About face: US routs Trinidad 6-0 in Gold Cup
CLEVELAND (AP) — The only embarrassment and shame was felt on the other side.
Two years later, the U.S. soccer team turned the tables on Trinidad and Tobago.
CLEVELAND (AP) — U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter is starting the same lineup in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Trinidad and Tobago as he used in the opening 4-0 victory over Guyana.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Nearly two years ago, the U.S. men's soccer team was dealt its most devastating loss in three decades, absorbing an impossible-to-imagine setback that shattered an entire...
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The overarching goal for the fledgling U.S. men's soccer team, as frequently stated by new coach Gregg Berhalter, has been to improve the perception of this sputtering program...
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan official confirmed Monday that a small boat carrying at least 20 people sank in Caribbean coastal waters last week, with most of its passengers missing in...
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Search teams combed the Caribbean on Thursday for 25 possible Venezuelan migrants missing after a boat sank in rough seas headed to the island of Trinidad, authorities...
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the boat that sank in the Caribbean Sea (all times local):
Officials say they are searching for 25 people now believed missing from a...
US to play old foe Trinidad in CONCACAF Gold Cup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the United States resumes competitive matches in June after a 20-month absence, it will quickly come up against Trinidad and Tobago, the nation that prevented the Americans...
Caricom to waive taxes on oil as Petrotrin refinery closes
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A Caribbean trade bloc is removing taxes on imported oil and petroleum products for the region as a major refinery on the island of Trinidad prepares to close.
Lavelle, Morgan lead US women past Trinidad and Tobago
CARY, N.C. (AP) — The United States is rolling in pursuit of another berth in the Women's World Cup.
Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan scored two goals apiece to help the U.S. women beat Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 on Wednesday night in the World Cup qualifying tournament.
Tobin Heath added a goal and two assists for the United States, which led 4-0 at halftime.
Corral scores twice in Mexico’s 4-1 win over Trinidad
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Charlyn Corral scored a pair of goals and Mexico beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-1 on Sunday in the group stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament.
Mexico needed the win to stay alive in Group A with one more match to go in the stage. Earlier on Sunday, Carli Lloyd scored three goals to lead the United States to a 5-0 victory over Panama at Sahlen's Stadium.
ATLANTA (AP) — Two Atlanta men have been sentenced for illegally buying and trafficking at least three dozen guns from Georgia to Trinidad and Tobago.
The U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta says Errol Alfred, known as "Major," was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison. Kerry Fernandez, known as "Trini," was sentenced April 19 to two years and three months.
Both had previously pleaded guilty to charges including conspiring to smuggle firearms out of the U.S.
COUVA, Trinidad (AP) — Jlloyd Samuel, the former Trinidad and Tobago defender who played in the English Premier League for Aston Villa and Bolton, has died. He was 37.
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association announced the death of Samuel in a statement on its social media platforms on Tuesday, saying he was involved in car crash in England.
Samuel, a full back, represented England at under-21 level before going on to play for Trinidad and Tobago's senior team.
One doesn’t have to look very far to find Carnival in Port of Spain, the capital of the dual-island state of Trinidad and Tobago — it will find you. That became clear when my taxi took a right turn toward the city center, and smack into what might be the most entertaining traffic jam I’ve ever experienced.
Immigration activist staves off deportation for now
NEW YORK (AP) — An immigration activist whose battle to avoid deportation has drawn support from Democratic politicians will get to stay in the U.S. for the time being after his lawyers filed a lawsuit accusing federal officials of wrongly targeting him in an attempt to silence dissent.
Ravi Ragbir, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, said in a lawsuit filed Friday in New York that immigration agents have purposely singled out immigrant advocates for deportation as a way to quiet opposition.
Immigrant activist: Detentions are ‘psychological warfare’
NEW YORK (AP) — A detained immigrant activist freed by a judge's ruling said Tuesday that U.S. immigration officials are engaging in "psychological warfare" by targeting him and other activists for detention and deportation.
Early one day as I pored over a map on the side of the road, a haunting, rhythmic sound wafted in through the closed windows of my car. My first thought was that of a horn from a distant ship. But the tone had an ancient, ethereal quality — it reminded me of a Tibetan monk signaling the start of meditative practice. The fact that the sound disappeared before I could place its origin only made it all the more haunting. Only later did I learn its everyday origin: a fishmonger blowing a conch shell as he made his rounds of the villages in his truck, announcing the day’s catch for sale.
World Cup failure prompts calls for US soccer ‘revolution’
COUVA, Trinidad (AP) — When soccer holds its world's fair in Russia next June, the American pavilion will be glaringly absent.
A bumbling, stumbling, tumbling World Cup qualifying campaign ended Tuesday night with a calamitous 2-1 loss to already eliminated Trinidad and Tobago, the 99th-ranked nation in the world, when merely a tie was necessary to eke out the final automatic World Cup berth from one of soccer's weakest regions.
US misses World Cup because of numerous defensive breakdowns
COUVA, Trinidad (AP) — Standing in the stadium tunnel near the U.S. locker room after the Collapse in Couva, captain Michael Bradley was asked over and over what went wrong.
How had the United States, a regional power that had made seven straight World Cup appearances, failed to qualify for next year's tournament?
US misses World Cup for 1st time since 1986 with loss
COUVA, Trinidad (AP) — Twenty-eight years after the United States ended a four-decade World Cup absence with a stunning victory at Trinidad, the Americans' chances for the 2018 tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela in even more astonishing fashion.
Arena leaves US lineup unchanged vs Trinidad
CUOVA, Trinidad (AP) — U.S. coach Bruce Arena left his starting lineup unchanged for Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier at Trinidad and Tobago.
Tim Howard started in goal, with DeAndre Yedlin at right back, Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler in central defense and Jorge Villafana at left back.
Captain Michael Bradley started in defensive midfield, while Christian Pulisic, Darlington Nagbe and Paul Arriola were in advanced midfield. Jozy Altidore and Bobby Wood began up front.
Rain-soaked field obstacle for US reaching World Cup
COUVA, Trinidad (AP) — The final path to the World Cup involved an unexpected water crossing for the United States.
Costa Rica clinches World Cup berth on Waston’s late goal
Kendall Waston scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, giving Costa Rica a 1-1 draw against visiting Honduras on Saturday at San Jose and clinching the Ticos' second straight World Cup berth and fifth overall.
The dramatic late goal means the United States likely needs at most a draw at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night to qualify for its eighth straight World Cup berth.
Altidore, Yedlin, Cameron on US roster; Johnson dropped
CHICAGO (AP) — Jozy Altidore, DeAndre Yedlin and Geoff Cameron returned from injuries and are on the U.S. roster for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago.
With the Americans in danger of missing soccer's top event for the first time since 1986, U.S. coach Bruce Arena dropped Fabian Johnson because of a lack of fitness.
US-Trinidad World Cup qualifier in Couva, not Port-of-Spain
The United States' final game in regional World Cup qualifying against Trinidad and Tobago will be played at 10,000-seat Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva rather than 27,000-capacity Hasely Crawford Stadium in the capital of Port-of-Spain.
FIFA said Friday the Oct. 10 match will start at 8 p.m. EDT and will kick off simultaneously with the other two games on the final day of the hexagonal: Mexico at Honduras and Costa Rica at Panama.
Seattle’s Jordan Morris undergoes MRI on hamstring injury
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris was undergoing an MRI on Monday to reveal the extent of the injury to his right hamstring sustained in a 1-1 draw with Los Angeles.
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Mexico on the verge of gaining early World Cup berth
Mexico has control of its fate and could qualify for next year's World Cup with a victory on Friday at home against Panama.
Qualifying with three matches still to play would let Mexico relax with Costa Rica and the United States — and even Panama and Honduras — battling for the two remaining automatic berths. A fourth team from the CONCACAF region can also advance in a playoff with the No. 5 team out of Asia.
Will the Caribbean region be next on the list of countries exploited for its natural oil and gas resources? It may happen. Reports have it that the big hitters, American companies like ExxonMobil and Hess, have turned their sights toward the islands. Will this bring good fortune to the citizens of these countries or will it bring more problems to the region? Only time will tell as the explorations by the major oil companies continues.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. will have to step up when it plays Mexico at Estadio Azteca in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday, and not just because of the altitude.
The Americans will have had just two days off following Thursday night's 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago at Commerce City, Colorado, which lifted them into the top half of the standings — and one of the three qualifying slots — midway through the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox plans to go all-American with its top broadcast crew for next year's World Cup, pairing play-by-play man John Strong in the booth with former U.S. national team players Landon Donovan and Stuart Holden.
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Fabian Johnson, DeAndre Yedlin and Bobby Wood made their first appearances of the year for the United States in Saturday night's exhibition against Venezuela, a warmup for a pair of World Cup qualifiers.
All three missed March qualifiers because of injuries.
U.S. coach Bruce Arena picked a starting lineup that figures to be close to the one he uses in Thursday's qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago at Commerce City, Colorado.
US set to face Venezuela in exhibition game
SANDY, Utah (AP) — This is no ordinary exhibition soccer game for the United States. Already in a tough spot in World Cup qualifying, the Americans are trying to regroup before qualifying resumes next week against Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico.
The U.S. Soccer Federation is closing in on agreements to host its last two home World Cup qualifiers in Orlando, Florida, and Harrison, New Jersey.
The Americans would play Costa Rica in Orlando on Sept. 1 and Panama in Harrison on Oct. 6. The sites were first reported Tuesday by Sports Illustrated.
CHICAGO (AP) — The United States will play Venezuela in an exhibition on June 3 at Sandy, Utah, as the Americans prepare for World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico.
U.S. coach Bruce Arena wants his players to prepare at altitude ahead of their match at Mexico City.
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Omar Gonzalez looked relieved as he spoke in the tunnel underneath Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
Last in the standings with a 0-2 record last week, the United States jumped to fourth with a 6-0 rout of Honduras at home followed by a difficult point earned in a physical 1-1 draw at Panama on Tuesday night.
US Coast Guard unloads major drug haul in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities have made the largest maritime seizure of cocaine in the Atlantic region since 1999 from a boat off South America's northeastern coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.
About 4.2 tons of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $125 million, was confiscated from a fishing boat in international waters off Suriname, said Ricardo Castrodad, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan.
Trinidad & Tobago tries to halt fighters to Islamic State
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago — A Caribbean island nation has become an unlikely source of fighters and funding for the Islamic State militant group, prompting an internationally backed effort to stem the flow of money and recruits to Syria and Iraq.
Trinidad & Tobago tries to halt fighters to Islamic State
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago (AP) — A Caribbean island nation has become an unlikely source of fighters and funding for the Islamic State militant group, prompting an internationally backed effort to stem the flow of money and recruits to Syria and Iraq.
US World Cup qualifiers moved up slightly
CHICAGO (AP) — The United States' World Cup qualifiers in June have been moved up slightly because of Mexico's participation in the Confederations Cup.
The U.S. Soccer Federation said Tuesday that the Americans' home game against Trinidad and Tobago will be played June 8, a day earlier than first scheduled. The Americans' match at Mexico will be played June 11, two days ahead of the original date.
Mag-5.8 quake rattles Trinidad, nearby islands; no damage
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — A strong earthquake rattled Trinidad and Tobago and nearby Caribbean islands Tuesday but there were no reports of any significant damage or injuries.
The 5.8 magnitude quake hit late Tuesday afternoon and was felt widely in this twin-island republic off the coast of Venezuela. It was also felt on the neighboring islands of Grenada and St. Vincent.
Altidore scores twice, US advances with 4-0 win over T&T
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jozy Altidore made U.S. history. So did Christian Pulisic.
Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half, Sacha Kljestan and Paul Arriola had goals and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 on Tuesday night to reach the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
17-year-old Pulisic makes 1st start for United States
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Christian Pulisic has become the youngest player to start a World Cup qualifier for the United States.
Pulisic, whose previous seven appearances were as a substitute, was in the lineup on the left side of a 4-4-2 formation against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night. At 17 years, 353 days, he bettered Landon Donovan's mark of 18 years, 184 days, against Honduras in 2001.
Trinidad court orders assets frozen under terrorism law
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Authorities in the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago have frozen the assets of three people and 75 entities under the anti-terrorism act.
Attorney General Faris al-Rawi says the High Court recently approved the designations based on legal submissions from his office. The people and entities were not identified in a statement issued by the attorney general late Thursday.
Trinidad plans petrochemical plant with Japanese officials
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Trinidad and Tobago has signed an agreement with Japanese business officials to establish a new petrochemical plant in the Caribbean nation.
The facility in the southwest Trinidadian town of La Brea would produce methanol and dimethyl ether. The Caribbean islands' government says it will be a collaborative effort with Japan's Mitsubishi Corp. and others.
A signing ceremony was held earlier this week. Financial terms were not...
Report: 9 citizens of Trinidad sought to join IS group
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — The government of Trinidad and Tobago has reportedly confirmed that nine of its citizens will be deported from Turkey after being detained while trying to enter Syria or Iraq to join the Islamic State group.
The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian said in an article published Wednesday that Attorney General Faris al-Rawi told it that the nine will be under surveillance and could face criminal charges for involvement with a terrorist...
MIAMI (AP) — The United States could open the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup against Mexico.
The Americans currently are second behind Trinidad and Tobago in Group C semifinals with two matches remaining. The top two teams advance to the six-nation finals, from which three teams automatically make the field for the World Cup in Russia.
Mexico is the only CONCACAF country to have clinched a spot in the regional finals. If the Americans...