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The T&T Women s team will
face World champions United
States in an international friendly
on December 6, in Honolulu,
Hawaii. The match will kick-off
will be broadcast on FOX Sports
1 and FOX Sports GO.
It will be the first of four
December matches for the US
women s team on its post-
Women s World Cup victory tour.
The match in Honolulu on the
island of Oahu marks the first trip
for T&T and the first international
match hosted by US Soccer in
Hawaii. It will also be only the
second soccer match between
national teams staged at Aloha
The Philippines defeated Chi-
nese Taipei 1-0 at the venue in
1976 in a match that was a part
of a triple-header that also featured
the Hawaii All-Stars against the
San Diego Jaws (which played one
season in the NASL) and the New
York Cosmos against Team Honda
from Japan, a match that featured
four goals from Pelé.
Hawaii will be the 32nd US state
(not including the District of
Columbia) that the American
women have played in since the
programme s inception in 1985.
T&T Women s team head coach
Randy Waldrum stated: "I m
extremely excited for the oppor-
tunity to face the World Champion
US Women s National Team. Our
players need this type of compe-
tition in order to grow the women s
game in T&T. I m grateful to the
TTFA for organising this oppor-
tunity with US Soccer."
TTFA president Raymond Tim
Kee also added: "We are indeed
very excited about being able to
book this international friendly.
Our team made us quite proud at
the last CONCACAF World Cup
qualification bid and now they are
in the midst of preparations for
the Olympic qualifying.
"A visit to Spanish giants Real
Madrid and the Santiago Bern-
abeu Stadium to gain much
needed coaching experience as
well as see the operations and
structure of that club"is what
one coach at a club in the TT Pro
League wants to achieve during
his career in the league.
Other coaches are dreaming of
going to other top teams in the
world such as Barcelona (Spain),
Chelsea (England), Bayern Munich
(Germany) and Manchester Unit-
ed in England but the message is
clear that pro league coaches are
desirous of expanding their wings
by their desire to experience from
some of the best clubs in the
The coaches explained this to
pro league chief executive officer
(CEO) Dexter Skeene and other
members of the board at a meet
and greet session aimed at finding
out exactly what would enhance
the coaches ability in the league.
Skeene said on Wednesday that
he will consider the pleas of the
coaches and see how the pro
league can help the various clubs
with sponsorships so that some
of these needs can be addressed.
The coaches requests come at
a time when the pro league has
been attempting to upgrade its
operations and trying to improve
its brand and image.
Only two weeks ago the league
held a seminar for players to
understand the importance of
At that seminar the pro league
boss also took the time to remind
players of the need to be on the
same page with the league in
terms of ensuring that there is
improvement in it.
Skeene explained that the
coaches also wanted to continue
with matches during the inter-
During that time club football
around the world grinds to a halt
as top players are called to duty
by their respective countries.
"The coaches are requesting
that games should continue to
play because other players want
to play" Skeene said.
Pro League coaches
want to go Real, Barca
T&T women to face US in Honolulu
"You will recall that they gave
a very strong showing against the
US team in the CONCACAF round
"This is a tremendous oppor-
tunity to face the World champi-
ons. It is a timely boost to our
women s national team pro-
gramme," he added.
US Women s head coach Jill
Ellis added: "When I took this job
I was told of the importance of
having a wide footprint in terms
of where we bring the team to play
and this first-ever game in Hawaii
certainly stays true to that goal.
"We always enjoy going to new
markets and giving fans across the
country, and in December across
the Pacific Ocean, a chance to see
the team play.
"I know the players and staff
are very excited about going to
Hawaii and we are looking forward
to the experience of being on Oahu
and playing this historic match
against T&T at Aloha Stadium."
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