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One of T&T's standout players Duane Muckette in action vs Puerto Rico.

After the nauseating experiment against the United States went awry where the Soca Warriors were humiliated 7-0, T&T’s football fans locally and abroad looked forward to the start of the opening round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF qualifiers against Guyana in the Dominican Republic followed by an away fixture against Puerto Rico.

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Photo: Trinidad and Tobago flanker Levi Garcia (front) is watched closely by a Puerto Rico defender during their 2022 World Cup qualifying contest at the Estadio Centroamericano in Mayaguez on 28 March 2021. (via TTFA Media)

A combination of excellent acrobatics inside the goal by T&T's Danish goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup and a goal from speedy T&T over-lapping defender Joevin Jones earned the Soca Warriors a hard-fought 1-1 tie with Puerto Rico in their second match of the 2022 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers on Sunday at the Estadio Jose Antonio Figueroa in Mayaquez, Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico vs Trinidad and Tobago

Just as footballers are urged to win their 1 v 1 duels, the ideal scenario for each team participating in the current phase of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is to defeat each opponent. Achieving victory in each encounter is the surest formula for progression to the next qualification stage and to avoid the heartache of not advancing based on goals scored or goals conceded calculations. Therefore, in marching one step closer to Qatar, it is of utmost importance for the Trinidad and Tobago men’s national team to preserve destiny in its hands and free itself of any reliance on the performance of rival teams.

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Soca Warriors unimpressive display, Sancho: T&T lacked energy, purpose.

Dear Editor,

After getting by a poor Guyana outfit with a mediocre performance, we all hoped for a win and a better display against unheralded Puerto Rico on Sunday. I was left distinctly unimpressed by what was, in fact, a worse display; one in which, but for the heroics of goalkeeper Frenderup, we were very lucky to have a draw and a share of the points. Frankly, with due respect to Puerto Rico, I fully expected we would win against a country with no footballing pedigree, which had hired its coach only days earlier, and which had lost to St. Kitts. Not so in the event.

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Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Michel Poon-Angeron (left) passes the ball while Puerto Rico midfielder Devin Vega looks on, during World Cup qualifying action in Mayaguez on 28 March 2021. (via TTFA Media)

“The way I am looking at this, it’s a point away from home against a very good side,” said Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team head coach Terry Fenwick, when a Puerto Rican reporter asked how he felt about a draw in Mayaguez yesterday evening—a result that meant the Soca Warriors slipped two points behind group leaders St Kitts and Nevis.

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