King stays optimistic ahead of CONCACAF Olympic Final Round

 Despite her team’s struggle to reproduce the kind of form that saw them impress in the CONCACAF Final round last year, during the recent Olympic qualifiers, defender Arin King is remaining optimistic about its chances next February in the United States.

King was speaking after T&T edged Puerto Rico 1-0 in the final of the Caribbean Olympic Qualifying tournament last Friday, saying that once again Jamaica proved to be T&T’s toughest outing.

“It was definitely a battle but we had a lot obstacles but we stayed focused on the task at hand. We had each other’s backs. Jamaica were the toughest opponent for us. There is always a rivalry between us and you know last year we beat them 1-0 so they came out looking for revenge,” King said.

“Most important is that we stay committed. We need our preparations and we need to stay focus. It was our heart that kept us going in this tournament. We have the heart, desire and passion to play.”

Looking ahead to the CONCACAF Finals in February, she added. “We know what we need to do. We have to get the help and prepare properly for this tournament. I think we definitely have what it takes to get us through. These two games against the US is going to be important for us and hopefully we can stay together and keep improving as a team,” King added.

T&T have been placed in Group B with Canada, Guyana and Guatemala for the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. The top two teams from the eight-team tournament will advance to the Rio 2016 Olympics.