Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-20 football team last night bowed out of contention for a place in the finals of their age group FIFA World Cup when sliding to their third loss in as many matches at the CONCACAF Championship taking place in Jamaica.
Needing to win last evening’s match against the United States, Trinidad and Tobago came unstuck, losing on a solitary goal scored in the 78th minute of the match in Montego Bay.
Even after losses to Guatemala – 0-2 and the unbeaten Panama 1-nil, Trinidad and Tobago yet had a chance to advance to the championship’s World Cup playoff round by beating the Americans to finish third of the six teams in their Group.
But it was the USA who gained that berth behind Panama and Guatemala and now it’s the second-placed Guatemala and third USA who will engage the two runners-up from the other Group, the winners joining Panama and the other Group winner as World Cup finalists.
Trinidad and Tobago had started their campaign with a 2-all draw with hosts Jamaica before whipping Aruba 5-1.
But they were derailed by the triple-match beating and now their twin-island state must throw their support behind the Under17 Boys team who have their CONCACAF Championship, a World Cup qualifying tournament as well, coming up next month in Honduras.
In December the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s team also failed to qualify for the women’s World Cup finals which are st for Canada in June.
The TT men’s team are to begin CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in November.