T&T continues top goalkeeping tradition at Gold Cup

Nicklas Frenderup at left, served as the GK during the Prelims, conceding just two goals while Marvin Phillip then delivered a Man of the Match display against Mexico in the group stage opener, making seven saves.

When it comes to goalkeeping, Trinidad and Tobago have a long tradition of producing some of the best shot-stoppers in the CONCACAF region, according to CONCACAF.

It said that names like 2006 FIFA World Cup hero Shaka Hislop and Jan-Michael Williams evoke great memories for fans of the Soca Warriors.

Now, in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Soca Warriors are continuing that tradition of top goalkeeping.

CONCACAF said Nicklas Frenderup served as the goal keeper during the Prelims, conceding just two goals and making the decisive save in the penalty shootout win versus French Guiana that earned Trinidad and Tobago the ticket to the group stage.

Marvin Phillip then delivered a Man-of-the-Match display against Mexico in the group stage opener, making seven saves in a 0-0 draw.

Looking back on the French Guiana Prelims decider, Frenderup was proud that he came through for his country.

“It was a big thing for me,” he told CONCACAF. “I have worked over a long period to be able to make that match-winning save. I think it’s the biggest moment in my career so far.

“It means a lot to me to help my team and my country, but it’s not only about me, the team has played good matches,” he added. “We have good defense, midfield and strikers; so, front to back we work together as a team.”

CONCACAF said the fact that two different goal keepers were able to step in and have big performances in less than a week for Trinidad and Tobago reflects the great bond shared by the men who play that position.

“We push each other every day,” Frenderup said. “We also have Adrian Foncette. We can’t forget about him because he’s a brilliant goalkeeper as well.

“But to talk about Marvin’s performance against Mexico, it was brilliant,” he added. “I’m very proud of him and, sometimes, you need to take those chances that you get.

“He took it; and so, I’m really proud of him, and I hope he keeps going because he’s a good guy and a good goalkeeper,” Frenderup continued. “The keepers here, we help the team.”

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