World Cup Roundup
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Gabriel Michel and Jean-Robert Menelas scored three goals each Saturday as Haiti routed the Bahamas 9-0 in the first leg of their World Cup qualifier.
The second leg of the home-and-home, total-goals series is April 16, with the winner advancing to a third-round matchup against the Dominican Republic or Trinidad and Tobago.
Michel scored in the third, 16th and 57th minutes, while Menelas connected in the eighth, 33rd and 68th.
Golman Pierre scored in the 29th and 37th minutes, and Vladimir Edouard got the final goal in the 72nd.
In Saturday’s other game in the second round of Caribbean Zone play, Barbados won 3-1 at Aruba. The winner of the series plays Cuba or Suriname.
At Oranjestad, Gregory Goodridge scored in the second minute and Jenny Alexander connected in the 22nd and 85th.
Wandel Gross scored near the end for Aruba, which finished two men short following the ejection of Carlos Geerman early in the first half Ichel Lopez with two minutes remaining.
The United States has a bye until the semifinals of qualifying in the North and Central American and Caribbean region, which start in September.