Trinidad Fans Make Sweep Of Tickets For Match Vs. U.S.

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They really love their soccer in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Ticket sales reinforce that.

Tickets for the crucial World Cup qualifying game between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States were snapped up within two hours, the islands' soccer association said Tuesday.

All 29,500 tickets were sold at 60 outlets throughout the country amid angry scenes as fans jostled each other to get a place for the Nov. 19 game.

''I am bitterly disappointed that thousands of regular fans have been denied the opportunity of buying tickets,'' said Austin Warner, secretary of the association.

But Warner added that the Trinidad and Tobago government was making arrangements to install giant video screens 20 feet high and 30 feet wide in three locations so that those without tickets will be able to see the game.

The rush for tickets was sparked by Sunday's goalless tie between the United States and El Salvador which left Trinidad and Tobago needing only to draw against the Americans to qualify for next year's finals in Italy.

Both countries have nine points but Trinidad and Tobago has a better goal difference.