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Thursday, October 12, 2017
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Now lets put
things in place---
It was 28 years ago
that the American
football team turned
a sea of red shirts at
the Hasely Crawford
Stadium in Mucurapo
into a river of tears,
after a hurtful 1 0
win prevented what
seem a certain pas-
sage to the 1990 FIFA
World Cup in Italy for
T&T's Strike Squad
which at the time
needed just a draw.
and fans struggled to cope with this memory any
time a TT/USA encounter appeared at any compe-
But on Tuesday night at the new home of football
at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain Couva, this
ghost was inally put to rest, not only because of an
impressive 2 1 win by the Soca Warriors over the
USA, but because the victory prevented the CON-
CACAF giants from qualifying for the world cup for
the irst time since 1986.
The US football fraternity has since struggled to
cope with this loss, as one commentator described
it as a catastrophe. Strike Squad coach Everald
'Gally Cummings and mid ielder Hutson 'Barber'
Charles refused to joined the euphoria and instead
called for a serious development programme to be
introduced by the T&T Football Association.
Both expressed satisfaction with the result but
preferred the implementation of a system that
would prevent TT from inishing bottom of the
standing, as it did in spite of the win.
In a con ident showing in front a bare crowd in
Couva, T&T snatched the lead when striker Shah-
don Winchester got the slightest of touches to
direct a right-side Alvin Jones cross past US goal-
keeper Tim Howard for the lead in the 17th minute.
But it was Jones' thunderous right footer from
some 30 yards out that con ined the US to ifth on
the standing with 12 points, as their nearest rivals
Panama and Honduras won their respective en-
counters against Costa Rica and Mexico respec-
The ex national coach and his player said they
were happy for the win in the midst of a failed
campaign, but believe the sport had made very
little strides since the famous November 19 match.
"What we should focus on now is our position
in the CONCACAF region and our achievements in
the Caribbean over the past few years.
"We inish bottom of the table in the campaign
and after 28 years in which so much has hap-
pened, still we are in need of improvement" Cum-
He joined with Charles in calling for coach Den-
nis Lawrence to build his team from home here in
T&T, saying the core of the team should be based
here in T&T and only include international players
who could add value to it for key tournaments.
This team, they believe, should focus on dom-
inating regional football as it did in the past irst,
before it can consider Concacaf achievements.
According to Cummings, authorities should
consider selecting an all-local staff that consists of
knowledgeable coaches who are aware of the type
of football that will be best suited to the country,
as well as a technical committee to critically ana-
Charles called on Lawrence to make use of all
the FIFA breaks by having international friendly
games and urged the TTFA to support him in this
WHO QUALIFIED FOR RUSSIA 2018!
With 23 teams having qualified, there remain nine places to be clinched on the Road to Russia 2018.
The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup, which began on March 12, 2015, is reaching its climax.
So far, 23 nations have booked their place to join host nation Russia in next year's tournament.
Russia (hosts), Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Honduras, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico,
Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain and Uruguay.
Everald 'Gally' Cummings
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