T&T buoyant ahead of CU20 opener

Trinidad & Tobago, shown training in Costa Rica ahead of its 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship opener, is looking to qualify for its third FIFA U-20 World Cup. (Photo: TTFA Media)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Trinidad & Tobago is entering its 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship opener on Sunday against Bermuda in an optimistic mood.

The sides met last year in Caribbean qualifying’s match for third place, with the Bermudians earning a 2-1 win on a late goal by Mikiel Thomas.

Head coach Brian Williams believes that result and the acquired familiarity will ultimately benefit his squad.

“We have a good understanding of the Bermudan team,” said the 55-year-old, a former T&T international.  “We know what happened the last time these two countries met at the CFU level and I think the players will remember that going into the game.

“We are focused on the task at hand and we know a good performance and winning start will be a huge boost to our chances of advancing to the World Cup.”

The Soca Warriors have competed at two FIFA U-20 World Cups (1990, 2009) and Williams believes that a third appearance is entirely possible.

“We maintain our objective and we remain humble” he finished.  “We did a lot of mental preparations.  We worked on team building during the Colombia training camp.”

In Caribbean qualifying, T&T conceded only three goals in eight games.