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Premier League vet Kenwyne Jones retires at age 33

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It wasn’t the season that Kenwyne Jones had expected in his first Major League Soccer season, but the veteran Trinidad & Tobago striker had himself quite the career.

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Jones, 33, announced his retirement on Monday after boasting an extensive career in England prior to finishing up his playing with Atlanta United.

Atlanta opted not to renew Jones’ contract with the club after scoring twice in 17 appearances this season for the expansion side.

The Trinidadian posted the following message to supporters on Twitter this afternoon.

Jones spent nine seasons in the Premier League, including stints with Southampton, Stoke City and Sunderland.

Additionally, the forward played for Al Jazira from UAE in 2016 before moving on loan to Central in his native Trinidad prior to his arrival in Atlanta’s debut MLS season.

CONCACAF: USMNT, Trinidad & Tobago seek first points of Hexagonal

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Through two rounds of play in the Hexagonal, everything has gone according to plan for Mexico and Costa Rica.

Not so much though for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

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While Los Ticos and El Tri currently sit in the top two positions of the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, the U.S. is left at the bottom and faces a difficult match against Honduras when play resumes on Friday night.

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Mexico and Costa Rica will face off at the Estadio Azteca in the second of Friday’s three slated qualifiers, and while both nations surely expect to reach the World Cup in Russia, both CONCACAF heavyweights have the opportunity to put their stamp on the group.

For Costa Rica, a victory could potentially open up a five-point gap over El Tri, while a win for Mexico would bring Juan Carlos Osorio’s side the opportunity leap over their Central American foes.

Friday’s action will kick off at 7 p.m. though when third place Panama travels to Trinidad & Tobago, who seeks its first points of the Hex. Trinidad will be led by captain Kenwyne Jones of Atlanta United as well as Minnesota United midfielder Kevin Molino, with the duo scoring a combined 39 international goals for the Soca Warriors.

Below is the schedule and current table ahead of Friday’s CONCACAF matches as the region turns its attention to Matchday 3 of the Hexagonal.


Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama — 7 p.m. ET

Mexico vs. Costa Rica — 9:50 p.m. ET

USMNT vs. Honduras — 10:30 p.m. ET (PREVIEW)


1. Costa Rica — 2-0-0 — 6 pts.
2. Mexico — 1-1-0 — 4 pts.
3. Panama — 1-1-0 — 4 pts.
4. Honduras — 1-0-1 — 3 pts.
5. Trinidad & Tobago — 0-0-2 — 0 pts.
6. USMNT — 0-0-2 — 0 pts.

Haiti edges Trinidad and Tobago to reach Gold Cup playoff

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Haiti moved one step closer to the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup after pulling off an important victory against Trinidad and Tobago.

Les Grenadiers knocked off the Soca Warriors, 4-3, in extra time on Sunday to reach the playoff final for qualification into this year’s Gold Cup.

The visitors got off to a hot start in the first minute when Shahdon Winchester tallied for the first of two goals on the day. New York Red Bulls attacker Derrick Etienne Jr. and Kervens Belfort got the score level at 2-2 for Haiti.

The sides went into extra time at the same score before Belfort added his second of the match after heading home his chance. Radanfah Abu Bakr responded for Trinidad to put the game back on level terms but Andrew Jean-Baptiste had the final say for the Haitians.

Haiti will face the fifth-place winner from Central America in a two-legged playoff in order to determine which side will round out the 2017 Gold Cup field.

CONCACAF roundup: Mexico, Panama draw; Honduras win

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We already know the U.S. national team were dismantled 4-0 on the road in Costa Rica on Tuesday to leave Jurgen Klinsmann’s side bottom of the Hexagonal after two rounds of games.

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Yep, it was ugly.

But what happened elsewhere in round two of the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region?

Here’s your roundup from the other two games in the group of six teams on Tuesday, while we also have the standings and the schedule for the next batch of Hex matches in March 2017.


Panama 0-0 Mexico

If you would’ve told El Tri head coach Juan Carlos Osorio he’d have four points from Mexico’s opening two Hex games, both of which were on the road, he would’ve taken it. Still, after their big win against the USMNT last Friday, drawing at Panama seems a little disappointing.

That said, Mexico was missing several key players with Andres Guardado injured, Carlos Vela out and Hector Herrera on the bench, Osorio made six changes to the team which beat the U.S. Panama’s fans were crazed in Panama City, turning up three hours before kick off and setting off fireworks outside Mexico’s team hotel early on Tuesday morning. Los Canaleros believe they can reach the World Cup and after beating Honduras and grabbing a point against Mexico, it’s easy to see why.

Tom Marshall was in Panama and here were his thoughts on the draw:

This game was one of few chances in soggy conditions as Panama pressed Mexico high and El Tri looked disrupted and rushed after a long week of traveling. Gabriel Torres had a glorious chance for Panama early on but Mexico still had plenty of opportunities to score, yet couldn’t find a way through. After big wins on the road to open up the Hex, neither team will be too disappointed with a draw.

Honduras 3-1 Trinidad & Tobago

This was a big win for Honduras as they put aside their defeat to Panama last week in style. Romell Quioto gave Honduras the lead, then Emilio Izaguirre doubled Honduras’ advantage three minutes later as the hosts led 2-0 after 19 minutes. T&T made it interesting at the start of the second half with Carlyle Mitchell pulling one back but Eddie Hernandez sealed the win for Honduras as they got three points on the board before their trip to play the USMNT next March in the next round of Hex qualifiers.


HEX STANDINGS (after 2 games each)

  1. Costa Rica  – 6 points, +6 GD
  2. Mexico – 4 points, +1 GD
  3. Panama – 4 points, +1 GD
  4. Honduras – 3 points, +1 GD
  5. Trinidad & Tobago – 0 points, -4 GD
  6. United States – 0 points, -5 GD

HEX SCHEDULE

March 24, 2017
United States vs. Honduras
Trinidad and Tobago vs. Panama
Mexico vs. Costa Rica

March 28, 2017
Panama vs. United States
Honduras vs. Costa Rica
Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico

World Cup qualifying preview: Can USMNT finish the job vs. T&T?

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  • A draw will secure qualification to the final stage of qualifying for the USA
  • Klinsmann’s side drew 0-0 at T&T last November
  • Geoff Cameron is only U.S. player to play every single minute of World Cup qualifying so far
  • The U.S. is 16-2-4 all-time vs. T&T

With qualification to the fifth and final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup all but secured (but still not mathematically), the U.S. national team will look to get the job done and finish top of Group C.

A win against Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday (kick off 8 p.m. ET) in their final game of fourth-round qualifying will secure top spot, with the U.S. never failing to finish top of their group during the semifinal round of qualifying since this format was introduced in 1998. If they lose to T&T and Guatemala beats St. Vincent and the Grenadines, then there would still need to be a 13-goal swing for the U.S. to not make it through to the final round of qualifying.

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In short: Jurgen Klinsmann’s side only need a point to secure qualification to “The Hexagonal” which will start this November as the final six teams in CONCACAF will battle it out for the three automatic spots for a placeat the 2018 World Cup in Russia, plus fourth place in the Hex will set up a playoff with the fifth-place team from the Asian Football Confederation.

T&T — who have already qualified for the Hex and return to that stage after missing out in 2014 World Cup qualification — will provide a tough test and held Klinsmann’s side to a 0-0 draw in the Port of Spain last November. With Kenwyne Jones up top they have an abundance of power and goalscoring ability, plus the Soca Warriors know they only need a draw to clinch top spot.

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This encounter will be far from routine as both sides aim to finish top and secure a somewhat more favorable through the Hex. If he U.S. finishes in top spot that will set up a home game against Mexico this November in the opening game of the Hex. We all know what that means.

A win for Klinsmann’s side on Tuesday and it’s “see you in Columbus” with another dose of Dos A Cero anticipated for a chilly November evening in Ohio. Sounds good, right?


Team news

The U.S. will be without starting right back DeAndre Yedlin due to a one-game ban for yellow card accumulation, while Matt Besler has been released from the squad to visit his newborn daughter back home in Kansas City. Besler scored on Friday in the USA’s win vs. SVG, the same day he found out his wife had given birth back in KC. Klinsmann has also revealed that Tim Howard will start in goal as he continues to split time between the U.S. veteran and Brad Guzan. Michael Bradley and Michael Orozco have joined the U.S. national team camp after being suspended for the game against St. Vincent and the Grenadines last Friday.

All eyes will be on Christian Pulisic as the 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder became the youngster player in U.S. national team history to score in World Cup qualifying last week, as he jumped off the bench to score twice in the 6-0 win over SVG.


What they’re saying

Tim Howard on finishing first: “Having been through a few of these qualifying campaigns, it’s nice to finish first. I think we have to set that standard for ourselves. We’re always competing with Mexico and Costa Rica and we want that dominance. The only way we can create that measure of success is by finishing first, so yeah, it’s important to us.”

Prediction

The U.S. loves, loves, loves playing in Jacksonville. With T&T already through to the final round of qualifying, they may take their foot off the pedal slightly as they prepare for the Hex. That said, first place is on the line in this group with huge permutations in terms of scheduling for the final round of qualifying. I think the U.S. gets it done but it won’t be easy. 2-1 to the USA.