Trip to U.S. Is a Total Loss

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New York Times

Talk about a losing effort.

The Trinidad and Tobago soccer team lost its match with the United States at the Gold Cup on Saturday, then lost its bus ride from the stadium to the motel, where the players discovered they had lost their cash and jewels as well. By departure time yesterday, they couldn't wait to lose their memories of Southern California.

It's been horrible," Manager Richard Abraham said.

The 25-member team was left waiting at Anaheim Stadium for a bus that never arrived after a 3-2 loss to the host team on Saturday. Driven by fans to their Fullerton motel, the players found they had been robbed.

More than $50,000 in cash and jewelry was missing from their rooms, including $20,000 in expense money, team officials said.

"Some of it was locked in my safe in my room," Abraham said. "We lost all our stipend -- more than $20,000."

Fullerton Police Sgt. Gary Miller said that detectives were investigating the theft.