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Rising FC’s Forbes Helps Turks & Caicos to Historic Win

By Staff, 11/19/18, 8:11AM EST


FC Cincinnati’s Albadawi, Monarchs’ Charles also on target on international duty

Phoenix Rising FC forward Billy Forbes led Turks & Caicos to its first victory since 2014 with a 3-2 win against St. Vincent & the Grenadines on Sunday afternoon. | Photo courtesy Michael Rincon / Phoenix Rising FC

Phoenix Rising FC forward Billy Forbes scored twice to lead Turks & Caicos to its first international victory since 2014 as the side defeated St. Vincent & the Grenadines 3-2 in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying on Sunday afternoon. Forbes' display led a solid contingent of players who saw action in the USL this past season on duty over the opening four days of the current international break.

Ranked No. 211 in the world, Turks & Caicos got out to a perfect start as Forbes scored in the seventh minute, and the Rising FC forward added a second just before halftime. St. Vincent & the Grenadines looked to have denied the home fans at the TCIFA National Academy their celebration when Jahvin Sutherland and Nazir McBurnette both scored inside the final five minutes to pull the game level, but Jepthe Francois scored in the 89th minute to give Turks & Caicos a historic win.

FC Cincinnati’s Nazmi Albadawi made the most of his international debut for Palestine as he came on to score the winner in the side’s 2-1 victory against Pakistan last Friday night. Albadawi came on in the 52nd minute and proceeded to find the net with 12 minutes to go, firing home a low shot to the bottom-left corner as he joined the attack after sending a teammate down the right side from near the halfway line.

Back in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, Real Monarchs SLC’s Jamal Charles scored twice as Grenada earns its first victory in the tournament with a 5-2 victory against Saint Martin.

Other notable debuts over the first half of the international break saw 2018 USL All-League selection Hadji Barry of the Swope Park Rangers come on as a late substitute in Guinea’s 1-1 draw with the Ivory Coast in Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying, a result that guaranteed the country a place at next year’s finals of the tournament, while Rio Grande Valley FC’s Pablo Aguilar started for Guatemala against Israel.

USL Players on International Duty, November 15-18, 2018

Thursday, November 15
Trinidad & Tobago 0, Iran 1
Nathan Lewis (IND) – 90 minutes, Atualla Guerra (CHS) – 62 minutes, Cordell Cato (CLT) – 18 minutes

Guatemala 0, Israel 7
Pablo Aguilar (RGV) – 58 minutes (debut)

Friday, November 16
Palestine 2, Pakistan 1
Nazmi Albadawi (CIN) – 39 minutes, game-winning goal (debut)

Grenada 5, Saint Martin 2
Jamal Charles (SLC) – 90 minutes, two goals

El Salvador 0, Bermuda 1
Joaquin Rivas (TUL) – 45 minutes

Puerto Rico 0, Belize 1
Cody Laurendi (OKC) – 90 minutes, Jorge Rivera (PEN) – 28 minutes

Panama 0, Honduras 1
Carlos Small (RGV) – 32 minutes

November 17
Jamaica 2, Suriname 1
Omar Gordon (SA) – 90 minutes, Je-Vaughn Watson (CLT) – 90 minutes, Speedy Williams (LOU) – 31 minutes, Shaun Francis (LOU) – 15 minutes

Jordan 2, India 1
Jaime Siaj (OKC) – 15 minutes

Sunday, November 18
Turks & Caicos 3, St. Vincent & the Grenadines 2
Billy Forbes (PHX) – 90 minutes, 2 goals

Liberia 1, Zimbabwe 0
Joel Johnson (CLT) – 90 minutes

Guinea 1, Ivory Coast 1
Hadji Barry (SPR) – 5 minutes (debut)

U.S. Virgin Islands 0, Barbados 3
Aaron Dennis (PEN) – 90 minutes

St. Kitts & Nevis 0, Canada 1
Atiba Harris (OKC) – 90 minutes

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