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T&T relinquished a two-goal lead as Mex-
ico hit back to steal a 3-3 draw in their inter-
national friendly at the Rio Tinto Stadium
in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday night.
Just over a month ago, the Soca Warriors
rallied from a similiar two goals down to steal
a late 4-4 draw with "El Tri" but on Friday
it took a stunning 84th minute strike from
Hector Herrera to complete a Mexican come-
back from two goals down before some 20,000
Despite conceding late, the "Soca Warriors"
left the stadium with a burning sense of pride
as they more than held their own against the
reigning CONCACAF Gold Cup champion and
had the partisan Mexican crowd quiet for long
periods during the encounter. Stephen Hart s
men made another statement to its fans and
its upcoming CONCACAF opponents in 2018
World Cup qualifying.
"It was a performance and a result that left
me leaving the venue pleased tonight," Hart
said. "I thought at times we looked very organ-
ised. We were a bit indecisive at centre back
a couple of times but other than that we looked
very organised. I was really pleased with Glenn
and how he put in a lot of work all along. We
went on top but it was a great goal to tie it
up. Overall I m satisfied."
Both teams played without some regular
starters with Kenwyne Jones and Sheldon
Bateau missing for T&T while Javier Hernandez
and Andres Guardado were on the bench for
phead home for 1-0 T&T lead.
"It was just the start we wanted. What it
did was showed us that we don t have to chase
an opponent like Mexico everytime we play
them and this kind of start would help us
realise this," Hart said.
Mexico just couldn t seem to get a foot in
the door as Hart s men remained solid, com-
posed and were in no mood to be pushed
The Mexicans did have their moments but
it would be T&T who surged further ahead.
Glenn, making his first start for T&T, produced
a clever challenge on Oswaldo Alanis that won
over for an awaiting Cummings to side foot
into the net. T&T was now up 2-0 in the 39th
minute. A first time scoreline since the 4-0
win for T&T in the 1974 World Cup qualifier
when Everald "Gally Cummings notched a
"Going 2-0 up, despite them scoring just
before the break was a good thing for us," said
Mexico, playing its first game under interim
head coach Ricardo Ferretti, hit back before
the break with Carlos Esquivel heading past
captain Jan Michael Williams in the 40th.
Ten minutes into the second half, Mexico
Hart made a few changes, bringing on Trevin
Caesar, Mekeil Williams, Kevan George, Willis
Plaza and Neveal Hackshaw in the second half.
Mexico began to forge forward in desperate
search of the equaliser and eventually got it
with Herrara s laser-like strike into the top left
corner past Williams five minutes from time.
T&T will now look ahead to the October
8 international friendly away to Panama while
Mexico faces Argentina in Dallas on Tuesday.
T&T begins its 2018 World Cup qualifying
campaign on November 13 against either
Antigua/Barbuda or Guatemala and will then
host United States on November 17.
Mexico s interim head coach
Ricardo Ferretti got more than he
may have catered for in his first
international match in charge of
the Mexican national team in Fri-
day s 3-3 draw with T&T at the
Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah.
Ferretti s team found themselves
trailing 2-0 before half time before
fighting themselves back into the
encounter. The 61-year-old Brazil-
born coach later admitted that his
team had to hold off a very deter-
mined "Soca Warriors" unit on the
"I think the team completed an
acceptable job. It is not easy to come
back from 2-0 but we made it 2-
1 and then we came back to level
it. The defence had some work to
do. But generally I think it was a
good game and I was happy with
that aspect," Ferretti said. "I am
satisfied but naturally I would have
liked a better result."
Asked to comment on T&T, he
responded "I think there is the pos-
sibility will meet again (in the World
Cup qualifiers). T&T has demon-
strated a very high level of play.
And this is like a lot of teams in
CONCACAF now. They have to also
focus on getting better and the level
in Concacaf is higher these days
and it is not easy to play teams in
the region anymore, especially
teams like T&T."
T&T forward Jonathan Glenn
scored on his first starting debut
for T&T and later expressed thanks
to Stephen Hart for giving him the
chance after the Iceland-based for-
ward occupied the bench for the
entire CONCACAF Gold Cup cam-
paign in July.
"I m pleased with the perform-
ance. Mexico is a fantastic team
and this was a huge moment for
there and give it my all. We were
unlucky to give up that late goal
but I m still very excited at the
moment," said the 28-year-old
"I think in the Gold Cup the team
was playing really well. The coach
spoke to me and he let me know
that my time will come and that I
just needed to be patient and I just
needed to continue working hard.
With that mindset I was not worried
about, once I was able to continue
doing well for my club and have
the right attitude, I would get my
chance and it came today.
"We knew they are a great pass-
ing team and that at certain spells
in the game that we would have to
defend really solidly and we would
have to go periods of the game
without having the ball. I think it
was really important that we got
the early goal to kind of settle us.
But even if we went two nil up that
it wasn t going to be game over
because they would be a team that
would keep coming at us. We go
the third goal and then we were
unlucky to concede the third goal
which was an amazing one by
The home-based contingent of
the T&T team led by Hart will
return home at 8 pm on Saturday
battle for the ball in
the second half during
friendly on Friday
night in Salt Lake City.
The teams played to a
Mexican coach: T&T not an easy opponent
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