Thursday, February 22, 2018

T&T trumps USA on Road to Russia (in photos)

The Trinidad and Tobago men's National Football Team line up on Tuesday night at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

Almost 28 years after the United States denied Trinidad and Tobago a World Cup berth with a 1-0 win in Port of Spain, on November 19, 1989, T&T beat the US 2-1 in their final Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifier at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

The victory, being savoured this morning by all of T&T, has denied the US a spot in next year's finals.

T&T built a two-goal first half lead through an Omar Gaonzalez own-goal (17th minute) and Alvin Jones (37th) leaving the Americans head coach Bruce Arena scratching his head. Express Photo Editor ROBERT TAYLOR was there and captured these memorable images. 

Striker Shahdon Winchester gives thanks after Trinidad and Tobago got the opening goal against the USA in the 17th minute.

These home fans spur on the Trinidad and Tobago national team at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Tuesday.

Trinidad and Tobago's striker Trevin Caesar is placed under 'field arrest' by Matt Besler (USA) during their final round World Cup qualifier at the Ato Boldon Stadium , Couva, on Tuesday.

America's teenage prodigy Christian Pulisic goes airborne under a sliding tackle from Kevon Villaroel of Trinidad and Tobago.

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard is airborne as he looks back at a ball that got past him.

Khaleel Hyland of Trinidad and Tobago, centre, is closed down by USA's Christian Pulisic, second from right, and Michalel Bradley, right, while teammate Kevon George, left, stands ready to provide assistance.  

T&T's Kevon George, centre, attempts to break up an attacking move by USA's Darlington Nagbe, right, and Christian Pulisic.

American striker Jozy Altidore is challenged by Kevon George of Trinidad and Tobago.

Darlington Nagbe of the USA, right, contests the ball with T&T's defender Kevon George, while Nagbe's teammate Michael Bradley looks on.

Tim Howard and Christian Pulisic carry dejected looks after losing their final round World Cup qualifying match to Trinidad and Tobago by a 2-1 margin on Tuesday.

The posture of this American player tells it all following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago, which brought an end to their dream of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.