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T&T will end Russia W/Cup bid against the US in 2017, once both get to Hex

The Soca Warriors’ 2018 World Cup qualifying dreams may hinge on a showdown with the United States, after today’s CONCACAF draw at Miami Beach ensured that the two nations will square off in the last game of the Hex, which is the final round of the confederation’s qualifying process.

Trinidad and Tobago has two semifinal qualifying matches left, which are at home to Guatemala on 2 September and away to the United States on 6 September 2017. Should the Warriors win at home and draw or win away, they will qualify as Group C leaders.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (centre) terrorises United States players DeAndre Yedlin (right) and Michael Orozco during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Joevin Jones (centre) terrorises United States players DeAndre Yedlin (right) and Michael Orozco during Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

If the standings remain as it is today, they could then open their campaign later this year at home to Mexico on 7 November and away to Costa Rica on 15 November.

If, in September, Trinidad and Tobago draws or defeats Guatemala but loses to the United States, captain Kenwyne Jones’ troops will start the final round of their 2018 World Cup campaign at home to Costa Rica on 7 November and away to Honduras on 15 November.

Regardless of whether they finish first or second, the Warriors will definitely close their campaign against the United States, once they get into the Hex.

As group winners, Trinidad and Tobago’s final two Hex matches will be at home to Panama and away to the United States in September 2017. Should the Warriors finish second in Group C, their closing match will be against the US in Port of Spain while they will travel to Mexico for their penultimate fixture.

At present, only Mexico is confirmed as group winner while Honduras and Canada—both on four points—and El Salvador, with two points, can still qualify with positive results in their final two Group A contests.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Keron Cummings (left) challenges Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera during 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup action. (Courtesy CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Keron Cummings (left) challenges Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera during 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup action.
(Courtesy CONCACAF)

In Group B, Caribbean champions and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup finalist, Jamaica, must defeat Panama in Panama City and Haiti at home to have any chance of getting to the Hex.

Costa Rica has already qualified but still needs a win away to Haiti to confirm their position as group winners.

In Group C, Guatemala must defeat Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain to have any chance of advancing.

If the Central American nation pulls off an upset at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, it could leave the Warriors and the United States with 10 points each when they square off in Jacksonville. And coach Stephen Hart’s men would be in a must-win position to keep their World Cup dreams alive if, as expected, the US enjoy a comfortable victory in St Vincent on 2 September.

At present, though, the Warriors hold the advantage.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players (from left) Khaleem Hyland, Radanfah Abu Bakr, Mekeil Williams, Daneil Cyrus and Sheldon Bateau celebrate their 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala on 13 November 2015. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago players (from left) Khaleem Hyland, Radanfah Abu Bakr, Mekeil Williams, Daneil Cyrus and Sheldon Bateau celebrate their 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala on 13 November 2015.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

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26 comments

  1. This team has to play out their skin to qualify….best ever in fact

  2. good luck yes. i wish the team all the best. work hard!

  3. Hopefully by that time we would have already qualified. Fingers crossed.

  4. If jack warner was there maybe

  5. We needed to handle Guatemala emphatically, still haunts me that we missed three shots at Copa…..we have been suffering a “big game” blight of sorts lately , remember the ladies also blew three chances in their big games.

    • Lasana Liburd

      Yes. But we have always had the beating of Guatemala. We just need the guys in good shape. The Pro League wouldn’t have started and quite a few players, including our goalkeepers, won’t be match fit. That’s the biggest concern. I know Kenwyne won’t allow complacency.

  6. Yeah. Mexico is the only CONCACAF team with a 100 percent record at the moment. And they are the reigning Gold Cup champs too and will be playing in the Confederations Cup next year.

  7. Mexico had one bad game… How are they playing bad? They hadn’t given up a goal in like 7 games.

  8. America and Mexico playing shite these days.

  9. I’m confused….doesn’t the top two teams from each group qualify to a six team round robin where u play each team home and away?

  10. Playing the US last is good. They may have qualified by then…