The United States barely raised a sweat as they opened their CONCACAF Nations League with a 7-0 humbling of Cuba.

USA star Weston McKennie scored a 13-minute hat-trick in the first half of the Group A clash at Audi Field in Washington on Friday.

Gregg Berhalter's USA were a class above in the American capital, where the home side led struggling Cuba 6-0 at half-time.

USA were expected to ease past Cuba in the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League and the match went according to script after a dream start.

McKennie broke the deadlock after just 31 seconds and the Schalke midfielder doubled the lead a little more than four minutes later – Jordan Morris providing both assists as the one-way traffic continued.

Morris got in on the action and made it 3-0 in the ninth minute with a composed finish to beat Cuba goalkeeper Nelson Johnston at his near post.

It got ugly for Cuba as McKennie completed his hat-trick four minutes later when Reggie Cannon slid a ball across the six-yard box and the former reacted quickest.

Cuba managed to stop the bleeding until a stunning backheel from McKennie found Morris, whose effort was bundled over the line by an unfortunate Dario Ramos in the 37th minute before Josh Sargent curled the ball into the bottom corner for a 6-0 lead approaching half-time.

USA captain Christian Pulisic converted a 62nd-minute penalty to extend the country's mammoth lead, which fell just shy of their record.

 

What does it mean? USA show no mercy

After three matches without victory and two losses, USA needed a response and they got it in style. The United States were expected to win but their composure and ruthlessness saw them fall just short of the country's biggest win – 8-0 against Bermuda in 2008.

McKennie scores first hat-trick

It was a memorable outing for the 21-year-old. For the first time in his career, McKennie took home the match ball following his stunning opening half as he recorded the fastest hat-trick in USA history.

Sorry Cuba's winless run continues

Cuba were on the backfoot from the outset as their winless streak extended to seven games. In that period, they have conceded 33 goals.

What's next?

USA will look to maintain their momentum against Canada away from home on Tuesday, while Cuba are not in action until November 20's Nations League showdown with the United States.

Jamaica’s senior women’s football team continued its impressive showing in Group B of the Caribbean Olympic Qualifying Stage by thrashing St Lucia 11-0 on Sunday night at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Captain Khadija Shaw and Deneisha Blackwood led the Reggae Girlz with three goals apiece.

Shaw handed the Reggae Girlz the lead in the second minute before completing her hattrick in the 16th and 34th minutes.

Blackwood found the back of the net in the 24th, 68th and 78th minutes.

Cheyna Matthews, Dominique Bond Flasza, Tiffany Cameron, Trudi Carter, and Tarania Clarke secured the other goals.

The victory represents the third straight for the Reggae Girlz in the five-team qualifying tournament being staged in Jamaica.

The three games have produced 30 goals for the Reggae Girlz ahead of their final game on Tuesday against the US Virgin Islands.

The Reggae Girlz opened their campaign with a 12-1 victory against Cuba on September 30 followed by a 7-0 triumph against Barbados on October 4.

Jamaica are scheduled to kick off their 2019-2020 CONCACAF Nation's League campaign against Antigua and Barbuda, at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in September, based on a newly released schedule.

The opening round of the tournament will feature some 34 matches overall, with teams placed in three groups.  The competition will also feature all 41 member associations of the Concacaf region in the same competition for the first time.

The Jamaicans kick off the competition in League B after finishing eighth in the qualifiers earlier this year.  In League A, Trinidad and Tobago will look to beginning putting a poor Gold Cup campaign behind them when they face Martinique.  Cuba, who also struggled to make a positive impression at the tournament, will face Canada in a rematch of a Gold Cup group contest.  The Caribbean team will be hoping for a much better showing this time around having been trounced 7-0 on that occasion.

 Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, and Honduras, who are all top-ranked in the three-team League A groups, will begin their participation in the tournament in October and November.  The winners of each Nations League A group will qualify to the Final Championship that will now be played in June and will determine the champion of the new competition.

Group winners from Leagues B and League C will be promoted to League A and B, respectively, while the teams at the bottom of each League A and League B groups will be relegated to League B and C, respectively.

 

2019-2020 Concacaf Nations League Group Stage Schedule
*In ET and home team listed first

Thursday, September 5, 2019
(C) 3:00 PM US Virgin Islands vs Cayman Islands – Bethlehem Soccer Complex, US Virgin Islands
(C) 6:00 PM Barbados vs Saint Martin – Astro Turf Wildey Stadium, Barbados
(A) 6:00 PM Bermuda vs Panama – Bermuda National Sport Center, Bermuda
(B) 6:00 PM Grenada vs St. Kitts and Nevis – Kirani James Athletic Stadium, Grenada
(B) 3:00 PM Dominica vs Suriname – Windsor Park Sports Stadium, Dominica
(B) 8:00 PM French Guiana vs Belize – Stade du Dr. Edmard Lama, French Guiana
(B) 8:00 PM Nicaragua vs St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Estadio Nacional, Nicaragua
(C) 10:00 PM Guatemala vs Anguilla – Doroteo Guamuch Flores, Guatemala

Friday, September 6, 2019
(C) 3:00 PM Bonaire vs British Virgin Islands – Stadion Ergilio Hato, Curacao
(A) 6:00 PM Martinique vs Trinidad & Tobago – Stade Pierre Aliker, Martinique
(B) 7:00 PM Aruba vs Guyana – Stadion Ergilio Hato, Curacao
(B) 8:00 PM Jamaica vs Antigua and Barbuda – Montego Bay Sports Complex, Jamaica

Saturday, September 7, 2019
(B) 3:00 PM Montserrat vs Dominican Republic – Blake’s Football Complex, Montserrat
(C) 5:00 PM Guadeloupe vs Sint Maarten – Rene Serge Nabajoth, Guadeloupe
(A) 6:00 PM Curacao vs Haiti – Stadion Ergilio Hato, Curacao
(A) 8:00 PM Canada vs Cuba – BMO Field, Canada
(B) 10:00 PM El Salvador vs St. Lucia – Estadio Cuscatlan, El Salvador

Sunday, September 8, 2019
(C) 3:00 PM Saint Martin vs US Virgin Islands – Raymond Gordon Ernest Guishard Technical Center, Anguilla
(B) 6:00 PM Belize vs Grenada – Isidro Beoton Stadium, Belize
(B) 6:00 PM St. Vincent and the Grenadines vs Dominica – Arnos Vale Stadium, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
(B) 6:00 PM Suriname vs Nicaragua – Andre Kamperveen Stadion, Suriname
(B) 7:00 PM St. Kitts and Nevis vs French Guiana – Warner Park, St. Kitts and Nevis
(C) 7:30 PM Cayman Islands vs Barbados – Truman Bodden Sports Complex, Cayman Islands
(A) 9:00 PM Panama vs Bermuda – Rommel Fernandez, Panama

Monday, September 9, 2019
(B) 3:00 PM Antigua and Barbuda vs Aruba – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua and Barbuda
(C) 6:00 PM Bahamas vs Bonaire – Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Bahamas
(B) 7:00 PM Guyana vs Jamaica – Leonora National Track & Field Center, Guyana
(A) 9:00 PM Trinidad & Tobago vs Martinique – Ato Boldon Stadium, Trinidad & Tobago

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
(C) 2:00 PM Puerto Rico vs Guatemala – Juan Ramon Loubriel, Puerto Rico
(C) 3:00 PM Turks and Caicos Islands vs Guadeloupe – TCIFA National Academy , Turks and Caicos Islands
(B) 4:00 PM Montserrat vs St. Lucia – Blake’s Football Complex, Montserrat
(B) 6:00 PM Dominican Republic vs El Salvador – Felix Sanchez, Dominican Republic
(A) 6:00 PM Haiti vs Curacao – Sylvio Cator, Haiti
(A) 7:15 PM Cuba vs Canada – Truman Bodden Sports Complex, Cayman Island

Jamaica junior jumper Lotavia Brown captured the country’s third gold medal after claiming the women’s triple jump title at the XX Pan American U-20 Championships on Sunday.

In a stunning upset, the young Jamaican defeated favourite Leyanis Perez of Cuba but certainly had a huge slice of luck fall her way. 

Brown recorded a distance of 13.22m to take first place but was assisted by a wind reading of +4.3.  Even so, the second-place Perez, who consistently went over 13m, was just behind with a jump of 13.21 with a +0.5-wind reading. Another Caribbean athlete, Saint Vincent’s Mikeisha Welcome was third with a distance of 13.15m.  Rhianna Phipps a second Jamaican in the event was fifth after registering a best of 12.98.

Another jumper Lamara Distin also added to the tally after securing silver in the women's high jump.  Distin registered 1.81m just behind gold medal winner American Sanaa Barnes' 1.83m. Shelby Taylor of the United States took the bronze medal by clearing 1.78m, while Jamaica's Janique Burgher, also cleared 1.78m for fourth place. 

Jamaica sprint sensation Briana Williams also added to medal tally as part of a women’s 4x100m team that finished behind the United States.  The Jamaican team of Williams, Shakiera Bowra, Michae Harriot and Brandy Hall clocked 44.36 for second place as the United States took the gold medal by a wide margin with a 43.51-second clocking.  Canada clocked 44.42 for third place and the bronze medal.

 

A pair of headers helped Martinique collect its first win of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup in a 3-0 victory over Cuba in Group A on Wednesday night at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

The two teams had their fair share of chances in the first half, with Cuba’s Arichel Hernandez nearly breaking the deadlock via header in the 30’.

It looked like it would be scoreless heading into halftime, but Martinique’s Joris Marveaux had other ideas and headed in a corner kick in the 45’ for a 1-0 lead to Les Matinino.

Martinique had the momentum and it carried into the second half, as Mickael Biron earned a penalty in the 58’, but Kevin Parsemain was unable to convert the spot kick.

Cuba GK Sandy Sanchez kept his team within a goal with a number of excellent saves, but Martinique would finally find its second when Stephane Abaul thumped in a header off a corner kick in the 70’ for a 2-0 advantage.

Martinique’s football was flowing freely and its day was capped when a slick Parsemain back-heel pass was stroked into net by Kevin Fortune for the 3-0 final.

Uriel Antuna scored a hat-trick as Mexico thrashed Cuba 7-0 in their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener in California on Saturday.

Antuna stole the show with his treble, which went with a Raul Jimenez brace and goals from Diego Reyes and Alexis Vega in what was a one-sided encounter at the Rose Bowl.

Gerardo Martino's men struck four times in the first half, marking their fifth win in as many games since he took over in January.

Cuba were outclassed by a Mexico side who showed why they are once again among the favourites for the title.

Mexico dominated from the outset and needed just two minutes to open the scoring through Antuna, who was a late addition to the Mexico squad as an injury replacement.

Jimenez hit the post after a cross from the left and Antuna was on hand to scramble in his first international goal.

Mexico's second just after the half-hour mark through Jimenez had been coming as the forward caused Cuba plenty of problems.

Andres Guardado chipped a pass through a poor Cuba defence, Jimenez producing a composed finish into the bottom corner.

Mexico struck twice more before half-time through Reyes and Antuna.

Jimenez side-footed a corner that drew a save from Cuba goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez, but the rebound fell straight to Reyes to tap in.

Antuna completed his brace just prior to the break as Jimenez's cross was blocked by a last-ditch clearance, the LA Galaxy forward – who is on loan from Manchester City – on hand to rifle into the roof of the net from close range.

Mexico's intensity dropped slightly to begin the second half, but Jimenez struck again, firing through Sanchez's legs after a pass from Carlos Rodriguez.

Vega came off the bench to net his first at international level, tapping in after Antuna unselfishly crossed for him to score the easiest of goals in the 74th minute.

In just his third international, Antuna completed his hat-trick, putting away a rebound after Sanchez did well to keep out a Rodriguez effort.

 

What does it mean? Mexico flex muscle

This was meant to be a one-sided affair and Mexico ensured it was with a blistering first half. Mexico are seven-time Gold Cup champions and they deserve to be favourites for number eight.

Jimenez provides major impact

Jimenez, who starred on loan at Wolves from Benfica last season before the deal became permanent, impressed. As well as scoring his 18th and 19th international goals, the forward was involved in three other goals.

Martino proven right so far

Martino said in the lead up he would prefer Mexico to play at the Copa America over the CONCACAF Gold Cup. With wins over Chile, Paraguay, Venezuela and Ecuador this year, Mexico were never going to be threatened by Cuba and it remains to be seen how much they will be tested throughout the tournament.

What's next?

Mexico's campaign continues against Canada on Wednesday, while Cuba face Martinique on the same day.

Both Mexico and Cuba will be seeking a bright start to their respective 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup campaigns when they meet in the opening round of Group A on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. 

Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz moved closer to historic qualification for the FIFA World Cup following a 9-0 win over neighbours Cuba at the H-E-B Park in Houston, Texas, on Thursday.

As they prepare for their next match against Cuba in the CONCACAF Women’s Championships, Reggae Girlz Head Coach Hue Menzies says the team is not taking anyone for granted.

Costa Rica spoiled Cuba's debut in the 2018 concacaf Women's Championship as it recorded an 8-0 victory in the Group B opener at H-E-B Park on Friday night. 

Locally based members of the Reggae Girlz are scheduled to the island on Sunday for Texas in the United States where they begin their campaign in the CONCACAF Women's Championships from October 4-17.

Jamaica is to play two friendly internationals against Cuba with both matches earmarked for venues outside the capital city Kingston in early October.

 

Head coach of Jamaica’s Reggae Girls, Hue Menzies, is tempering expectations for the national team who has been drawn alongside Canada, Costa Rica, and Cuba in Group B of the CONCACAF Women’s Championships set for the United States next month.

Even as Jamaica celebrates its senior women’s football team winning the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s qualifiers with a 6-1 drubbing of Cuba on Sunday, Assistant Coach Andrew Price said the team has to be even better if it is to advance from the final round of competition in the USA from October 4 to 17.

Concacaf Women’s Championship Qualifying resumes this Saturday, as nine teams from Central America and the Caribbean look to punch their ticket to the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. 

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