It began from the team's late appearance in Dallas, as there was a delay of four days, in them securing the necessary funds to pay for visa applications for team members. It was only with the release from the TTFA of TT$40,000 that they were able to travel to the United States. The team's lack of funds and equipment left their coach, American-born Randy Waldrum no choice but to take to twitter for an open appeal for help.
He released three separate tweets after the team's arrived with a mere US$500 dollars and no accommodations, food or travel plans secured. Immediately the word spread throughout the world and in mere hours the soccer community started to come through.