Trinidad and Tobago is not expected to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup, certainly not after falling flat in its opening games of the Hexagonal, losing to Costa Rica at home and Honduras on the road. But the Soca Warriors have made a few changes since their disappointing November: head coach Stephen Hart was dismissed; he was replaced by Tom Saintfiet -who resigned via Facebook after about a month in charge; the team is now on its third head coach in less than six months.
The latest man to take charge of the T&T Men's National Team is Dennis Lawrence, an experienced and successful Soca Warrior in his playing days (he scored the goal that sent the team to the 2006 World Cup) and part of Roberto Martinez's coaching staff at both Wigan and Everton. Lawrence's appointment has coincided with a renewed professionalism in the T&T set-up, and perhaps it is the combination of a fresh face on the sidelines and increased resources for the squad to draw on that produced the startling 1-0 win over Panama on March 24.
Mexico will be a sterner test, of course. El Tri will expect to out-class and overwhelm the Soca Warriors at every position. A win over goal-shy Panama was a surprise given T&T's lackluster form and maybe it does signal that the Caribbean team was unfairly counted out of the running for Russia 2018 after its November showing. But Mexico will be expected to beat even a better-than-we-thought T&T.
Still, Mexico was held 0-0 in Panama in November - and the Soca Warriors just beat Panama. Maybe a lively crowd in Port of Spain, a complacent El Tri, and a resurgent T&T can combine for a surprise result.
Per livesoccertv.com, here's where to find the game: