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How to watch Trinidad and Tobago vs US Virgin Islands in the 2018 CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championship: start time and live stream

It hasn’t been a great tournament for T&T, but a second-place finish in Group A is on the cards, nonetheless.

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The 2018 CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championship has been an uneven experience for Trinidad and Tobago.

Administrative blunders saw the T&T Men’s U-20 program essentially grind to a halt in the months leading up to this tournament. The team traveled to Florida without adequate preparation and expectations set to “low”.

Ninety minutes into T&T’s opening game, those expectations seemed appropriate as the team looked set to lose to St Vincent and the Grenadines. But the Soca Warriors rallied in stoppage time and pulled off a 3-2 win. That was followed by a 5-1 win over Puerto Rico, and the T&T camp was positively buoyant. The Soca Warriors are technically the second seed in Group A and that ranking seemed appropriate after the first couple of rounds of the Group Stage.

And then T&T ran into Group A’s juggernaut, the USA. The team might have been able to compensate for poor preparation against lesser opposition, but against the USA, T&T’s flaws were quickly exposed: the Soca Warriors lost 6-1. No great shame in that: the USA has comfortably won every game it has played in the competition to date. But T&T followed the loss to the young Americans with a 2-0 loss to Suriname. Second-best in Group A no more, it would seem.

Except that T&T - currently fourth in the Group A standings - still has the best shot at taking the runner-up spot behind the USA. The US Virgin Islands have been outscored 37-2 in their four preceding group-stage games. The Soca Warriors are expected to win this game by a wide margin. Add that to Suriname’s expected loss to the USA, and it will not be a surprise if Group A finishes with T&T in second place on goal difference (despite being 11 goals worse off than Suriname in that category at present).

T&T is one of three teams in the group with a solid shot at finishing with nine points (Suriname and Puerto Rico being the other two), but it is the only one playing USVI in its final game - and that should be a decisive advantage in a race for second that is likely to come down to goal difference.

A good tournament for T&T would have been a second-place finish in Group A having run the USA close. This has not been a good tournament: the game against the USA was a blowout and the Soca Warriors were lucky to get past SVG and shut out by Suriname. But they may still head home with the second-place finish in Group A that was expected of them when the draw was made in September and before they were set up to fail by their own FA.

Trinidad and Tobago vs US Virgin Islands - 2018 CONCACAF Men’s U-20 Championship, Group A

When: 3:00 pm, Eastern; Friday, November 9, 2018

Where: IMG Soccer Complex Field 2, Bradenton, FL

TV: not so much