Within 24 hours of TT Pro League and Caribbean club champions Central F C exiting the 2016/2017 CONCACAF Champions League with an away loss and with a record of no win, one draw, three losses, Central’s runners-up W Connection also closed their campaign in defeat as well and with a good thumping.
Central, beaten twice by USA Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps and 2-all with Sporting Kansas also of USA Major League Soccer, took a 3-1 beating from Kansas in Kansas City on Wednesday night.
Last night W Connection took the field in Mexico against Pumas UNAM with a draw with and a loss to Honduras Progresso and a 4-2 defeat by Pumas.
Pumas beat W Connection eight goals to one, shattering the W Connection defence five times in the second half, the last four goals agaoin hapless keeper julani Archibald, coming after Briel Thomas made it 4-1 on the hour mark.
The demise of both teams amplifies the need for TT football to master-plan strategies to overcoming clubs from the USA MLS and those from Central America,
W Connection’s fifth Champions League appearance and 7th tango with a Mexican clud leaves them with no wins, two drawn outcomes and five defeats.
While Central have won all three matches they have played so far in this year’s TT Pro League Championship, a two-round affair and not three as previously, W Connection have logged a win, a draw and a loss in their early going in the Pro League.
The Trinidad and Tobago men’s team would need to overcome challanges from Mexico, Honduras, USA, Panama and Costa Rica in their upcoming six-nation CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FOFA World Cup finals in Russia.
TT start against Costa Rica in Port of Spain on November 11 and continue against Honduras four days later before a break into the New Year for the other matches and the return legs of the first two.
The top three finishers in the CONCACAF qualifiers earn passage to Russia while he fourth-placed will engage a run-up from Asia in a home and awy tie that earns the winner on aggregate a place in the Cup finals.