Trinidad against ropes in World Cup qualifying

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June 13, 2017
Striker Kenwyne Jones ... struck the crossbar in the first half.

COMMERCE CITY, Colorado, CMC:

Luckless Trinidad and Tobago will now turn their attention to Costa Rica who they face in San JosE tonight after suffering yet another blow to their World Cup chances, going down 0-2 to powerhouses United States in their CONCACAF final round qualifier last Thursday night.

With the victory, the USA moved into third on seven points, six behind unbeaten leaders Mexico who thrashed Honduras 3-0. Costa Rica drew with Panama to remain second on eight points.

In Colorado on Thursday, second-half goals from Christian Pulisic were enough to condemn the Caribbean side to their fourth defeat in five games and leave them floundering at the bottom of the six-nation standings on three points.

T&T matched the hosts in the first half which ended goalless but then made critical errors in the second half to engineer their own downfall.

"I thought we were well organised and I cannot fault the players for effort. Our own individual errors cost us the two goals and the match," head coach Dennis Lawrence said afterwards.

"I felt the game was a very close game. There was hardly any difference between both teams, especially in the first half of the game. I think the altitude affected the tempo of the game, both teams were struggling with it. Our individual errors [are] probably what cost us."

Playing at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the hosts started well with John Brooks and Jozy Altidore forcing saves out of the excellent Jan Michael Williams.

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However, T&T could have been in front on 33 minutes when Khaleem Hyland floated a cross into the box but Kenwyne Jones could only find the crossbar with his powerful header.

Jorge Villafana and Altidore against tested Williams with stinging shots as half-time approached but T&T weathered the storm to keep the contest even at the break.

That all changed on resumption, however, as a slick passing move down the right saw DeAndre Yedlin feed a precision pass into the box for Pulisic to stab home from close range.

The visitors though they had equalised just moments later when Nathan Lewis found the back of the nets but the goal was blown off for off-side.

T&T then conceded again 10 minutes later when Altidore picked out Pulisic out wide on the right and the forward burst into the box to beat Williams at the near post with a low volley.

The Caribbean side nearly shipped a third but substitute Bobby Wood was denied by the post late on.

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