KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Guyana Manager Michael Johnson gave his final press conference at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup on Wednesday night in Kansas City, following his side’s 1-1 draw with Trinidad and Tobago.
Throughout the competition, Johnson has expressed gratitude for the full experience of Guyana’s first ever major tournament, while still looking for improvements from his side. Wednesday’s exchange was no different.
“First off, it’s been a wonderful tournament,” Johnson said. “It’s great to get our first point. But we’ve also got to be honest about this night. This performance was nowhere near the standards that we’ve set for ourselves in this tournament.”
The sense of disappointment was understandable, with Guyana actually leading the game into the 80th minute, after Neil Danns scored one of the goals of the tournament in the 54th minute. Johnson went on to spotlight the meaning of the result.
“It’s historical,” said the manager. “It’s our first ever point at the Gold Cup. We scored three goals in three games. Danns has been fantastic throughout the tournament. And we were here. So that is something to celebrate and enjoy.”
Johnson also realized that the draw with Trinidad and Tobago put them in third place in the group.
“I know we could’ve won this game, but I’m actually quite pleased to not finish bottom of the group.”
Johnson ended with a strong message of thankfulness and Guyanese pride.
“Thank you and God bless you all,” said Johnson. “And we shall see you here in another two years!”