SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic is primed and ready for what is arguably the most important match in the country’s football history.
On Sunday, the Dominican Republic will square off against Bermuda in week 4 of 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying at the Estadio Cibao in Santiago de los Caballeros, knowing that a victory will give them an excellent chance of reaching the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
It would be the first ever Concacaf Gold Cup qualification in the Dominican Republic’s history.
“Here everyone is committed to the National Team and its objectives, which is that we want the Dominican Republic to be positioned among the best of the continent,” said Dominican Republic Head Coach Orland Capellino in a press conference on Thursday.
“For Sunday’s match the Dominican players are prepared to face the greatest challenge in the history of this discipline,” added Capellino.
Currently 10th in the 34-team table, the Dominican Republic boasts a 2W-0D-1L 8GF-1GC record in CNLQ. For DF and team captain Tano Bonin, none of the successes achieved thus far in CNLQ could have happened without team unity.
“The most important thing in a team is teamwork and that is reflected on the field of play,” said Bonin.
Perhaps summing up the feelings of not only the team but Dominicans worldwide, MF Edipo Rodriguez hopes that Sunday’s match is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
“We are step away from achieving a dream, something that has never been accomplished in the country, and now is the chance to keep working together to achieve the goal,” concluded Rodriguez.