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SRFC Trio Wrap up First Round World Cup Qualifying

June 10, 2021 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Sacramento Republic FC News Release


Republic FC players Kharlton Belmar, Rafael Diaz and Shannon Gomez will all return to the Indomitable Club following national team duty during FIFA World Cup Qualifier play.

Yesterday, all three of players' countries were in action against fellow Concacaf competition as each nation chased the top spot in their groups. Only the first-place team in each group advances to the two-leg second round.

Gomez's Trinidad and Tobago bagged a 2-0 win over St. Kitts and Nevis and ultimately finished second in Group F. Gomez didn't appear in the recent win, but the Republic FC fullback did feature last Saturday in the Soca Warriors' 0-0 draw against the Bahamas where he made his first-ever World Cup Qualifier start for his country.

Diaz's Dominican Republic also took second in Group D after falling to the table-toppers, Panama, 3-0 on Tuesday. Diaz manned the net for the D.R. during each his country's four WCQ fixtures including a recent 1-1 draw against Barbados last Friday.

Belmar and the Grenada National Team - who finished fourth in Group A - surrendered two late goals on Tuesday to fall to Montserrat, 2-1, with the SRFC striker entering the match as a second half substitute. Last Friday, Belmar started for the Spice Boyz and played 64 minutes during his sides' 1-0 defeat at the hands of Antigua and Barbuda.

The second round of Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers are scheduled to kickoff this weekend with all three first legs set to take place on Saturday.

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