TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO coach Leo Beenhakker may be looking to boost his forward line leading up to the August 17 CONCACAF World Cup match against the United States at Rentschler Field-East Hartford, Connecticut.
The Dutchman is currently in the United States where tonight he will have a look at the Kansas City Wizards striker Scott Sealy, who has been regularly scoring goals for his team. Sealy has not played for Trinidad and Tobago since Beenhakker took over from Bertille St Clair on May 1, 2005, but he had been coming off the bench under the former coach.
While in the USA, Beenhakker will look at a Major League Soccer (MLS) game featuring the New England Revolution and Sealy's Kansas City Wizards which takes at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts at eight o' clock Eastern time tonight. In addition to Sealy, Beenhakker will get another look at New England Revolution defender Avery John who played all three preliminary games for T&T at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Beenhakker returns on Monday after which he will name his squad which leaves for Connecticut at the end of the week.
The Express has learnt that T&T has, through former national captain David Nakhid, done similar scouting on the teams they have to play in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and now have tapes of the United States, Costa Rica and Guatemala in action.
Meanwhile, manager Bruce Aanensen told the Express that Beenhakker has allowed the Britian-based professionals to join his pre-match camp in the United States a couple of days late.
"Some of the pros will join around the 12th in Connecticut, while some will be a little late. The guys based in England and Scotland have games on the 13th, so we will allow them to play those and then join us. Yorke (Dwight) will be among the first to join the camp.
He arrives in the United States on the 12th (August). "
The rest of the 'Warriors' contingent leaves T&T next Friday and travel via Miami to Connecticut, where they will be based at the Sheraton Hotel. Once in the United States, the camp will begin regardless of how many players are present.
However, any plans to have a warm-up before the main match has been effected by the arrival of players and Beenhakker will now concentrate on an intense training camp. All Trinidad and Tobago's professionals are said to be available for selection, although goalkeeper Clayton Ince is reported to have a rib injury.
Aanensen said that they still have to ascertain the degree of his injury, but he is confident that in Shaka Hislop and Kelvin Jack, the team will have two quality goalkeepers.