Trinidad & Tobago women and under-17 girls football teams are going into action today following on the men’s team CONCACAF World Cup 2018 qualifier against the USA last night.
The TT women face off against Jamaica at the Ato Boldon Stadium this evening in continuing OLympic Games 2016 qualifying competition while the TT under-17s play Haiti in Puerto Rico in the last Group match for unbeaten both in the Caribbean Union 8-nation championship.
Puerto Rico meet Guyana in the first match at the Ato Boldon Stadium where the four teams will return on Friday for duels between today’s winners and losers. Today’s winners will qualify for the CONCACAF finals for qualification for the Olympic Games women’s football tournament. And the winner of Friday’s match-up between today’s losers will also earn the other CONCACAF finals berth.
In Puerto Rico today it’s a clash between unbeaten Haiti and TT who have beaten off fellow Group teams Barbados and the Dominican Republic and are assured of semifinal appearances whatever the outcome of their clash today.
Last night in Port of Spin TT men’steam earned a rare point against the visiting United States in FIFA World Cup Qualifying, playing its CONCACAF Group C rival to a 0-0 draw at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Trinidad and Tobago entered the match having lost 11 out of 14 all-time qualifiers to the USA while winning two only.
Both teams remained tied with 4 points apiece on the strength of their one-win-one-draw records, although the Americans lead the group with a superior goal difference of plus five to TT’s plus one thanks to their opening 6-1 win over St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
The Soca Warriors, spurred by Friday’s 2-1 victory at Guatemala, were the aggressor from the opening kickoff, but had nothing to show for their efforts.
Only 10 seconds into the match, Joevin Jones, off a right-wing pass from Kenwyne Jones, fired wide left of the target.
Captain Kenwyne Jones had an opportunity himself in the 13th minute, but his effort went wide left as well.
TT’s best chance came in the 26th minute, when a through ball found Cordell Cato, who split the U.S. defense. He got a step on defender Tim Ream, only to shoot beyond the left post through center back Matt Besler’s legs.
Two minutes into the second half, Gyasi Zardes had a golden opportunity to put the Americans in front, heading a right-wing cross from Jozy Altidore off the crossbar.
U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones experienced a similar fate in the 78th minute as goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams parried the shot off the top of the bar and out of bounds for a corner kick.
Buoyed by two late substitutes, the host pressed forward for the winner in the waning minutes. Keron Cummings, off a Trevin Caesar feed, fired a 12-yard attempt wide right in the 87th minute.
Group C will resume play on March 25 with St. Vincent & the Grenadines hosting T&T and the U.S. traveling to Guatemala.