CLEVELAND, Ohio.- Trinidad and Tobago Manager Dennis Lawrence walked into his post-match press conference on Saturday night in Cleveland, after a 1-0 deficit and a tightly contested match with the United States turned into a 6-0 defeat in the final 25 minutes.
“For me, it’s about mentality,” Lawrence said. “We have to change our mentality. This team needs to learn how to stand up and fight. We fought for 65 minutes. That is not good enough.”
Lawrence was quite complimentary about U.S. star Christian Pulisic, as well as how his side neutralized the Chelsea winger for much of the game.
“Like I said to you all before, that’s why they’ve paid what they’ve paid for him, and that’s why he’s so valuable for his national team. I thought we did a really good job with him for 65 minutes, and then he found a way. That’s what great players do. They find a way,” said Lawrence.
Moments before the U.S. scored the second goal of the night, Trinidad and Tobago had a glorious opportunity to level the match.
“These are game-changing moments,” Lawrence began. “If that goes in, it’s 1-1. We have a completely different game on our hands. Instead we end up conceding a second, and a third, and they couldn’t be stopped after that.”
“We showed good energy in the first half,” he continued. “We were well organized until the 65th minute. Again, this is all about mentality. We have to be a better team, mentally, for our last game. There will be changes in the eleven for sure, but mentality is something that needs to come from everyone.”