The USVI men’s soccer national team fell short in their friendly versus Antigua and Barbuda losing 2-0.
On Sunday March 8, the Virgin Islands’ men’s national team faced the “Bennaboys” in their lone international friendly before the upcoming World Cup qualifiers versus Barbados. After a patient start by both sides, Antigua and Barbuda’s Javorn Stevens scored the first goal in the 24th minute off of a long pass from the midfield.
In the second half, the USVI adjusted taking a more aggressive approach but Antigua and Barbuda countered and cemented their victory with a deep shot from Tomarley Thomas, putting in the final score of the game, making it 2-0.
USVI head coach Ahmed Mohamed credited Antigua and Barbuda in the win but noted his team’s mistakes saying “a couple of silly mistakes really cost us. We had a lot of chances in the match.”
The USVIMNT will face their first official test on March 22 in the first of the two-legged qualifier series against Barbados. They will return to the Virgin Islands for their second leg versus Barbados at 3:30 p.m. on March 26 at the Addelita Cancryn Field in St. Thomas.