Aaron Dennis scored three minutes into USVI’s win over Saint Martin. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
Two Cosmos players enjoyed winning times in the recent international break with recent signing Shavon John-Brown representing Grenada and Aaron Dennis suiting up for the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Concacaf Nations League.
John-Brown came off the bench at halftime in Grenada’s first match against Saint Kitts and Nevis as the Cosmos forward helped provide a spark to the attack. Grenada found the back of the net in the 82nd minute through Jamal Charles for a 2-1 victory.
Three days later in Grenada’s second match against Belize, John-Brown started and played 72 minutes. The Spice Boys left it late again, this time scoring the winner three minutes into stoppage to earn another 2-1 win.
Grenada sits in first place of Group A in League B.
Dennis had a significant role for the USVI, playing all 180 minutes over two matches.
The Dashing Eagle struggled to find the net in its first game against the Cayman Islands. Despite with 56 percent possession and 218 completed passes, the U.S. Virgin Islands could not break down the visitors. Despite firing 14 shots, six on target, the Dashing Eagle were shutout, 2-0.
Dennis helped his home country get off to a flying start in its second match against Saint Martin. In the third minute, Dennis gathered the ball just outside the box and deked a defender with a faint to his left foot before slotting the ball home.
The USVI found the net again three minutes later to double its advantage as it hung on for a 2-1 victory. The Dashing Eagle is in third place in League C Group A with a 1-1-0 mark and three points, trailing the Cayman Islands (2-0-0, 6) and Barbados (1-0-1, 6).
John-Brown and Dennis have returned to the Cosmos as they prepare for the next NPSL Members Cup match against the Michigan Stars at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y. Saturday at 7 p.m.