U.S. Men's National Team Pre-Game Notes
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
September 8, 2008
HOME SWEET HOME: After collecting a vital six points from two away matches and snatching the lead in Group 1, the U.S. returns to home soil for the first time in the Semifinal Round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup when they host Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 10 in Bridgeview, Ill. Kickoff for the USA’s debut appearance at Toyota Park is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
- Eighteen players are eligible to dress for both the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago, and must wear 1-18 for jersey numbers.
- Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Frankie Hejduk, Tim Howard and Oguchi Onyewu are each carrying a caution into this match. Any player accumulating two cautions in the semifinal round will be suspended for the next FIFA World Cup qualifier.
- T&T defender Avery John is suspended after picking up his second yellow card in the last game against Guatemala. Cornell Glen and Denis Lawrence are carrying cautions into Wednesday’s match.
- Steve Cherundolo is eligible to play after serving a one-match suspension for receiving two yellow cards in the USA’s 1-0 win on Aug. 20 against Guatemala.
- The U.S. is making its debut appearance at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. The team has 3-3-2 lifetime record in Chicago, including a 2-1 victory against Mexico that earned the United States the 2007 Gold Cup title.
- The U.S. has an undefeated record in qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago, holding an 8-0-2 record. The two countries last met during qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, with the U.S. winning both matches.
- The first meeting was the opening match of the final round, and the U.S. got goals from Eddie Johnson and Eddie Lewis pacing the visitors to a 2-1 victory in Port of Spain, Trinidad. In the second match, Brian McBride tallied the lone goal in the second minute for a 1-0 victory in East Hartford, Conn.
- DaMarcus Beasley made his first-ever appearance in a World Cup qualifier in the USA’s last match of the 2002 qualifying tournament against Trinidad. Beasley only survived 45 minutes of the 0-0 draw on Nov. 11, 2001, at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, as a he received a concussion at the midway point of the first half and had to be replaced after the break.
- Five players on the roster appeared in the USA’s last meeting against T&T, a 2-1 win on July 9, 2007, in group play of the 2007 Gold Cup: Bradley, Brian Ching (1), Ricardo Clark, Landon Donovan, Johnson (1) [starters in bold].
- The U.S. boasts a 10-2-6 all-time record against Caribbean nations during World Cup qualifying, with a 29-1-5 overall record at home against teams from the Caribbean.
- Howard, whose crucial save in the 88th minute preserved the USA’s win in Cuba, now boasts an impressive four clean sheets in five all-time FIFA World Cup qualifying appearances.
- The U.S. has posted a 6-2-2 record in 2008, which includes four straight victories in FIFA World Cup qualifying, a road win against Poland and a 0-0 draw against No. 1-ranked Argentina. Overall, the U.S. has scored 18 goals while surrendering only five.
- With his game-winning goal against Guatemala on Aug. 20, Carlos Bocanegra recorded his 10th career international goal for the United States and his second in FIFA World Cup qualifying. Bocanegra is second on the USA’s all-time scoring list for defenders, now chasing the mark set by Marcelo Balboa (13).
- Bradley leads the U.S. in 2008 in minutes played (737), having started nine games of the ten games this season (also a team high). Four players have appeared in eight games this season: Dempsey, Lewis, Onyewu and Heath Pearce.
- 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).
- Michael Orozco is the only uncapped player on the roster. The other 19 players have at least one cap to their credit. Orozco and defender Marvell Wynne are the only players on the roster who have not appeared in a FIFA World Cup qualifying game.
- Leagues from eight different countries are represented on the U.S. roster: Belgium, Denmark, England (4), France, Germany (3), Mexico, Scotland (2) and the United States (7).
- The U.S. collected a 12-2-4 record in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, outscoring their opponents 35-11 while collecting 11 shutouts. The U.S. finished undefeated at home during the qualifying campaign, going 8-0-1, with all eight victories coming by shutout.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 5/4 SO)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 15/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 16/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 13/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 10/0), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 4/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 18/4), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach: 4/1), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 1/0), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 3/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 2/0), Eddie Lewis (Los Angeles Galaxy: 21/3)
FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 9/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 23/8), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 10/3), Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City: 8/8)
*numbers indicate all-time World Cup Qualifying caps/goals
USA TOPS GROUP 1 AFTER 2: The semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is hitting top gear, and with just four games to play, points are at a premium. In Group 1, the U.S. is two points clear of Trinidad & Tobago in first place. With the two teams meeting on Wednesday, a win for either would mean almost certain qualification for the victors. For Cuba and Guatemala, the fight to stay alive in the bid to qualify for the FIFA World Cup comes to a head with the two teams meeting at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.
GROUP 1 W L T GF GA Pts GD
United States 2 0 0 2 0 6 +2
Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 1 4 2 4 +2
Guatemala 0 1 1 1 2 1 -1
Cuba 0 0 2 1 4 0 -3
August 20, 2008
Guatemala 0, USA 1
Cuba 1, Trinidad & Tobago 3
September 6, 2008
Cuba 0, USA 1
Trinidad & Tobago 1, Guatemala 1
September 10, 2008
USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Guatemala vs. Cuba
IN OTHER CONCACAF ACTION: In Group 2, Mexico has jumped out to an early lead over its opponents. Sven Goran-Eriksson's team has won twice in two games at home, defeating Honduras and Jamaica at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Honduras leads the rest of the pack, having earned a tough three points on the road against Canada, while Jamaica and Canada must know that points are imperative at this stage.
GROUP 2 W L T GF GA Pts GD
Mexico 2 0 0 5 1 6 +4
Honduras 1 1 0 3 3 3 E
Canada 0 1 1 2 3 1 -1
Jamaica 0 1 1 1 4 1 -3
August 20, 2008
Canada 1, Jamaica 1
Mexico 2, Honduras 1
September 6, 2008
Mexico 3, Jamaica 1
Canada 1, Honduras 2
September 10, 2008
Honduras vs. Jamaica
Mexico vs. Canada
Group 3 has produced the most lopsided results of the semifinal round, with Costa Rica cruising to a 7-0 pummeling of Surinam, and El Salvador running past Haiti in a 5-0 win. Costa Rica sits atop the table, having held off El Salvador in a 1-0 shutout at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa on Match Day 1. Qualification for any of the teams is still possible, but for now Costa Rica and El Salvador look to be firmly planted in the drivers’ seats.
GROUP 3 W L T GF GA Pts GD
Costa Rica 2 0 0 8 0 6 +8
El Salvador 1 1 0 5 1 3 +4
Haiti 0 1 1 2 5 1 -3
Surinam 0 1 1 2 10 1 -8
August 20, 2008
Costa Rica 1, El Salvador 0
Haiti 2, Surinam 2
September 6, 2008
El Salvador 5, Haiti 0
Costa Rica 7, Surinam 0
September 10, 2008
Surinam vs. El Salvador
Haiti vs. Costa Rica.
OFF TO A FLYING START: The U.S. has begun the rigorous road that is CONCACAF qualifying with impressive numbers, collecting an unblemished 4-0-0 record with 11 goals scored and not a single surrendered. Consider this:
- The U.S. has posted three straight road victories in World Cup qualifying for the first time ever.
- These three victories were all by shutout, the first time in history that the U.S. has earned three away qualifying shutout victories in a FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
- Overall, the U.S. is 16-23-15 in away FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Since 1988, the U.S. 12-8-11 with 16 shutouts.
- Including the 2-0 win against Panama on Oct. 12, 2005, the U.S. has not lost, tied or been scored upon in their last five World Cup qualifiers, tying a team record. (The U.S. posted five consecutive victories during the final round of qualifying for ’06.)
- The win against Guatemala was the first-ever in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on Guatemalan soil, and only the second victory in the Central American country in 20 years
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: The 1-0 victory against Cuba in their second-ever match in Cuba and the first since 1947 marked the USA’s 50th all-time win in qualifying play. Overall, the U.S. holds a 50-30-28 lifetime record in FIFA World Cup qualifying action, posting a 36-9-16 mark since 1988. In the last three qualifying cycles, the U.S. boasts an impressive 26-1-6 record on home soil.
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: Three players on the U.S. roster have scored against Trinidad & Tobago, with Eddie Johnson's two goals leading the way. Johnson and Brian Ching both tallied during the USA’s 2-0 win against T&T in last summer’s 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)
June 9, 2007- CONCACAF Gold Cup, First Round; 2-0 W
Bradley, Ching (1), Clark, Donovan, Johnson (1)
Aug. 17, 2005 – CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Final Round; 1-0 W
Donovan, Lewis, Onyewu
Feb. 9, 2005 - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Final Round; 2-1 W
Beasley, Bocanegra, Cherundolo, Dempsey, Donovan (capt.), Johnson (1), Lewis (1)
November 11, 2001 – CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Final Round; 0-0 T
Beasley, Cherundolo, Donovan
June 20, 2001 - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, Final Round; 2-0 W
GIGANTES DE LA CONCACAF? The question often arises about which team is the best in the region, and while the numbers don’t tell the whole story, they can make a convincing argument. Without the benefit of any of the tangible and obvious home-field advantages, it’s fair to say the U.S. has been pretty tough to beat at home against their CONCACAF brethren. Since a 3-2 home loss to Honduras on Sept. 1, 2001, the United States on home soil has posted an astounding record of 37-0-10, with a walloping 106 goals for and a miserly 15 surrendered. Since we know you’re going to ask, that streak includes a 10-game unbeaten run against our neighbors to the south (8-0-2). One more thing: 34 of those games have been shutouts for the USA. Here’s a year-by-year breakdown:
Year Record Goals For Goals Against
2001: 1-0-0 2 1
2002: 7-0-1 19 0
2003: 5-0-1 16 2
2004: 5-0-2 17 2
2005: 10-0-2 22 4
2006: 1-0-2 5 1
2007: 7-0-1 15 3
2008: 1-0-1 10 2
CHICAGO CONNECTIONS: Several members of the U.S. contingent have ties to Chicago. DaMarcus Beasley and Carlos Bocanegra are alumni of the Chicago Fire team coached by Bob Bradley that captured the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. That group also included current U.S. assistant coaches Peter Nowak and Mike Sorber. Nowak started in the 2-1 win against Miami Fusion on Oct. 21, 2000, at Soldier Field, and also captained the Fire to the 'Double' in 1998 when the Fire became the first and only expansion club to win the MLS Cup in its inaugural season. Two other players on the roster hold ties to the Chicagoland area. Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan is a native of Homer Glen, Ill., and is an alumnus of U.S. Soccer Development Academy Club, the Chicago Magic. Michael Bradley also played for the Magic during his time in Chicago.
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 28 games under his belt, seeing 67 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 20 months points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:
- Won four straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers, all by shutout
- Defended the CONCACAF Gold Cup title and qualified for the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa
- 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 at Switzerland and March 26, 2008 at Poland)
- Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 at Switzerland, Nov. 17 at South Africa and March 26, 2008 at 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
All-time record: 18-7-3
Goal For: 49
Goals Against: 25
CONCACAF: 11-0-2, 28 GF, 6 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-4-1, 7 GF, 13 GA
UEFA: 4-3-0, 9 GF, 5 GA
AFC: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF: 1-0-0, 1 GF, 0 GA
When leading at half: 11-0-1
When losing at half: 1-2-0
When tied at half: 6-5-2
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Several members of the U.S. national team made summer moves to new clubs throughout Europe and the United States. U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra now patrols central defense for Rennes in the French first division after nearly five years at Fulham. Eddie Johnson also makes a jump from Fulham, going out on loan to English League Championship side Cardiff City. Coming off a 20-goal year at SC Heerenveen, Michael Bradley celebrates turning 21 years old by heading to Borussia Moenchengladbach of the German Bundesliga, while Danny Califf stayed in Denmark and moved to FC Midtjylland after captaining Aalborg to the Danish Superligaen title. A pair of U.S. players moved across the pond from MLS, as Brad Guzan linked up with former U.S. international Brad Friedel at Aston Villa while Maurice Edu joined DaMarcus Beasley at Scottish powerhouse Glasgow Rangers. Eddie Lewis sailed back to U.S. shores after a fruitful career in England, returning to his roots in Southern California with a move to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
SIX OLYMPIANS ON BOARD: The U.S. roster boasts several players coming off their experience at the 2008 Olympic Games. Aston Villa ‘keeper Brad Guzan is coming off an outstanding performance at the 2008 Olympic Games, earning Sierra Mist Man of the Match honors in the gut-wrenching 2-1 loss to Nigeria that eliminated the squad from the tournament. Guzan posted clean sheets in both of the USA’s second round qualifying victories against Barbados. Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan recorded two goals in China, while Maurice Edu served admirably in central defense. Since the summer of 2007, midfielder Michael Bradley has appeared in four international tournaments at both the youth and full national team levels. Marvell Wynne makes his first appearance on a full team roster since the 2007 Copa America, while Michael Orozco gets his first sniff with the seniors.
UP NEXT – ROLE REVERSAL: Following the match in Bridgeview, CONCACAF takes a month-long siesta from qualifying until the next set of double dates when the U.S will flip the schedule from the matches in September. The U.S. will play host Cuba on Oct. 11 at RFK Stadium (tickets), where the U.S. holds a 10-3-4 record since 1977, including a 3-1-1 record in World Cup qualifying. Four days later, it’s off to far end of the region for a visit to Trinidad, where the United States holds an unblemished 3-0-0 in World Cup qualifying competition.
U.S. Schedule – Semifinal Round, 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Date Opponent Result / Time TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Aug. 20 @ Guatemala 1-0 W Bocanegra
Sept. 6 @ Cuba 1-0 W Dempsey
Sept. 10 vs. Trinidad & Tobago 7 p.m. ET ESPN2, Galavision
Oct. 11 vs. Cuba 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic, Galavision
Oct. 15 @ Trinidad & Tobago TBD ESPN Networks, Galavision
Nov. 19 vs. Guatemala 6 p.m. MT ESPN2, Galavision
2004 SEMIFINAL ROUND REWIND: After handling Grenada in the home and home series in the second round, the U.S. advanced to Group 1 of the semifinal phase along with El Salvador, Panama and Jamaica. Like this time around, the U.S. opened on the road when they traveled to Kingston, Jamaica. An 89th minute goal from World Cup qualifying debutante Brian Ching delivered the U.S. the sought after point away from home in the 1-1 draw with Jamaica. The ever-reliable Cobi Jones would later follow suit, netting a 92nd minute equalizer against Panama to deliver yet another important draw. At home it was a different story, as a convincing shutout against El Salvador (2-0) set the stage for a record-setting performance from Eddie Johnson in the 6-0 pasting of Panama on Oct. 13, 2004, at RFK Stadium. Johnson became the first U.S. player in history to record a hat trick as a substitute. In that match, Oguchi Onyewu earned his first taste of qualifying action. Overall, the U.S. finished the group with an unbeaten 3-0-3 record and momentum heading into the final phase.
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IN FOCUS: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO FACT FILE
Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation
Founded: 1908 (Joined FIFA in 1963)
Nickname: The Soca Warriors
Head Coach: Francisco Maturana (COL)
Key Players: Keon Daniel, Cornell Glen
Best World Cup Finish: First Round, 2006
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Semifinals, 2000
RE-CYCLED: Trinidad & Tobago proved to one of the success stories of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. Marooned at the bottom of the CONCACAF Final Round table after three games, the hiring of coach Leo Beenhakker coupled with the recalling of talismanic veteran Dwight Yorke turned the tide for The Soca Warriors. The team went on to finish fourth place in CONCACAF, earning a playoff with Bahrain for a spot at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. A 2-1 aggregate victory over the gulf country saw the Trinidadians book their first ever place in the FIFA World Cup Finals, where they went on to take one point from three games in Germany.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Trinidad & Tobago were pushed all the way by Bermuda in the second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Down 2-1 after a shocking home loss in the first leg, T&T were forced to go on the road in search of an all important victory to keep their 2010 FIFA World Cup dreams alive. In the end, the quality of The Warriors told, and a 2-0 victory in the second leg allowed the island nation to breathe a collective sigh of the relief before progressing to the Semifinal Round.
June 15, 2008 – Marvin Lee Stadium – Macoya, Trinidad & Tobago – Second Round, First Leg
Trinidad & Tobago 1 Stern John 22'
Bermuda 2 John Nusum 7', 38'
TRI: 1-Clayton Ince, 4-Makan Hislop, 5-Osel Telesfod (16-Stephan David, 75), 6-Dennis Lawrence, 7-Carlos Edwards, 8-Kaleem Hyland (3-Ancil Farrier, 46), 9-Aurtis Whitley-capt., 12-Jason Scotland, 13-Kareem Smith, 14-Stern John, 17-Keon Daniel
BER: 1-Timothy Figuriedo, 2-Antonio Lowe, 3-Kevin Richards, 5-Kofi Dill, 6-Meshach Wade, 7-Damon Ming (11-Reginald-Thompson-Lambe, 71), 8-Omar Shakir-capt., 10-Keishen Bean (15-Kristofer Frick, 81), 16-John Nusem (12-Ralph Bean, 73), 17-Kwame Steede, 18-Khano Smith
June 22, 2008 – Bermuda National Sports Center – Prospect, Bermuda – Second Round, Second Leg
Trinidad & Tobago 2 Darryl Roberts 9', Stern John 66'
BER: 1-Timothy Figuriedo, 2-Antonio Lowe, 3-Kevin Richards, 5-Kofi Dill, 6-Meshach Wade, 7-Damon Ming, 8-Omar Shakir-capt., 10-Keishen Bean, 16-John Nusem (15-Stephen Astwood, 51), 17-Kwame Steede (9-Jemeiko Jennins, 65), 18-Khano Smith (Domico Coddington, 78)
TRI: 18-Jan-Michael Williams, 3-Michael Edwards (2-Kern Cupid, 64), 4-Makan Hislop, 5-Osei Telesfod, 6-Dennis Lawrence, 7-Carlos Edwards, 8-Kaleem Hyland, 9-Autis Whitley-capt., 10-Darryl Roberts (16-Stephan David, 89), 13-Jerol Forbes (14-Stern John, 46), 17-Keon Daniel
Vs. THE U.S.: The U.S. holds a 13-1-3 lifetime record against Trinidad & Tobago, with the series dating back to 1982. The U.S. can also claim nine shutouts against the Soca Warriors, with five of those coming on home turf. 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 four games when coming stateside, the most recent being a 2-0 loss during the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Only twice has the U.S. managed more than two goals against Trinidad & Tobago, once in the aforementioned 1996 victory, and six years prior in 1990 during a 3-0 win in High Point, N.C. The United States has scored 25 times against Trinidad & Tobago, while only surrendering eight goals to the island nation, the last of which came in 2005.
THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD: No look ahead at a 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 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.
On the field for the USA
September 6, 2008 – Estadio Pedro Marrero, La Habana - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying – Semifinal Round
USA 1 Clint Dempsey 40'
CUB: 12-Odelin Molina; 2-Silvio Miñoso, 3-Yeniel Marquez, 5-Jorge Luis Clavelo-capt.; 11-Jensee Muñoz (9-Alain Cervantes, 46), 13-Carlos Domingo, 14-Jaine Colome (17-Pedro Faife, 52), 16-Reysander Fernandez; 18-Heviel Cordovez, 7-Luis Villegas, 10-Roberto Linares (15-Leonel Duarte, 67)
Subs not used: 1-Danis Quintero, 4-Yosvani Caballeros, 6-Reinier Alcantara, 8-Alianas Urgelles
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 15-Heath Pearce, 3-Carlos Bocanegra-capt., 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 2-Frankie Hejduk; 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 12-Michael Bradley, 13-Maurice Edu, 8-Clint Dempsey (16-Sacha Kljestan, 77); 10-Landon Donovan, 11-Brian Ching
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 4-Ricardo Clark, 6-Marvell Wynne, 7-Eddie Lewis, 9-Eddie Johnson, 14-Danny Califf
On the field for Trinidad & Tobago
September 6, 2008 – Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying – Semifinal Round
T&T 1 Keon Daniel 84'
Guatemala 3 Carlos Santizo 90'
TRI: 1-Marvin Phillip, 2-Clyde Leon, 3-Avery John, 5-Keyeno Thomas, 6-Dennis Lawrence, 7-Carlos Edwards (10-Andre Toussaint, 46), 8-Cyd Gray, 9-Keon Daniel, 12-Densill Theoald 14-Anthony Wolfe, 46), 13-Cornell Glen (15-Kerry Baptiste, 88), 17-Dwight Yorke (capt.)
Subs not used: 4-Osei Telesford, 11-Jason Scotland, 16-Julius James, 18-Jan Michael Williams
GUA: 1-Ricardo Trigueno, 2-Carlos Santizo, 4-Jony Monroy, 5-Carlos Najera, 7-Mario Rodriguez, 9-Carlos Ruiz, 10-Freddy Garcia, 11-Guillermo Ramirez, 12-Jose Contreras (13-Marco Papa, 69), 14-Luis Rodriguez, 16-Luis Molina
Subs not used: 3-Cristian Noriega, 6-Mynor Morales, 8-Gonzalo Romero, 15-Fredy Thompson, 17-Abnerosal Alvarez, 18-Luis Molina
Vs. Trinidad & Tobago
June 9, 2007 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. – 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup
USA 2 Brian Ching 29', Eddie Johnson 54'
USA: 18-Kasey Keller (capt.); Frank Simek, 12-Jay DeMerit, Michael Parkhurst, 4-Jonathan Spector; 14-Steve Ralston, 5-Benny Feilhaber (10-Landon Donovan, 46), 19-Ricardo Clark, 21-Justin Mapp; 11-Brian Ching (6-Michael Bradley, 65), 9-Eddie Johnson (20-Taylor Twellman, 72)
Subs not used: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 7-DaMarcus Beasley
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
TRI: 21-Jan Michael Williams, 5-Keyeno Thomas, 6-Thomas Nickcolson (8-Kerry Baptiste, 24), 17-Seon Power, 20- Anthony Noriega (13-Christon Baptiste, 20), 2-Romauld Aguillera, 15-Andrei Pacheco (7-Trent Noel, 81), 16-Silvio Spann, 18-Densill Theobald, 11-Andre Toussaint, 14-Darryl Roberts
Subs not used: 1-Daurance Williams, 4-Dwayne Jack, 9- Errol McFarlane, 23-Kendall Jagdeosingh
Head Coach: Wilhelmus Rijsbergen
Vs. Trinidad & Tobago – in World Cup Qualifying
August 17, 2005 – Rentschler Field – East Hartford, Conn. – CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Final Round
USA 1 Brian McBride 2'
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