MIAMI, Florida – 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying has concluded with plenty of thrilling and dramatic moments, plus standout performances both at the team and individual level.
Week 4 saw the continuation of a defensive trend in CNLQ. Just 55 goals were scored in the 16 matches, which is line with the 45 goals from Week 3 and in sharp contrast to the 84 and 77 goals scored in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively.
It was certainly a week in which the starters rose the occasion, as 52 of the 55 goals were scored by players on the field at the time of the opening whistle.
On a team level, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were certainly prolific in its 2-1 win over Bonaire. Vincy Heat had a total of 24 shots, 11 of them on goal, 15 corner kicks and 23 fouls received to lead all teams in Week 4.
Nicaragua managed to punch its ticket to the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup thanks in large part to its ball possession in the narrow 1-0 win at Barbados. The Pinoleros led all teams with 65% possession, which was key in securing the three points.
Individually, one would be hard pressed to find a better performance from El Salvador’s Jonathan Jimenez.
The midfielder led all players in week 4 with 70 of 77 passes completed, providing the platform for El Salvador’s 2-0 win over Jamaica which sealed a Gold Cup berth for the Cuscatlecos.
There is a big reason why Bonaire led all teams in ball recoveries in week 4 with 26, and it had to do with the efforts of Jurven Koffy and Yannick Bekman, who each had five ball recoveries in the 2-1 win over British Virgin Islands, Bonaire’s first victory since 2014.
It’s no coincidence that Bonaire had the most ball recoveries during the entire CNLQ with 62 in total.
More to know:
- Goals in CNLQ: 264
- Top Scores: Rangelo Janga (Curacao and Duckens Nazon (Haiti) 6 each
- Open play: 198
- Penalty Kick: 15
- Header: 37
- Own goals: 8
- Starters: 235
- Bench: 29
- Forwards: 144
- Midfielders: 96
- Defenders: 24