Cayman’s Under-20s were in action over the weekend as preparation for World Cup qualifiers here next month.
They played two games against Honduras Under-20 and gained enormous experience from a side ranked 140 places above them in the FIFA rankings.
Honduras beat Cayman 5-1 at the Truman Bodden field on Saturday and a Cayman select side drew 2-2 the next night. Dave McLaughlin scored a penalty for Cayman in the first match. Richard Grant and Carlos Powell got Cayman’s goals in the second game.
Jeffrey Webb, president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, was not too disappointed.
‘The Honduras team is ranked No.37 in the world in the FIFA rankings and this Under-20 is ranked No.1 in CONCACAF ahead of some of the giants,’ he said after the first game.
‘So for us it’s a huge experience. We learned some good lessons. We play some good competition next month in Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Bermuda but I don’t think they will be of this level.
‘So for us it’s great exposure and experience for the young players. Our team’s average age is only 17. It’s always tough for us when playing age group competition being such a small country because we don’t have the numbers.
‘The Hondurans have been together for a few years. They were two years ago in the Under-17 World Cup in Korea. Their Olympic team qualified ahead of the United States and Mexico for the Olympics.
‘The Hondurans who came are all professional, all 18 of them. Two of them play for Udinese in Italy, another for Cagliari in Italy as well and the other for Pinero in Uruguay. They’re a class outfit.’