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Football / 2012 CFU U-17 Qualification Thread.
« on: June 25, 2012, 05:28:59 PM »
Caribbean U-17 qualifying to start July 5.

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Caribbean qualifying for the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship will begin July 5, with Cuba and Haiti hosting four-team groups and two others set for later in the month.

Cuba will face Aruba, Bahamas and Puerto Rico at Havana's Estadio Pedro Marrero, while Haiti will be home against Curacao, the Dominican Republic and St. Luicia at Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince July 5-9.

Jamaica will host a three-team group involving Antigua & Barbuda and Bermuda July 11-15, while the British Virgin Islands, Guyana and Suriname will travel to Trinidad July 24-28. The remaining group will play in St. Kitts' Warner Park with the host, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Grenada and Barbados - also July 24-28.

The group winners and the best second-place team will advance to a final round of qualifying August 19-30 at a venue to be determined later to decide the Caribbean's five berths in the CONCACAF finals, set for April 6-19 in Panama.

Caribbean U-17 world cup qualification to kick off next week

Caribbean U-17 Championship
First Round

Group 1
At Kingston, Jamaica
Wednesday, July 11

Jamaica vs. Bermuda

Friday, July 13
Bermuda vs. Antigua & Barbuda

Sunday July 15
Jamaica vs. Antigua & Barbuda

Group 2
At Havana, Cuba
Thursday, July 5

Aruba vs. Puerto Rico
Cuba vs. Bahamas

Saturday, July 7
Puerto Rico vs. Bahamas
Cuba vs. Aruba

Monday, July 9
Aruba vs. Bahamas
Cuba vs. Puerto Rico

Group 3
At Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Thursday, July 5

Dominican Republic vs. Curacao
Haiti vs. St. Lucia

Saturday, July 7
St. Lucia vs. Dominican Republic
Haiti vs. Curacao

Monday, July 9
Curacao vs. St. Luicia
Haiti vs. Dominican Republic

Group 4
At Trinidad & Tobago
Tuesday, July 24

Guyana vs. Suriname
Trinidad & Tobago vs. British Virgin Islands

Thursday, July 26
British Virgin Islands vs. Guyana
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Suriname

Saturday, July 28
Suriname vs. British Virgin Islands
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guyana

Group 5
At Basseterre, St. Kitts
Tuesday, July 24

Barbados vs. Grenada
St. Kitts & Nevis vs. U.S. Virgin Islands

Thursday, July 26
U.S. Virgin Islands vs. Barbados
St. Kitts & Nevis vs. Grenada

Saturday, July 28
Grenada vs. U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Kitts & Nevis vs. Barbados

August 19-30
First-round group winners, best second-place

Surprisingly it is not Jamaica...:-)

Well the way it looks like, all the group favorites need simply a tie on November 11 to guarantee their places into the second round except for Haiti and Trinidad..Panama is already in as expected..Both Haiti & Trinidad can't afford a lost or two ties..

Which beg the question...who has a better chance to advance.. well surprisingly enough it is Haiti rather than Trinidad..Why..?

Well when it comes to Caribbean soccer, any one from the Caribbean would tell you that the top 4 dogs of the Caribbean are Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba and Haiti.. The 5th place is up for grab..you might be surprised that it is not Grenada, Guadeloupe or Martinique it is Guyana...they have become the hot bed of Caribbean soccer because they keep on winning.. A good portion of the team are playing in Trinidad league, most in Caledonia club...

So Guyana really will have two home games, one in Trinidad and one in Guyana...not to mention strong familiarity with the field and the players..the players are also hungry for more jobs in Trinidad club..so they have something to prove or to show..

Antigua really know nothing about Haiti except from watching the videos..this is a completely new team from the one Trinidad beat 4-0..This team is made up of 100% European & MSL players of Haitian descent..from watching the video, A&B will only really see Haiti with total ball control, Curacao and VI players chasing Haitian players like Dogs and Cats with bones....Not to mention in 7 previous meetings, A&B has only managed to win on game against Haiti..

So, I think Haiti has a better chance than Trinidad to advance..your opinions are welcome..even though I think T&T will advance as well but I think Haiti has a better chance..

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