MIAMI, Florida -- The first international window in the Concacaf Nations League C produced some tremendous matches and individual showings.
At the back, the one setting the standard for goalkeeping has been Albertini Holness of the Cayman Islands. Holness had a League C-leading 11 saves and eight clearances in his country’s two victories over the break.
Bonaire’s Rishison Frans had the high mark of 14 clearances to go along with eight saves.
When it comes to defending, the entire Guatemala back line has been exemplary. Steven Robles, Allen Yanes, and José Pinto have an average pass percentage of 91.6, as well as three assists and a goal between them, showing how Guatemala have involved the entire side in their ferocious attack, while also conceding zero goals so far.
Guadeloupe’s Anthony Baron played a big part in the team’s two comfortable victories that saw them concede just once, and scored one of the finest goals you’ll see by any player all tournament long, let alone a defender.
Raejae Joseph of the US Virgin Islands showed his versatility with a goal, two steals, and 96% of passes completed.
In the midfield again Guatemala has been well represented, with Alejandro Galindo scoring twice and nabbing seven steals.
But most impressive of all has been Michael Martin of the Cayman Islands, who scored his first two national team goals against the US Virgin Islands and then added a third against Barbados on the eve of his 21st birthday.
Barbados’ own captain, Rashad Jules, has been a major contributor on both sides of the ball, putting up a 91% passing rating to go along with a goal and two big steals.
Up front there’s no question that Guatemala’s Danilo Guerra has been the top dog, having already done enough work to call his entire campaign successful even with two games remaining. Guerra has five goals and two assists, including the four he scored in the opening match despite entering the match as a late substitute.
Nicholas Blackman of Barbados has produced two goals and two assists to go along with a 93% passing rating; a dream start to his international career.