Captain of the Under-20 men’s national team Kevon Lucas remains upbeat and confident that his team has what it takes to qualify in the Concacaf Men’s Championship.
“The boys up and are ready. They’re smiling and happy so hopefully we will be good heading into today’s game. [Saturday] night we didn’t leave a good impression because we were fussing and quarreling with each other, so [today] will be better. If we start positive, we’ll end positive,” he said.
The young Tridents lost 3-2 to Bermuda in the fading minutes of the game at the Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium in the Dominican Republic.
“We were the better side, but unfortunately the guys came out above us. [Yesterday] the boys did our chant that we normally do, and we talked to each other. [Saturday] night the coaches let us watch the game so we can see the things we did wrong, so [today] we can do things better,” he said.
The attacking midfielder who plays for United Stars Alliance made his debut for the national team and said being selected as captain was a dream come true.
“When the coach came to me and told me that I was captain I was very happy. I was recovering from a lot of injuries and starting to feel better so it was a dream come true when he told me so,” he said.
This evening, the young Tridents face Puerto Rico, and Lucas said they intended to come out on top.
“The game plan is pretty straight; we go in to win, score as many goals as we can so that we can qualify in the Group Stage,” he said.
Lucas, 17, said they intended to play attacking football in the next few games, but admitted the defense could use some tightening.
“We need to work on our passing and communicating on the field. The coaches did some stuff with the defenders [yesterday] so they should be ready for the game [today]. We just have to communicate and be confident in one another,” he said.
Recalling the game against Bermuda, the captain said they should have made the field bigger.
“We should have spread out and made the field bigger so the guys could pass properly and get more support, and scored a few more. In the second half, we started to get ahead of the game and the boys started to get more confident, and changes started to happen. The subs came on and made a difference in the game, so I believe the next game some guys could come on and change the game again for us,” he said.