The Trinidad and Tobago Boys’ Under-15 team opened the CONCACAF Under-15 Championship at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Crichel Perez scored a double and Josiah Alcocer had his in-between Perez’s goals; all three scored within the first 19 minutes of play.
Trinidad and Tobago was slated to play against Mexico, Panama and Curaçao in Group A. However Jamaica had to withdraw from the tournament due to visa issues.
The organizers realized that Trinidad and Tobago recently played Mexico and Panama at the Youth Invitational last month and went to head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier with the offer of taking Jamaica’s spot in Group D along with Portugal, Barbados and Costa Rica. Fevrier agreed.
Coach Fevrier said that their aim is to qualify for the 2021 FIFA Under-17 World Cup and believes that the shift was necessary in the development of the players towards that goal. He said:
“Although results matter, we can’t only focus on that, this is about development, and we played some unfamiliar opposition who came highly rated and we saw why in the tournament. In order for us to improve this must continue that is why I am so delighted for this new grouping.”
“…We have to play the top teams ahead of the competition which matters, which is the qualification tournament for the 2021 FIFA Under 17 World Cup. This is my focus for this team, so leading up to that if we get opportunities to face these highly respected teams we will grab at the chance.”Stuart Charles Fevrier, 2019