Three goals within the first period—and two within the first 10 minutes—paced the United States to a predictable 5-2 win over Trinidad and Tobago today, in the second Group C for both teams in the 2021 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship at the Complejo Deportivo Fedefutbol, Alajuela, Costa Rica.
The twin island republic have lost both group outings so far, after a 5-3 defeat to hosts Costa Rica yesterday. However, captain Ryan Augustine’s men can still squeeze into the quarterfinal round with a win over Turks and Caicos tomorrow, which will see them finish among the top two third placed teams.
USA hammered Turks and Caicos 11-1 yesterday while the islanders fell 5-1 to Costa Rica this evening.
Trinidad and Tobago were always likely to struggle today against the two-time Concacaf champions and Augustine was the only player that coach Ramiro Amarelle kept in his starting line-up from Monday evening.
The two teams kept parity for just three minutes before 34-year-old American captain Nick Perera opened the score summary with a brilliant low free kick that gave T&T goalkeeper Jabari Gray no chance.
Goalkeeper Christopher Toth doubled the North American team’s advantage as he juggled to near the halfway mark, before beating Gray with a shot that skipped off the sand. It was the third goal accredited to a goalie in the tournament so far.
Tomas Canale got USA’s third item just before the end of the first period.
The favourites had to wait until the final third for their fourth, as Gabriel Silveira scored with a free header at the back post off a cross by Antonio Chavez. But Trinidad and Tobago got on the score sheet themselves as Dominic McDougall managed another predatory finish while Akinola Gregory scored with an acrobatic flick off an Augustine header.
Both T&T items sandwiched another Canale goal off a stinging free kick.
It was as good as it got on the day for the Warriors, who will hope for a better time tomorrow against the Turks and Caicos. Trinidad and Tobago will seal a fourth successive Beach Soccer quarterfinal berth with a win in their final group match.
Trinidad and Tobago: 1.Jabari Gray (GK); 6.Ryan Augustine (captain), 7.Lemuel Lyons, 8.Jesse Bailey, 9.Hakeem King.
Substitutes: 12.Zane Coker (GK), 2.Joash Baird, 3.Akinola Gregory, 4.Shallun Bobb, 5.Omri Baird, 10.Dominic McDougall, 11.Kevon Woodley.
Coach: Ramiro Amarelle
United States: 1.Christopher Toth (GK); 2.Jason Santos, 3.David Mondragon, 7.Nick Perera (captain), 10.Gabriel Silveira.
Substitutes: 12.Esteban Sapetnitzky (GK), 5.Nicolas Perea, 8.Tomas Canale, 6.Christopher Albiston, 9.Antonio Chavez, 11.Conner Rezende.
Coach: Francis Farberoff
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