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Pulisic admits hint of satisfying revenge in win over Trinidad & Tobago

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Before the game, they were all business. This was not a chance to avenge the painful loss to Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup qualifying to infamously knock the United States out of contention for Russia 2018.

“Other than it being a nice narrative for you guys, I’m not sure inside of the group if it carries a whole lot of weight,” captain Michael Bradley said prior to the United States’ meeting with Trinidad & Tobago in Gold Cup group stage play. “For me, it’s the second game of the Gold Cup,” Paul Arriola claimed. Beating them was “not going to change anything,” said Christian Pulisic.

Six goals and three points later, the USMNT secured a 6-0 victory that featured a blistering second half led by Pulisic who scored one and assisted two more. For the 20-year-old Chelsea winger, all the talk before the game was hogwash.

“At halftime we said just keep going and going and eventually the goals started to flow,” Pulisic said to the Fox broadcast after the match. “I didn’t like to say it, but I definitely had a little chip on my shoulder today and I hope you guys could see that.” The little chuckle buried in there said it all.

Pulisic was seen in tears on the field after the loss to Trinidad two years ago, overcome with emotion after proving unable to carry the entire team’s weight and secure qualification in the World Cup. To enact some form of revenge, no matter how small, had to feel good, even if there were hardly any players left on the current Trinidad team from the one on that famous night.

With the storming win, the United States has secured passage to the Gold Cup knockout stage and will play Panama on Tuesday in its group stage finale to determine the group winner.

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