Not one Caribbean team got out of the group stage of the 2017 CONCACAF Men's U-20 Championship, but Cuba made sure there will be representation of its region in the latter stage of this year's Men's U-17 tournament by posting a 2-1 win over Canada on April 25.
Much like its preceding loss to Costa Rica by the same score, Canada had its chances but didn't make them count. Cuba took the lead in the 26th minute, and doubled its lead in the 59th.
Canada got on the board in the 71st, but the equalizer never came.
The win gives Cuba four points with one game left to play in Group B. Canada also has one game left, but has zero points and will not be able to catch Cuba. Nor will it be able to catch Costa Rica. Los Ticos beat Suriname, 3-0, in their second game in Group B, for their second win of the tournament. Costa RIca's six points is even further out of Canada's reach than Cuba's four. Canada is the first team eliminated from the 2017 CONCACAF Men's U-17 Championship.
Suriname still has a shot at making it out of the group: it must beat Canada on April 28 and hope Costa Rica beats Cuba the same day.
But regardless of the results of the games on Group B' final match-day, Canada is out, Costa Rica is through to the Classification Stage, and one of the Caribbean qualifiers in the group - Cuba or Suriname - will be in the next round also.