Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 15 Boys team opened their campaign in Florida with a 1-1 draw with Tampa Bay United’s Under 17 team in a warm-up match at IMG Academy in Bradenton on Wednesday morning.
The T&T team arrived there on Monday for a live-in training camp ahead of their opening match in the CONCACAF Under 15 Championship against Costa Rica on Sunday.
T&T got off to a quick start on Wednesday with an opening goal from Fatima College forward Justin Araujo-Wilson in the first minute of play. He had the simple task of a close range tap in on an assist by San Juan Jabloteh’s Josiah Edwards. Tampa Bay would go onto equalise in the 12th minute.
“It was a good encounter for the young boys to get the legs going. We have just a few days left before our first match against Costa Rica so everything in between now to then is about managing the boys carefully and ensuring we do things in the right manner before the start of the competition,” Latapy told TTFA Media.
T&T have been drawn into Group B alongside Costa Rica, United States and Canada. T&T opens their campaign on August 13th against Costa Rica and will play Canada a day later before closing off the group stage against the US on August 16th.
The other countries taking part include Group A – Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica and Panama, Group C – El Salvador, Bermuda, Martinique and Cuba, Group D – Haiti, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Group E – Puerto Rico, Belize, Barbados and Guadeloupe, Group F – St Lucia, Suriname, Guyana and St Kitts/Nevis, Group G – Aruba, Cayman Islands, Bonaire and Saint Martin, Group H- Antigua/Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica and Sint Maarten, Group I – Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, French Guiana and St Vincent/Grenadines and Group J with British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos.