The national under-20 women’s footballers have undergone three training sessions in Santo Domingo since commencing their training camp at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel on Wednesday, ahead of the Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Championship later this month.
Head Coach Richard Hood conducted two sessions yesterday with 16 players as six of his North American-based team members joined the ten players who departed Trinidad on Tuesday.
The six overseas-based players now in Santo Domingo are Sydni Greaves, Sydney Boiselle, Tori Paul, Sarah De Gannes, Shalisha King and Megan Rampersad. Arnelle Douglas and Klil Keshwar will join them on Sunday.
Coach Hood said he has been impressed with the look of the six players so far, along with the rest of the squad.
“We had our first session yesterday afternoon where we had an opportunity to see six of the foreign-based players for the first time. We got a favourable impression of them for the most part. We introduced them to some of our tactical plans and there were very receptive,” Hood told TTFA Media.
“This morning, we had a physical session and we returned to the pitch in the afternoon where we prepared for our first scrimmage on Friday against a senior women’s semi-professional team.
“The facilities are fine.. nice hotel, quality meals and great service. The training pitches at the Projecto Goal are also adequate and we are very satisfied with what the administration has provided for us. The players and staff are in good spirits and we look forward to the challenges ahead,” Hood continued.
The tournament kicks off in the Dominican Republic between February 22 and concludes on March 8. T&T are in Group F with Haiti, St Kitts/Nevis and the Cayman Islands. They face the Kittitians in their opening match on February 22 at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristóbal. The T&T women then play Cayman Islands on February 25 and Haiti on February 27.
The top three teams from the group will advance to the knockout stage.
The final tournament has been expanded from eight to 20 teams, using the same format as the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship. The top two teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and Panama as the Concacaf representatives. As co-hosts, Costa Rica and Panama automatically qualified.