There were some contrasting fortunes in the same stadium last night for Omari Sterling-James and his Fleet teammate Dominic Poleon in the CONCACAF Gold Cup First Preliminary Round.
First up at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was Poleon lining up for Saint Lucia in their match against Martinique. Despite an equaliser by ex-Bromley and current Portsmouth forward Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, Poleon and his colleagues suffered a late 3-1 defeat to end their interest in the competition. It was, however, more celebration for Poleon at the end of a hugely successful season to land his first international cap.
There was better luck for Sterling-James who followed up his successful March spell of international duty to progress to the next round as Saint Kitts & Nevis came from behind to draw 1-1 with Curacao but the Sugar Boyz won 3-2 on penalties.
Sterling-James will now compete for a starting place on Wednesday morning at 2.00am GMT as Saints Kitts & Nevis look to progress into the Gold Cup finals for the very first time against Suriname or Puerto Rico.