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Soca Warriors sack head coach Stephen Hart

The USMNT is not the only team struggling in the CONCACAF Hexagonal to have decided it is time for a coaching change.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

As chronicled by Wired868, Trinidad and Tobago Men's National Team head coach Stephen Hart had been battling a succession of issues that seemed to undermine his authority and point to a likely exit from his post. With a press release on Thursday, November 24, 2016, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association put an end to the speculation: Hart is out.

The decision means that both the teams currently bottom of the CONCACAF Hexagonal (the region's final round of World Cup qualifying) - T&T and the USA - will resume their effort to make it to Russia 2018 with new head coaches. Bruce Arena is tasked with turning around USMNT's campaign, which has got off to a stumbling, zero-points-from-two-games start.

The Soca Warriors are in the same boat - no points from two games played - but arguably worse off, since (unlike USMNT) they have yet to play CONCACAF heavyweights Mexico and Costa Rica (and, indeed, the USA).

The present incarnation TTFA is not renowned for its efficiency, but a new coach ought to be appointed quickly: the Soca Warriors will have the opportunity to retrieve a disappointing Caribbean Cup campaign in early January, possibly winning a chance to qualify for the 2017 Gold Cup if they can outperform Haiti and Suriname. A squad for that mini-tournament will need to be named in the near future - and it is traditional to have a head coach in place before entering into games that have the potential to define the year ahead for a national team.

The New York Red Bulls do not currently have any players in the Trinidad and Tobago player pool, but RBNY Academy graduate Noah Powder is a promising T&T youth international.