Could Trinidad and Tobago Contend for This Summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup?
At last year’s Caribbean Cup, Trinidad and Tobago finished as the runners-up, losing to Jamaica in an extra-time, penalty-kick championship match, but otherwise cutting an impressive figure on the soccer pitch. This year, the national football team will travel to the United States and Canada to compete in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Given their impressive performance at last year’s Caribbean Cup, could the Soca Warriors be potential dark horse contenders to win the Gold Cup title this summer? We will have to wait and see, but for now, you can root for the football squad by picking up a brand new Trinidad and Tobago soccer jersey from Soccer Box!
When we say “brand new,” we mean “brand new.” We recently received a stock of 2015 – 2016 Trinidad jersey designs from the team’s shirt manufacturer, Joma. The kits—from the red 2015 – 2016 home jersey to the white Trinidad and Tobago away shirt 2015 – 2016—boast attractive, traditional designs that will look great on the football pitch this summer at CONCACAF. Be sure to get yours before July, when tournament play commences in the USA!
The 2012 and 2014 Caribbean Cups
In the past few incarnations of the Caribbean Cup tournament, the wearers of the Trinidad and Tobago soccer jersey have really been coming into their own and looking like a football team to reckon with. They haven’t actually won the event since 2001 (the end of their golden age: the Soca Warriors won the Caribbean competition seven times between 1992 and 2001), but have reached the finals at both of the past two tournaments.
In 2012, Trinidad and Tobago sailed through the group stages to meet Martinique in the semifinals. The match in question was a nail-biter in the truest sense of the term: the Soca Warriors fell behind at the 75 minutes and scored an equalizer at 90, giving themselves a lifeline in the dying moments of the match.
Extra time yielded no advantage to either team, and the contest came down to penalty kicks. Both countries went four for four before Martinique finally missed a shot, at which point Tobago’s Atuallah Guerra hit the next to give his country a perfect five-for-five penalty kick streak, as well as a win in the semifinal fixture.
If you are shopping for the Trinidad and Tobago away shirt 2015 – 2016, you are probably familiar with these types of intense matches by now. The championship game at the 2012 Caribbean Cup was nearly as exciting, with the score remaining stuck at 0-0 until Cuba took the lead late in extra time to win their first event title.
The 2014 tournament was also a thrill for fans in the Trinidad and Tobago soccer jersey. With two wins (against Curacao and French Guiana) and one draw (a scoreless skirmish with Cuba), the Soca Warriors won their group stage to earn a spot in the finals against Jamaica. Once again, the score remained tied after regulation time and extra time, sending the game to a penalty kick shootout. Unlike their 2012 fixture with Martinique, though, Trinidad and Tobago missed two of their five shots, giving Jamaica the opening to win the game and the tournament.
The 2014 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Despite the loss, there is no doubt that the Soca Warriors have grown into a very solid football team over the past few years. Could all of the growth and progress finally lead the country to a title in the CONCACAF Gold Cup?
That’s certainly what the wearers of the Trinidad and Tobago away shirt 2015 – 2016 will be hoping for this summer, when they head off to the United States and Canada for the 2015 incarnation of the CONCACAF tournament. The Soca Warriors have never won the Gold Cup, coming closest with a third place finish in 2000. In other words, they are well overdue in 2015.
Root for the football team today, by picking up a new 2015 – 2016 Trinidad and Tobago soccer jersey from Soccer Box. Both home shirt and away jersey designs are available from our store, so make sure to have yours ready for when CONCACAF group stage play begins for the Soca Warriors on July 9th. You can also follow Soccer Box on social media, to keep up with other 2015 – 2016 shirt releases or to monitor world football action. Our networks include Instagram and LinkedIn.