International Roundup: T&T Eliminated, Canada Sets Up Decisive Final Match

Concacaf World Cup Qualifying

The U.S. earned a dramatic win over Mexico in the Concacaf Nations League final, but that wasn't the only action in international play this weekend.

In other international matches involving RSL players, Trinidad & Tobago battled to a 0-0 draw with the Bahamas in a crucial World Cup Qualifying match.  Noah Powder came on as a sub in the second half and picked up a yellow card in the scrappy affair, but T&T couldn’t find the winning spark and was eliminated from contention for advancement with the draw.  With one match remaining in the Group Stage, Trinidad & Tobago will take on Saint Kitts & Nevis on Tuesday.

GROUP F Standings
1. Saint Kitts and Nevis (3-0-0, 9 points); Advanced to the Second Round
2. Trinidad and Tobago (1-0-2, 5 points)
3. Puerto Rico (1-1-1, 4 points)
4. Guyana (1-2-0, 3 points)
5. Bahamas (0-2-1, 1 point)

Elsewhere, Canada thumped Aruba 7-0 to remain atop Group B.  Ashtone Morgan was in camp for Canada, but did not appear in the match as Canada set up a decisive match against Suriname on Tuesday needing a win or draw to advance to the Second Round.

Group B Standings
1. Canada (3-0-0, 9 points)
2. Suriname (3-0-0, 9 points)
3. Bermuda (1-2-0, 3 points)
4. Aruba (1-3-0, 3 points)
5. Cayman Islands (0-3-0, 0 points)

The winners of each Group advance to the Second Round, with a two-legged series on June 12 and 15 to determine which nations will qualify for the Third Round.  Saint Kitts and Nevis is the only country to qualify for the Second Round thus far.

The U.S., Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras and Jamaica have already qualified for the Third Round and will be joined by the three winners in the Second Round.  The Third Round starts in September and will have each country play 14 matches.  The top three finishers will qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with the fourth-place finisher advancing to the inter-confederation playoff.