Defence Force youth forward Justin Araujo-Wilson scores in T&T U15s 1-1 warm-up draw against Tampa Bay United U17s in Florida

Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 players and staff ahead of departure for Florida to compete in the 2017 CONCACAF U15 Boys Championship at IMG’s world-renowned campus in Bradenton, Florida.

Trinidad and Tobago Under-15 players, preparing for their opening game of the 2017 CONCACAF U15 Boys Championship against Costa Rica on Sunday, held Tampa Bay United Under-17 side to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday morning in a warm-up match at IMG’s world-renowned campus in Bradenton, Florida.

San Juan Jabloteh youth midfielder Josiah Edwards and Defence Force youth forward Justin Araujo-Wilson both combined to give Trinidad and Tobago U15s a goal scored by the latter in the first minute of play against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay equalised in the 12th minute.

Trinidad and Tobago U15 coach Russell Latapy told TTFA media, “It was a good encounter for the young boys to get the legs going. We have just a few days left before our first match against Costa Rica so everything between now to then is about managing the boys carefully and ensuring we do things in the right manner before the start of the competition.”

Trinidad and Tobago, based on a CONCACAF 15 Championship draw, must face Costa Rica (Aug. 13), Canada (Aug. 14) before completing Group B against host nation, the United States (Aug. 16).

The tournament which takes place from August 13-19 at the IMG campus in Bradenton, Florida will involve 40 counties from across the confederation. Honduras won the inaugural tournament back in 2013. Guatemala finished runners-up while El Salvador and Bermuda finished in third and fourth respectively.

CONCACAF U15 Boys Championship 2017 (Group stage)

Group A: Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica and Panama;

Group B: Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, United States and Canada;

Group C: El Salvador, Bermuda, Martinique and Cuba;

Group D: Haiti, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Curacao;

Group E: Puerto Rico, Belize, Barbados and Guadeloupe;

Group F: St Lucia, Suriname, Guyana and St Kitts/Nevis;

Group G: Aruba, Cayman Islands, Bonaire and Saint Martin;

Group H: Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominica and Sint Maarten;

Group I: Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, French Guiana and St Vincent & Grenadines;

Group J: British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Montserrat and Turks & Caicos.

Trinidad and Tobago U15 CONCACAF Boys Championship 2017 squad

Goalkeepers: 1.Jahiem Wickham (Trendsetter Hawks), 18.Kernel La Fon (North East Stars);

Defenders: 2.Randy Antoine (San Juan Jabloteh),

4.Antonio Chee Ting (San Juan Jabloteh), 3.Darian Bradshaw (St. Ann’s Rangers), 16.Marc Wharfe (Defence Force), 12.Rhowen Stewart-Williams (Club Sando), 5.Cephas St. Rose (Independiente Sabaneta / Colombia);

Midfielders: 9.Ezekiel Kesar (Point Fortin Civic), 6.Jabari Lee (W Connection), 10.Josiah Edwards (San Juan Jabloteh), 13.Zachary Welch (last known club QPCC FC), 11.Jaiye Sheppard (Phoenix FC), 8.Josiah Allen (unattached), 15.Adriel George (St. Clair Coaching School);

Forwards: 7.Jean-Heim Mc Fee (St. Ann’s Rangers), 17.Justin Araujo- Wilson (Defence Force), 14.Amaal Julien (Point Fortin Civic).

Team staff
Russell Latapy (head coach)
Duane Richardson (assistant coach)
Kevin Graham (goalkeeper coach)
Rawle Webster (physical trainer)
Otis Hislop (physiotherapist)
Aaron Pollard (team manager)
Devin Elcock (equipment manager)