Montserrat are in contention for a berth in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup following its 2-1 win over Cayman Islands in Week 4 of 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying. 

The Reggae Boyz are undefeated in Nations League qualifying with three victories after beating Cayman Island 4-0 at the National Stadium in Kingston in their opening game followed by a 6-0 thrashing of Bonaire in Curacao and a 2-1 victory against Suriname at Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has paid its national players four of six outstanding amounts for which there was the promise of strike action. 

Barbados may not be able to qualify for the CONCACAF Nations League after the governing body overturned a 2-2 draw with Guyana over the use of two ineligible players.

The two persons involved, England-based Hallam Hope and Krystian Pearce, made their international debuts in the fixture but CONCACAF fielded a protest from Guyana’s football authorities which changed the landscape of Nations League qualifying for Barbados.

Hope’s influence on the game was significant, the English-based player, scoring a second half brace putting Barbados ahead after a Trayon Bobb goal had them trailing.

“The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) today announced its Disciplinary Committee has decided to sanction the Barbados Football Association, by declaring as a forfeit the Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match played against Guyana, on September 6, 2018,” a Concacaf statement said.

“After due examination of the evidence, the committee determined that the Barbados Football Association infringed the applicable articles of the tournament regulations and the regulations governing the application of the Fifa statutes in relation to the eligibility of players to play for representative teams by fielding ineligible players Hallam Hope and Krystian Pearce.

Against El Salvador on October 13, Hope and Pearce also featured, but the result never mattered since Barbados lost 3-0.

The CONCACAF decision means Barbados now have three points and lie 23rd in the 34-team competition. With Nicaragua their only remaining fixture next March, Barbados have many problems.  

The CONCACAF Nations League also acts as a qualifier for the CONCACAF Gold Cup next year.

Despite holding a perfect record in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying to date, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have witnessed a drop in their latest FIFA ranking, moving from 51st to 54th in the world.

The Jamaicans, who have played three games in the Nations League to date, are fifth on the tables and are one of six unbeaten teams to date. The Reggae Boyz have been fairly impressive defensively, letting in just one goal to date, while scoring 11.

Those results have not proven as impressive as that of Curacao’s, Haiti’s, Canada’s, or Cuba’s though.

Curacao stand top of the tables having scored a whopping 21 goals in their three wins and are yet to concede, while Haiti, who like Jamaica have had one goal go against them, have celebrated an international notch, 17 times.

Both Canada and Cuba have scored 14 goals without conceding.

Martinique, who have also had a perfect start, have scored nine goals and let in two.

Jamaica’s last game came against Suriname, a 2-1 victory providing the Reggae Boyz with their biggest challenge to date.

The Reggae Boyz had earlier beat the Cayman Island 4-0, and Bonaire, 6-0.

Their next international assignment comes up on March 23, against El Salvador.

Jamaica are one place below the Korea Republic and one place above Finland, but still remain fourth among CONCACAF teams.

Ahead of them are Mexico, who leads the region and are ranked number 17 in the world, with the United States second at 25th. Costa Rica hold down the number three position at 36 in the world.

On Sunday, the United States Soccer Federation announced the hiring of Gregg Berhalter as its new Head Coach.

Berhalter takes over for interim coach Dave Sarachan after spending the previous five years at the helm of the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.

“We are excited to announce Gregg as the next head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team,” said USSF President Carlos Cordeiro in a statement.

“As an experienced former National Team player and highly regarded professional coach, we are confident he is the best person to guide our program forward. We are looking forward to formally introducing him on Tuesday in New York,” added Cordeiro.

Berhalter’s first major tournament in charge of the U.S. will be the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup in which the U.S. will seek to repeat as champions after lifting the trophy in the 2017 edition.

The United States will participate in Group D and play its three group stages matches in Saint Paul, Minnesota on June 18, Cleveland, Ohio on June 22 and finishing in Kansas City, Kansas on June 26.

The U.S. is a six-time champion of the Gold Cup, second all-time to Mexico’s seven titles.

As a player, Berhalter earned 44 caps and was a member of the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup teams for the U.S.

"This is a tremendous honor,” Berhalter said in a statement. “Having played for the National Team I know what it means to represent our country.  I believe in our players and our program, and together we will work to build something special and develop a team that will make our supporters proud.”

Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and Aguilla all enjoyed a series of firsts on Sunday in 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying.

The day started with Turks and Caicos Islands (1W-0D-2L, 3 points) earning its first victory in CNLQ in an exciting 3-2 final over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1W-0D-2L, 3 points) at the TCIFA National Academy in Providenciales.

A pair of first half goals from Billy Forbes (7’, 43’) gave Turks and Caicos Islands a dream start, but Vincy Heat would respond with two late goals from Jahvin Sutherland (86’) and Nazir McBurnette (88’).

However, the home fans would leave happy as Jepthe Francois converted from close-range in the 89’ to set off the Turks and Caicos Islands celebration.

It was also a first for both Bahamas (0W-1D-2L, 1 points) and Anguilla (0W-1D-2L, 1 point) as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, thus earning their first respective goal and point in CNLQ.

A slick pass from Kapil Battice set up Glenville Rogers’ opener for Anguilla in the 30’, but Bahamas would answer in the 62’ thanks to Nesly Jean’s header.

Barbados (1W-1D-1L, 4 points collected its first victory of CNLQ with a 3-0 triumph over United States Virgin Islands (0W-0D-3L, 0 points) at Wildey Astro Turf in Wildey.

Goals from Hadan Holligan (25’), Raheim Sargeant (80’) and Mario Harte (89’) paced the Bajan Tridents to the three points.

Capping the day was a clash of unbeaten teams as Saint Kitts and Nevis hosted Canada at Warner Park in Basseterre.

It was largely a cagey first half until Atiba Hutchinson broke the deadlock in the 44’ with a soaring header.

It was all the advantage Canada needed as its defense did the rest in the second half to seal the three points and put Canada (3W-0D-0L, 9 points) on the verge of a spot in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Meanwhile, Saint Kitts and Nevis fell to 2W-0D-1L, six points.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz found Suriname at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, a tougher assignment than anticipated after they squeezed out a 2-1 victory.

A header from Corey Burke in the seventh minute of play and a penalty from Darren Mattocks in the 16th minute threatened to start a rout. However, Donnegy Fer’s 37th minute tap in marked Suriname’s entrance into the game.

While Jamaica would get a number of chances, to go further ahead, in truth, Suriname were dangerously close to equalizing on a number of occasions and could not be argued with if they believed they dropped at least two points from the game.

Mattocks, while happy with the win, believes the Jamaicans, with himself the most at fault, need to be more clinical if they are to enjoy further success, especially with El Salvador waiting in their next fixture.

“I’m disappointed in myself,” said Mattocks.

“A player of my caliber should put away most of those chances but at the end of the day an ugly win is better than a pretty loss,” he said.

“We’re just going to take the three points and move on and come ready for the next game.”

Mattocks believes the game against El Salvador is going to be much tougher.

“El Salvador is a very hostile environment so we have to go there really prepared,” he said.

“We can’t have a performance like this against El Salvador,” he said.

“We have to go back to the drawing board and these opportunities that we are creating we have to put them away,” he ended.

Jamaica now have three wins from their three games with 12 goals for and one against.

Their record is bettered by Haiti, who have the same number of wins but with 17 goals and one against, while Cuba have scored 14 goals without a response from their opponents.

Bermuda, Montserrat and Belize all collected massive victories as week three of 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying opened on Friday.

Bermuda faced a must-win at home against an undefeated El Salvador side and the islanders emerged with a 1-0 victory that keeps their 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup hopes alive, courtesy of a Nahki Wells goal in the 71’.

Bermuda is now 2W-0D-1L, 6 points, while El Salvador drops to 2W-0D-1L, 6 points.

After serving as the hero in the 1-0 win over Belize in week two, Spencer Weir once again delivered a game-winning goal for Montserrat in its 2-0 triumph over Aruba.

Weir pounced on a deflection to score in the 36’, which was followed by an absolute screamer from Bradley Woods in the 51’ to make it 2-0 and cement the three points for the Emerald Boys.

Montserrat’s record now stands at 2W-0D-1L, 6 points, while Aruba is 1W-1D-1L, 4 points.

A deflected effort from Denmark Casey in the 31’ proved to be enough to earn Belize a 1-0 win over Puerto Rico, also helping keep Belize’s Gold Cup chances intact.

Belize is now 2W-0D-1L, 6 points, while Puerto Rico falls to 0W-0D-3L, 0 points.

Earlier in the day Grenada picked up its first win of CNLQ by downing Saint Martin 5-2. Both Jamal Charles and Arthur Paterson bagged braces for the Spice Boys.

Grenada improve to 1W-0D-2L, 3 points, while Saint Martin is 0W-0D-3L, 0 points.

Top 10 teams of the CNL Qualifyingwill advance to the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will be trying to protect their perfect record when the inaugural Concacaf Nations League resumes on Saturday.

Following clean sheet wins over the Cayman Islands and Bonaire, the Reggae Boyz will now host Suriname in their third game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex at 7:00 pm.

The Reggae Boyz will enter the day in seventh position on the Concacaf Nations League qualifying table with maximum six points.

Twelve other teams are on six points, six of which are ahead of the Reggae Boyz courtesy of goal difference.

The teams ahead of the Reggae Boyz are Curacao, Haiti, Cuba, Canada, Bermuda, which have played a game more, and St Kitts and Nevis.

The Reggae Boyz’ opponents for Saturday, Suriname are in 15th place on four points following a 0-0 draw with Dominica in their opening game in September and a 5-0 victory over the British Virgin Islands last month.

The Reggae Boyz will enter the game as favourites as they have the three most important things in their favour – home advantage, form and history.

In terms of form, the Reggae Boyz are on a high. They defeated the Cayman Islands 4-0 in their opening game on September 9 at the National Stadium in Kingston and then recorded a second straight clean sheet win by downing hosts Bonaire 6-0 on October 14.

In terms of history, the Reggae Boyz have defeated Suriname in their last three outings, the most recent was in 2016 at the National Stadium. However, all three victories were 1-0 margins and as a result Suriname cannot be taken lightly.

This is the penultimate round of matches in the first phase and Jamaica will close out the Nations League qualifying play-offs with an away meeting with Central American outfit El Salvador on March 23, 2019.

Following the qualifying rounds, teams will be placed in Leagues A, B, and C of the three-tier Concacaf Nations League.

The Concacaf Nations League embraces a promotion and demotion system and will serve to seed teams and serve, importantly, as a qualifying platform for the expanded Gold Cup, which will have for the first time 16 teams for 2019 edition.

Jamaica squad: Andre Blake, Cory Burke, Damion Lowe, Ladale Richie, Ricardo Thomas, Amal Knight, Fabion McCarthy, Shaun Francis, Devon Williams, Kemar Lawrence, Ricardo Morris, Javon East, Maalique Foster, Je-Vaughn Watson, Owayne Gordon, Peter-Lee Vassell, Darren Mattocks, Alex Marshall, Jamiel Hardware, Jermaine Taylor.

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz recorded a second straight clean sheet win by downing hosts Bonaire 6-0 at the inaugural concacaf Nations League Qualifying tournament. 

The Jamaica Football Federation has shot down reports emanating from the United Kingdom that Leon Bailey will suit up for Jamaica when the Reggae Boyz take the field against Bonaire in the CONCACAF Nations League against Bonaire on Sunday, October 14 in Curacao.

Two teams involved in 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying were in action over the weekend as St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados played a pair of friendlies in Kingstown, St Vincent. 

The name of Trayon Bobb will forever belong in the Concacaf history books. 

Concacaf Nations League Qualifying heavyweights Canada and Jamaica each posted impressive wins during a busy slate of action on CNL matchday four on Sunday. 

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