MIAMI, Florida – There were many standout performances throughout the first week of the Concacaf Nations League, with some of the best coming in Groups A and B of League B.
Among the ranks of the goalkeepers, Saint Lucia’s Vino Barclett was at his very best in making 13 saves, 10 and 100 percent passing accuracy clearances over the course of a 3-0 defeat at El Salvador and a 1-1 draw at Montserrat.
Saint Kitts and Nevis GK Julani Archibald was not that far behind either, with nine saves and five clearances for the Sugar Boyz in their 2-1 defeat at Grenada and 2-2 draw with French Guiana.
There was no shortage of top-notch defending in the two groups, with Grenada’s Alexander McQueen leading the charge. The Spice Boys won their first two games, only one of three teams in all of League B to do so, and McQueen was a big part of that with his three steals and six shots in 2-1 victories over Saint Kitts and Nevis and Belize.
El Salvador’s Roberto Dominguez also continued to show why he is one the best center backs in Concacaf, with four steals, one clearance and a 95 percent passing accuracy.
In midfield, one can see how Adrian Clifton’s play reflects Montserrat’s improvement. The Emerald Boy scored a goal and had three steals in helping Montserrat beat the Dominican Republic 2-1 and draw 1-1 with Saint Lucia.
El Salvador’s Marvin Monterroza also seemed to always be in the mix, with a goal, three steals and seven shots.
Up front in attack, Grenada’s Jamal Charles was a force to be reckoned with. Not only did he score two goals, but each proved to be the game-winning goal and were both scored in the final 10 minutes of the match. Charles was also razor-sharp with his passing, registering 92.31 passing accuracy, while also contributing in defense with a steal.