Puerto Rico top Group C to advance to the CMU20 Knockout

Published on 11 November 2021

Puerto Rico’s #11 Jeremy de Leon (white & red striped jersey) on the go against Bermuda in the 2022 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship Qualifiers at the Felix Sanchez stadium, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Wednesday 10th November 2021. (Photo: Concacaf Media)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (November 10, 2021)—Puerto Rico and Nicaragua punched their tickets to the 2022 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship after winning their respective groups with victories on Wednesday at CMU20Q in the Dominican Republic.

The day started in Group C with an encounter between Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with the Vincy Heat coming out on top 2-0. The win was courtesy a pair of goals from the penalty spot. Oryan Velox converted the first in the 61’while Bishon Richards sealed the 2-0 triumph, scoring in the 68’.

The nightcap in the group was a decisive affair between Puerto Rico and Bermuda. Puerto Rico went into this encounter with only thoughts of wining big, since their first match forfeiture to the Vincy Heat. The 6-0 scoreline was enough to see the Boricuas take the group with six points and the goal difference tiebreaker over Bermuda and the Vincy Heat,  each also finishing with six points.

Jeremy De Leon (5’, 62’) and Daniel Cruz Jr. (40’, 42’) each had a brace, while Wilfredo Rivera (69’) contributed with a goal before Bermuda’s Joshua Joseph’s own goal (75’), sending Puerto Rico to next year’s CMU20.

In the first match of Group D, there were plenty of goals between the US Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands, with the Cayman Islands earning a 5-2 win. Braces from Shameer Hendricks-Seymour (13’, 78’), Syrus Conolly (53’, 67’), and a solitary goal fromElder Ebanks (65’) took the Cayman Islands to their tally of five goals. While the US Virgin Islands got goals from Naqwan Henry (30) and Arthbert William (90+3’).

The group came to a close with Nicaragua posting a 5-0 win over Guyana and securing the top spot for the Pinoleros and a place in next year’s CMU20.

Widman Talavera (32’, 48’) and William Palacios (60’, 77’) bagged braces, while Keylon Batiz (54’) added a goal.

The action in Group A and Group B will return on Thursday, with the British Virgin Islands facing Sint Maarten, and Dominica going up against Curacao in Group A. Meanwhile, in Group B, Anguilla will take on Saint Martin, and Belize is set to clash with the Dominican Republic.

 

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