Trinidad & Tobago will send a depleted roster to the Gold Cup, where it will face the USA in the first round.
All 2006 World Cup veterans playing abroad won't be playing because of a
dispute with the T&T federation over World Cup bonuses. Dwight Yorke
, the T&T captain at the 2006 World Cup, turned down an offer to return to the
national team. His decision not to come out of international retirement a second time was reportedly to support his World Cup teammates who are currently locked in a dispute over bonuses with the
Coach Wim Rijsbergen
will be taking a team comprised almost entirely of players from the T&T Pro League. The only foreign-based
layer is former Liberty University star Darryl Roberts
, who joined Dutch club Sparta Rotterdam after the 2006 college season.
Another blow was an
injury to midfielder Kerwyn Jemmott
, who was playing for Superstar Rangers in the T&T Pro Bowl final on Friday.
T&T is warming for the Gold Cup by
hosting the Digicel Shield in Port of Spain. In the semifinals, the Soca Warriors beat Haiti, 1-0, to gain revenge for their loss to Haiti in the final of the 2007 Digicel Caribbean Cup. Andre Toussaint
scored the winning goal in the 76th minute.
Mexico's Pan-American Team defeated St. Vincent & the Grenadines, 8-7, on penalties after a
0-0 draw in the opening match of the four-team friendly event that will conclude Wednesday with the championship and third-place games at Hansley Crawford Stadium. T&T vs. Haiti:
Phillip, Noreiga, K.Thomas, N.Thomas, Aguillera, C.Baptiste, Pacheco, Spann (K.Baptiste, 67), Theobald, Glasgow (Toussaint, 67),
Roberts (McFarlane, 67).