St. Maarten Boys’ U15 team
The St. Maarten boys’ U15 team and the coaching staff will unpack more than their bags when they return home from a weeklong Caribbean cruise during which time they played friendlies against five regional teams.
Head Coach Guidarie Burton, noting that the team went 0-5 in the encounters against Puerto Rico, the USVI, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Barbados, said the experience, which proved invaluable, will jolt his squad to dig deeper.
“This is good preparation for us so that we know exactly where we are because some of our boys may feel a little bit comfortable in their zone. These are good experiences, so that they know this is where we are, this is our level, and we still have a lot of work to do,” Burton said.
The tourists’ best showing was a 1-0 loss to St. Kitts and Nevis on July 3. The other results were 6-0 in favor of Puerto Rico on June 30; 5-1 to the USVI on July 1; 7-0 for St. Lucia on July 4; and 5-1 in Barbados on July 5.
Burton said the team’s comfort level was evident when they played St. Kitts and Nevis at Warner Park. “It was the best game in terms of achieving our objectives. The boys were more comfortable on the ball, utilized their space better and defended better,” he added.
The friendlies form part of St. Maarten’s preparation for the Concacaf Boys’ U15 Championship in August in Bradenton, Florida.
Of the next steps for the team, Burton said, “We go back to the drawing board, review our youth program, and it’s back to training.”