U.S. Soccer

Perfect Storm of Hex Results Eliminates USA from 2018 World Cup Contention After 2-1 Loss in Trinidad & Tobago

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (Oct. 10, 2017) – With an unlikely combination of results in the final Matchday of CONCACAF Qualifying, the U.S. Men’s National Team was eliminated from contention for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

After falling 2-1 to Trinidad & Tobago, the doomsday combination of a Honduras victory against Mexico (3-2) and a Panama win over Costa Rica (2-1) dropped the U.S. from third to fifth place in the Hexagonal. Panama qualified directly with its third place finish, while Honduras will face off against Australia in the intercontinental playoff.

A pair of improbable goals from the Socca Warriors in the first half gave the hosts a 2-0 lead and put the USA in the difficult position of needing to break down an opponent that kept 10 men behind the ball in the second half.

Christian Pulisic cut the deficit in half just minutes into the second stanza when his strike from the top of the box in the 47th minute found the back of the net. The U.S. continued to push forward and created numerous quality chances, but Trinidad goalkeeper Adrian Foncette was up to the task as he pulled off impressive saves to keep the lead.

Pulisic, Omar Gonzalez, Bobby Wood, and Darlington Nagbe all saw chances denied at the last moment by Foncette, while half-time substitute Clint Dempsey saw one of his two great chances hit the post flush and bounce out as time wound down.

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Goal Scoring Rundown:
TRI – Omar Gonzalez (own goal), 17th minute:
A Trinidad & Tobago attack down the USA’s left flank resulted in a fluke own goal when Alvin Jones centered a ball for Shahdon Winchester that was beyond his reach but ricocheted off Omar Gonzalez’s outstretched foot, looping into the top right corner of U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard’s net for the shock lead.
USA 0, TRI 1 [WATCH]

TRI – Alvin Jones (Nathan Lewis), 36th minute: Receiving a pass from Nathan Lewis, Jones took a touch before unleashing a speculative drive nearly 30 yards out from goal. The shot from the right side of the field swerved wildly away from the center of goal, finding the left side netting. USA 0, TRI 2 [WATCH]

USA – Christian Pulisic (Darlington Nagbe), 47th minute: Nagbe won the ball just outside the Socca Warriors’ box and played a quick pass to Pulisic, whose first touch set him up to rip a shot through traffic from just outside the top of the penalty arc across the face of goal into the top left corner. USA 1, TRI 2 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Tim Howard, 44th minute: Having found his luck with one long-distance strike already, Jones sent a free kick from 40 yards out near the right sideline blistering toward the U.S. goal. The shot dipped just inside the six-yard box and took a nasty bounce off the choppy turf, nearly wrong-footing Howard, who held up just enough to get his shoulder to the ball and keep it out. His job not done, Howard tracked the rebound as it rolled to the left of the goal, knocking it away from Winchester with a well-executed sliding tackle.

USA – DeAndre Yedlin, 49th minute: A Trinidad attack up the right wing worked its way into the USA box but was snuffed out at the last minute by a sliding block from Yedlin to deny Nathan Lewis at the left post from four yards out with Howard down.

USA – DeAndre Yedlin, 58th minute: It was a great recovery by Yedlin to chase down Nathan Lewis and get in a last-minute sliding tackle to deny a point blank shot on goal after the speedy Socca Warriors’ attacker had gotten free down the U.S. left flank.

USA – Tim Howard 63rd minute: As the game opened up with the U.S. pushing forward for an equalizer, the ball was lifted into the U.S. box for a shot from the middle of the penalty area that Howard got down well to kick away.

TRI – Adrian Foncette, 69th minute: A well-executed set play by the USA saw Michael Bradley play the ball toward the top of the Soca Warriors’ box. Dempsey met the pass and sent a chipped shot toward the top left corner but Foncette just got a hand to tip it over the bar.

TRI – Adrian Foncette, 77th minute: As the U.S. carved out another attack, Foncette was finally beaten by a low effort from the top of the box by Dempsey. As it was headed for the lower left corner, a sprawling Foncette made a fingernail save down to his left to deflect the shot onto the post.

TRI – Adrian Foncette, 88th minute: With its last best chance to knot the score at 2-2, Bobby Wood evaded his marker and met Pulisic’s cross to send a downward header bouncing toward the right side of goal, but Foncette got down quick to push the point blank header around the post.

NOTES:

  • The U.S. MNT moved to 18-3-4 all-time vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 13-2-3 in World Cup Qualifying and 4-2-2 in away qualifiers.
  • Altidore and Michael Bradley appeared in 15 of the team’s 16 CONCACAF qualifiers for Russia 2018.
  • The Toronto FC pair also joined left back Jorge Villafaña in making their team-leading 14th appearances of 2017.
  • While he recorded five goals and four assists in qualifying matches this year, in one way or another, Christian Pulisic has been involved in 12 of the 17 goals scored by the U.S. during the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
  • In order to get the gameday roster down to 23 players, defender Michael Orozco and midfielder Juan Agudelo did not dress for tonight’s match.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Oct. 10, 2017
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET 
Attendance: TBC 
Weather: 80 degrees; mostly clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          0 1 1
TRI                           2 0 2

TRI – Own Goal (Omar Gonzalez)      17th minute
TRI – Alvin Jones (Nathan Lewis)       37
USA – Christian Pulisic                        47

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 15-Jorge Villafaña (23-Kellyn Acosta, 72), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 21-Paul Arriola (8-Clint Dempsey, 46), 10-Christian Pulisic, 6-Darlington Nagbe (16-Benny Feilhaber, 84), 9-Bobby Wood, 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 12-Brad Guzan, 22-Nick Rimando, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Dax McCarty, 14-Tim Ream, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 20-Geoff Cameron
Head coach: Bruce Arena

TRI: 22-Adrian Foncette, 5-Daneil Cyrus, 7-Nathan Lewis, 8-Khaleem Hyland (capt.), 9-Shahdon Winchester (20-Trevin Caesar, 78), 13-Curtis Gonzales, 16-Levi Garcia (3-Joevin Jones, 72), 17-Alvin Jones, 18-Triston Hodge (4-Kevon Villaroel, 81), 19-Kevan George, 23-Leston Paul
Subs not used: 1-Glenroy Samuel, 21-Gregory Ranjitsingh, 2-Kareem Moses, 6-Josiah Trimmingham, 10-Karl Duane Muckette, 11-Neil Benjamin, 12-Kathon St. Hillaire, 14-Akeem Roach, 15-Jared London
Head coach: Dennis Lawrence

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 15 / 11
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 18 / 11
Offside: 3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Triston Hodge (caution)               68th minute
USA – Omar Gonzalez (caution)           90+1
TRI – Joevin Jones (caution)                 90+3
USA – Matt Besler (caution)                  90+5

Officials:
Referee: Juan Carlos Guerra (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronaldo de la Cruz (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: David Moran (SLV)
Fourth Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago 
Date: Oct. 10, 2017 
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round 
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET 
Attendance: TBC 
Weather: 80 degrees; mostly clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F 
USA                          0 1 1
TRI                           2 0 2

TRI – Own Goal (Omar Gonzalez)      17th minute
TRI – Alvin Jones (Nathan Lewis)       37
USA – Christian Pulisic                        47

Lineups: 
USA: 1-Tim Howard, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 15-Jorge Villafaña (23-Kellyn Acosta, 72), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 21-Paul Arriola (8-Clint Dempsey, 46), 10-Christian Pulisic, 6-Darlington Nagbe (16-Benny Feilhaber, 84), 9-Bobby Wood, 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 12-Brad Guzan, 22-Nick Rimando, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Dax McCarty, 14-Tim Ream, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 20-Geoff Cameron
Head coach: Bruce Arena

TRI: 22-Adrian Foncette, 5-Daneil Cyrus, 7-Nathan Lewis, 8-Khaleem Hyland (capt.), 9-Shahdon Winchester (20-Trevin Caesar, 78), 13-Curtis Gonzales, 16-Levi Garcia (3-Joevin Jones, 72), 17-Alvin Jones, 18-Triston Hodge (4-Kevon Villaroel, 81), 19-Kevan George, 23-Leston Paul
Subs not used: 1-Glenroy Samuel, 21-Gregory Ranjitsingh, 2-Kareem Moses, 6-Josiah Trimmingham, 10-Karl Duane Muckette, 11-Neil Benjamin, 12-Kathon St. Hillaire, 14-Akeem Roach, 15-Jared London
Head coach: Dennis Lawrence

Stats Summary: USA / TRI 
Shots: 15 / 11 
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5 
Saves: 3 / 5 
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2 
Fouls: 18 / 11 
Offside: 3 / 3

Misconduct Summary: 
TRI – Triston Hodge (caution)               68th minute
USA – Omar Gonzalez (caution)           90+1
TRI – Joevin Jones (caution)                 90+3
USA – Matt Besler (caution)                  90+5

Officials: 
Referee: Juan Carlos Guerra (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronaldo de la Cruz (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: David Moran (SLV)
Fourth Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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Perfect Storm of Hex Results Eliminates USA from 2018 World Cup Contention After 2-1 Loss in Trinidad & Tobago

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (Oct. 10, 2017) – With an unlikely combination of results in the final Matchday of CONCACAF Qualifying, the U.S. Men’s National Team was eliminated from contention for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

After falling 2-1 to Trinidad & Tobago, the doomsday combination of a Honduras victory against Mexico (3-2) and a Panama win over Costa Rica (2-1) dropped the U.S. from third to fifth place in the Hexagonal. Panama qualified directly with its third place finish, while Honduras will face off against Australia in the intercontinental playoff.

A pair of improbable goals from the Socca Warriors in the first half gave the hosts a 2-0 lead and put the USA in the difficult position of needing to break down an opponent that kept 10 men behind the ball in the second half.

Christian Pulisic cut the deficit in half just minutes into the second stanza when his strike from the top of the box in the 47th minute found the back of the net. The U.S. continued to push forward and created numerous quality chances, but Trinidad goalkeeper Adrian Foncette was up to the task as he pulled off impressive saves to keep the lead.

Pulisic, Omar Gonzalez, Bobby Wood, and Darlington Nagbe all saw chances denied at the last moment by Foncette, while half-time substitute Clint Dempsey saw one of his two great chances hit the post flush and bounce out as time wound down.

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Goal Scoring Rundown:
TRI – Omar Gonzalez (own goal), 17th minute:
A Trinidad & Tobago attack down the USA’s left flank resulted in a fluke own goal when Alvin Jones centered a ball for Shahdon Winchester that was beyond his reach but ricocheted off Omar Gonzalez’s outstretched foot, looping into the top right corner of U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard’s net for the shock lead.
USA 0, TRI 1 [WATCH]

TRI – Alvin Jones (Nathan Lewis), 36th minute: Receiving a pass from Nathan Lewis, Jones took a touch before unleashing a speculative drive nearly 30 yards out from goal. The shot from the right side of the field swerved wildly away from the center of goal, finding the left side netting. USA 0, TRI 2 [WATCH]

USA – Christian Pulisic (Darlington Nagbe), 47th minute: Nagbe won the ball just outside the Socca Warriors’ box and played a quick pass to Pulisic, whose first touch set him up to rip a shot through traffic from just outside the top of the penalty arc across the face of goal into the top left corner. USA 1, TRI 2 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Tim Howard, 44th minute: Having found his luck with one long-distance strike already, Jones sent a free kick from 40 yards out near the right sideline blistering toward the U.S. goal. The shot dipped just inside the six-yard box and took a nasty bounce off the choppy turf, nearly wrong-footing Howard, who held up just enough to get his shoulder to the ball and keep it out. His job not done, Howard tracked the rebound as it rolled to the left of the goal, knocking it away from Winchester with a well-executed sliding tackle.

USA – DeAndre Yedlin, 49th minute: A Trinidad attack up the right wing worked its way into the USA box but was snuffed out at the last minute by a sliding block from Yedlin to deny Nathan Lewis at the left post from four yards out with Howard down.

USA – DeAndre Yedlin, 58th minute: It was a great recovery by Yedlin to chase down Nathan Lewis and get in a last-minute sliding tackle to deny a point blank shot on goal after the speedy Socca Warriors’ attacker had gotten free down the U.S. left flank.

USA – Tim Howard 63rd minute: As the game opened up with the U.S. pushing forward for an equalizer, the ball was lifted into the U.S. box for a shot from the middle of the penalty area that Howard got down well to kick away.

TRI – Adrian Foncette, 69th minute: A well-executed set play by the USA saw Michael Bradley play the ball toward the top of the Soca Warriors’ box. Dempsey met the pass and sent a chipped shot toward the top left corner but Foncette just got a hand to tip it over the bar.

TRI – Adrian Foncette, 77th minute: As the U.S. carved out another attack, Foncette was finally beaten by a low effort from the top of the box by Dempsey. As it was headed for the lower left corner, a sprawling Foncette made a fingernail save down to his left to deflect the shot onto the post.

TRI – Adrian Foncette, 88th minute: With its last best chance to knot the score at 2-2, Bobby Wood evaded his marker and met Pulisic’s cross to send a downward header bouncing toward the right side of goal, but Foncette got down quick to push the point blank header around the post.

NOTES:

  • The U.S. MNT moved to 18-3-4 all-time vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 13-2-3 in World Cup Qualifying and 4-2-2 in away qualifiers.
  • Altidore and Michael Bradley appeared in 15 of the team’s 16 CONCACAF qualifiers for Russia 2018.
  • The Toronto FC pair also joined left back Jorge Villafaña in making their team-leading 14th appearances of 2017.
  • While he recorded five goals and four assists in qualifying matches this year, in one way or another, Christian Pulisic has been involved in 12 of the 17 goals scored by the U.S. during the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
  • In order to get the gameday roster down to 23 players, defender Michael Orozco and midfielder Juan Agudelo did not dress for tonight’s match.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Oct. 10, 2017
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET 
Attendance: TBC 
Weather: 80 degrees; mostly clear

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          0 1 1
TRI                           2 0 2

TRI – Own Goal (Omar Gonzalez)      17th minute
TRI – Alvin Jones (Nathan Lewis)       37
USA – Christian Pulisic                        47

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Matt Besler, 15-Jorge Villafaña (23-Kellyn Acosta, 72), 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 21-Paul Arriola (8-Clint Dempsey, 46), 10-Christian Pulisic, 6-Darlington Nagbe (16-Benny Feilhaber, 84), 9-Bobby Wood, 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs not used: 12-Brad Guzan, 22-Nick Rimando, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Dax McCarty, 14-Tim Ream, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 20-Geoff Cameron
Head coach: Bruce Arena

TRI: 22-Adrian Foncette, 5-Daneil Cyrus, 7-Nathan Lewis, 8-Khaleem Hyland (capt.), 9-Shahdon Winchester (20-Trevin Caesar, 78), 13-Curtis Gonzales, 16-Levi Garcia (3-Joevin Jones, 72), 17-Alvin Jones, 18-Triston Hodge (4-Kevon Villaroel, 81), 19-Kevan George, 23-Leston Paul
Subs not used: 1-Glenroy Samuel, 21-Gregory Ranjitsingh, 2-Kareem Moses, 6-Josiah Trimmingham, 10-Karl Duane Muckette, 11-Neil Benjamin, 12-Kathon St. Hillaire, 14-Akeem Roach, 15-Jared London
Head coach: Dennis Lawrence

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 15 / 11
Shots on Goal: 6 / 5
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 18 / 11
Offside: 3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Triston Hodge (caution)               68th minute
USA – Omar Gonzalez (caution)           90+1
TRI – Joevin Jones (caution)                 90+3
USA – Matt Besler (caution)                  90+5

Officials:
Referee: Juan Carlos Guerra (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronaldo de la Cruz (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: David Moran (SLV)
Fourth Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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LINEUP NOTES: U.S. MNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago - 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying


Trinidad & Tobago vs. USA

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Oct. 10, 2017
Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Live Broadcast: 8 p.m. ET on beIN Sports, UNIVERSO, telemundodeportes.com, FuboTV (FREE 7-Day Trial)
WCQ TV Rights Explained

Tonight’s U.S. MNT Starting XI at Trinidad & Tobago: 1-Tim Howard, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 4-Michael Bradley, 5-Matt Besler, 6-Darlington Nagbe, 9-Bobby Wood, 10-Christian Pulisic,15-Jorge Villafaña, 17-Jozy Altidore, 21-Paul Arriola

Substitutes: 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 8-Clint Dempsey, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 12-Brad Guzan, 13-Dax McCarty, 14-Tim Ream, 16-Benny Feilhaber, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 20-Geoff Cameron, 22-Nick Rimando, 23-Kellyn Acosta

  • The USA can qualify outright for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a win tonight against Trinidad & Tobago. A draw will also likely earn the MNT its eighth-straight trip to the World Cup as long as Panama (eight goals) and Honduras (13 goals) do not make up the huge margins in goal differential during their respective matches against Costa Rica and Mexico. All three matches kick off simultaneously at 8 p.m. ET. Full qualifying scenarios can be found here.
  • U.S. MNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Michael Bradley (140), Tim Howard (121), Jozy Altidore (110), Omar Gonzalez (48), DeAndre Yedlin (48), Matt Besler (47), Bobby Wood (36), Darlington Nagbe (24), Christian Pulisic (20), Paul Arriola (15), Jorge Villafaña (14).
  • U.S. MNT Starting XI World Cup Qualifying Cap Numbers (including this match): Jozy Altidore (41), Michael Bradley (40), Tim Howard (39), Omar Gonzalez (18), Matt Besler (14), Bobby Wood (14), Christian Pulisic (13), Darlington Nagbe (11), DeAndre Yedlin (10), Paul Arriola (7), Jorge Villafaña (6).
  • The Starting XI’s average cap number (including this game): 56.6 (overall), 19.3 (WCQ).
  • Howard is 5-0-1 in six all-time World Cup Qualifiers vs. Trinidad & Tobago and has never conceded a goal to the Soca Warriors.  
  • The MNT is 12-0-1 all-time when Altidore finds the back of the net in World Cup Qualifying.
  • Altidore makes his 41st World Cup Qualifying appearance, tying him with teammate and substitute Clint Dempsey for first on the MNT’s all-time list. Bradley makes his 40th qualifying appearance, tying him with Landon Donovan for third on the list.
  • With their starts, Altidore and Bradley will appear in 15 of the team’s 16 CONCACAF qualifiers for Russia 2018.
  • Altidore and Bradley also join left back Jorge Villafaña in making their team-leading 14th appearances of 2017.
  • Altidore (10) and Wood (4) have tallied 14 goals in the 10 international matches they have started together.
  • While he holds four goals and four assists in qualifying matches this year, in one way or another, Christian Pulisic has been involved in 11 of the 16 goals scored by the U.S. during the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
  • Altidore (5 goals), Pulisic (2 goals), Paul Arriola and Michael Bradley (1 each) have all tallied against Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying.
  • Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez are paired in central defense for the sixth time in 2017. The MNT is 3-0-2 when they’ve partnered together this year and is 8-3-6 all-time when the two line up together as center backs.
  • The U.S. has also gone unbeaten in its last six matches when Besler and Gonzalez have paired as center backs.
  • Altidore memorably scored a hat trick in a 3-0 World Cup Qualifying win vs. the Soca Warriors on April 1, 2009 in Nashville. He added two more goals during the USA’s 4-0 Semifinal Round victory on Sept. 6, 2016 in Jacksonville.
  • Arriola also joined Altidore on the scoresheet in the 4-0 win last September.

  • Most recently, Pulisic scored both goals in the USA’s 2-0 win on June 8, 2017 in Commerce City, Colo.
  • In order to get the gameday roster down to 23 players, defender Michael Orozco and midfielder Juan Agudelo will not dress for tonight’s match.
  • The U.S. MNT is 18-2-4 all-time vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 13-1-3 in World Cup Qualifying and 4-1-2 in away qualifiers.
  • Bruce Arena is 4-0-1 in five all-time matches vs. the Soca Warriors, all of which have come in World Cup Qualifying. 
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PREVIEW: MNT Can Book World Cup Place with Result in Trinidad & Tobago | 8pm ET | beIN SPORTS, UNIVERSO

CHICAGO (Oct. 9, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will look to punch a ticket to its eighth-straight FIFA World Cup when it visits Trinidad & Tobago on the last day of Final Round Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Tuesday. Thanks to huge advantages in goal difference over Panama and Honduras, a draw against the Soca Warriors would likely be enough for the USA to lock down its place in Russia. Coverage of the Matchday 10 clash kicks off from Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad at 8 p.m. ET on beIN Sports and UNIVERSO. Fans can also follow the game live on Facebook and Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

Date: Tuesday, October 10
Time: 8 p.m. ET 
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad
TV info: beIN Sports, UNIVERSO | Away WCQ TV Rights Explained

U.S. MNT Roster by Position (Club; WCQ Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 15/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 38/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 35/6), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 13/1), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 24/2), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 17/0), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX; 6/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 6/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 5/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; (9/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 20/3)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 5/0), Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 0/0), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 6/1), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 10/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 39/7), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City; 6/0), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 1/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 10/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 12/6)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 40/18), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 42/18), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER; 13/5)

MATCHDAY 10 SCHEDULE 

Tuesday, Oct. 10
Trinidad & Tobago vs. USA 8 p.m. ET (beIN Sports, UNIVERSO)
Panama vs. Costa Rica 8 p.m. ET (beIN Sports Connect, Telemundo En Vivo
Honduras vs. Mexico 8 p.m. ET (Telemundo, beIN Sports Connect)

WIN AND WE’RE IN

With the dominant 4-0 win against Panama on Friday combined with a 1-1 draw between Costa Rica and Honduras, a victory against Trinidad & Tobago would seal the USA’s berth in its eighth-consecutive World Cup. The four-goal shutout may also prove massive in the final tally, as it gives the United States a big lead in goal differential ahead of its closest rivals. Holding 12 points while both Panama and Honduras each have 10, a tie against T&T would mean the U.S. could only be equaled in points for third place by the other two teams. The first tie-breaker is goal differential, and the MNT holds a commanding seven-goal margin above Panama and sits a whopping 12 ahead of Honduras.

So what's the easiest way for the USA to book its ticket to Russia? Put simply, it’s #Get3GetThru, but there are a few other ways the MNT can lock in third position. Here are all of them: 

USA win at Trinidad & Tobago

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USA draw at Trinidad & Tobago 
-AND-
Honduras and Panama do not make up goal difference in wins vs. Mexico and Costa Rica respectively

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USA loss at Trinidad & Tobago
-AND-
Honduras and Panama both draw/lose vs. Mexico and Costa Rica respectively

Check out all the scenarios around what needs to happen for the USA to finish third or fourth on the final matchday and take a look at the remaining “mini league” schedule below.

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING VS. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Against Trinidad & Tobago, the USA owns an 18-2-4 all-time record and 13-1-3 mark in World Cup Qualifiers, including 12 shutouts. The MNT has made seven qualifying visits to the dual-island nation, returning with a 4-1-2 advantage. The only defeat in Trinidad came during the Semifinal Round in 2008, when the USA had already qualified for the Hex.

Dating back to qualifying for the 1986 World Cup, the teams have met in every cycle except for the campaign for Brazil 2014. Five players on the current U.S. squad have tallied against Trinidad in World Cup Qualifying: Altidore (5), Pulisic, (2), Arriola, Bradley and Dempsey (1 each). Altidore, Bradley and Pulisic each have game-winners to their credit.

Learn more about Tuesday’s opponents and take a look at the MNT’s full World Cup Qualifying history against the Soca Warriors:

U.S. MNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago – World Cup Qualifying Results

Date

Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Round

Location

May 15, 1985

2-1 W

Borja, Peterson

Semifinal

St. Louis, Mo.

May 19, 1985

1-0 W

Caligiuri

Semifinal

Torrance, Calif.

May 13, 1989

1-1 D

Trittschuh

Final

Torrance, Calif.

Nov. 19, 1989

1-0 W

Caligiuri

Final

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Nov. 10, 1996

2-0 W

Dooley, Wynalda

Semifinal

Richmond, Va.

Nov. 24, 1996

1-0 W

Moore

Semifinal

Port of Spain, Trinidad

June 20, 2001

2-0 W

Razov, Stewart

Final

Foxborough, Mass.

Nov. 11, 2001

0-0 D

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Final

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Feb. 9, 2005

2-1 W

E. Johnson, Lewis

Final

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Aug. 17, 2005

1-0 W

McBride

Final

East Hartford, Conn.

Sept. 10, 2008

3-0 W

Bradley, Dempsey, Ching

Semifinal

Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 15, 2008

1-2 L

Davies

Semifinal

Port of Spain, Trinidad

April 1, 2009

3-0 W

Altidore (3)

Final

Nashville, Tenn.

Sept. 9, 2009

1-0 W

Clark

Final

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Nov. 17, 2015

0-0 D

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Semifinal

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Sept. 6, 2016

4-0 W

Kljestan, Altidore (2), Arriola

Semifinal

Jacksonville, Fla.

June 8, 2017

2-0 W

Pulisic (2)

Final

Commerce City, Colo.

JOZY POURING IT ON

In his two-goal and Budweiser Man of the Match performance against Panama, Jozy Altidore completed his seventh multi-goal game, surpassing Clint Dempsey for sole possession of second place on the all-time list behind Landon Donovan (9). He’s recorded at least one multi-goal game for six straight years since 2013. Coincidentally, his first came against Trinidad & Tobago during final round qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, when he became the youngest player in U.S. Soccer history to score a hat trick. With three assists from Landon Donovan, the U.S. cruised to a 3-0 win on April 1, 2009, in Nashville. In total, the MNT is 11-0-1 all-time when Altidore finds the back of the net in World Cup Qualifying. 

CAUTION WATCH NO MORE

A nearly two-year qualifying process will come to an end next Tuesday, but an important aspect of it all is yellow card accumulation. Rules stipulate that any player that accumulates two yellow cards during CONCACAF’s 16-game World Cup Qualifying marathon must sit out their next official match.

The MNT went into Friday’s contest with nine players who, with another yellow card against Panama, would be suspended for Tuesday’s visit to Trinidad & Tobago: Kellyn Acosta, Paul Arriola, DaMarcus Beasley, Alejandro Bedoya, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron, Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin.

Despite all the fouls, cheap shots and off the ball incidents, the U.S. players maintained their discipline and composure and picked up precisely zero yellow cards. As a result, the likes of team captain Michael Bradley, U.S. all-time leading scorer Clint Dempsey, World Cup veterans Alejandro Bedoya, Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin, and up-and-comers Kelly Acosta and Paul Arriola will all be available for selection in the decisive showdown with Trinidad & Tobago.

At this stage, single cautions have now been expunged and will no longer count towards a suspension. However, any player who receives two cautions or a red card in the final game would have to serve the suspension during their team’s next match in an official FIFA competition, including the World Cup.

ECHOES OF ’89 AND “THE SHOT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD”

Circumstances around the decisive USA-Trinidad & Tobago match have conspired to shine a light on one of the most historic moments in U.S. Soccer – in fact, arguably the launch of soccer in the United States in the modern era.

Like the game Tuesday, the teams met on Matchday 10 in qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. On Nov. 19, 1989 at Hasely Crawford Stadium, the U.S. needed a win to earn its first trip to the World Cup in 40 years, while the Soca Warriors could settle for a draw and qualify for the first time in the nation’s history. In the 30th minute, Paul Caligiuri blasted the “shot heard round the world” that delivered the United States a 1-0 win in Port-of-Spain and began a run of seven-consecutive berths in the World Cup (a feat that only seven other nations have achieved).

Trinidad will once again be inscribed in the annals of U.S. Soccer, and U.S. fans hope the echoes of ’89 will carry into Alto Boldon Stadium.



STRONG IN ‘17

The MNT has been formidable this year, winning the confederation championship and taking points in all three road World Cup Qualifiers, including the 1-1 draw against Mexico at Estadio Azteca. The 2017 Gold Cup champions have lost only once in 17 matches, tallying 32 goals and recording eight shutouts. Eight players have put their names on the scoresheet multiple times, with Clint Dempsey and Christian Pulisic leading all U.S. scorers with five goals each. Pulisic has also tallied four assists.

HEAVY ON EXPERIENCE

With the Final Round reaching crunch time, Arena has called upon a group loaded with experience in World Cup Qualifying. A total of 12 players on the roster have made 11 or more FIFA World Cup Qualifying appearances: Clint Dempsey (42), Jozy Altidore (40), Michael Bradley (39), Tim Howard (38), DaMarcus Beasley (35), Geoff Cameron (24), Graham Zusi (20), Omar Gonzalez (17), Brad Guzan (15), Matt Besler, Bobby Wood (13 each) and Christian Pulisic (12).

USA-TRINIDAD & TOBAGO NOTES

  • Since first meeting in 1982, the U.S. Men’s National Team holds a 18-2-4 overall advantage against Trinidad & Tobago.
  • The MNT is 13-1-3 all-time in World Cup Qualifiers vs. the Soca Warriors and is 4-1-2 when those matches have been played in Trinidad.  
  • The most famous game between the two nations came on Nov. 19, 1989 when Paul Caligiuri’s long-distance effort stood up in a 1-0 U.S. victory, sending the MNT to its first World Cup in 40 years while ending Trinidad & Tobago’s World Cup dream on the final day of qualifying.
  • Sixteen of the 24 meetings between the two sides have been decided by a goal or less.
  • U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena is 4-0-1 all-time vs. Trinidad & Tobago, with all five meetings coming in World Cup Qualifying.   

USA ROSTER NOTES:

  • A total of 14 players on the roster have made 10 or more FIFA World Cup Qualifying appearances: Clint Dempsey (42), Jozy Altidore (40), Michael Bradley (39), Tim Howard (38), DaMarcus Beasley (35), Geoff Cameron (24), Graham Zusi (20), Omar Gonzalez (17), Brad Guzan (15), Matt Besler, Bobby Wood (13 each), Christian Pulisic (12), Alejandro Bedoya and Darlington Nagbe (10 each).
  • FIFA rules state that only a red card in a team’s final World Cup Qualifying match would force a player to miss his team’s next World Cup match, which means the nine U.S. players that have cautions during qualifying are now safe from receiving another yellow card: Acosta, Arriola, Beasley, Bedoya, Besler, Bradley, Cameron, Dempsey and Yedlin.
  • With his brace against Trinidad & Tobago, Jozy Altidore recorded his seventh-career multi-goal game, placing him second all-time behind only Landon Donovan (9). Altidore has come up with a multi-goal game in every calendar year going back to 2013 – an MNT record.
  • Having already tied Clint Dempsey for first on the MNT’s all-time World Cup Qualifying goals list with 18, Altidore’s 11 all-time goals in the Hex place him only one behind all-time leader, Carlos Pavon of Honduras (12).
  • Though he has four goals and four assists so far, in one way or another, Pulisic has been involved in 11 of the 16 goals scored by the U.S. during the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
  • With his 63rd minute goal on Friday vs. Panama, Bobby Wood has tallied in two-straight matches for the first time since his memorable game-winners against the Netherlands and Germany in June 2015. Wood of course scored an 85th minute equalizer in the MNT’s crucial 1-1 draw at Honduras on Sept. 5.
  • Should he appear vs. Trinidad & Tobago, Altidore will move past Landon Donovan and into sole possession on the MNT’s all-time World Cup Qualifying caps list with 41.
  • Goalkeeper Tim Howard earned his 42nd career clean sheet and 16th all-time in qualifying on Friday vs. Panama.
  • Defenders Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez have paired in central defense five times in 2017. The MNT is 3-0-2 when they’ve partnered together this year and is 8-3-6 all-time when the two line up together as center backs.
  • Three players will look to make their World Cup Qualifying debuts: goalkeeper Nick Rimando, midfielder Juan Agudelo and forward Chris Wondolowski.
  • Five players have recorded World Cup Qualifying goals against Trinidad & Tobago: Altidore (5), Pulisic, (2), Arriola, Bradley and Dempsey (1 each).
  • Then 19 years old, Altidore memorably tallied a hat trick in a 3-0 qualifying victory against the Soca Warriors on April 1, 2009 in Nashville. He tallied two more in the USA’s 4-0 win vs. T&T during the Semifinal Round on Sept. 6, 2016 in Jacksonville, Fla. In total, the MNT is 11-0-1 all-time when Altidore finds the back of the net in World Cup Qualifying. 
  • That Semifinal Round match also saw Arriola score the fourth goal in his World Cup Qualifying debut for the U.S.
  • Most recently, Pulisic scored both goals in the USA’s 2-0 World Cup Qualifying win on June 8, 2017 in Commerce City, Colo.
  • Having made his MNT debut in 2009, midfielder Dax McCarty earned his first World Cup Qualifying cap vs. Panama. The Orlando area native entered as a substitute for Christian Pulisic in the 57th minute.
  • Benny Feilhaber is back with the MNT for the first time since assisting on the game-winning goal in the USA’s 1-0 friendly win vs. Jamaica on Feb. 5, 2017. The Sporting KC midfielder also enters his first World Cup Qualifying camp since October 2009.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Greg Ranjitsingh (Louisville City FC/USA), Glenroy Samuel (Morvant Caledonia United)

DEFENDERS (8): Daneil Cyrus (Juticalpa/HON), Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada/USA), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Triston Hodge (DirecTV W Connection), Kareem Moses (North Carolina FC/USA), Josiah Trimmingham (Club Sando), Kevon Villaroel (North East Stars), Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids/USA)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Neil Benjamin Jr. (W Connection), Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar/NED), Khaleem Hyland (Al-Faisaly Harmah/KSA), Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders/USA), Jared London (Club Sando), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Leston Paul (Pasaquina FC/SLV), Kathon St. Hillaire (St. Ann's Rangers);

FORWARDS (3): Trevin Caesar (Sacramento Republic/USA), Akeem Roach (Vida/HON), Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos/MEX)

Head coach: Denis Lawrence

TRINIDAD NOTES

  • Trinidad enters Matchday 10 having already been eliminated from contention for qualifying for the World Cup.
  • With only three points through nine matches, the Soca Warriors gamely held off group leaders Mexico until the 78th minute on Friday night before succumbing 3-1 in Mexico.
  • T&T boss Dennis Lawrence has built this roster with an eye towards the future, calling 10 players who are 24 years old and under.
  • Khaleem Hyland leads the squad in caps with 74 international appearances.
  • Six players in the squad currently play in the United States, including Seattle Sounders FC winger Joevin Jones and Colorado Rapids defender Mekeil Williams.
  • Minnesota United FC midfielder Kevin Molino picked up his second yellow of the campaign in the loss against Mexico and is suspended for the match. With 38 caps, Molino 
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WAY BACK: DaMarcus Beasley Remembers First World Cup Qualifier From 2001 in Trinidad & Tobago

When the U.S. Men’s National stepped onto the vaunted Estadio Azteca pitch during June’s World Cup Qualifying clash a little history was made. MNT and Liga MX veteran DaMarcus Beasley was slotted in at left back for the difficult tie, making his first appearance of the USA’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign and in turn, becoming the first MNT player to appear in five different qualifying cycles.

That feat was all made possible because of his inclusion in a Final Round qualifier played at Trinidad & Tobago in November 2001. Just a month earlier, the USA had memorably defeated Jamaica 2-1 and had each of the other two results go its way to secure its place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. That triumph, combined with Trinidad & Tobago’s early elimination allowed Bruce Arena to try a few different looks with his lineup, one of which was handing Beasley, who had been capped just twice before, his qualifying debut at the tender age of 19.

“We had already qualified and obviously the pressure was off, so being a young kid, you go out there and just play,” the 35-year-old remembered about the experience.

Lining up on the left side of midfield alongside Earnie Stewart, John O’Brien and Jovan Kirovski, Beasley was active early on, but would eventually be hampered by an elbow to the head from Soca Warriors’ attacker Nigel Pierre in the 17th minute. Beasley stayed down on the Hasely Crawford pitch for a long period of time before walking off moments later.

“My debut didn’t last too long because I got a concussion in the first half and came off at halftime."

At a time where concussion awareness wasn’t as heightened as the present day, Beasley was cleared to re-enter the game before being replaced by Cobi Jones at the break.

“I kind of still remember the play,” he said, “but I don’t remember too much of the game.”

Those that didn’t have concussions would have a hard time remembering it as well. Played on a steamy afternoon in Port of Spain, both teams saw multiple shots go high and wide throughout the match, though Beasley’s Chicago Fire teammate and fellow qualifying debutant Zach Thornton did make a nice diving save on Stern John’s hit from distance in the 52nd minute.  

Eventually the final whistle blew as the team’s shared a point in the 0-0 draw.

Still hanging around with the National Team 16 years later, Beasley said he looked forward to returning to Trinidad & Tobago, this time with a different setting -- the smaller Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva -- but still with plenty more on the line than his qualifying debut.

“This is what all players want, a chance to qualify for the World Cup, but to be part of the game that actually does it. People take it for granted and say that you should just qualify. People don’t understand how big qualifying for the World Cup is, how much blood, sweat and hard work goes into a qualifier. Hopefully we get a good result on Tuesday and we can celebrate a little bit when we do it. It’ll be a great end to a long qualifying campaign.”

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