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Action in the T&T versus USA World Cup qualifier, which T&T won 2-1. Photo: Robert Taylor

Many across the Caribbean, USA and the world were shocked that the ‘Yanks’ failed to make it to the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia, as did Trinidad and Tobago. There is a huge similarity between the historic structures of the game in both countries.

I’ve dealt with US soccer since the early fifties – indirectly in the early stages– then became aware of the systems which they chose to fast track them to where they want to be, at the top of the world. The US administrators decided to invest their money in a most direct manner by creating coaching programmes for the thousands of their people infatuated by the joy of the great game, giving coaching certificates to anyone who wanted to get their children or good friends involved.

They also recognised that their children were giving preference to soccer because their major sports such as American football, basketball, and baseball, needed a special type of physique. Short persons would struggle on the basketball courts; strong, heavily built muscular types enter the American football arena. US administrators quickly realised that opening doors for youngsters of any size would popularise soccer.

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