To defy the expectation that the twin-island republic's team will be no more than a makeweight in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup 2018 qualifying, Trinidad and Tobago must at least establish that there will be no easy points on offer in Port of Spain.
T&T is a very distant outsider in the six-team group competing for three automatic World Cup qualification spots out of CONCACAF (or a playoff against the fifth-best team in Asia for the fourth-placed team). Further, against Costa Rica, the Soca Warriors have never won a senior men's World Cup qualifier.
T&T head coach Stephen Hart has called Costa Rica "the best, most balanced side in the Hex", and he has been struggling to maintain the balance of his own side in the build-up to this match.
Orlando City's Kevin Molino is a key attacker in the Soca Warriors' set-up, but his own indiscipline has earned him a suspension from national team duty. Kenwyne Jones - the best-known scoring threat in the side - is just returning from injury and is not thought to be at peak fitness. Hart has long coveted the talent of Lens midfielder John Bostock, and the England-born (former England U-17 captain, indeed) player has finally been cleared by FIFA to play for T&T - but Bostock has withdrawn from the squad for personal reasons.
There is talent in the T&T squad: the versatile Joevin Jones is an increasingly respected player in MLS; teenager Levi Garcia is one of the more exciting young players in CONCACAF. But the Soca Warriors also could not win their Caribbean Cup qualifying group last month.
Conversely, Los Ticos recently went to Russia and beat the host nation of the next World Cup on its own soil. The squad is experienced and includes several faces familiar to those who followed the team's magnificent run at Brazil 2014. Those include Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas, Cristian Gamboa, and Christian Bolanos.
Los Ticos will provide a stern test for the home side. A test T&T is not expected to pass.
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