The Barbados Football Association’s national Under-17 squad fought valiantly, but it wasn’t enough to stop the powerhouse USA on Saturday.
In the end, the Tridents lost 6-1 in their second matchup of the Concacaf Under-17 Championships on Field 1 at the IMG Academy, Miami, Florida.
Following a 1-1 draw against Guatemala in Group F on Thursday, the young Bajan Tridents, looking dapper in their new Capelli sponsored yellow kit, were ready to go the distance, but the numerous set plays throughout the game proved to be too their disadvantage.
Halfway through the first half, captain Roshon “Speedy” Gittens fouled the opposing team just outside the 18-yard box. That seemed to be what the USA was waiting on, as US captain Kobe Hernandez sent a whizzing goal across to the far post to put the first goal of the game on the scorecard.
If that wasn’t enough, six minutes later Gianluca Busio netted an in-swinger from outside the 10-yard box which goalie Brandon Sumpter was not quick enough to stop.
While the USA kept Barbados on their toes, they kept dangling the ball like a carrot for the Bajans maintaining greater ball possession for the entire game.
As the clock neared the half time mark, the USA went on to score two more goals courtesy Adam Saldana, who netted from just outside the 18-yard box, and Busio scored again in the 45th following a free kick to give the USA a 4-0 lead.
A critical error by Ethan Bryan gave the opponent their fifth goal in the 47th after he slid home with an own goal. Shortly thereafter, Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez sealed the deal for the United States, when he slid the ball home past an advancing Sumpter to make it six for the USA.
However, set on not walking away without a goal, Devonte Richards hammered home the lone goal for Barbados from the penalty spot in the 54th, sending the keeper the wrong way, to give the Tridents something to shout about.
The USA now leads the group on six points, while Canada, Guatemala and Barbados trail behind. The Tridents face Canada on today.