JOSE ABRAMS BECOMES HERO IN HISTORICAL PUERTO RICO U20 QUALIFIERS FOR U20 WORLD CUP
Jose Abrams' goal vs. Haiti qualified his country for the Final Round of the U20 World Cup Qualifiers
Schulz Academy player, Jose Abrams, opened the score with a powerful header in the 38th minute. The 1-1 equalizer of Haiti in the 85th minute brought some scare in the last minute for the Puerto Ricans, but they were able to hold off the Haiti offense in the last few minutes and the historical sensation was a reality.
Puerto Rico never made it out of a qualifier in any FIFA soccer event before. The chances to do it this time were very slim, after the U20 team of Puerto Rico lost their first game in the group against Trinidad & Tobago. Even the 1-0 win vs. Curacao in the second game would have made no difference if Trinidad & Tobago would have won their last game vs. Curacao, but they lost their game 1-0. This opened a big opportunity for Puerto Rico, which faced Haiti in their last game.
Schulz Academy player, Josef Abrams, opened the score with a powerful header in the 38th minute. The 1-1 equalizer of Haiti in the 85th minute brought some scare in the last minute for the Puerto Ricans, but they were holding off the Haiti offense in the last few minutes and the historical sensation was reality.
Puerto Rico advanced with the goal of Jose Abrams for the first time in the country’s history in a men’s FIFA competition to the final round of a World Cup qualifying tournament, where they will face 11 other nations of the CONCACAF U20 championships to qualify for the U20 World Cup in Turkey.
“Jose was already playing very well in the matches of our U23 Academy Team in the last few weeks. So on the one side for me it was not a big surprise that he played well at the qualifiers, but on the other hand to be the main guy in a big event like this, is not that easy. He was working very hard on his comeback here at the academy after he suffered a muscle injury. I think our staff did a good job to prepare him for the tournament and we will continue to do so for the Final 12 competition in the beginning of 2013”, describes Dr. Josef Schulz the performance of his student.
Jose Abrams is enjoying the congratulations of his team mates after the game vs. Haiti, where he scored the 1-0
Puerto Ricans create history at CFU tourney
Published: Saturday | November 10, 2012 0 Comments
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Puerto Rico’s Under-20 football team created history yesterday, as for the first time in the country’s history a men’s football team has made it to the final round of a World Cup qualifying tournament.
A hard-fought 1-1 draw with Haiti in their Group A Caribbean Football Union Final at the Waterhouse Mini Stadium saw them progress to the 12-team Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-20 championships.
"It is the first time in history that a men’s team will go to the second round in this tournament, and also the first time that we go to the final round in any competition in the history of football in Puerto Rico," Puerto Rico’s coach, Jeaustin Campos, said.
Puerto Rico went ahead in the 38th minute through a Jose Abrams goal before Haiti struck back in the 85th minute through Johnley Cherry.
In the opening game of the double-header Curaçao notched their first win of the tournament, as they clipped Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 to leave themselves with a chance of progressing as the best third place team. The game’s lone goal was brilliantly scored by Alberto Geryon in the 10th minute.
Haiti have also progressed to the final stage of qualifying for the 2013 Youth World Cup, as they finished atop the group with seven points. Puerto Rico placed second with four points ahead of Curaçao (three) and Trinidad and Tobago (three).
Puerto Rico’s passage was aided by a huge stroke of fortune, however, as their go-ahead goal was due to a mistake by Guyanese referee Sherwin Johnson. Johnson blew his whistle while a ball played into Haiti’s area from the right flank was in flight, several of the Haitian players stopped playing, but Puerto Rico’s Jose Abrams seized the opportunity to head the ball into the back of the net and the goal was allowed to stand.
Haiti would make the final few minutes of the game tense for the Puerto Ricans, as they pulled level in the 85th minute when substitute Chery headed in a left-sided corner by fellow substitute Renald Metellus.
"It was a lucky play, but they also scored, so the final six minutes were very tense," Campos said.