Tridents and USVI Eagles to battle it out tonight
All is at stake tonight at the Barbados Football Association (BFA) WIldey Turf, as the Barbados senior men’s football team aim to secure a spot in Pool B in the CONCACAF Nations League.
Our beloved Tridents will take on the Dashing Eagles of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) at 7 p.m in what is considered their most important assignment for the year.
The Tridents’ 2018 form has been under the microscope for a while, following seven winless games accompanied with just four goals scored and ten against.
Tonight’s game is of greater significance because following an opening day draw away to Guyana; the Tridents suffered another road defeat as they went down to Central American representatives El Salvador.
This being the first home game for Barbados, it will give them the opportunity to utilize home turf advantage in an effort to gain a debut win in the competition.
Barbados and USVI met three years ago in a 2018 World Cup Qualifier and USVI took first blood as they defeated Barbados at home 1-0 under the direction of current Barbados Technical Director Ahmed Mohamed, but Tridents put on their shooting boots to outclass and outscore USVI in St Thomas 4-0.
Three of the four goal scorers from that team are in the squad for tonight’s game, therefore their experience combined with Mohamed’s tenure with the opponents should place us in a prime position to earn the required result.
What also works favourably for Barbados is the return of some very experienced, fan favourites and necessary cogs to the Barbados wheel.
Forward Mario Harte, midfield maestro Romario Harewood and experienced defender Ricardio Morris are back after a lengthy absence from the national team; their collective talents and experience will be crucial in helping Barbados secure victory.
The visitors are not to be underestimated because of their 200th world ranking, Brazilian born coach Marcelo Serrano has selected three university players, three European professionals and another couple of professionals from within the Americas for this encounter.
They are yet to score in the competition, losing heavily to Canada and Curacao 8-0 and 5-0 respectively, however with adjustments made in the roster, particularly the inclusion of University of Buffalo forward Lorne Maxime Jr, they may have plans to adjust their scoring problems.
Barbados has selected just two overseas based players for this duel with Canadian pair Kaeson Trench and Terence Smith making the cut.
It means two-goal hero Hallam Hope and his English-based colleague Krystian Pearce will be absent along with starting goalkeeper Keasel Brome of the United States.
Barbados currently reside in 23rd in the 34 team league and will definitely need a win to ensure their chances of obtaining that top 22 place and strengthening their chances of going to the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Technical Director – Ahmed Mohamed
Coach – Fitzgerald Carter
Manager – Martin Newton
Goalkeeper Coach – Richard Bynoe
Trainer – Ryan Brewster
Physiotherapist – Nicola Yarde
Medic – Dennis Callender