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U.S. MNT Set to Face Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, April 1, in Nashville, Tenn.


U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp Update
Nashville, Tenn.
March 31, 2009


MUSIC CITY MATCHUP: The U.S. Men’s National Team has settled down in Nashville, Tenn., where they will host Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, April 1, at LP Field. Coverage of the match begins at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and Galavision, and fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. More than 19,500 tickets have been sold for the match, which means fans will be out in full force on Wednesday, as the MNT continues their run in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

QUICK HITS

  • Of the 22 players in camp, the U.S. will dress 18 with a maximum of three substitutions.
  • Five players on the U.S. roster are carrying yellow cards into Wednesday’s match: Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Frankie Hejduk, and Oguchi Onyewu. Should they receive another caution, it will result in a one match suspension.
  • Trinidad & Tobago has six players in a similar predicament: Keon Daniel, Akile Edwards, Carlos Edwards, Cornell Glen, Khaleem Hyland, and Clyde Leon.
  • Tim Howard is available for selection after serving his one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation. T & T also get starting goalkeeper Clayton Ince back from suspension, as well as midfielder Christopher Birchall.
  • T & T striker Dwight Yorke is serving the second game of a two-match suspension and is unavailable.
  • The match on April 1 will mark the 20th meeting between the United States and Trinidad & Tobago. The U.S. holds a commanding 14-2-3 record, with 29 goals scored and 10 conceded.
  • This is the first time the U.S. has played a FIFA World Cup qualifier in the state of Tennessee. The only other game contested in the “Volunteer State” came in 2006, when the U.S. fell 1-0 to Morocco in Nashville in the first match of the Send Off Series for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
  • This is the fourth consecutive World Cup qualifying cycle in which the U.S. and T & T have faced off, and the sixth overall since 1985. The U.S. holds a 9-1-2 record in qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago, including an unbeaten 6-0-1 record on home soil.
  • The U.S. boasts a 14-3-6 all-time record against Caribbean nations during World Cup qualifying, with a 33-1-5 overall record at home against teams from the Caribbean. The sole defeat at home came at the hands of Haiti, a 1-0 loss on May 11, 1969 in San Diego.
  • The teams were grouped together in the semifinal phase of 2010 World Cup qualifying, splitting the results as the U.S. collected a 3-0 victory on Sept. 10 in Bridgeview, Ill., before T & T ended the USA’s seven-match unbeaten run in qualifying with a 2-1 victory on Oct. 15, 2008 in Port of Spain.
  • Nine players on the U.S. roster started in the last meeting in Trinidad: Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Danny Califf, Maurice Edu, Brad Guzan, Frankie Hejduk, Sacha Kljestan, Heath Pearce, José Francisco Torres. That match marked the first-ever start for Torres, and was his second appearance for the U.S.
  • Meantime, nine of the 10 starters from the 3-0 win in Bridgeview are present in Nashville, including all three goal scorers: Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley (1), Brian Ching (1), Dempsey (1), Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Eddie Johnson, Sacha Kljestan, Onyewu and Heath Pearce (starters in bold).
  • Trinidad & Tobago midfielder Russell Latapy has played against the U.S. eight times, the most games of any player on either side of the series.
  • Hejduk recorded a goal and assist in leading the USA’s rally from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 in El Salvador on March 28.
  • The goal was the seventh of Hejduk’s international career, and his second in FIFA World Cup qualifying. His last qualifying goal came on Dec. 21, 1996, in a 2-2 draw against Guatemala that was played in San Salvador. The gap of 12 years and 97 days is the longest between qualifying goals ever for a U.S. player, with Tab Ramos holding the distinction previously with eight years and 130 days between qualifying goals.
  • Altidore has recorded two goals in five World Cup qualifying appearances.
  • The U.S. now holds an 8-1-1 record through 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
  • Donovan is the leading capwinner on the roster with 107 international appearances.
  • Donovan leads the team in FIFA World Cup qualifying caps (23) and is tied with Eddie Johnson for most goals in qualifying (8). Johnson has produced a remarkable strike rate, with eight goals in eight qualifying appearances. Johnson became the first player in U.S. history to score three goals as a substitute when he recorded a hat trick in the 6-0 semifinal round qualifying victory against Panama on Oct. 13, 2004, at RFK Stadium.
  • Johnson and Donovan are tied for third on the USA’s all-time goalscoring list in FIFA World Cup qualifying. Brian McBride is the USA’s all-time leading goalscorer in FIFA World Cup Qualifying with 10 goals scored over three FIFA World Cup cycles (1998, 2002, 2006).
  • Ching and Dempsey finished 2008 with four goals each – all in World Cup qualifying – tied for team best. They are joined by Michael Bradley as the leading scorers for the U.S. in 2010 qualifying.
  • Dempsey recorded two game-winning goals in World Cup qualifying last year – against Barbados on June 15 in Carson, Calif., and in the 1-0 win on Sept. 6 in Cuba.
  • Beasley (Oct. 11 against Cuba), Carlos Bocanegra (Aug. 20 against Guatemala) and Bradley (Sept. 10 against T & T, Feb. 11 against Mexico) are the other players on the roster with game-winners in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
  • Bradley and Heath Pearce tied for the team lead in 2008 with 11 starts. Pearce led the team in minutes played (945).
  • Pearce has started nine of 10 World Cup qualifiers in this cycle, the most on the team. Beasley has made nine total appearances, seven as a starter.
  • After serving a one match suspension for the game against Mexico, Pablo Mastroeni has returned to the U.S. squad. Mastroeni started in three of the USA’s qualifiers through the semifinal round.
  • With his hat trick on Jan. 24 against Sweden, Sacha Kljestan became only the second player in U.S. history to score his first three goals in the same game, joining Aldo “Buff” Donelli, who tallied four goals in a 4-2 victory against Mexico on May 24, 1934, in the lone qualifying match for the 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy.
  • The U.S. finished 2008 with a 9-3-2 record, including a 7-1-0 record in World Cup qualifying.
  • In 2008, the U.S. set team records for most goals scored per game (2.14) and fewest goals against per game (0.57).

ROSTER BREAKDOWN
Average Age: 25
Average Caps: 35
Most Caps: 107 (Landon Donovan)
Least Caps: 3 (José Francisco Torres)
Oldest: 34 (Frankie Hejduk)
Youngest: 19 (Jozy Altidore)
Play professionally in: USA (6), England (5), France (2), Germany (2), Scotland (2), Belgium (1), Denmark (1), Mexico (1), Spain (1), Wales (1)

HISTORIC COMEBACK IN SAN SALVADOR: The rally against El Salvador marked the first time in U.S. history that the team has faced and erased a two-goal deficit to earn a point on the road. The last time the U.S. accomplished that feat in any venue came Oct. 8, 1995 at RFK Stadium, when the U.S. spotted Saudi Arabia three goals in 29 minutes until a four-goal comeback culminating in a goal by Roy Lassiter lifted the U.S. to a stunning 4-3 victory.

TRINI CONNECTIONS - EARLY ON: Several of the U.S. players have faced Trinidad & Tobago at the youth international level. Sacha Kljestan played in the 6-1 win against T & T on Jan. 12, 2005, in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup. DaMarcus Beasley had a pair of goals in the 5-1 win against T & T on March 20, 2001, in Tunapuna, Trinidad, in the second group game of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Landon Donovan added a goal and an assist, while Oguchi Onyewu started on the U.S. back line. Beasley’s goals and assist on the game-tying goal helped earn the U.S. a place in the finals and solidified the choice of the midfielder being named Tournament MVP.

On the T & T side, two players on the roster made stops in MLS during their career journeys. Stern John had the most success in MLS, scoring 44 goals in 55 matches for the Columbus Crew. John was the 1998 MLS Scoring Champion (the previous incarnation of the Golden Boot award) and, with 26 goals, he was also a member of the MLS Best XI that year. Keyeno Thomas, who leads all the Soca Warriors with 11 qualifying appearances in the current campaign, spent one season with the Colorado Rapids.

ENCORE PERFORMANCE: Five members of the U.S. squad for Wednesday's game are re-living the fond memories of their time here in Nashville in last year when the city hosted the semifinals and finals of the 2008 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan, and Jonathan Spector were part of the group that dispatched Canada 3-0 in the semifinals behind two goals from Adu and a late clincher from Kljestan. Led by U-23 head coach and current MNT assistant coach Peter Nowak, that victory punched their ticket to Beijing.

Adu finished as the leading scorer in the tournament with four goals, while Sacha Kljestan earned an honorable mention for the all tournament team. Fans will recall that Spector traveled thousands of miles from his club in England to play in the decisive semifinal match, then was quickly whisked away when the game was over to travel back across the pond.

SPREADING THE WEALTH: With his goal this past Saturday in El Salvador, Frankie Hejduk became the 14th different U.S. player to score in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Hejduk joins Carlos Bocanegra (1) and Oguchi Onyewu (1) as other defenders to score in qualifying. Midfielders have accounted for the majority of the qualifying goals, with Clint Dempsey (4) and Michael Bradley (4) leading the way. DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan have tallied two goals each, while Eddie Lewis made his goal count as the game-winner against on June 22, 2008, against Barbados. Up top, Brian Ching leads the way (4), with Jozy Altidore (2) also contributing multiple goals. Forwards who have scored one goal each: Freddy Adu, Kenny Cooper, Charlie Davies, and Eddie Johnson.

LD FILLING THE RECORD BOOKS: Landon Donovan, the USA’s all-time leader in goals and assists, is now one goal shy of tying Brian McBride for the most career goals in World Cup qualifying (10). Last year, Donovan moved into sole possession of the top spot of the goalscoring chart when he tallied his 35th career goal, putting home a PK in a 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19, 2008, at The Home Depot Center. With his start against Argentina on June 8 at Giants Stadium, he became the youngest player in U.S. history – and the fourth youngest player in the world – to earn 100 caps.

T & T’s ROLE IN LD HISTORY: As the all-time leader in goals and assists, Donovan obviously also holds the top spot in total points. He took over that title on June 9, 2007, when he recorded his 25th career assist (already a record) by setting up Eddie Johnson to seal a 2-0 victory against the Soca Warriors in the second group match of the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Donovan has collected 107 career points behind 37 goals and 33 assists.

MICHAEL BRADLEY ON A ROLL: Michael Bradley’s pair in the 2-0 win against Mexico were the fourth and fifth goals of his career, and his third and fourth in eight career FIFA World Cup qualifying games. He now has two game-winning goals in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, following his ninth-minute goal that sparked a 3-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 10 in Bridgeview, Ill. The 21-year-old has appeared in eight of 10 World Cup qualifiers in this cycle, and has 26 caps to his credit.

BACK IN THE FOLD: The current camp has marked a return to the U.S. fold for several members of the national team player pool. Defenders Jay DeMerit and Jonathan Spector are back following injuries, with Spector having suffered a lengthier layoff. The last time Spector appeared for the U.S. came in the 3-0 victory against Poland at this same time last year. He was a part of the squad that traveled to Europe last summer for the friendlies against England and Spain, but while he was in camp the team doctor diagnosed a torn labrum in his right hip that required surgery and several months of rehabilitation.

CONCACAF FINAL ROUND UPDATE: Matchday 2 once again saw a plethora of late goals in CONCACAF. Apart from Frankie Hejduk's late header, Trinidad & Tobago used a fortuitous late equalizer to salvage a tie at home against Honduras. As a result, the Hexgonal's table has experienced a bit of a shakeup, with the U.S. claiming sole possession of the top spot. Mexico and Costa Rica are not far behind, while the three remaining teams are within a win of jumping up the ranks.

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 4
Mexico 2 1 1 0 2 2 0 3
Costa Rica 2 1 1 0 2 2 0 3
El Salvador 2 0 0 2 4 4 0 2
Trinidad & Tobago 2 0 0 2 3 3 0 2
Honduras 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1


DOUBLE DATE ROLLS ON: With the March 28 games in the past, the Hexagonal turns its focus to the latter half of the final round's first double date. Honduras hosts Mexico with an eye towards repeating their semifinal heroics that saw them see off Sven-Goran Eriksson's side in a 1-0 victory to book a place in the final round. Costa Rica meanwhile will look to maintain its excellent home pedigree; Los Ticos host El Salvador at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa with all three points in mind.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Final Round Update

Date Match Venue
March 28 El Salvador 2, USA 2 Estadio Cuscatlán; San Salvador, El Salvador
March 28 Mexico 2, Costa Rica 0 Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
March 28 Trinidad & Tobago 1, Honduras 1 Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad
April 1 USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
April 1 Honduras vs. Mexico Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
April 1 Costa Rica vs. El Salvador Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá; San Jose, Costa Rica


HOME IS WHERE THE POINTS ARE: The U.S. has worked hard to establish a dominating presence at home, and the record speaks for itself. The United States has not lost to a regional opponent at home in 51 consecutive matches, amassing a 41-0-10 record since 2001 that includes 13 games in FIFA World Cup qualifying. The last loss came Sept. 1, 2001, a 3-2 qualifying loss to Honduras at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. A look at the remarkable streak:

Year: Record (Since Sept. 2, 2001) FIFA World Cup Qualifying
2001: 1-0-0 (2 GF, 1 GA) 1-0-0 (2 GF, 1 GA)
2002: 7-0-1 (19 GF, 0 GA)  
2003: 5-0-1 (16 GF, 2 GA)  
2004: 5-0-2 (17 GF, 2 GA) 3-0-1 (12 GF, 1 GA)
2005: 10-0-2 (22 GF, 4 GA) 5-0-0 (10 GF, 1 GA)
2006: 1-0-2 (5 GF, 1 GA)  
2007: 7-0-1 (15 GF, 3 GA)  
2008: 4-0-1 (21 GF, 3 GA) 3-0-0 (11 GF, 1 GA)
2009: 1-0-0 (2 GF, 0 GA) 1-0-0 (2 GF, 0 GA)
Total: 41-0-10 (119 GF, 16 GA) 13-0-1 (37 GF, 4 GA)

THE USA HAS NOT:

  • suffered a shutout loss at home in 22 overall matches (4/23/06 vs. Morocco, 0-1 L)
  • lost at home v. CONCACAF opponent in 51 matches (9/1/01 vs. Honduras, 2-3 L)
  • been shutout at home in World Cup qualifying in 19 qualifiers (10/11/00 vs. Costa Rica, 0-0 T)
  • suffered a shutout loss at home in World Cup qualifying in 36 qualifiers (5/31/85 vs. Costa Rica, 0-1 L)
  • suffered a shutout loss in 11 overall matches (6/4/08 @ Spain, 0-1 L)
  • lost by more than one goal in 12 matches (5/28/08 @ England, 0-2 L)

BY THE NUMBERS – U.S. IN FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING:

0 – Losses at home in qualifying under Bob Bradley
4 – Goals each by Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey Brian Ching in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, tied for the team lead
6 – Consecutive games the U.S. held opponents scoreless, setting a team record (Oct. 12, 2005 – Oct. 11, 2008)
7 – Total clean sheets kept by Tim Howard and Brad Guzan out of nine games
10 – Goals for Brian McBride in FIFA World Cup qualifying history, the USA's all-time leader (Landon Donovan is second with 9)
12 – Number of leagues represented on the U.S. roster spread across 10 countries
13 – Number of different goalscorers for the U.S. in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying
36 – Players with at least one appearance in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying

BOB ON THE JOB: Since January of 2007 it has been the charge of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to achieve the most important goal of any soccer playing nation: qualification for the FIFA World Cup. With 35 games under his belt, seeing more than 70 different players at least once and the process of reaching South Africa in 2010 in full swing, a review of the body of work during the past two years points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:

  • won seven straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row, a new team record
  • defended the CONCACAF Gold Cup title and qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • won by the largest margin of victory in U.S. World Cup qualifying history (8-0 vs. Barbados on 6/15/08)
  • won back-to-back games in Europe for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007, @ Switzerland and March 26, 2008, @ Poland)
  • won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007, @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008, @ Poland)
  • played five matches against four teams ranked in the Top 10 in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Spain)
  • played matches on four continents and in two major international tournaments

THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Record
All-Time 23-8-4
Qualifying 8-1-1
Goal For: 68
Goals Against: 32
Shutouts: 15

Record vs. …
CONCACAF 14-1-3, 38 GF, 10 GA
CONMEBOL 1-4-1, 7 GF, 13 GA
UEFA 5-3-0, 12 GF, 7 GA
AFC 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF 1-0-0, 1 GF, 0 GA

Record when …
Leading at half: 15-0-1
Losing at half: 1-2-1
Tied at half: 7-6-2

2008 IN BRIEF: The campaign in 2008 had at its summit the start of FIFA World Cup qualifying, but there was plenty of action. The new year began with an inscription in the history books when Landon Donovan became the USA’s all-time leading scorer, tallying his 35th career international goal in the 2-0 win against Sweden on Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center. After a thrilling 2-2 draw that extended the USA’s home unbeaten streak against Mexico to 10 matches spanning nine years, the U.S. put together one of their most comprehensive performances in years, handing Poland a convincing 3-0 defeat in Krakow that earned the U.S. consecutive victories on European soil for the first time in team history. The team faced a trio of fantastic friendlies for final prep before qualifying. England proved their class in a 2-0 win in London, but the U.S. quickly found their legs and dueled with the current champions of Europe until a 79th minute goal by Xavi Hernandez handed hosts Spain the spoils. A packed house of nearly 80,000 strong at Giants Stadium witnessed the U.S. stand tall against then No. 1-ranked Argentina, the teams dueling to a 0-0 draw while Donovan became the youngest U.S. player in history – and fourth youngest in the world – to reach the 100 cap mark.

After dispatching Barbados in the second round by a 9-0 aggregate score, the U.S. faced a tricky start to the Semifinal Round with two road matches. A goal from Carlos Bocanegra and a dogged, determined effort delivered the U.S. a 1-0 win against Guatemala, their first-ever on Guatemalan soil. Next came a historic visit to the island of Cuba, the USA’s first since 1947, with Clint Dempsey providing an opportunistic goal to give the U.S. all the scoring it needed. A 3-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago represented a trio of records for the history books, including the first time the U.S. has earned six consecutive shutouts. The victory was also the sixth straight in FIFA World Cup qualifying dating back to the final match of the 2006 campaign, setting a team record. The five straight victories in one cycle also tied a team record set during the Final Round of the last qualifying run. The U.S. then dismantled Cuba on Oct. 11 at RFK Stadium, scoring six times en route to officially booking their place in the final round hexagonal. Using the final two matches to breed young talent, the U.S. suffered a 2-1 loss in Port of Spain, Trinidad, before closing out the round with a 2-0 win against Guatemala in the first FIFA World Cup qualifier hosted in the state of Colorado.

The U.S. finished an impressive 2008 with a 9-3-2 record – including a convincing 7-1-0 mark in qualifying – as well as team records in average for most goals scored (2.14) and fewest allowed (0.57).

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IN FOCUS: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO FACT FILE

Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation
Founded: 1908 (Joined FIFA in 1963)
Nickname: The Soca Warriors
Head Coach: Francisco Maturana (Colombia)
Best World Cup Finish: First Round, 2006
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Semifinal Round, 2000
Caps Leader: Angus Eve (117)
Top Scorer: Stern John (69)
Key Players: Carlos Edwards, Stern John, Kenwyne Jones, Christopher Birchall

BOTH SIDES OF THE COIN: Trinidad & Tobago have experienced last minute drama in the first two games of CONCACAF's final round of World Cup qualifying. In El Salvador's Estadio Custcatlán, the Soca Warriors were pegged back by Osael Montero, whose last minute equalizer tied the game 2-2 after T & T had build up a 2-0 lead and missed a penalty that would have put them up three. On Saturday, Trinidad & Tobago were the ones leaving it late against Honduras, with Khaleem Hyland rescuing the draw thanks to an injury time goal which evened the score at 1-1 in Hasely Crawford Stadium.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4): Clayton Ince, Marvin Phillip, Glenroy Samuel, Jan Michael-Williams
DEFENDERS (4): Akile Edwards, Makan Hislop, Dennis Lawrence, Keyeno Thomas
MIDFIELDERS (11): Christopher Birchall, Keon Daniel, Carlos Edwards, Ataullah Guerra, Khaleem Hyland, Russell Latapy, Clyde Leon, Trent Noel, Andrei Pacheco, Densil Theobald, Anthony Wolfe
FORWARDS (3): Stern John, Kenwyne Jones, Jason Scotland

TRINI'S TROOPS: Trinidad & Tobago's roster features 14 out of the 18 players that dressed for the last meeting with the U.S., with one notable absence. Trinidad's captain Dwight Yorke will serve the second of his two game suspension on Wednesday, the former Manchester United striker was banned following an incident of verbal abuse in February's game against Honduras. Holding midfielder Christopher Birchall returns for Trinidad & Tobago, following his one game absence against Honduras, while Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones is available for Wednesday's game as well. Jones missed the last two games against the United States while a long-term injury kept him out of play.

PATH TO THE HEXAGONAL: After an indifferent start to the semifinal round, Trinidad & Tobago rallied in a major way to eventually secure easy passage to the Hexagonal. The turning point came in October when, after a hard fought 0-0 draw in Guatemala City, T & T returned home to record its first-ever FIFA World Cup qualifying win against the United States. In the end, the Soca Warriors rode a three-match unbeaten run to close out the group and finish comfortably with 11 points in second place behind the United States.

ELDER STATESMEN: Trinidad & Tobago’s Dwight Yorke, 37, and Russell Latapy, 40, are the only two of only four players worldwide who have participated in six FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns. The other two players to achieve this astonishing feat are Northern Ireland's Pat Jennings and Victor Mendieta of Panama. With 41 World Cup qualifying appearances to his name, Dennis Lawrence is second on the all-time list for CONCACAF. Jamaica's Ian Goodison leads everyone with 46 appearances, while Trinidad & Tobago’s Stern John is tied for third with 40 World Cup qualifying appearances in his career. Speaking of John, he is tied for sixth all-time in World Cup qualifying on 20 goals with Costa Rica's Paulo Wanchope and Andriy Shevchenko. Above them are Kazu Miura (21), Jared Borgetti (22), Carlos Ruiz (24), and Ali Daei (30).

VERSUS THE UNITED STATES: The United States holds a 14-2-3 all-time record against Trinidad & Tobago and has lost just once in its last 10 matches against the Soca Warriors. Until last October, Trinidad & Tobago had never beaten the United States in World Cup qualifying, but their victory in Port of Spain provided a historic milestone and a valuable three points while dropping United States' qualifying record against T & T to 9-1-2. At home, the U.S. has been utterly dominant against Trinidad & Tobago, with an all-time record of 10-0-1. It has been more than 12 years since Trinidad & Tobago have scored during their travels to the U.S., with the last goal coming during a 3-2 loss in 1996 in Anaheim, Calif. Since then, Trinidad & Tobago have gone scoreless in five games when coming stateside, the most recent being a 3-0 qualifying loss on Sept. 10 in Bridgeview, Ill.

THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD: No look ahead at a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Trinidad would be complete without first looking back at the history-making performance of the U.S. team in 1989. Known simply as the “shot heard around the world,” Paul Caliguiri's game-winning goal against Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 19, 1989 catapulted the U.S. to its first World Cup finals in 40 years and launched an unprecedented of era of success for the U.S. National Team. In this U.S. Soccer's Center Circle feature on Caliguiri, re-live through Paul's eyes the moment that changed U.S. Soccer forever.

LAST MEETING: In their last road qualifier of the semifinal round, the U.S. fielded a young squad, having already secured a place in the “Hexagonal”. DaMarcus Beasley captained the team, which averaged less than 24-years-of-age, for the first time in his career, and the U.S. eventually fell 2-1 to Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain. After falling behind on a Russell Latapy goal, Charlie Davies leveled the score when he converted a pass from Jozy Altidore. Just minutes later, however, Altidore was guilty of a foul in the box and Dwight Yorke slotted home the subsequent penalty kick to give T & T a vital three points.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Five players on the U.S. roster have scored against Trinidad & Tobago, with Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson leading the way with two goals a piece. Johnson and Ching both tallied during the USA’s 2-0 win against T & T in last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, while Johnson also put his name on the scoresheet in first match of final round qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. During that 2-1 win, Eddie Lewis netted the game-winner.

PAST APPEARANCES AND GOALS AGAINST TRINIDAD & TOBAGO:
(Starters in Bold)
Sept. 10, 2008 – CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Semifinal Round
DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley (1), Brian Ching (1), Clint Dempsey (1), Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Eddie Johnson, Sacha Kljestan, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce

June 9, 2007- CONCACAF Gold Cup, First Round
Bradley, Ching (1), Clark, DeMerit, Donovan, Johnson (1)

Aug. 17, 2005 – CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Final Round
Donovan, Onyewu

Feb. 9, 2005 - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Final Round
Beasley, Bocanegra, Dempsey, Donovan (Capt.), Johnson (1), Mastroeni

November 11, 2001 – CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Final Round
Beasley, Donovan

DID YOU KNOW?: The last time the U.S. was shutout in a loss at home was in Nashville nearly two years ago. During the Send Off series prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. suffered a 1-0 loss to Morocco at LP Field.

THE LAST TIME …
… On the field for the USA

March 28, 2009 | Estadio Custcatlán – San Salvador, El Salvador | World Cup Qualifying, CONCACAF Final Round

El Salvador   2    Eliseo Quintanilla 15, Cristian Castillo 72
USA                2    Jozy Altidore 77, Frankie Hejduk, 88

SLV: 18-Miguel Montes (1-Juan Jose Gomez, 75), 12-Manuel Salazar, 3-Marvin González, 2-Mardoqueo Henríquez, 15-Alfredo Pacheco, 6-Julio Martínez, 7-Ramon Sánchez, 17-Cristian Castillo, 8-Osael Romero, 10-Eliseo Quintanilla (4-Dennis Alas, 82), 11-Rodolfo Zelaya (16-Carlos Ayala, 80)
Subs not used: 5-Luis Hernandez, 13-Deris Umanazor, 14-William Torres, 9-Rudis Corrales
Head Coach: Carlos de los Cobos


USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 14-Danny Califf, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 15-Heath Pearce (9-Jozy Altidore, 61); 16-Sacha Kljestan (6-José Francisco Torres, 72), 12-Michael Bradley (13-Maurice Edu, 95+), 10-Landon Donovan, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Brian Ching, 8-Clint Dempsey
Subs not used: 1-Marcus Hahnemann, 5-Jay DeMerit, 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 17-Jonathan Spector
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

… On the field for Trinidad & Tobago

March 28, 2009 | Hasely Crawford Stadium – Port of Spain, Trinidad | World Cup Qualifying, CONCACAF Final Round

Trinidad & Tobago   1    Kaleem Hyland, 90
Honduras                   1    Carlos Pavon, 51


TRI: 1-Jan-Michael Williams; 8-Anthony Wolfe, 5-Keyeno Thomas, 6-Dennis Lawrence (capt.), 3-Aklie Edwards; 11-Carlos Edwards, 13-Densill Theobald (15-Kenwyne Jones, 60), 2-Clyde Leon, 17-Keon Daniel (10-Russell Latapy, 65); 14-Stern John, 12-Jason Scotland (9-Kaleem Hyland, 60)
Subs not used: 4-Makan Hislop, 7-Trent Noel, 16-Andrei Pacheco, 18-Marvin Phillip
Head Coach: Francisco Maturana


HON: 18-Noel Valladares; 14-Oscar Garcia, 2-Osman Chavez, 4-Samuel Caballero, 3-Maynor Figueroa; 10-Julio Cesar de Leon, 6-Hendry Thomas, 8-Wilson Palacios, 7-Amado Guevara, 11-Ramon Nuñez (15-Marvin Chavez, 76); 9-Carlos Pavon (capt.) (13-Carlos Costly, 82)
Subs Not Used: 1-Ricardo Canales, 5-Erick Norales, Emilio Izaquirre,16-Mauricio Sabillon, 17-Elvis Turcios
Head Coach: Reinaldo Rueda


… vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Oct. 15, 2008 | Hasely Crawford Stadium – Port of Spain, Trinidad | World Cup Qualifying, CONCACAF Semifinal Round

Trinidad & Tobago   2   Russell Latapy 61, Dwight Yorke 79 (pk)
USA                             1   Charlie Davies 75


TRI: 1-Clayton Ince; 3-Akile Edwards, 5-Keyeno Thomas (4-Makan Hislop, 35), 6-Dennis Lawrence; 7-Chris Brichill, 9-Keon Daniel, 10-Russell Latapy (8-Khaleem Hyland, 76), 11-Carlos Edwards, 16-Silvio Spann, 12-Jason Scotland (14-Stern John, 67), 17-Dwight Yorke
Subs: 2-Clyde Leon, 13-Osei Telesford, 15-Darryl Roberts, 18-Marvin Phillip
Head Coach: Francisco Maturana


USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 15-Heath Pearce (11-Chris Rolfe, 88), 14-Danny Califf, 5-Michael Orozco, 2-Frankie Hejduk; 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 4-Jose Francisco Torres (8-Danny Szetela, 84), 17-Freddy Adu (10-Charlie Davies, 69), 13-Maurice Edu, 16-Sacha Kljestan; 17; 9-Jozy Altidore
Subs: 1-Troy Perkins, 3-Jonathan Bornstein, 6-Marvell Wynne, 12-Brian Carroll
Head Coach: Bob Bradley


… vs. Trinidad & Tobago at home in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Final Round

Aug. 17, 2005 | Rentschler Field – East Hartford, Conn. | 2006 World Cup Qualifying, CONCACAF Final Round

USA                             1    Brian McBride 2
Trinidad & Tobago   0


USA: 18-Kasey Keller; 4-Chris Albright, 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Gregg Berhalter, 7-Eddie Lewis; 19-Steve Ralston (9-Santino Quaranta, 72), 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 5-John O’Brien (14-Chris Armas, 46), 15-Bobby Convey; 21-Landon Donovan, 20-Brian McBride (13-Taylor Twellman, 83)
Subs not used: 1-Tim Howard, 2-Greg Vanney, 11-Jeff Cunningham, 12-Jimmy Conrad
Head Coach: Bruce Arena


TRI: 21-Kelvin Jack; 3-Avery John, 4-Marvin Andrews, 2-Atiba Charles (8-Scott Sealy, 46+), 6-Dennis Lawrence; 9-Aurtis Whitley, 16-Silvio Spann, 7-Christopher Birchall, 20-Collin Samuel (5-Brent Sancho, 46+); 19-Dwight Yorke (capt.), 14-Stern John (15-Kenwyne Jones, 55)
Subs not used: 1-Shaka Hislop, 18-Densil Theobold, 23-Anthony Wolfe, 24-Cyd Gray
Head Coach: Leo Beenhakker

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