World Cup Qualifying: Trinidad & Tobago v. USA

Author: 
Andrew Giffen
Date Published: 
2001-11-09
Source: 
soccerage.com

Despite their unlikely victory in Honduras last month, the Soca Warriors of Trinidad & Tobago know that their quest for a berth into the World Cup ended long ago. However, hosting the United States on Sunday, the Soca Warriors have an extra element of motivation.

Sunday's match will be knows as Marvin Lee Day. Marvin Lee was a standout on the under-20 national team when he was paralyzed in a match during World Youth Championship qualifying. Lee collided with Landon Donovan, who figures to line up for USA in Sunday's match. Lee suffered neck and spinal injuries and now faces a long rehabilitation road.

The proceeds from Sunday's final-round qualifier will go towards the youngster's rehabilitation.

"Marvin is a compatriot. It's sad to see a fellow footballer, an aspiring professional in many respect have his livelihood and love for the game taken away by the game itself," said West Ham's Shaka Hislop.

"This game has no real significance as far as the World Cup qualifying is concerned. But of course, [USA] are who we regard as the old enemy and they may always be the old enemy," Hislop said. "For that reason alone we have to respect how the fans feel about this game. We have take that kind of pride this Sunday."

US coach Bruce Arena cited the possibility of making the World Cup roster as his squad's motivator.

"The carrot we are hanging out there is trying to get a spot on the World Cup roster. If that isn’t motivation enough, then it is pretty clear they won’t be on the roster."

USA will be without Claudio Reyna and Kasey Keller, who will both be recovering from injuries. Expect Ajax's John O'Brien to pull the strings in midfield. The qualifier might also mark the return of Josh Wolff to the attack.

SoccerAge Predicion: Trinidad & Tobago 1-3 United States