Trinidad & Tobago's Aubrey David (right) at a recent training session in Boulder, Colorado, USA, ahead of a World Cup qualifier against the host nation on June 8, 2017. (Photo courtesy of TTFA Media)
BOULDER, Colorado – Trinidad & Tobago has never defeated the United States on American soil in World Cup Qualifying, losing eight of their nine meetings and gaining a draw 28 years ago.
While those numbers may appear daunting, the Soca Warriors are using them for motivation, when they square off again Thursday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
“Coach [Dennis Lawrence] has kept [saying] that we have our own history to write,” said T&T defender Aubrey David. “So what happened in 1989 or 2016 is not on my mind at the moment. We have a lot more to think about heading into Thursday’s match here in Denver.”
The Trinidadians currently sit last in the six-team table with three points, but they trail the fourth-place U.S. only by a point and third-place Panama by two. A win could provide the needed springboard for the second half of CONCACAF Hexagonal play.
“At this stage of the competition, with both teams still in the race, you can expect it to be very close or who knows, if one team gets out really fast, the other can be caught playing catch up,” David remarked. “But we are not here to lie down and let the home team get on top of us. We have that belief that if we stay in the game for long periods and stay disciplined then we can get something out of it.”
With the moment of truth approaching, the 26-year-old David knows that a little something extra will be required to remain in the Russia 2018 reckoning.
“We have to dig deep and grind out a result before we go to Costa Rica,” he finished.