Greetings from Port of Spain, where the local time is ... late.
Long day of travel from D.C. to Trinidad, but extremely smooth. The flight from Washington is just under five hours air time, which gave the lads plenty of opportunity to rest following last night's big win against Cuba. 'Twas the usual assortment of chess, card games, movies, and a lot of sleeping. Fifteen of the 18 players on the roster are now here, with Pablo Mastroeni, Jonathan Bornstein and Robbie Rogers set to arrive tomorrow.
The Trinidadians that we have met so far are pumped about the 0-0 draw in Guatemala last night that puts them right in the thick of advancing to the next round. They were very polite when they were welcoming us to the country and telling us that they hope we lose. And of course they did it with a smile! All signs are that is going to be a big night here Wednesday, and certainly a big test for many of the players seeking to make an impression on the coaching staff.