'Can't Take T&T Lightly'

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Trinidad Guardian

AMERICAN striker Cobi Jones realises that Trinidad and Tobago will make his country's quest for a spot in the 2002 Japan/Korea World Cup a bit more difficult than recent attempts.

In an interview at the weekend at the Intercontinental Hotel, Los Angeles, following the Gold Cup awards ceremony when he was named on the All Star team, Jones said the US, who crashed T&T's hopes of qualifying for the 1990 Finals with a 1-0 shut out, were now made to look closer at T&T after they reached the semifinals (of the Gold Cup).

Jones recalled that the US had a tough encounter against T&T in the 1998 World Cup qualifiers when they came away 1-0 winners at Hasely Crawford Stadium and coach Bruce Arena was gearing for an even tougher time this time around.

"Even since then (1996) we were a bit on guard against Trinidad even though we beat them easily by a 2-0 margin in the first match and then went on to win 1-0 in Trinidad. "They were a very tough team to beat down in Trinidad and there football is definitely on the rise. There are no longer any big gaps in what they call the top teams and the smaller ones.

"Trinidad are now a very strong team and that showed in their performance at the Gold Cup and off course we cannot take them lightly."