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)
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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.