HARRISON, N.J. (Sporting Alert) — Trinidad and Tobago will get their 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign underway when they take on El Salvador at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, on Monday night.
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Caribbean side heads into the tournament full of confidence and is looking forward to doing well.
“The atmosphere has been fantastic in the group,” said head coach Stephen Hart, who recently was named head.
“The training sessions have gone as well as anyone can ask for and I think there is just an eagerness and anticipation of the games ahead.
“I think more so it’s an analytical opportunity to see exactly where the county stands in CONCACAF and then to build for the upcoming World Cup qualifications in 2018.
“One thing I know is that the past doesn’t come back, so this … is our starting point.”
El Salvador, meanwhile, are perhaps the youngest team in this year’s tournament, but like majority of the teams in this edition, they too are using the competition to give some of the younger players some valuable international experience.
Experienced may not be their thing, but El Salvador certainly has lots of speed to torment their opponents.
“We are young but we are also fast,” striker Rodolfo Zelaya said on Sunday. “I know that we are not favorites in this tournament but I am happy with my team and my coach.
“We will ask God to help us and we want to achieve what we are looking for, we all know that it will be hard but we are ready to give of our best.”
Trinidad and Tobago normally plays a physical style of game and that could pose some problems for El Salvador.
Head coach Agustin Castillo remains optimistic about his team’s chances, but will be somewhat cautious.
“It’s going to be a complicated game; no game is easy nowadays,” he said. “It doesn’t matter the opposition and we have to focus on the task ahead.
“I have only been with the national team for about seven months since they failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, so it is basically a new team.
“Most of the players are from the Under-23 team. In fact there is only one player who is over 30.”