How they qualified

An automatic berth earned by reaching the final round (hexagonal) of World Cup 2018 qualifying.

Tournament record

This will be their 10th appearance at the Gold Cup but unlike the World Cup  for which they invariably save their best (remember how they shocked the US allowing Panama to qualify directly to Russia 2018?), history does not augur well, having been eliminated at the group stage in six of the previous nine. In the past five tournaments, they failed to qualify three times and will have to go some to match their best Gold Cup performance in the year 2000 when they made the semifinals. Gone are the days of Dwight Yorke, Stern John, and Russell Latapy.

Star Man

Khaleem Hyland

Hyland has played for T&T since 2008 and has been a mainstay in the team in defensive midfield.. This will be his third Gold Cup but his first as captain. He has spent the bulk of his career in Belgium, most notably a four-year stint with KRC Genk. At the other end of the scale is 21-year-old Levi Garcia, a winger signed as a teenager by Dutch club AZ Alkmaar and now playing in Israel whose skills have been praised by none other than Marco van Basten.

Coach

Dennis Lawrence

The tall former central defender is already a national hero having been instrumental in T&T qualifying for their only World Cup in 2006. He is in year three of his first head coaching job and picked up bags of knowledge during seven years as an assistant to current Belgium coach Roberto Martinez at Wigan and Everton in the UK prior to taking over the reins.

What can we expect 

Not a great deal on current form, T and T having lost four of the last five games. Their last win, 2-0 over the United Arab Emirates, came in September. They have been hard to score against but in five games have mustered an average of just four shots per 90 minutes.  Nuff said. Goal-scoring could be at a premium.

Schedule

June 18: Panama (St Paul, Minesota)

June 22: United States (Cleveland)

June 26: Guyana (Kansas City)


Squad

Goalkeepers: Adrian Foncette, Marvin Phillip, Greg Ranjitsingh

Defenders: Leland Archer, Daneil Cyrus, Curtis Gonzales, Alvin Jones, Carlyle Mitchell, Mekeil Williams

Midfielders: Cordell Cato, Levi Garcia, Kevan George, Neveal Hackshaw, Akeem Humphrey, Khaleem Hyland, Joevin Jones, Nathan Lewis, Kevin Molino, Duane Muckette, Leston Paul, Jomal Williams

Forwards: Lester Peltier, Shahdon Winchester

 

Grp AWDLFAPts
Mexico3001339
Canada2011236
Martinique102573
Cuba0030170
Grp BWDLFAPts
Haiti300629
Costa Rica201536
Bermuda102443
Nicaragua003080
Grp CWDLFAPts
Jamaica120435
Curaçao111224
El Salvador111174
Honduras102643
Grp DWDLFAPts
United States2001006
Panama200626
Guyana002280
Trinidad and Tobago002080

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