Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mexico shelve T&T matches play US instead

The uncertain nature of Trinidad & Tobago’s preparation for a Houston camp has led to the Mexico women’s national team dumping plans to play the Caribbean team in two friendly internationals later this month ahead of World Cup qualifying. 

Instead, the Mexicans play world champions USA twice in September, the first on September 13 at a still to be disclosed location, and the second on September 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York, home to the Western New York Flash of the National Women’s Soccer League. 

Like Trinidad & Tobago Mexico are preparing for World Cup qualifying, specifically the CONCACAF Women’s Championship from October 16-26, 2014 in the US. Mexico had just completed a ten-day training camp in at the Mexican High Performance Centre and were anticipating two tough internationals against T&T this month to follow.   

Trinidad and Tobago will instead play three matches, against a USA professional women’s team and two college teams. The first is against American pro team Houston Dash, which is also coached by national team head-coach American Randy Waldrum. The Soca Princessse face  Houston University and Houston Baptist University as well.

T&T are  preparing to hosts the Women’s Caribbean Cup from August 19-26,  which doubles as World Cup qualifying. The top four teams will qualify for the CONCACAF Championship, in which three automatic qualifying spots and a play-off berth for the 2015 Women’s World Cup will be up for grabs.

The Soca Princesses  are currently engaged in a training camp in Houston, Texas. Funding issues led to the camp being cut in half and the T&T team being weakened when half of the squad was stranded at home due to passport and visa challenges to fly them to the USA.