Cuba qualifies for Gold Cup, Trinidad to final

Cuba's Hanier Dranguet (#16) looks to make a pass against Trinidad & Tobago during their Caribbean Cup game on November 15, 2014, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Cuba (1-2-0, 5 points) qualified for an eighth straight CONCACAF Gold Cup after playing Trinidad & Tobago to a 0-0 draw in the 2014 Caribbean Cup on Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The Trinidadians (2-1-0, 7 points) captured the Group A title and will face the Group B winner -- either host Jamaica or Haiti -- in the final on November 18.  Cuba needed only a draw to finish as runner-up after French Guiana (1-1-1, 4 points) defeated Curacao (0-0-3, 0 points) earlier in the evening. 

In a rematch of the 2012 final -- won by Cuba 1-0 after extra time -- scoring chances were at a premium.  The Cubans produced the best remarkably similar pair.

In the 16th minute, Armando Curoneaux raced into the right side of the Trinidadian box and unleashed a shot that goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams did well to save at the near post for a corner kick.

Alberto Gomez made the same run 13 minutes later only to experience a comparable fate at the hands of Williams.

The French Guianese can still finish with the best third-place record and earn a spot in the Gold Cup playoff against Honduras.  A draw on Sunday between Antigua & Barbuda (0-1-1, 1 point) and Martinique (0-1-1, 1 point) in Group B would automatically give the side from northern South America that lifeline.