Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
Player of the tournament: Francisco Aguilar (MEX)
Goalkeeper of the tournament: Leordan Hernández (CUB)
Top Scorer of the Tournament: Yoandy Blanco (CUB), 11 goals
|22 November 2014|
|12||Semi-final||3:30pm||MEX - TTO||0 - 1 (0 - 0)||Final|
Trinidad and Tobago clipped host country Mexico 1-0 in the second semi-final of the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games (Men) and will face Cuba in the gold medal match on 24 November 2014 at 3:30 p.m. Trinidad has also booked their spot at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto Canada.
Both teams went at it from the opening whistle but neither team was able to get on the scoreboard at the end of the 1st half. Trinidad’s Captain Darren COWIE was outstanding for his team in the middle of the field as he dictated play with searching passes and good defensive play. Mexico’s Pol MORENO and Francisco AGUILAR were their team’s best threats going forward.
The goalkeepers for both teams, Daniel AGUILAR (Mexico) and Andrey ROCKE (Trinidad), made some fantastic saves to keep their teams in the game as both teams tried to get the breakthrough goal. With 15 minutes left in the match, Trinidad’s Akim TOUSSAINT took a quick self-pass inside Mexico’s 23m, eliminated a defender and cracked the ball past goalkeeper AGUILAR. This turned out to be the decisive goal as Trinidad defended well in the closing minutes and kept Mexico from getting back in the game.
Mexico will face Barbados on 24 November 2014 at 1:15pm.in the bronze medal match.