Klopp helps USVI soccer team past first stage of World Cup qualifying

Klopp helps USVI soccer team past first stage of World Cup qualifying

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands – Salisbury University alumnus Reid Klopp scored in consecutive games to help the U.S. Virgin Islands men's soccer team advance past the British Virgin Islands in the preliminary round of World Cup qualifying.

Klopp, a Parkside High School graduate, scored a goal and assisted on another in the first match of the aggregate goal series on July 3 in St. Thomas. USVI defeated BVI 2-0. The central midfielder scored again in the second game of the home-and-away series on July 10 on the island of Tortola. Klopp registered the go-ahead goal three minutes into second-half stoppage time. USVI went on to beat BVI 2-1.

The result completed a 4-1 aggregate victory over BVI, marking the first time the U.S. Virgin Islands have advanced past the first stage in World Cup qualifying. The pair of wins over BVI comes after USVI had lost all five previous qualifiers by a combined 35-1, including a 10-0 loss to Grenada in 2008.

Klopp, who played soccer at Salisbury from 2002-2005, played in 78 games during his career. He scored 13 goals and recorded eight assists.

The U.S. Virgin Islands will advance to the World Cup qualifying draw beginning July 30 in Rio de Janeiro, where it will be placed into one of six, four-team groups. The six winners will join the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba in the semifinal round of qualifying.

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