[WORLD CUP WATCH]
The long road to South Africa began in CONCACAF on Sunday with a surprise as Cayman Islands tied Bermuda, 1-1, in Hamilton. The
attention of U.S. fans will be focused on the match Wednesday in Roseau, where Dominica hosts Barbados at Windsor Park.
Barbados is heavily favored in the first-round series whose winner
will face the USA in June but the Bajans will be without most of their foreign-based players. The one newcomer in the Barbados squad is Jon Nurse
fourth-level English club Dagenham & Redbridge.
plays in the Unibond First Division South, the eighth level of English soccer, for
Retford United, while Barry Skeete
returned after two years in the Argentine Third Division with Colegiales. Reveire
and Dwayne McClean
have been training in Argentina.
Four other English-based players were not released, while Paul Ifill
of Crystal Palace is injured.
Dominica has never beaten Barbados in five meetings. The Bajans won, 5-0, when the teams last met in 2006.
BARBADOS ROSTER: Goalkeepers --
Alvin Rouse (Galway United/Ireland), Kerry Holder (Barbados Defence
Force). Defenders --
Rommell Brathwaite (Kola Tonic Notre Dame), Dwight James (Kola Tonic Notre Dame), Barry Skeete (Barbados Defence Force), Jonathan
Straker (Barbados Defence Force), Bryan Neblett (Notre Dame), Rohan Hall (Barbados Defence Force). Midfielders --
Elvis Defreitas (Paradise), John
Parris (Kola Tonic Notre Dame), Jeffrey Williams (Barbados Defence Force), Rondelle Vaughan (Brittons Hill), Norman Forde (Youth Milan). Strikers --
Reveire Williams (Barbados Defence Force), Dwayne McClean (Barbados Defence Force), Jon Nurse (Dagenham & Redbridge/England), Neil Harvey (Retford United/England), Dwayne Stanford (Beverley
Hills). CAYMAN COMEBACK.
Cayman Islands tied Bermuda when Allean Grant
equalized for Cayman Islands in
the 86th minute Tyrell Burgess
of NCAA Division II Lynn University scored Bermuda's lone goal. Another Lynn player, Kieshan Bean
, also started for Bermuda. John Barry Nusum
of the MISL's Philadelphia Kixx was the only foreign-based player called up by
Bermuda coach Keith Tucker. The only other foreign-based players in the Bermuda lineup were Antonio Lowe
of Canada's Cape Breton University. BERMUDA-CAYMAN ISLANDS SUMMARY:
Feb. 3 in Hamilton Bermuda 1 Cayman Islands 1.
Goals: Burgess 18; Grant 86. Bermuda --
Lowe (Cox, 86), Shakir, Richards, Bean, Steede, DeGraff (Thompson-Lambe, 74), Burgess, Nusum (Astwood, 69), Coddington. Cayman Islands --
M.Forbes (A.Forbes, 69), Waud, Elliot, Fisher (Anderson, 89), Grant, Douglas, Fagan (Brown, 82), Lindo, Solomon. Referee:
Mauricio Navarro (Canada).
n/a. MIDWEEK MATCHUPS.
Five other first-leg matches take place in CONCACAF on Wednesday.
of Chivas USA was called up by St. Kitts & Nevis for its match at Belize, while keeper Janiel Simon of NCAA Division II Janiel Simon
is in Antigua & Barbuda's squad for its game at Aruba. FIRST ROUND, FIRST LEG Feb. 6 in Roseau
Dominica vs. Barbados Feb. 6 in Providenciales
Turks & Caicaos Island vs. St. Lucia Feb. 6 in Oranjestad
Aruba vs. Antigua & Barbuda Feb. 6 in Guatemala City
Belize vs. St. Kitts & Nevis Feb. 6 in Diriamba
Nicaragua vs. Neth. Antilles Feb. 6 in San Salvador
El Salvador vs. Anguilla CANADA CAMP.
Canada wrapped up a two-week camp in Florida with a 2-0 win over Danish club Vejle on Sunday. The win was the second for Canada, which had beaten
Martinique, 1-0, in Fort-au-France last Wednesday.
MLS players in the Canada camp included Dwayne De Rosario
and Pat Onstad
(Houston), Kevin Harmse
(Los Angeles), Chris Pozniak
(San Jose) and Adrian Serioux