Soca Warriors knock USA out FIFA World Cup …”REVENGE LICKING”

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Revenge is always sweet! It took 28 years, but on Tuesday night, the Soca Warriors took revenge on the United States in a CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying football match at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

On November 19,1989, when the national team needed just a draw to reach the World Cup Finals in Italy 1990, the US came to the Hasely Crawford Stadium and defeated us 1-0. The US went to the World Cup finals instead.

Now 28 years later, the US came here needing just a draw. The Soca Warriors defeated the US 2-1 and ended the Americans’ hopes of reaching Russia 2018.

For Trinidad and Tobago, it was a happy ending to an otherwise disappointing tournament where they ended last on the six-team table. The Warriors won just two matches out of 10.

It is the first time since 1986 that the US will not be going to a World Cup.

On Tuesday night, Panama and Honduras won their games to pass the Americans in the CONCACAF standings.

Panama scored a hugely controversial goal to draw level with Costa Rica before going ahead in the 87th minute to win 2-1 and earn the region’s final automatic qualifying spot. Honduras advanced to the intercontinental playoff against Australia by beating Mexico 3-2.

Panama finished in third place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal table with 13 points from 10 games, ahead of Honduras on goal difference, while the US ended with 12.

“We failed on the day. No excuses,” said US coach Bruce Arena, who took responsibility for the failure to qualify. “We failed today. We should have walked off this field with at least a point.”

The Warriors got on the scoreboard first when Omar Gonzalez deflected a 17th-minute cross that looped over Tim Howard and into the US goal.

It was 2-0 in the 36th minute when Alvin Jones smashed a swerving shot from the right flank past Howard. Alvin’s father Kelvin Jones was a member of the national team which failed to qualify in 1989.

Christian Pulisic gave the US the perfect start to the second half, firing home from just outside the penalty area just after kickoff to make it 2-1.

The US frantically chased another goal in the closing minutes, but it never came, which means Arena’s team is the first American group since 1986 to not make the World Cup.

Panama fell behind at home against Costa Rica before pulling off a 2-1 win and qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in the country’s history.

Johan Venegas’ goal gave Costa Rica — which secured its own qualification on Friday night — a lead in the 36th minute.

Panama needed a victory after falling 4-0 to the U.S. on Friday, and they got the result as Gabriel Torres scored in the 52nd minute before Roman Torres became a national hero by scoring the winner three minutes from time.

Replays appeared to show that the equalizing goal never crossed the goal line. The ball came into the box on a corner after it came off of Gabriel Torres’ rear end, instead hitting the post and sitting on the goal line, but the referee gave the goal.

With time winding down, Panama’s Luis Tejada headed the ball forward into the box, and Roman Torres outraced a Costa Rica defender before poking it past backup goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton.

In Honduras, Oribe Peralta opened the scoring for Mexico in the 17th minute by slotting home a Raul Jimenez assist to put his team up 1-0.

Alberth Ellis pulled Honduras level in the 34th minute, sweeping home at the back post from a set piece, but Mexico would restore its advantage before the break with Carlos Vela scoring after Hector Herrera played him through.

An own goal from Guillermo Ochoa put Honduras back on level terms early in the second half, after a Jimenez strike almost doubled the lead for Mexico, who have long since qualified.

Minutes later, the hosts took the lead through Romell Quioto, who smashed home from a Jorge Claros assist to make it 3-2 in favour of Honduras and send the home crowd into a frenzy that was only slightly dampened by news of Panama’s late winner.

Honduras will face Australia in a home-and-home two-legged playoff in November for one of the final places at next summer’s World Cup in Russia. The US will be staying home.
Trinidad and Tobago right-back Alvin Jones (second from left) celebrates with teammates after his stunning goal against the United States on Tuesday night.

After the match, Soca Warriors’ coach, Dennis Lawrence said, “I think the difference tonight was the concentration for 90 minutes plus. I’m really proud of the boys and I’m proud for Trinidad and Tobago as a nation.”

United States captain Michael Bradley (left) and teammate Christian Pulisic react to the final whistle after their 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night 

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 22.Adrian Foncette (GK); 17.Alvin Jones, 5.Daneil Cyrus, 13.Curtis Gonzales, 18.Triston Hodge (4.Kevon Villaroel 80); 19.Kevan George, 23.Leston Paul; 7.Nathan Lewis, 8.Khaleem Hyland (captain), 16.Levi Garcia (3.Joevin Jones 71); 9.Shahdon Winchester (20.Trevin Caesar 76)

Unused substitutes: 1.Glenroy Samuel (GK), 21.Greg Ranjitsingh (GK), 2.Kareem Moses, 6.Josiah Trimmingham, 10.Duane Muckette, 11.Neil Benjamin Jr, 12.Kathon St Hillaire, 14.Akeem Roach, 15.Jared London.

Coach: Dennis Lawrence

United States (4-3-1-2): 1.Tim Howard (GK); 2.DeAndre Yedlin, 3.Omar Gonzales, 5.Matt Besler, 15.Jorge Villafana (23.Kellyn Acosta 71); 21.Paul Arriola (8.Clint Dempsey 46), 4.Michael Bradley (captain), 6.Darlington Nagbe (16.Benny Feilhaber 83); 10.Christian Pulisic; 9.Bobby Wood, 17.Jozy Altidore.

Unused substitutes: 12.Brad Guzan (GK), 22.Nick Rimando (GK), 7.DaMarcus Beasley, 11.Alejandro Bedoya, 13.Dax McCarty, 14.Tim Ream, 18.Chris Wondolowski, 19.Graham Zusi, 20.Geoff Cameron.

Coach: Bruce Arena

Referee: Marlon Mejia (El Salvador)

2018 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF (FINAL)
Standings
#
Team
MP
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1

 

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Mexico
10
6
3
1
16
7
9
21
2

 

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Costa Rica
10
4
4
2
14
8
6
16
3

 

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Panama
10
3
4
3
9
10
-1
13
4

 

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Honduras
10
3
4
3
13
19
-6
13
5

 

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USA
10
3
3
4
17
13
4
12
6

 

Trinidad and Tobago
10
2
0
8
7
19
-12
6
Players of Trinidad and Tobago pose for pictures before the start of their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against the United States, in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago
THE SOCA WARRIORS
Trinidad and Tobago's Alvin Jones (17) celebrates with teammate Nathan Lewis after scoring against U.S. during a World Cup qualifying soccer match in Couva, Trinidad
ALVIN JONES, RIGHT, AND NATHAN LEWIS
Trinidad and Tobago's Alvin Jones (17) celebrates with his teammates after scoring against U.S. during a World Cup qualifying soccer match in Couva, Trinidad
CONGRATS 
Players of the United States pose for pictures before the start of their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Trinidad and Tobago, in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago
THE US TEAM WHICH CREATED HISTORY BY BOWING OUT THE WORLD CUP
USA's Christian Pulisic (R) is marked by Trinidad and Tobago's Kevon Villaroel during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago

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