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Wonder goal evened score for dad and Strike Squad claims Alvin Jones
As far as defender Alvin Jones is concerned the wonder goal which eliminated the United States from the World Cup on Tuesday served two purposes, on one hand, it brought joy to T&T fans across the region, but on the other, it proved an invaluable family heirloom of sorts.
The player’s father Kelvin Jones was a member of the country’s ‘Strike Squad’ who watched in horror as the USA celebrated a long-range Paul Caligiuri goal, which ended the team’s chances of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in 1989.
On Tuesday, Jones’ version of ‘the shot heard around the world’, every bit as brilliant as Caligiuri’s, didn’t qualify an already eliminated Trinidad and Tobago for the World Cup, but at least this time as far as the USA were concerned, ensured the shoe was on the other foot.
“Yeah, I think it was,” Jones told the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.
“From (1989) it was something that they lived (with) for the rest of their lives, getting knocked out. And I think that (Tuesday) we displayed as a team that finally, after so many years, they’ll put this to bed, they can live comfortably now and I think that the Strike Squad got justice,” he added.
“I’m happy for them, I’m happy for the players and also I’m happy for our team.”
Despite not getting on the scoresheet Alvin’s older brother Joevin, who is a key player in the T&T squad, was also witness to the historic occasion and redemption for Kelvin. The defeat meant the United States would fail to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1986.