KENWYNE JONES struck home a stunning late leveller to secure Trinidad and Tobago a point from their opening CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B encounter against El Salvador on Monday evening.
The Stoke City star rifled home late in the second half to deny the underdogs what would have been something of an upset at the impressive Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Everything appeared to have been going to script when Keon Daniel opened the scoring for Trinidad 11 minutes in, however, Rodolfo Zeleya helped himself to a brace either side of the interval to seemingly secure the South Americans all three points.
Jones broke the hearts of a nation ranked 84th in the world though just 15 minutes from time by firing home an unstoppable effort from 15-yards, after sublimely controlling Carlyle Mitchell’s hopeful punt forward.
Jones and co are back in action this Friday night when they take on minnows Haiti in Miami, Florida, knowing that all three points are a must if they are to secure a spot in the last eight of the competition.
Meanwhile, winger Brek Shea will be hoping to feature for hosts USA this evening when they kick-off their Group C campaign against Belize at the Jen-Weld Field in Portland, Oregon.
The winger, who completed a move to the Britannia Stadium from FC Dallas during the January transfer window, was a late inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann’s side following an injury to Molde midfielder Josh Gatt.
Shea, who has 17 full international caps, starred for the US in their recent 6-0 friendly victory against Guatemala but was expected to return to the UK following that encounter for pre-season training with the Potters.
"Brek had a tough couple months behind him," Klinsmann told the US’ official website. "He went to Stoke, had injuries, worked himself back to fitness then didn't get the playing opportunity because they were kind of set in that moment there."
“We want to get him back on track there. He's working really hard and he's in a learning process. Now we're happy."
Geoff Cameron however, has been left out of the side along with a large number of other regular starters for the United States following his participation in three recent World Cup Qualifying victories against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras.
The former Houston Dynamo star has been granted extended leave by boss Mark Hughes following a hectic summer, but is scheduled to link up with his teammates at the Clayton Wood Training Ground next Monday (July 15).