KANSAS CITY.- Trinidad and Tobago will be playing for national pride in its 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Group D finale against Guyana at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City on Wednesday night.
Head Coach Dennis Lawrence’s team fell 2-0 in the group opener against Panama in Saint Paul, Minnesota, before suffering a 6-0 defeat to the United States in Cleveland, Ohio to officially eliminate Trinidad and Tobago from contention for the knockout rounds, the latter being a game that was 1-0 until the 66th minute.
Lawrence and some of the veteran players within the squad have no interest in leaving the 2019 Gold Cup without a positive result.
Trinidad and Tobago is yet to score a goal in the tournament, and 29-year-old midfielder Kevan George still sees an opportunity for his side to play the beautiful game and get something out of the final match.
“We want to be a possession-based team,” George said in an interview with Concacaf.com. “We’ve showed that at times, but not enough. We have to get our special players involved on the ball. In order to do that, we need to have possession.”
George, who plays his club soccer for the Charlotte Independence of USL, spoke of a desire for commitment from Trinidad and Tobago’s attacking players.
“We also need more energy in the final third to make our attack what it can be,” said George. “Again, for me, the most important thing is cleaning up the possession. If we do that, I am confident that good things will happen for our team.”
George and Trinidad and Tobago will kick-off against Guyana at 6:30 ET on Wednesday evening, preceding the United States vs. Panama.