Funding problems nothing new for Soca Princesses

[SCOUTING REPORT: Trinidad & Tobago] Such is the state of women's soccer in the Caribbean that Trinidad & Tobago won the CFU Women's Cup handily but arrived in the United States with $500 for its pre-Concacaf Women's Championship camp.

Trinidad & Tobago Roster:
Goalkeepers: Kimika Forbes (Boston Breakers Reserves), Linfah Jones (William Carey)
Defenders: Rhea Belgrave (West Texas A&M), Camille Borneo (Wayland Baptist), Kenya Charles (Real Maracas), Annalis Cummings (St. Ann Rangers)
Karyn Forbes (West Texas A&M), Anastacia Prescott (Malick City FC), Patrice Superville (Malick City FC).
Midfielders: Maylee Attin-Johnson (Issaquah SC),  Janine François (Middlepath FC), Arin King (Univ. of Toronto), Afiyah Matthias  (San Juan Jabloteh), Dernelle Mascall (Gulf Coast Texans), Tasha St. Louis (Point Fortin Civic), Jonelle Warrick (Trincity Nationals)
Forwards: Kennya Cordner (Seattle Sounders Women), Shenelle Henry (Real Dimension), Lauryn Hutchinson (Richmond City FC), Jo-Marie Lewis (St. Ann's Rangers), Mariah Shade (AIC Yellow Jackets).

Its coach, Randy Waldrum, whose appeal for help earned international headlines, knows the USA well, having coached the U.S. U-23s, Notre Dame and now the Houston Dash in the NWSL, but that should not be enough to stop the USA, which has won the seven meetings against the Soca Warriors by a margin of 54-2.

Trinidad & Tobago's Ministry of Sport blamed the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation for the mishap, saying the request for funding did not arrive until hours before the team's departure for Dallas. After Waldrum's request went out, donations of water, Gatorade and food came pouring in. The Haitian national team, itself on a shoestring budget, even donated money.

Funding issues are nothing new. When T&T showed in Houston to train for the CFU Cup, Waldrum said the team had "nine soccer balls and a plastic garbage bag that carried a few pennies."

Waldrum later issued a statement, apologizing for his tweet, saying his appeal for assistance "was not meant to cause any embarrassment to the TTFA nor the Trinidad and Tobago public at large." To keep there from being any more embarrassment, the Soca Princesses have been instructed to stay off social media during the tournament.

Waldrum's squad is a mix of players from Trinidad & Tobago, the USA and Canada. Many of the players have experience at U.S. small colleges. Goalkeeper Kimika Forbes graduated from Maine Fort Kent to the Boston Breakers Reserves in the WPSL.

The USA and Trinidad & Tobago have not met since 2004. The most memorable match was a 1995 Women's World Cup qualifier in Montreal, where the USA won 11-1 in a game marred by three red cards and the ejection of U.S. coach Tony DiCicco.
4 comments about "Funding problems nothing new for Soca Princesses".
  1. Gus Keri, October 15, 2014 at 7:59 a.m.

    Soca Princesses? Women soccer players are fighting FIFA to be treated equally to men soccer players. The men call themselves "Soca Warriors." Ladies, if you want to be treated equally to men, at least, choose a nickname that suits soccer players.

  2. Roger Brooks, October 15, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.

    If you knew anything about TNT's culture, you'd know that their name stems from their Carnival. Where their use of "princess" correlates to the female tribal leading Warrior Princess. This why you see many men and women dressed in colorful Carib Indian costumes during February's Carnival.

    Enjoy tonight's Soca Fete!!

  3. Gus Keri, October 15, 2014 at 9:37 p.m.

    Roger, you are right. I don't know much about the T&T culture, just like 99% of people who are not from the Caribbean islands. Then, a nickname like "Soca Warrior Princesses" would make more sense.

  4. charles moraes, October 16, 2014 at 10:07 p.m.

    American prodigy , this kid is playing in the club of Brazil, the son of a Brazilian father where he lives since he was 8 years and says his dream is to play for the US Men's National Team!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeZOrzip_OM

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