T&T senior women’s football team will come up against FIFA World Cup participants Colombia on the opening day of the soccer competition at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 11.
The match will be played on the artificial surface at the two-year-old, 50,000 capacity Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico, home to top Mexican club, Chivas de Guadalajara. Defending women’s champion Brazil, a World Cup semifinalist, opens against Argentina, while Canada will play Costa Rica and Mexico faces Chile.
T&T will also face Mexico and Chile in Group A while Group B consists of Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Costa Rica. The top two teams in each of the four-team groups will advance to the semifinals, on October 25 with the finals (championship and bronze-medal match) two days later. Currently, the T&T squad under coach Richard Hood is in training at both the University of the West Indies Ground, St Augustine (Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays); and Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Wednesdays from 4 pm.
T&T women’s team in training: Maylee Attin-Johnson, Tiana Bateau, Danielle Blaire, Kennya Cordner, Candace Edwards, Karyn Forbes, Kimika Forbes, Janine Francois, Nadia James, Anastasia Prescott, Tasha St Louis, Arin King, Victoria Swift, Khadidra Debesette, Tamar Watson, Shalette Alexander, Lauryn Hutchinson, Keri Meyers, Dernelle Mascall
Ahkeela Mollon, Rhea Belgrave.
Technical staff: Richard Hood (coach), Vernetta Flanders (manager), Chris Bailey (assistant coach), Glennon Foncette (goalkeeper coach), Claire George (equipment manager), Nicole Kistow (physiotherapist).
Group A: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and T&T
Group B: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica
Canada vs Costa Rica, 11 am
Colombia vs T&T, 2 pm
Argentina vs Brazil, 5 pm
Mexico vs Chile, 9 pm
Canada vs Argentina, 10 am
Chile vs Colombia, 1 pm
Brazil vs Costa Rica, 5 pm
Mexico vs T&T, 8 pm
Brazil vs Canada, 8 pm
T&T vs Chile, 10 am
Costa Rica vs Argentina, 1 pm
Mexico vs Colombia, 5 pm
October 25: Semifinals
October 27: Finals and third place playoffs.