MIAMI, Florida (CARIBUPDATE/Sept 06, 2017) – It was raining goals for Caribbean Football Union teams on Tuesday night.
Trinidad and Tobago gave up four against the United States, and St Vincent and the Grenadines gave up nine against Guatemala.
For good measure Jamaica went under to neighbours Haiti 2-0.
Juan Carlos Osorio’s team had some nervous moments in its previous match against El Salvador, but ultimately turned out 3-1 winners to solidify first place in Group C.
Sacha Kljestan opened the scoring for the U.S. in their game against Trinidad and Tobago.
Jozy Altidore scored twice as the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 to win Group C in CONCACAF qualifying and advance to the Hexagonal round.
Sacha Kljestan opened the scoring for the U.S. just before half-time, and Christian Pulisic became the youngest player to start a WCQ for the U.S.
Altidore’s second-half brace put the team comfortably in front before Paul Arriola added a fourth goal for the U.S. from a Pulisic rebound.
The United States begins play in the Hexagonal on Nov. 11 when they host CONCACAF rivals Mexico.
Costa Rica locked up the top spot in Group B, beating second-place Panama3-1 with both teams headed for the Hexagonal round of qualifying.
Christian Bolanos scored in the 19th and 80th minutes to put hosts Costa Rica up 2-0 before teammate Ronald Matarrita added the team’s third to make it 3-0.
Luis Tejada pulled one back in the 90th minute for Panama, but there chances of winning were long gone by then.
Panama will travel to Honduras for its opening Hex match, while Los Ticos will host Trinidad and Tobago.
Carlos Ruiz scored five goals as Guatemala beat St. Vincent and the Grenadines 9-3.
The Guatemalans only hope of making the Hexagonal was to overcome a 12-goal differential with the U.S. which would have to be accompanied by a loss for the Americans.
The effort was in vain, however, as Walter Claveri’s team saw its hopes of a trip to Russia end.
Haiti beat Jamaica 2-0 in another match where pride was all that was left at stake.
Carlens Arcus and Jonel Desire scored either side of half-time to earn all three points from the Reggae Boyz.