Sweet revenge 28 years later; T&T knock US out of the World Cup Final

Twenty-eight years ago, on November 19th, 1989, Trinidad and Tobago's Strike Squad needed only a draw to qualify for the 1990 World Cup Final in Italy.

But in a heart-wrenching game at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the United States won 1-0 to knock T&T out of the World Cup.

Tonight, Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors have returned the favour.

In similar fashion, the United States came to Trinidad and Tobago needing only a draw to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year.

But the Soca Warriors saved the best for last as after losing 8 games in the Hexagonal stage, they beat the US 2-1 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

And with Panama beating Costa Rica 2-1 and Honduras beating Mexico 3-2, the win meant T&T knocked the US into fifth place and out of the World Cup Final.

Ironically, this is the first time since 1990 that the US have not qualified for a World Cup.

The win was only T&T's second win in the Hexagonal stage of the tournament, having only previously beaten Panama 1-0 at home.

T&T went ahead in the 17th minute thanks to an own goal by Omar Gonzales after he attempted to latch on to a cross from Alvin Jones and only managed to loop it over custodian Tim Howard.

Alvin Jones would double the lead with a stunning strike from midway within the US half in the 36th minute.

Christian Pulisic pulled a goal back for the US in the 47th minute but T&T's goalkeeper Adrian Foncette pulled off several great saves to maintain T&T's lead, including a low dive in the 88th minute.

Trinidad and Tobago finished last in the tournament but the win tonight represented a moment in history for the national football team.

 

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