Midfielder Khaleem Hyland (red jersey) has scored one goal during Trinidad & Tobago's qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photo: CA-Images)
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP
CONCACAF Qualifying -- Final Round, Matchday 3
Date: March 24, 2017
Match: Trinidad & Tobago v Panama
Venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium – Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
R: Melvin Matamoros (Honduras)
AR1: Melvyn Cruz (Honduras)
AR2: Jesus Tabora (Honduras)
4th: Hector Rodriguez (Honduras)
Trinidad & Tobago: Sheldon Bateau, Carlyle Mitchell
Panama: Gabriel Gomez
ALL-TIME WCQ SERIES
Trinidad & Tobago leads: 4W-0D-0L (10GF, 0GA)
LAST WCQ MEETING
June 4, 2005: Trinidad & Tobago 2, Panama 0
Stern John 34’; Dennis Lawrence 71’
FIVE MATCH WCQ FORM
Trinidad & Tobago: LLLDW
CONCACAF QUALIFYING RESULTS
Trinidad Tobago (Overall record: 3W-2D-3L … 14GF, 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
Panama (Overall record: 4W-2D-2L … 8GF, 5 GA)
13.11.15 Jamaica v Panama 0-2
17.11.15 Panama v Costa Rica 1-2
25.03.16 Haiti v Panama 0-0
29.03.16 Panama v Haiti 1-0
02.09.16 Panama v Jamaica 2-0
06.09.16 Costa Rica v Panama 3-1
11.11.16 Honduras v Panama 0-1
15.11.16 Panama v Mexico 0-0
CONCACAF QUALIFYING SCORERS
Trinidad & Tobago: Kenwyne Jones, Joevin Jones (3); Trevin Caesar, Levi Garcia (2); Sheldon Bateau, Khaleem Hyland, Carlyle Mitchell, Kevin Molino (1)
Panama: Luis Tejada (2); Abdiel Arroyo, Felipe Baloy, Armando Cooper, Fidel Escobar, Gabriel Torres, own-goal in favor of (1)
FINAL ROUND SUMMARY
Trinidad & Tobago: With two losses in as many games, Trinidad & Tobago sits fifth in the table, leading only the United States on goal difference (-4 to -5). In their final round opener, the Soca Warriors conceded twice in the second half in a 2-0 loss to visiting Costa Rica. That setback was followed with a 3-1 loss at Honduras, a result that saw T&T and head coach Stephen Hart part ways. Since then, the Caribbean power failed to reach the Gold Cup qualifying playoff and is on its second manager as former national team star Dennis Lawrence replaced Tom Saintfiet, who resigned after a month on the job.
Panama: Panama occupies third place in the standings thanks to a 1-0 win at Honduras and a scoreless draw with visiting Mexico. Fidel Escobar scored the goal against the Hondurans, but he will miss out on the T&T encounter after being released recently from the national team training camp for disciplinary reasons. Depending on Friday’s results, the Panamanians could soar to first place or drop down to fourth.
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).
- Scored one goal in last 298 minutes of WCQ play.
- Conceded two goals or more in four straight WCQ games (11 total goals allowed over that stretch)
- Competing in fourth Hexagonal.
- Never qualified for a FIFA World Cup.
- Posted shutouts in five last six WCQs.
- Scored one goal or fewer in six of eight WCQs.
- 2W-1D-1L in 2018 WCQ away games.