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Action from the CONCACAF Gold Cup match between Trinidad & Tobago (white jersey) and Mexico on July 15, 2015, in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP
CONCACAF Qualifying -- Final Round, Matchday 4

Date: March 28, 2017
Match: Trinidad & Tobago v Mexico
Venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium – Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET 

MATCH OFFICIALS
R: Valdin Legister (Jamaica)
AR1: Richard Washington (Jamaica)
AR2: Philippe Briere (Canada)
4th: Adrian Skeet (Barbados)) 

SUSPENSIONS
Trinidad & Tobago: none
Mexico: none 

ALL-TIME WCQ SERIES
Mexico leads: 6W-2D-3L (24GF, 12GA) 

LAST WCQ MEETING
October 14, 2009: Trinidad & Tobago 2, Mexico 2
Kerry Baptiste 23’ pen, 61’ / Enrique Esqueda 57’; Carlos Salcido 65’

FIVE MATCH WCQ FORM
Trinidad & Tobago: WLLLD
Mexico: WDWDW

CONCACAF QUALIFYING RESULTS

Trinidad Tobago (Overall record: 4W-2D-3L … 15GF, 14GA)
13.11.15 Guatemala v Trinidad & Tobago 1-2
17.11.15 Trinidad & Tobago v USA 0-0
25.03.16 St. Vincent & the Grenadines v Trinidad & Tobago 2-3
29.03.16 Trinidad & Tobago v St. Vincent & the Grenadines 6-0
02.09.16 Trinidad & Tobago v Guatemala 2-2
06.09.16 USA v Trinidad & Tobago 4-0
11.11.16 Trinidad & Tobago v Costa Rica 0-2
15.11.16 Honduras v Trinidad & Tobago 3-1
24.03.17 Trinidad & Tobago v Panama 1-0

Mexico (Overall record: 7W-2D-0L … 17GF, 2GA)
13.11.15 Mexico v El Salvador 3-0
17.11.15 Honduras v Mexico 0-2
25.03.16 Canada v Mexico 0-3
29.03.16 Mexico v Canada 2-0
02.09.16 El Salvador v Mexico 1-3
06.09.16 Mexico v Honduras 0-0
11.11.16 USA v Mexico 1-2
15.11.16 Panama v Mexico 0-0
24.03.17 Mexico v Costa Rica 2-0

CONCACAF QUALIFYING SCORERS

Trinidad & Tobago: Kenwyne Jones, Joevin Jones (3); Trevin Caesar, Levi Garcia, Kevin Molino (2); Sheldon Bateau, Khaleem Hyland, Carlyle Mitchell (1) 

Mexico: Jesus Corona (3); Andres Guardado, Javier Hernandez (2); Nestor Araujo, Jurgen Damm, Hector Herrera, Raul Jimenez, Miguel Layun, Hirving Lozano, Rafael Marquez, Hector Moreno, Angel Sepulveda, Carlos Vela (1)

FINAL ROUND SUMMARY

Trinidad & Tobago: In Dennis Lawrence’s competitive debut as head coach, host Trinidad & Tobago (1W-0D-2L, 3 points) secured its first win of the Hexagonal on Friday, topping Panama (1-1-1, 4), 1-0, on Kevin Molino’s 37th-minute goal. The Soca Warriors, who conceded nine goals in their previous three qualifiers, remained in fifth place, but trail the fourth-place USA only on goal difference (+1 to -3).

Mexico: On Friday, Mexico took over first place in the Hexagonal with a 2-0 win over host Costa Rica, which had won its opening two matches and dropped into second place. Javier Hernandez (8’) gave the Tricolor an early lead, joining Jared Borgetti atop the team’s scoring chart with 46 all-time goals. The advantage was doubled in the 45th minute as Nestor Araujo headed in Carlos Vela’s corner kick at the left post. Mexico has conceded only two goals in nine 2018 WCQs.

FAST FACTS

Trinidad & Tobago
- Qualified for only one FIFA World Cup, playing in Germany 2006 after overcoming Bahrain in a two-match playoff, 2-1 on aggregate.
- Current forward Kenwyne Jones appeared in two matches at the 2006 World Cup (entered as a first-half substitute in 2-0 loss v Paraguay … started and played 70 minutes in 2-0 loss v England).
- Prior to shutting out Panama, conceded two goals or more in four straight WCQ games (11 total goals allowed over that stretch).
- Three-match WCQ losing streak snapped in 1-0 win v Panama.
- Competing in fourth Hexagonal. 

Mexico
- Played in every World Cup from USA 1994 through Brazil 2014 … reached Round of 16 in each edition.
- Holds record for most Hexagonal goals scored (90).
- Scored two goals of more in seven of nine 2018 WCQs … shutout in other two matches.
- 13 different players have scored Mexico’s 17 goals during 2018 WCQ.
- Shares record with Costa Rica for most goals scored in a single Hexagonal (both scored 23 in 1998).

ONE MORE THING
In their last two meetings, Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico have played to a pair of high-scoring draws – 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup: 4-4 … 2015 International Friendly: 3-3.

 
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