Trinidad and Tobago women sent to qualifying without equipment; Soccer world responds


As if competing to qualify for the Women’s World Cup in a federation with Canada and the United States isn’t hard enough, Trinidad and Tobago were sent to practice without some pretty important equipment.

Soccer balls.

T&T and Houston Dash coach Randy Waldrum (above) sent out the call on Wednesday night and, try as he might, it wasn’t a big high-five to the national team’s organizers (let alone the priority of women’s soccer in their country).

From the Associated Press:

Waldrum, who also coaches the NWSL’s Houston Dash, sent out an urgent plea on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

The post read: “I need HELP! T&T sent a team here last night with $500 total. No equipment such as balls, no transportation from airport to hotel, nothing.”

He went on to ask for help for the team, which is in Dallas training for the upcoming CONCACAF championship, a qualifying event for the Women’s World Cup next year. The website set up a PayPal account to help raise money.

The national team released a statement that said the country’s Ministry of Sport and sponsor Petrotrin were releasing funds to help support the team.

It’s very frustrating to read, and shows just how much we take for granted in the United States and Canada. That said, the soccer world has responded to the call from the former Notre Dame head coach, and he’s been keeping us updated via his Twitter account.

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