ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Antigua Barracuda FC could become the first club out of Antigua & Barbuda to garner a profitable finish in the ongoing CFU Club Champions Cup competition and qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League when they take on two-times defending champions Puerto Rico Islanders in a third place match-up in Trinidad on Thursday night.
Barracuda, Antigua & Barbuda’s lone professional outfit, will take on the Islanders in the first match of a double-header slated to kickoff at 6 pm as they seek to join W Connection FC and Caledonia AIA as the three teams that qualify for the Champions League.
The winners of the contest will join Group 5 of the Champions League with the LA Galaxy and Isidro Metapan of El Salvador.
The Cudas, however, missed out on an earlier opportunity to book their spot in the Champions League when they were defeated 2-0 by Caledonia AIA in the semi-final fixture on Tuesday night.
W Connection reached the finals following their 4-1 trouncing of Puerto Rico Islanders also on Tuesday.
Radanfah Abu Bakr had put Caledonia ahead in the 65th minute, while Devon Jorsling secured the Trinidadian team’s place in the Champions League with an 86th minute conversion. The match was Caledonia’s first in more than a month, since a 2-1 victory over Barracuda FC.
In the other fixture, Rennie Britto scored on either side of the halves to lead W Connection past the defending champions.
Jerrel Britto, cousin of Rennie, added a goal in the second half, while Andrei Pacheco completed the scoring.
Second half substitute Joshua Hansen got a consolation goal for Puerto Rico in minute 76.
Following their Club Champions Cup run, Barracuda FC will return to USL action on June 29 when they take on Charleston Battery at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.