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Trinidad and Tobago’s Alvin Jones (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring against United States in their final round Concacaf Zone World Cup qualifier at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, last night. T&T won 2-1 to end the USA’s hopes of reaching Russia. PICTURE AP

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T&T exacted sweet revenge over the United States at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva last night.

They waited over 28 years for their moment, it didn't put them on the road to the World Cup in Russia, but a 2-1 victory ensured that the USA would not travel there either.

T&T upset the apple cart in the 17th minute when right winger Nathan Lewis and his supporting full-back Alvin Jones worked an overlap before Jones' low cross was inadvertently flicked into his own net by USA's Omar Gonzalez under pressure from T&T's Shahdon Winchester.

Twenty minutes later the US conceded again, as full back Jones received the ball wide on the right 15 yards into the US half and with few options ahead, Jones, who can really hit them, drilled a meaty shot goal-ward which bubbled, swerved and flew past US goalie Tim Howard's flapping arms and into the far corner.

In the second half it didn't take the US long to cut the deficit, as Christian Pulisic side-stepped Kevan George at the top of the T&T area and then drilled a right-footed shot into the roof of the net in the 47th minute.

But that was the only solace the US got. With no points from the match, USA dropped to fifth on the six-team table and were dumped out of Russia. Just as T&T needed only a draw in 1989 to qualify for the Italy World Cup, the visitors needed at a point last night to reach Russia. But they got neither thanks to Jones, who can now tell Strike Squad skipper Clayton Morris he has delivered payback to the USA.

Teams:

T&T: Adrian Foncette, Curtis Gonzales, Daneil Cyrus, Tristan Hodge, Alvin Jones, Khaleem Hyland, Leston Paul, Kevan George, Levi García, Nathan Lewis, Shahdon Winchester; (Subs) Kevon Villaroel, Joevin Jones, Trevin Caesar

USA: Tim Howard, Matt Besler, Omar González, Michael Bradley, Jorge Villafaña, DeAndre Yedlin, Christian Pulisic, Darlington Nagbe, Paul Arriola, Bobby Wood, Jozy Altidore; (Subs) Kellyn Acosta, Benny Feilhaber, Clint Dempsey

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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

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2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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