U.S. Soccer

Additional Tickets On Sale for USA-Trinidad & Tobago, Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance

CHICAGO (April 24, 2017) – Due to high demand, U.S. Soccer is adding additional seating for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Trinidad & Tobago, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Bleacher seats are being added at the North Endline and other feasible spaces at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, which will host the match on June 8 at 5:50 p.m. MT (FS1, Univision Networks). Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis through ussoccer.com starting Tuesday, April 25, at 10 a.m. MT. Individuals can purchase a maximum of four (4) tickets. [TICKETS]

As was the case for previous matches this year, U.S. Soccer will be utilizing mobile tickets for the event.

Beyond the newly-added seats, a small number of tickets remain available currently for the Midfield & Sideline Tables, as well as some limited-view seating. In addition, Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before the game, and other unique benefits) are available exclusively through ussoccer.com.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

The Hyatt Place Denver/Downtown will serve as the official FanHQ Hotel and is designated as the premier accommodation spot for fans looking to get the most out of the USA-Trinidad & Tobago experience. The hotel is the hub for activities, including a hotel bar takeover, merchandise sales and game day shuttle pick-up location. To make a reservation at the Official FanHQ Hotel, click here.

Enjoy pregame at the U.S. Soccer Fan Hospitality Tailgate in FanHQ for USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday, June 8. Located in the VIP East Lot, across from Gate D, the Fan Hospitality Tailgate will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and include food, drinks and music! Click here to purchase your Fan Hospitality Tailgate pass.

DSG Park is hosting a World Cup Qualifier for the third-consecutive qualifying cycle. The U.S. has posted two shutout victories, including the famous Snowclasico in 2013 against Costa Rica. Overall, the United States is 4-1-0 all-time in the state of Colorado.

Now sitting in fourth place after four matches, the home game against T&T presents a huge opportunity to #Get3 points and maintain momentum at the halfway point of the six-team Final Round of World Cup Qualifying, also known as the Hexagonal. Three days later, the MNT will seek to win a Qualifier in Mexico City for the first time when they take on regional rival Mexico at the famed Estadio Azteca. [HEX STANDINGS]

Read more
MNT Apr 24, 2017

MNT Depth Passed the Test in March

As a veteran manager and one who already spent eight years at the helm of the U.S. Men’s National Team prior to his current tenure, Bruce Arena knows well to plan for all eventualities.

When asked about his roster composition prior to naming last month’s World Cup Qualifying squad, Arena said, “Between now and when the players report, there's going to be a lot of issues, so we have a Plan A, a B and a C, and in a lot of cases we're probably going to go to Plan C.”

That answer came eight days before he announced a carefully crafted 24-player roster that was already missing DeAndre Yedlin, Gyasi Zardes and Eric Lichaj due to injury. In addition, Arena had concerns about the status of a number of other players that had recently returned from various long-term ailments.

Within a day of the announcement, changes started to come: Brad Guzan was ruled out as he and his wife were expecting the birth of their child, Fabian Johnson and Bobby Wood withdrew due to injury. While Jordan Morris was present in San Jose for the 6-0 win against Honduras, he couldn’t sufficiently recover after picking up an ankle sprain with Seattle Sounders FC prior to his camp arrival.

Defender Michael Orozco had a knee injury flare up just prior to the match, and then there was the game itself. Arena was forced to use all three subs because of ailments to different players: Sebastian Lletget’s foot injury which subsequently required surgery, Geoff Cameron’s quad strain and John Brooks’ illness all took their toll.

All said and done, between the initial roster announcement and the day after the win against Honduras, the MNT manager was unable to use eight of the players he had called up in either that game or the away fixture in Panama.

While he and his staff planned for it, he hopes to reduce those replacement announcements heading into June’s World Cup Qualifiers saying, “That’s [nearly] 40 percent of your roster. That’s radical and we can’t have that happen again. We don’t have much of a margin for error [in qualifying], so we’ve got to get that right.”

Forward Plans and Scouting

Originally planning on using Clint Dempsey in a reduced role, the injuries to Wood and Morris necessitated the veteran play the full 90 minutes in both matches. Dempsey – who had only recently returned to game action after being sidelined for months - rose to the occasion, scoring four of the team’s seven goals. While Dempsey’s performance showed he hasn’t lost his finishing touch – he now sits just one goal shy of Landon Donovan’s record mark of 57 – Arena spoke about the team’s depth at forward and what factors will come into play when choosing his strike corps heading into June.

“There’s so many factors that come into play. There’s form, there’s fitness, and your gut feeling. There’s two games in a short period of time – June 8 and June 11 – where one would assume you make some changes because of that. I think we’re going to find that we don’t have enough forwards – three is not enough. Obviously we’ll be watching the players over the next six weeks before we determine how we’re going to play in the games against Trinidad and Mexico.”

Part of the scouting work he and his staff conduct prior to the team reconvening in late May will include another trip to Europe to watch and meet with players early next month. From there he’ll take all factors into account – injury, fitness and form – when whittling down his pool for the matches against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.

“We obviously are following all the players. We have an extreme pool of 61 players that we can get down to 43 real quick, and then get that down to 31. I think we want to have probably about 35 names that we follow closely and get down to 25 for our camp.”

The Gold Cup

Arena reiterated Thursday that his prime focus is continuing the USA’s turnaround in World Cup Qualifying. And yet, the CONCACAF Gold Cup does lurk later on in July. Arena admits that his roster for that tournament will largely be determined by what happens in June.

“I’m not spending any time right now on the Gold Cup roster, but I think things will come into play with how we do in these two games. What position is the U.S. team in going into the Gold Cup from World Cup Qualifying? If we’re in a desperate situation, we may need to go with the team that we think is somewhat the team we’re going to play with in September. If we come out of these games in good shape, we’ll have a little more flexibility to look at some new players. I think the results coming out of the games in June will dictate what kind of roster we piece together for the Gold Cup. My preference is to have some new faces.”

Placed in Group B, the U.S. will face Panama (July 8 in Nashville), Martinique (July 12 in Tampa) and Nicaragua (July 15 in Cleveland) as the MNT goes for its sixth regional title this summer. 

Read more
MNT Apr 14, 2017

NOTEBOOK: MNT Prioritizing Altitude Training Ahead of June World Cup Qualifiers

With a few weeks having passed since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 1-1 World Cup Qualifying draw in Panama, head coach Bruce Arena indicated Thursday that he and his staff have been working towards June’s all-important matches against Trinidad & Tobago and at Mexico.

To that end, Arena spoke about the decision to USA-Trinidad & Tobago, Presented by Liberty Mutual at 5,100 feet above sea level on June in Commerce City, Colo., in order to prepare for the 7,300 feet of elevation they’ll experience see when visiting Mexico at Estadio Azteca three days later.

“We think that we have a better chance of being acclimatized with two weeks of training and following procedures that we think will help our players adjust,” Arena said. “We want to have our best chance to leave Mexico City and Denver with some points.”

MNT training camp will open at the home of the Colorado Rapids towards the end of May, with a still to be announced friendly scheduled prior to the qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago.

Arena said he and his staff have gathered different opinions on how to best handle altitude training, though he has been through this before. During the 2005 Hexagonal, the U.S. MNT’s domestic-based players took part in a lengthy, late-winter camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., prior to heading to Azteca at the end of March.

Though the altitude training certainly accounted for one factor, the conditions in Colorado towards the end of winter couldn’t replicate the heat and air quality of what the team experienced on an early Sunday afternoon at Azteca. The U.S. surrendered two early goals and could never completely claw back in a 2-1 defeat on March 27, 2005.

“When we stepped on the field in Mexico City, it was about 85 degrees at noon with pollution and everything else. There’s a lot of variables you have to throw in there, and we’re going to try and get a little bit closer this time around.”

A few other nuggets Arena addressed:

World Cup 2026 Bid

2026 Unified World Cup Bid

The U.S. Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol announced Monday their intention to submit a unified bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Asked about the difference in time between when the U.S. held the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the potential to host in 2026, Arena said, “I think there are two different stories – in 1994 I think the U.S. was looked at as this emerging frontier in the game and FIFA wanted to bring the U.S. into the world’s game. I think in 2026 we’re going to be fully emerged into the game and a big player. [Should we host] I think 2026 will be the time where we’re going to start talking about winning the World Cup. It wasn’t going to be in 1994, it wasn’t going to be in 2010, but 2026 can be our time. I think that’s the difference.”

Christian Pulisic

Following this week’s events in Germany that saw explosions occur outside the Borussia Dortmund team bus as it headed to Signal Iduna Park for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal tie with Monaco, Arena was asked if he and his coaching staff had spoken with MNT and BVB midfielder Christian Pulisic.

“We’ve had contact with him. I actually left him a message today. I haven’t personally spoken to him, but we had contact with him through text during the incident and after the incident. He’s okay. Again I don’t know the exact circumstances around the bombs going off, but I’m sure it was very hectic, very scary and I’m sure it disrupted the team in a lot of ways. It’s never easy, hopefully in time all those people will recover.”

Read more
MNT Apr 13, 2017

PREVIEW: MNT Looks for Three More World Cup Qualifying Points vs. Trinidad & Tobago

The U.S. Men’s National Team hits the halfway point of the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying when it returns home for USA-Trinidad & Tobago, presented by Liberty Mutual, on June 8 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (TICKET INFO)

In March, the MNT turned around its two opening losses in November by earning a 6-0 home win against Honduras and grinding out a 1-1 road draw at Panama to take a combined four points from Matchdays 3 and 4. The results lifted the MNT into fourth place in the six-team final round group, just one point behind Panama for CONCACAF’s third automatic World Cup berth.

A look at the Final Round table after Matchday 4:

June 8, 2017 – Matchday 5 Fixtures
USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Costa Rica vs. Panama
Mexico vs. Honduras

Where They Stand

Points are always at a premium in World Cup Qualifying and anything less than three will be a disappointment for the U.S. as they welcome a Trinidad & Tobago side that has never won on American soil. A trip to Mexico City and the vaunted Estadio Azteca three days later will put even heavier emphasis on this match for the MNT.

Meanwhile, sixth-place Trinidad will come to Denver needing at least a draw to keep pace in CONCACAF’s final round. Having already dropped two home games – 2-0 to Costa Rica on Nov. 11 and 1-0 against Mexico on March 28 – the Soca Warriors needs to pick up points in other areas if they’re to finish in the top four, but it will be a tough task as their date with the U.S. is the first of back-to-back road qualifiers during the June window (they visit Costa Rica on June 13). 

The History

The MNT welcomes a Trinidad & Tobago side that it has already faced twice during 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, with the two teams playing to a 0-0 draw on Nov. 17, 2015, in Port of Spain before the USA earned a resounding 4-0 victory on Sept. 6, 2016 to finish atop Semifinal Round Group C.

In 22 previous meetings, the U.S. MNT holds a strong 16-2-4 edge against the Soca Warriors, going 12-1-3 in World Cup Qualifying and 7-0-1 when those matches have been played at home – the U.S. has won seven-straight home qualifying matches against Trinidad. Of the four qualifying contests the U.S. didn’t win, two came when the MNT had already clinched a place at either the World Cup (0-0 D on Nov. 11, 2001) or the Final Round (1-2 L on Oct. 15, 2008).

For his part, MNT head coach Bruce Arena managed four World Cup Qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago during his previous stint, going 3-0-1 in the process.

While this match is being played in the U.S., the most famous meeting between the two nations came in Port of Spain, when Paul Caligiuri’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” gave the MNT a 1-0 win on Nov. 19, 1989 and clinched the USA’s first World Cup berth since 1950.

USA-Trinidad & Tobago All-Time World Cup Qualifying Results

Date

Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Site

May 15, 1985

2-1 W

Borja, Peterson

St. Louis, Mo.

May 19, 1985

1-0 W

Caligiuri

Torrance, Calif.

May 13, 1989

1-1 D

Trittschuh

Torrance, Calif.

Nov. 19, 1989

1-0 W

Caligiuri

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Nov. 10, 1996

2-0 W

Wynalda, Dooley

Richmond, Va.

Nov. 24, 1996

1-0 W

Moore

Port of Spain, Trinidad

June 20, 2001

2-0 W

Stewart, Razov

Foxborough, Mass.

Nov. 11, 2001

0-0 D

--

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Feb. 9, 2005

2-1 W

E. Johnson, Lewis

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Aug. 17, 2005

1-0 W

McBride

E. Hartford, Conn.

Sept. 10, 2008

3-0 W

Bradley, Dempsey, Ching

Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 15, 2008

1-2 L

Davies

Port of Spain, Trinidad

April 1, 2009

3-0 W

Altidore (3)

Nashville, Tenn.

Sept. 9, 2009

1-0 W

Clark

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Nov. 17, 2015

0-0 D

--

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Sept. 6, 2016

4-0 W

Kljestan, Altidore (2), Arriola

Jacksonville, Fla.

Read more
MNT Apr 11, 2017

Denver to Host USA-Trinidad & Tobago World Cup Qualifier, Presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance

CHICAGO (April 3, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has selected Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to host the critical FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the United States and Trinidad & Tobago, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, on June 8 in Commerce City, Colo.

The event is set for 5:50 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on FS1 and Univision Networks. Fans can also follow the game live on Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp, and Facebook.

Now sitting in fourth place after four matches, the home game against T&T presents a huge opportunity to #Get3 points and maintain momentum at the halfway point of the six-team Final Round of World Cup Qualifying, also known as the Hexagonal. Three days later, the MNT will seek to win a Qualifier in Mexico City for the first time when they take on regional rival Mexico at the famed Estadio Azteca. [HEX STANDINGS]

“In a World Cup Qualifying campaign, winning games at home is critical,” said U.S. head coach Bruce Arena. “In all ways, Colorado provides a great environment for our team. We are at an important stage of the campaign, and we look forward to the great support.”

DSG Park is hosting a qualifier for the third-consecutive qualifying cycle. The U.S. has posted two shutout victories, including the famous Snowclasico in 2013 against Costa Rica. Overall, the United States is 4-1-0 in the state of Colorado since 1991.

Read more
MNT Apr 3, 2017
×