Trinidad and Tobago stayed on three points after suffering an unfortunate 1-0 defeat at home to Mexico on Tuesday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
On a high after Friday’s 1-0 win over Panama in Port of Spain, T&T went into Tuesday’s fixture in search of another positive result but would have nothing extra to show on the table at the end of a closely fought encounter before a crowd of just under 15,000.
USA and Panama drew 1-1 with Honduras and Costa Rica also playing to a 1-1 finish. T&T are sixth on the table with three points with Mexico leading the pack with ten points followed by Costa Rica (7) and Panama (5)
“That said, T&T was robbed of a good goal that would have put it in the lead after the half hour and changed the complexion of the game completely. Joevin Jones, of the Seattle Sounders, was played through cleanly on the left. He smashed the ball through the arms of the helpless goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera. But he was inexplicably called offside when he was on by at least a foot,” Yahoo Sports reported.
That was the highlight of a credible first half by Trinidad, which got its qualifying campaign started in earnest with a 1-0 win over Panama on Friday for its first points of the round but remains in sixth and last place.
Mexico created a couple good openings as Carlos Salcedo swung in a big cross that Hector Moreno got a good header on in the eighth minute. But goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams saved well.
Later on Hector Herrera won a ball high up the field and curled his shot off the far post on a bounce from outside the box.
Cordell Cato was solid throughout for T&T with skipper Kenwyne Jones also having a good showing along with defender Curtis Gonzales. Kevin Molino was also decent but had a first half shot which he probably could have gotten better placement on from inside the penalty area.
Then, in the 58th minute, Diego Reyes bagged his first goal for Mexico. Miguel Layun’s zippy corner found Reyes, whose hard header beat Williams.
Fifth & Final Round (Hexagonal)
Team PTS W L D GF GA GD
Mexico 10 3 0 1 5 1 +4
Costa Rica 7 2 1 1 7 3 +4
Panama 5 1 1 2 2 2 0
USA 4 1 2 1 8 7 +1
Honduras 4 1 2 1 4 9 -5
Trinidad & Tobago 3 1 2 0 2 6 -4
Jun. 9, 2017 USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago TBD
Jun. 9, 2017 Costa Rica vs. Panama Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose
Jun. 9, 2017 Mexico vs. Honduras TBD
Jun. 11, 2017 Mexico vs. USA TBD
Jun. 13, 2017 Panama vs. Honduras Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City
Jun. 13, 2017 Costa Rica vs. Trinidad & Tobago Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose
Sep 1, 2017 USA vs. Costa Rica TBD
Sep 1, 2017 Mexico vs. Panama TBD
Sep 1, 2017 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Honduras Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain
Sep 5, 2017 Honduras vs. USA Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula
Sep 5, 2017 Panama vs. Trinidad & Tobago Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City
Sep 5, 2017 Costa Rica vs. Mexico Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose
Oct. 6, 2017 USA vs. Panama TBD
Oct. 6, 2017 Costa Rica vs. Honduras Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose
Oct. 6, 2017 Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago TBD
Oct. 10, 2017 Trinidad & Tobago vs. USA Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain
Oct. 10, 2017 Panama vs. Costa Rica Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City
Oct. 10, 2017 Honduras vs. Mexico Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula