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Trinidad and Tobago's U-20s training Intensifies in US

Trinidad and Tobago's U-20s training Intensifies in US

Posted by Shanelle Weir on January 05, 2015

Trinidad and Tobago’s Men’s Under 20s have settled in with their full complement of 20 players at the training camp at Miami Lakes.

The last batch of ten players arrived from Port-of- Spain on Friday, allowing head coach Derek King to move full speed ahead with his training sessions as skipper Shannon Gomez and his teammates prepare for their CONCACAF Qualifying opener against Jamaica in Kingston on Friday. 

TT engaged in their first bit of match practice with a 70-minute scrimmage against a USA Soccer Academy outfit behind closed doors which ended 2-0 in favour of the home-team at the Sunrise Holiday Inn Ground. 

“We got a chance to mix it up and take a look at all the players and I am pleased with the level of play at this crucial stage heading into the tournament,” King said. 

King indicated that the opponents were fast and technically correct and this gave him and his staff a perfect opportunity to analyse their charges as they are in the process of finalising the squad for the opening encounter of the championship. 

“I am particularly impressed with the level of organisation we showed in attack with Woo Ling (Matthew), Hacksaw (Naveal) and Mitchell (Jabari) handling their roles well. Archer (Leland) also marshalled the defence well and goalkeeper Johan Welch displayed impressive distribution of the football, so all in all we are rounding into form,” King added. 

Taking a guest spot on the staff bench for the scrimmage was former national team defender Richard Chinapoo who was also pleased with the level of organisation shown in attack as well as the chemistry surrounding the entire unit.

“Given the fact that the team only arrived a couple days ago, they represented well and showed balance. Clearly we have options with the second unit demonstrating as high a level as the first in most areas which gives us options.”

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