Suriname U20 were defeated 3-0 by Trinidad and Tobago in their final CONCACAF U20 championship group stage game. The match was quite open with lots of chances for both teams. But better goalkeeping and a late brace from Nathaniel James saw T&T to victory. Suriname played a 4-3-3 with the subject of this report, Dimitrio Andro, playing as a false 9. T&T played in a 4-4-2.
- A1 – Very good, could play higher
- A2 – Strong potential to play higher
- B1 – Good, strong player at level
- B2 – Potential to be a strong player at level
- C – Average for the level, rewatch
- D – Below average in this match
- Nationality: Surinamese
- Age: 18
- Date of Birth: 24/07/2003
- Current Club: SV Transvaal
- Career: Unknown
- Position: Striker
- Secondary Position: Attacking Midfielder
- Preferred Foot: Right
In this match, Dimitrio Andro started as a striker and was eventually dropped deeper when Suriname switched to a more attacking formation. As a striker he was frequently dropping between the defensive and midfield lines to receive the ball. His movement allowed him to frequently evade the T&T defenders and create chances for himself and others.
Andro was often distributing the ball from the top of the box to teammates. His passing was a bit hit and miss. He had some really good outlet passes and link up passes in tight spaces. But he wasn’t really able to split open the T&T defence in the way you would hope for from a traditional #10. Some of his longer range passes were also not the best. His off the ball movement, however, was very good. On one occasion he was able to evade defenders and receive a ball over the top but was unable to beat the keeper 1v1. On another occasion, he made a run off the shoulder of a defender and set up a teammate with a backheel pass for a golden opportunity that was not converted.
His skills with the ball were also hit and miss. He showed some good footwork with the ball, and some ability to drive the ball forwards with speed from deeper areas. But his first touch was also a bit lacking. His dribbling was inconsistent and he just ran right into defenders while trying to push the ball into them quite a bit. Andro is quite small so winning most physical battles is out of the question for him. He put in a decent amount of defensive work but I wouldn’t say he was an elite presser.
Andro’s game is a little bit rough around the edges but in this game, and all of Suriname’s games at the tournament, he was a far more dangerous goal threat than his teammates who play in Dutch academies. He certainly could play at a higher level than the Surinamese league. I think any club that snatched him up and helped him polish his game a bit would be rewarded. He might be better suited to being a winger on a better team, or perhaps as a withdrawn striker in a two man set up.