Preparation key for T&T U20s ahead of Costa Rica clash

Trinidad & Tobago's Jabari Mitchell (white jersey) tries to avoid a Bermuda tackle during their CONCACAF Under-20 Championship match on February 19, 2017, in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Carlos Borbon/Straffon Images)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Although Trinidad & Tobago had to settle for a 1-1 draw in its 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (CU20) opener against Bermuda on Sunday, head coach Brian Williams was optimistic that better days are near.

Kathon St. Hilaire gave the Soca Warriors a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, but a pair of defensive miscues paved the way for Oneko Lowe’s 69th-minute equalizer.

“When you analyse the game and how we played, you can say that it was certainly two points dropped,” Williams remarked.  “Having said that, I feel despite only getting one point that we played with a purpose and created numerous wonderful chances.  I feel when we continue in this tournament that on another day those chances would most certainly end up in the back of the net.”

T&T returns to action on Wednesday against host Costa Rica.  In nine previous CU20 meetings between, the Costa Ricans are unbeaten, posting a 4W-5D-0L record and conceding only three goals.

Despite that history, Williams is undaunted.  In fact, he’s confident that his squad can get a result.

“We have to believe in ourselves and our ability,” finished the 55-year-old.  “We watched El Salvador and Costa Rica play and we see opportunities for us to exploit.  So, for now, it is about ensuring we prepare in training well on our finishing and the communication between the defence and the goalkeeper to make better decisions with the ball.  

“Once we can achieve that, we can certainly have a good run in this tournament.”