In preparation for the CONCACAF qualifiers to the FIFA World Cup™ South Africa 2010, Barbados and Guyana posted victories over Antigua & Barbuda and St. Vincent & The Grenadines, respectively, while Costa Rica lost to Sweden in international friendlies played on 13 January.
Goals by Norman Forde, Dwayne Lynch and Jonathan Straker led Barbados to a 3:2 win over visiting Antigua & Barbuda at the Carlton Club Ground in Black Rock. Barbados, who are unbeaten in their last two home matches, will host St. Vincent & The Vincent in Black Rock next weekend.
Meanwhile, Gregory Richardson scored the only goal of the game as the host, Guyana topped St. Vincent & The Grenadines at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground in Berbice. Guyana have only lost once in their last 18 games against St. Vincent & The Grenadines (2:0) on 14 January 2007.
Elsewhere, Costa Rica were beaten 1:0 at home by Sweden at San José's Estadio Ricardo Saprissa with Samuel Holmen notching the game-winner for Sweden. Costa Rica's winless streak now stands at eight games.
The encounter also bid farewell to forward Paulo Cesar Wanchope who played his final match with the Ticos. Wanchope, who competed in two FIFA World Cups (Korea/Japan 2002, Germany 2006), concluded his career with the national team after scoring 45 goals in 73 appearances.
Several other CONCACAF teams begin their preparations this week for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers as Bermuda host a pair of games against Puerto Rico at the National Sports Centre in Hamilton on 16 and 18 January, respectively, while Sweden visits the USA at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on 19 January.
13.01.2008: Black Rock, BARBADOS; Carlton Club Ground
BARBADOS - ANTIGUA & BARBUDA 3:2 (2:2)
Norman FORDE 17'; Jonathan STRAKER 39'; Dwayne LYNCH 63' - Peter BYERS 4', 38'
BRB: Alvin Rouse - Dwight James, Bryan Neblett, Greg Belle, Jonathan Straker, Elvis Defreitas, Rommelle Burgess (50: John Parris), Rondelle Vaughn (71: Mario Harte), Dwayne Lynch (79: Renaldo Marques), Dwayne Stanford (64: Brett Carrington), Norman Forde. Booked: none
TD: Eyre SEALY
ATG: Janil Simons - George Dublin, Damien Farrell (63: Andre Robinson), Dave Carr, Karanja Mack, Schyan Jeffers (85: Teran Williams), Justin Perriera, Peter Bryers, Gason Gregory (90: Kemoy Alexander), Lennox Julian (72: Randolph Burton), Troy Simon (63: Ken Pennyfeather). Booked: Farrell 48'
TD: Derrick EDWARDS
R: Royon SMALL (BRB)
13.01.2008: San José, COSTA RICA; Estadio Ricardo Saprissa
COSTA RICA - SWEDEN 0:1 (0:0)
Samuel HOLMEN 48'
CRC: Ricardo González - Víctor Cordero, Jervis Drummond, Gabriel Badilla, Roy Myrie (71: Marvin Angulo), Junior Díaz, José Luis López, Wálter Centeno, Rónald Gómez (55: Alejandro Alpízar), Alonso Solís (80: Allan Alemán), Paulo Wanchope (32: Víctor Núñez). Booked: Díaz
TD: Hernán MEDFORD
SWE: Johan Wiland - Fredrik Stoor, Mattias Bjärsmyr (46: Andreas Dahl), Suleyman Sleyman (71: Peter Larsson), Behrang Safari (67: Oskar Rönninberg), Louay Chanko (67: Niclas Alexandersson), Stefan Ishizaki (67: Daniel Andersson), Anders Svensson (46: Viktor Elm), Samuel Holmén, Rade Prica (67: Johan Oremo), Dusan Djuric. Booked: Holmen
TD: Lars LAGERBACK
R: Carlos BATRES (GUA)
13.01.2008: Berbice, GUYANA; Blairmont Community Centre Ground
GUYANA - ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES 1:0 (1:0)
Gregory RICHARDSON 11'
GUY: Richard Reynolds - Charles Pollard, Howard Lowe, Walter Moore, Shawn Bishop (67: Konata Mannings), Carrey Harris, Dwain Jacobs (90: Orlando Gilgeous), Kayode McKinnon (90: Troy Prescod), Sean Cameron, Collie Hercules (77: Nigel Codrington), Gregory Richardson (77: Awo Abrams). Booked: Cameron 42', McKinnon 82', Codrington 87'
VIN: Winslow McDowell - Keith James, Troy Jeffers (80: Jason Hope), Richard Hayde, Theon Gordon (70: Millou Prescott), Oscar Nero (82: Randolph Williams), Emeraid George, Cornelius Stewart (89: Damal Francis), Shandell Samuel, Sean Glynn, Wosley Charles. Booked: Stewart 48'
R: Otis JAMES (GUY)
16.01.2008: Hamilton, BERMUDA; National Sports Centre
BERMUDA - PUERTO RICO
18.01.2008: Hamilton, BERMUDA; National Sports Centre
BERMUDA - PUERTO RICO
19.01.2008: Black Rock, BARBADOS; Carlton Club Ground
BARBADOS - ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
19.01.2008: Carson, California USA; Home Depot Center
USA - SWEDEN
Photo #1 - Guyana vs. St. Vincent & The Grenadines, by Lawrence Fanfair
Photo #2 - Costa Rica vs. Sweden, by Mario Rojas