The Under-20 men’s national team will be on the hunt for glory tonight when they face Bermuda in their opening encounter of the Concacaf Men’s Championship at the Olimpico Felix Sanchez Stadium in the Dominican Republic.
Last year the Tridents defeated Bermuda when ace striker Thierry Gale and Nigel Griffith propelled the team to a 3-2 victory in Puerto Rico. The Tridents went on to top Group D and emerge victoriously.
This year the Tridents have been drawn in Group C and will face Bermuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat, and Puerto Rico.
While the 20-man squad will be minus some familiar faces, Head Coach Fitzgerald Carter remains confident his squad to be captained by 17-year-old United Stars Alliance midfielder Kevon Lucas will do the necessary tonight.
“For many of the guys, this is their first taste of international football. They have been working hard, thinking and dreaming about it and I think they are really focused and are very excited to play their first game,” he said.
The team has been bolstered with the additions of Canadian-based custodian Adam Mallalieu and Hungary-based midfielder Janash Jaunai, while 12 homegrown players will be looking forward to making their debuts on the international stage.
The winner of the group qualifies for the Concacaf Under-20 Championships to be held in the summer of 2022, and the Championship will be used as qualifiers for the 2023 FIFA Under 20 men’s World Cup set to be staged in Indonesia.