Midfielder Andre Rampersad believes the T&T players will be focused on the two massive matches ahead against the United States, starting tomorrow in the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Nations League 'A' Division.
The Warriors touched down in the US on the weekend to face the home team for the first time since their disastrous 6-0 loss at this year's CONCACAF Gold Cup, which prevented the local team from advancing to the second round of the tournament.
Rampersad, a reliable defensive midfielder for Canadian team Halifax Wanderers, said the Warriors expectedly received a 'baptism of fire' then but the coaching staff would have done its homework to have them better prepared this time around.
Coach Angus Eve said in a previous interview he is expecting the US team to try to demoralise his charges in the comfort of their own home, under their conditions. But though the odds may be in favour of the US side, Rampersad said his team will not only be more prepared, but the players will be more confident.
T&T received a morale-boosting 2-1 win over the US in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2017 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva, which prevented the Americans from qualifying, however, Rampersad, having moved to the Canadian team from FC Santa Rosa in the local T&T Super League, said the players will be focused for the coming encounters.
"It's definitely a blessing to come to this place for such a big game, where we can do so many things. We can come away with the win, we can be all confident. It's 90 minutes by 90 minutes and we will see what happens after that. I think the boys just need to stay focused," Rampersad said.
"It's a massive game for the country, massive game for the boys, I think we need to grasp the opportunity. It's all about confidence. One thing I always say to the guys is to believe in yourself, believe in your talent, and believe in your teammates, and it showed over the period of the Nations League games.
"Up to this point, when you look at the first game against Curacao, we didn't really know each other that much, and coming into the second game we went to El Salvador and came away with three points, which was massive and it lifted the confidence of the boys, once again believing in each other.
"In the home game against Guatemala, we went down 2-1 and once again the character showed where we believed in ourselves," Rampersad explained.
After tomorrow's match, the Warriors will face the USA for a second time on Monday (November 20) at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, Port-of-Spain, for the right to advance to the semifinals to be determined by the results of the two matches.