Kingston, Jamaica - Battle Heats Up for Panam Hockey 5's World Cup Qualifiers Final
The Pan American Hockey 5's World Cup Qualifiers in Kingston have been nothing short of exciting, as teams from across the Americas fought tooth and nail for a spot in the upcoming 2024 World Cup in Oman. After a series of intense matches on the fifth day of the qualifiers, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America men’s teams emerged triumphant, securing their tickets.
In the Cross-Over 1 round, the United States showcased their prowess with an impressive 4-0 victory over Costa Rica. Meanwhile, Paraguay and Puerto Rico engaged in a nail-biting encounter that ended in a 3-3 draw, with Paraguay winning the subsequent penalty shootout 2-1.
The hosts, Jamaica, found themselves in a thrilling battle against Guatemala. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, but it was Jamaica that displayed composure and skill during the penalty shootout, triumphing with a 2-1 score. Trinidad and Tobago's dominance was on full display as they decimated Panama with a remarkable 10-1 victory.
In Cross-Over 2, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico locked horns once again, resulting in another intense draw, this time with a 1-1 score line. The penalty shootout saw Puerto Rico seize the moment, securing a 2-1 win. Guatemala proved their mettle with a commendable 3-1 triumph over Panama.
As the semifinals kicked off, the United States asserted their dominance yet again with a commanding 5-1 victory over Panama to qualify for the World Cup and secure a spot in Sunday’s final. Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago continued their exceptional form by beating Jamaica 9-2 to book their World Cup spot.