T&T footballers off to Costa Rica tomorrow

Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Men’s Team will arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica on Sunday evening ahead of Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup qualifying encounter against the Central Americans at the Estadio Nacional.

The T&T team remained in Denver, Colorado following Thursday’s 2-0 defeat to the United States to continue preparations before departing the US with head coach Dennis Lawrence overseeing three training sessions at the Colorado Rapids training pitch located near to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

With the US match out of the away, Lawrence has emphasised that the focus now must be on Costa Rica.

“The US match is gone, it’s out of the way and now we’ve got to look ahead to the next one which is Costa Rica. We have got to pick up and go again,” Lawrence said.

Veteran Carlos Edwards said it was a situation now where “We’ve got to roll our sleeves up and move onto the next one.

“It’s no sense dwelling on the game with the US,” Edwards told TTFA Media.

“We missed out on a chance to secure at least a point.Obviously after a day we’ve reflected and the coach has gone over the clips for us, showing us the positive side of things and to be honest, we did have some very good moments in the game where we showed good shape and organisation. But the two goals came at crucial moments where we slipped up. What we’ll do now is try to react as best as possible, work on some of the areas and just focus on what is ahead which is Costa Rica on Tuesday,” Edwards added.

Goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams, meantime, completed a new one-year transfer to Honduras top flight club Juticalpa FC on Friday. Williams, who made a recent switch to North East Stars from Central FC, is expected to fly out to Honduras later this month for preseason training. Williams produced a solid showing between the sticks on Thursday night against the Americans, saying he was now focusing on Costa Rica.

T&T goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams makes a save, during the 1st half of the FIFA Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifying match at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Denver, Colorado. USA won 2-0. Photo: Allan V. Crane/CA-images. Please contact CA Images for editorial use.

“I think the team has shown since Dennis Lawrence and the rest of the staff came on board, the ability to adapt and learn quickly and grow under him. We have only had Dennis for two months but we want to push all the excuses aside and we really need to buckle down and get some more points on the board,” Williams said.

“The camp is a bit quiet now because obviously we are very disappointed with the result against the US but we’ve had a couple training sessions since the match and the focus is coming back and we have to push on from here.

“We just have to go in and do exactly what the coaching staff is asking us to do. We need to be confident, eliminate our errors and get on with the task at hand in Costa Rica,” Williams said.

Regarding the new deal, he added: “Finally I think I have been trying for some time to go back outside and play at a higher level. The call came from Honduras and I’ve already signed the contract so it’s just about getting out there and starting preseason with the club. I am looking forward to it and it’s a good opportunity for me to continue my career outside and continuing to grow. The deal has been on the table for a while now and they made the offer a couple weeks ago,” Willliams added.