CONCACAF: Jamaica win, Sven's men are held
BUENOS AIRES, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Jamaica followed up Saturday's shock 1-0 home win over Mexico with a repeat performance against Honduras on Wednesday to stay in the hunt for a place in the final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
El Salvador booked their spot with a 3-0 win over Suriname while Trinidad & Tobago are virtually there after Russell Latapy and Dwight Yorke, who have a combined age of 76, gave them a 2-1 win over a weakened United States.
Mexico are also close to advancing to the final round of North and Central American qualifiers despite being held 2-2 by already-eliminated Canada, a result that will heap more pressure on under-fire Swedish coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Norwegian-based striker Luton Shelton rounded Noel Valladares to score Jamaica's only goal in the 16th minute in Kingston and give caretaker coach Theodore Whitmore his second successive win since replacing Rene Simoes.
Jamaica are third in Group Two in the third stage of the region's qualifiers with seven points while Mexico lead with 10 and Honduras are second with nine. The top two go through.
Honduras host Mexico in their final game while Jamaica entertain Canada in what is likely to be their first game under former England forward John Barnes, who is due to take over from Whitmore in November.
Mexico twice had to come behind to force a draw in Edmonton, Carlos Salcido and Argentine-born Matias Vuoso replying after Ali Gerba, with his sixth goal of the tournament, and Tomasz Radzinski had put the hosts ahead.
Latapy, 40, gave Trinidad the lead just after the hour in Port of Spain and Dwight Yorke, four years his junior, scored the winner from a 79th minute penalty after Charlie Davies had levelled for the visitors.
The U.S., top of Group One with 12 points and already qualified, rested eight first-team regulars for the match.
Trinidad are second with eight points and need a draw at home to Cuba next month to progress to the six-team final round.
Guatemala, three points behind, were virtually eliminated after a 2-1 loss in Cuba, who had lost all four previous games. Allianni Urgelles scored an 87th-minute winner for the Cubans.
Guatemala visit the U.S. next month.
El Salvador, needing just a draw to follow Costa Rica through from Group Three, beat Suriname 3-0.
Rodolfo Zelaya and Eliseo Quintanilla put them 2-0 ahead in less than half an hour before Derrik Garden put through his own goal late in the game. Costa Rica beat Haiti 2-0 to maintain their 100 percent record.