad & Tobago in the 2014 Caribbean Cup. (Photo: Allan V. Crane)
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Prior to the start of the 2014 Caribbean Cup finals, Trinidad & Tobago made its tournament objectives perfectly clear: earn a place in next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and claim the regional championship for the first time since 2001.
Now that all eight of the participants have played one game, only the Soca Warriors remain with an unblemished record.
Trinidad opened with a 3-2 victory over Curacao on Tuesday, responding impressively to a 1-0 deficit and a 2-2 tie.
“We have a strong character,” said forward Kevin Molino, who scored the game-winning goal, his fifth overall in this year’s competition. “We have the determination, the strength to go there and play no matter if we’re down. It is very important in a tournament that you’ll never know what the results will be.
“Hopefully, we move from strength to strength from this game. We have to go back to the drawing board and get back to training and, hopefully, we’ll do better the next game.”
That next game is Thursday against French Guiana, which tied Cuba 1-1 in its first match. The northern South America squad is the only one left in the competition from the preliminary round. It scored 22 goals in qualifying, the most of any side by far.
Molino, however, is only focused on his team and what needs to be accomplished in its second outing. A win, though, would seal a second straight Gold Cup berth for Trinidad.
“Most important is getting three points,” stressed the Orlando City standout. “You know, grind out and the get the three points to move forward to top the group. We are looking forward to the game and, hopefully, we go there to do our best for our country, our family and our loved ones.”
With one of Trinidad’s two goals in reach, Molino promises to take nothing for granted.
“You just have to keep fighting to the very end," he finished.