Jamaica, Dom. Rep., Haiti eliminated after losses on Saturday

By Sports Desk February 19, 2023

Jamaica’s U17 Reggae Boyz were eliminated from the CONCACAF U17 Championships on Saturday night, going down 2-1 in a hard-fought game against hosts Guatemala.

With the winner to earn a place in the quarter-finals, Guatemala assumed the early advantage when Selvin Sagastume put them 1-0 up in the 32nd minute, a lead that would last until the half-time break.

Jamaica would pull level in the 54th minute when Ronaldo Barrett scored from a free kick.

However, as has been the case in all their previous matches, Jamaica conceded a late goal. That problem cost them three points against Guadeloupe and two points against Costa Rica.

On Saturday night, Gabino Vasquez’s 77th minute strike cost them a place in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, the USA drubbed the Dominican Republic 7-0 in their encounter in Antigua.

Christopher Aquino scored in the 22nd and 30th minutes to give his side a 2-0 lead.

Keyrol Figueroa then scored just before the break to give the US a 3-0 lead. Figueroa added his second and the USA’s fourth in the 57th before Micah Burton added a fifth in the 62nd.

Ezekiel Soto scored the third brace of the day for the U.S., with goals in the 83’ and 90’ to round out the 7-0 scoreline.

In the nightcap in Antigua, Canada ended Haiti’s hopes of a quarter-final spot by handing them a 3-0 defeat.

Antoine Sedar N Diaye opened the scoring in the fourth-minute of play and Lucas Ozimec netted in the 16th as Canada took a 2-0 lead within the first 20-minutes.

Erik Pop scored in the 88th to complete the victory.

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