USVI, DR Make CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. July 12, 2011: The U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic have made it through to the first group stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier.

They joined Bahamas in the first group after winning their respective second-leg matches Sunday to complete aggregate victories in the preliminary round.

The Dominican Republic won for the second time in three days, getting a pair of goals from Inoel Navarro and a second goal in as many games from Jonathan Fana to topple Anguilla 4-0 in San Cistobal, Dominican Republic.

In Road Town on the island of Tortola, Reid Klopp scored for the second straight game to pace the U.S. Virgin Islands past the British Virgin Islands 2-1. The result completed a 4-1 aggregate victory, the first time the U.S. Virgin Islands have advance past the first stage in World Cup qualifying.

Bahamas won its preliminary round series on Saturday, winning 6-0 to complete a 10-0 aggregate win over Turks and Caicos Islands.

The three will advance to the World Cup qualifying draw on July 30th in Rio de Janeiro, where they will be drawn into one of six, four-team groups. The six group winners will join the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba in the semifinal round of qualifying.

There they will be divided into three, four-team groups from which two in each group will qualify for the final or “hexagonal” round.