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Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Duane Muckette (left) challenges El Salvador midfielder Darwin Ceren for the ball during Gold Cup action at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco on 14 July 2021. (Copyright Concacaf)

Despite a battling performance in their second Group A match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Toyota Stadium in Texas on Wednesday night, the T&T Soca Warriors went down 2-0 to the in-form El Salvador and faces not qualifying to the next round of the tournament with one more match to go.

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Jul 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Trinidad and Tobago players react after the match against Mexico in a CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage soccer match at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sport

In football, it was a Sunday night to remember for T&T football fans as they celebrated their team’s master plan against the Mexicans. I always knew T&T could not go in and fight the Mexicans toe to toe or they would be floored even before the contest really got going. So, the fact that T&T started with 5 at the back and 4 in midfield ultimately stifled their opponents. The Soca Warriors were double-tackling the gifted Mexicans and never gave them the room or allowed them to settle and when they occasionally breached the defence, Marvin Phillip was absolutely brilliant. T&T’s overall defence was excellent and I did say that all the fans can ask for is for their team to play with the right attitude, heart and determination. Well, they got that and more.

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Trinidad and Tobago huddle before a 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup match against El Salvador at Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX on Tuesday, July 14th 2021.

CLAYTON MORRIS, the former national football captain and Futsal coach, thinks Trinidad and Tobago’s 2-0 defeat to a good El Salvador team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday night was unfortunate and a bit of a reality check, following the Soca Warriors’ fighting performance when they drew 0-0 with champions Mexico in their opener.

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