Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Aruba search for victory as all three Caribbean team enter day two of Group A of the CONCACAF Under-20 Football Championship today, Sunday, January 11, at the National Stadium (The Office) in Kingston, Jamaica.
At 3:00pm Trinidad & Tobago meets Aruba, Panama encounters USA at 5:30 pm and at 8:00pm Jamaica hosts Guatemala. The day one results saw Trinidad & Tobago tussling with Jamaica to a 2-2 score line while Aruba lost 4-0 to Panama. In the other game of the triple header USA drew 1-1 with counterparts Guatemala.
It was Trinidad & Tobago who took the lead as early as in the 6th minute with a goal from Aikim Rodney Andrews followed by a strike from Kadeem Shaquille Corbin in the 15th minute ending the first half 2-0 in Trinidad & Tobago’s favor.
The Jamaican’s came out in the second segment with a different game plan to face their rivals. After making the first substitution in the game the young Reggae Boyz gathered momentum and in the 69th minute Donja Ojay Smith placed his team back into the game.
This 2-1 score line motivated the Jamaicans to apply pressure to their opponents, this effort paid off in the dying moments of the game when Junior Flemings converted a free kick into a 90 plus minute goal to end the game 2-2. Five Caribbean teams, affiliates of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) namely Jamaica, Aruba, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba, along with CONCACAF teams Honduras, Canada, El Salvador, USA, Mexico, Panama and Guatemala are vying for the title which is being defended by Mexico.
These teams have been drawn into two groups. Group A showcases hosts Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama, United States and Guatemala, while the Group B teams which will play its games in Montego Bay, are Haiti, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Honduras and El Salvador.
The top team from each group, after round-robin play, will advance to the World Cup, while the second- and third-place teams from each group will advance to the final-day knockout phase with the chance to battle for one of a pair of play-off matches which will determine CONCACAF's other two World Cup berths.