Under 15s go down to Houston Dynamo

Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 15 Boys team lost their second match at the Cayman Airways Invitational Under 15 Youth Cup 3-1 to Houston Dynamo Academy on Thursday evening in Grand Cayman.

Despite going ahead through a terrific free kick goal from Zachary Welch from 30 yards out on the half hour, T&T conceded three second half goals.Houston got a 60th minute equaliser when Ulyses Jaimes struck. Houston kept pressing and got the go-ahead goal four minutes later thanks to Jake Crath. Jaimes added another in stoppage time to complete the 3-1 come from behind win for Houston.

T&T were denied a chance of doubling their earlier advantage when Jean Heim McFee’s shot crashed off the upright in the 42nd minute.

T&T, which drew their opening game 2-2 with Manchester City, will play their final game on Friday night against DC United.

Action from the T&T vs Houston Dynamo match. Top photo shows the T&T starting eleven vs Houston Dynamo.

T&T were placed in the toughest group with the academy teams of three established professional clubs from the UK and US. The other groups included the Cayman Islands national under 15 team, Cuba Under 15 team, Jamaican club Harbour View, La Ceiba of Honduras, Bahamas’ Tottenham Hotspur which conceded 22 goals in their three losses and Alchemy DSC which conceded ten goals in two games. Cavaliers Soccer Club qualified for the semi finals after they topped Group A, having to contend with IMG Academy,Cayman Islands U15s and Alchemy DC.

T&T head coach Russell Latapy added “Obviously it was disappointing to go down the manner in which we did after a bright start in the first half. Maybe we were unlucky with the post not to go further ahead. But then we gave up three second half goals that took the game away from us,” Latapy told TTFA Media.

“But we’ve had two very competitive games and we go straight into our third match in four days on Friday against DC United and I am expecting another good exercise which is most importantly is a good exercise for the young players,” Latapy added.

Note: T&T (1 point) cannot advance to the semi-finals as only the three group winners plus the best second placed team goes through. La Ceiba FC already has six points.

They may be in the Cayman Islands on national football duty, but education is still critical for these Under 15 boys. Here they are seen focusing during early Friday morning English Classes at the team hotel.