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T&T coach Hart looking for good start against El Salvador

T&T coach Hart looking for good start against El SalvadorTrinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart says settling into a good stride in the early moments will be key to Warriors' chances of achieving a good opening result against El Salvador in Monday's 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup opener.
 
Leading his country of birth in what would be his fourth Gold Cup appearance as a coach, will be a highlight for Hart who has had an impressive record as head coach of Canada in previous Gold Cup outings.
 
T&T faces El Salvador in the opening clash of a double header at the Red Bull Arena on Monday night from 7pm. Honduras faces Haiti in the second outing.
 
The T&T squad, Hart, director of football Leo Beenhakker and the rest of the coaching staff arrived at the Hilton, Newark, Penn Station on Saturday morning prior to a late evening training session at the Jersey University training site.

The T&T team will then have its mandatory one-hour training session at the Red Bull Arena on Sunday which is a mere ten minutes drive from the team hotel.
 
Hart described the just concluded training camp in Fort Lauderdale as one that proved to be valuable to the team's eventual state of readiness for the Gold Cup campaign.
 
"The camp went well. A lot of it was trying to get the right mix, the right kind of working relationships and of course how we're going to play the game in relation to El Salvador. The players worked hard and it was impressive," said Hart, according to a TTFA press release.
 
Hart, who grew up in San Fernando, also spoke about his ongoing relationship with Beenhakker.
 
"It's been good. He (allows) me do my work and when he thinks we can do something he explains it to me and we discuss things very openly and freely.  He's very accessible and it's great to have somebody to fall back on," Hart added.
 
El Salvador came from a goal down to defeat an understrength T&T team 3-2 in the 2007 Gold Cup opener but T&T has had a fair share of good results against the Central Americans including a 1-0 win in Port of Spain during the 2010 World Cup qualification on a Cornell Glen winner. T&T also dominated the away encounter before El Salvador pulled back two late goals for a 2-2 draw in 2009.
 
Hart expects a tough challenge on Monday but believes T&T will not back down by any means.
 
"I think the opening part of the game will be important in terms of how we settle down, how we fall into our rhythm of the game and try to control the entire tempo. The staff has worked very well with the players and I think it's a matter of settling down very early," said Hart.
 
T&T Notes – Seon Power, Jan Michael Williams and  Darryl Roberts will be making their second Gold Cup appearance having been in the squad in 2007. It's also Gold Cup number two for Chris Birchall  and Cornell Glen after they appeared  in the Leo Beenhakker-led squad in 2005. Team captain Densill  Theobald (also captain in 2007) will be making his third appearance while Carlos Edwards will make his Gold Cup debut after missing out in 2005 because of injury.

Gold Cup Notes:
-Mexico have won the tournament in six occasions, the most by any country. The United States sits behind with four times.
-Only North American teams have won the tournament, Mexico (6), USA (4) and Canada (1).
-For a third consecutive time, 13 different venues will host the Gold Cup.
-In the last three editions Mexico and USA have met in the Final, the Mexicans winning on two occasions 5-0 and 4-2, and the US winning 2-1 back in 2007.
-In the 2011 final, USA had a 2-0 lead after 25 minutes, it only took Mexico seven minutes to tie it at 2-2 and scored twice in the second half to win 4-2.
-Soldier Field in Chicago will host the final for the first time since 2007, when USA defeated Mexico 2-1.
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