T&T Senior Men start the refocusing process

Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior men’s team returned to the training pitch on Monday as they set out to look past Saturday’s 6-0 defeat to hosts United States and pick themselves up for their final encounter at Gold Cup 2019 against Guyana at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas from 5:30 pm (6:30pm TT Time) on Wednesday.

Both teams will be playing to avoid cellar position in the group with both the US and Panama already through to the quarter finals on six points each having won their two matches so far.

Kevin Molino speaks during the post-match interview after the USA loss.

On Monday, head coach Dennis Lawrence conducted a session at the Pinnacle National Development Center in Kansas. The state-of-the-art Pinnacle National Development Center is a new, expansive training home of Sporting Kansas City, which hosts clubs and national teams from around the world.

It also accommodates the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center at Village West and the U.S. Soccer National Coaching Education Center. Included in the set up at Pinnacle isa one-of-a-kind pitch lab, located 50 yards north of the Coaching Education Center’s entrance. The pitch lab consists of two full-size, synthetic turf fields with LED sports lighting, allowing for year-round usage in all weather conditions.

Focusing on whats left of  their  Gold Cup campaign, T&T will try to finish on a winning note. According to US-based player Neveal Hackshaw who played in a left-back position against the US, the squad has tried to put the previous defeat past them.

“The result touch us pretty hard. We were focused for the first 65 minutes and then we had a bad spell after that. We are now focusing on the last game to try and get something from it,” Hackshaw told TTFA Media.

“We have to stay positive and take the game very serious. The guys here want to win the match and we have to listen to what the coach wants and go out and apply ourselves,” he added.

Neveal Hackshaw (left) vs Canada in Los Angeles. Photo/TTFA Media.

T&T’s next assignment from here is the Concacaf Nations League with matches against Martinique home and away in September and Honduras in November. Qatar 2022 World Cup qualification kicks off in Concacaf next year.

“We’re trying to forget about the US game but its hard because it hurts but we also have to start looking ahead to what is coming up with the Nations League and Qatar 2022 qualifiers. We have to believe and be patient and also start taking the steps to get over this and prepare ourselves for the future,” he added.

Minnesota midfielder Kevin Molino is also coming to terms with T&T failing to advance beyond the group stage.

“It’s a difficult loss for us (versus US) but we have to move on… pick ourselves up and go again. It was not the best way for us in terms of the manner we conceded that amount of goals in twelve minutes or so and we learn and move on. Now we have one more game which we will prepare for and go in there looking to get something positive. Then we return home and start the process again because there is some serious football coming up and we still have that ambition to push ourselves and achieve things in the region and also on a bigger scale in international football,”Molino said on Monday.