The long road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in the CONCACAF region has commenced with a single match in Bridgetown, Barbados and an impressive result for US Virgin Islands on Sunday.

The visitors, who had only won two previous World Cup qualifiers – both against British Virgin Islands – triumphed thanks to a lone first-half goal from Jamie Brown.

Having now ended a six-match losing streak in the World Cup, the US Virgin Islands are now well placed for Thursday’s return leg on home soil in Charlotte Amalie.

Barbados, for their part, will be without Jomo Harris who was sent off after receiving two cautions.

The winner of the two-leg tie will meet Aruba in the second stage in June.

First-round action will continue on Monday with Nicaragua hosting Anguilla, while St. Kitts and Nevis meet Turks and Caicos Islands, with four further first-leg ties over the coming week.