USA national team looks to #GET3 points vs. Trinidad & Tobago

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U.S. hosts Trinidad & Tobago in crucial World Cup Qualifier Thursday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park at 7:50 p.m. ET.

Source: U.S. Soccer Communications / Photo: Jorge O. Martínez / CentroDeportivo.com 

CHICAGO (June 2017) - The U.S. Men's National Team returns to 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying when it hosts Trinidad & Tobago on Matchday 5 of the Final Round on Thursday, June 8 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. 

U.S. MNT Roster By Position (Club; WCQ Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 13/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 0/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 35/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (10): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 33/6),Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 11/1), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER; 3/0), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 20/2), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 14/0), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 0/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 4/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 2/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 6/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 17/3)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 2/0),Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 2/1),Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 8/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 33/6), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach/GER; 15/1), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 5/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 7/3)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 36/16), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 38/18), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 3/0), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER; 8/4)

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying CONCACAF Final Round Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

D

Pts .

GF

GA

GD

Mexico

4

3

0

1

10

5

1

+4

Costa Rica

4

2

1

1

7

7

3

+4

Panama

4

1

1

2

5

2

2

0

USA

4

1

2

1

4

8

7

+1

Honduras

4

1

2

1

4

4

9

-5

Trinidad & Tobago

4

1

3

0

3

2

6

-4

MATCHDAY 5 SCHEDULE 

Tuesday, March 28 Time/TV 
USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago 7:50 p.m. ET (FS1, UniMas, UDN)
Costa Rica vs. Panama 9:50 p.m. ET (beIN Sports)
Mexico vs. Honduras 11 p.m. ET (FS1, Univision, UDN) 

STORYLINES


After picking up four points in the pair of March World Cup Qualifiers to begin righting the ship towards Russia 2018, the U.S. MNT faces a Trinidad & Tobago side that is also eager to make up for their slow start in the Hex. Looking to build off that performance, especially the 6-0 shutout against Honduras on March 24 in San Jose, the MNT aims to more points when it hosts the Soca Warriors on Thursday night. 

USA DRAWS 1-1 WITH VENEZUELA IN WCQ WARMUP 
Having trained together for nearly a week, the U.S. Men's National Team tested in a 1-1 friendly draw with Venezuela on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. After conceding just the second goal in five matches under head coach Bruce Arena in the 29th minute, the MNT used a 61st minute equalizer from Christian Pulisic to earn the draw. Goalkeeper Tim Howard made three saves in the match, including two highlight reel stops within a minute of each other in the first half.

CLINT DEMPSEY CHASING MILESTONES
After a four-goal output during the USA's March World Cup Qualifying matches against Honduras and Panama, veteran forward Clint Dempsey sits just one goal behind Landon Donovan's for the U.S. MNT's scoring record. Donovan amassed 57 goals in 156 international matches from 2000-2014, while Dempsey has tallied 56 goals in 133 caps since making his debut in 2004. On the cusp of writing his name further into U.S. Soccer lore, Dempsey is adamant that his main focus is towards next summer in Russia.

"LET'S KEEP BUILDING OURSELVES INTO A TEAM" 
In the midst of his third camp back in charge of the U.S. Men's National Team, Bruce Arena had a nearly full complement of players to choose for the MNT's three-match stretch in June. The U.S. manager set the tone for the group on the first night, praising the team's performance to begin turning things around during World Cup Qualifying in March, while putting on emphasis on the overall group .

WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS
Bruce Arena's side steadied the boat in World Cup Qualifying by picking up four points during the pair of March games, but the results didn't come easy. The U.S. roster for that camp was decimated by injury as MNT regulars Fabian Johnson, Jordan Morris, Bobby Wood and DeAndre Yedlin were all unavailable, while Brad Guzan missed the camp due to the birth of his second child. Two months later, all five players are back in camp, looking to help the U.S. have a successful start to the summer.

EXPERIENCE A PLENTY 
A total of 11 players on the roster have made 10 or more FIFA World Cup Qualifying appearances: Clint Dempsey (38), Jozy Altidore (36), Tim Howard (35), DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley (33 each), Geoff Cameron (20), Graham Zusi (17), Fabian Johnson (15), Omar Gonzalez (14), Brad Guzan (13) and Matt Besler (11).

GAME-BY-GAME: USA vs. TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ALL-TIME WCQ HISTORY 
The U.S. has met Trinidad & Tobago in 16 World Cup Qualifiers during seven different cycles. A brief rundown of every qualifying match between the two nations:

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

Date

Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Site

May 15, 1985

2-1 W

Borja, Peterson

St. Louis, Mo.

May 19, 1985

1-0 W

Caligiuri

Torrance, Calif.

May 13, 1989

1-1 D

Trittschuh

Torrance, Calif.

Nov. 19, 1989

1-0 W

Caligiuri

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Nov. 10, 1996

2-0 W

Wynalda, Dooley

Richmond, Va.

Nov. 24, 1996

1-0 W

Moore

Port of Spain, Trinidad

June 20, 2001

2-0 W

Stewart, Razov

Foxborough, Mass.

Nov. 11, 2001

0-0 D

--

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Feb. 9, 2005

2-1 W

E. Johnson, Lewis

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Aug. 17, 2005

1-0 W

McBride

E. Hartford, Conn.

Sept. 10, 2008

3-0 W

Bradley, Dempsey, Ching

Bridgeview, Ill.

Oct. 15, 2008

1-2 L

Davies

Port of Spain, Trinidad

April 1, 2009

3-0 W

Altidore (3)

Nashville, Tenn.

Sept. 9, 2009

1-0 W

Clark

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Nov. 17, 2015

0-0 D

--

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Sept. 6, 2016

4-0 W

Kljestan, Altidore (2), Arriola

Jacksonville, Fla.

USA-TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

  • The U.S. Men's National Team holds 17-2-4 all-time advantage against Trinidad & Tobago.
  • The MNT is 12-1-3 vs. the Soca Warriors in World Cup Qualifying and 7-0-1 in matches played at home.
  • The USA's one qualifying loss came with a 2-1 Semifinal Round defeat on Oct. 15, 2008, after the MNT had already clinched a berth in the Final Round.
  • The U.S. MNT has kept Trinidad & Tobago scoreless in four-straight matches, with the last goal conceded coming in that 2008 defeat.
  • The two sides have met twice already during the current qualifying cycle, playing to a 0-0 draw in Port of Spain on Nov. 17, 2015 before the USA earned a 4-0 win on Sept. 6, 2016 in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Bruce Arena managed four qualifiers against Trinidad & Tobago during his previous time leading the MNT, going 3-0-1.

 

USA ROSTER NOTES:

  • A total of 11 players on the roster have made 11 or more FIFA World Cup Qualifying appearances: Clint Dempsey (38), Jozy Altidore (36), Tim Howard (35), DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Bradley (33 each), Geoff Cameron (20), Graham Zusi (17), Fabian Johnson (15), Omar Gonzalez (14), Brad Guzan (13) and Matt Besler (11).
  • Altidore, Besler, Bradley, Brooks and Cameron come into camp on World Cup Qualifying caution watch and will serve a one-match suspension with their next yellow card.
  • Already the USA's all-time leader in World Cup Qualifying goals with 18, Dempsey is on the cusp of moving into first in two other areas during this camp. With 56 career goals for the MNT, the veteran forward sits just one back of Landon Donovan for the all-time lead.
  • If he appears vs. Trinidad & Tobago, Dempsey would earn his 134 th cap, tying him with Jeff Agoos for third on the MNT's all-time list. Cobi Jones (164) and Landon Donovan (157) sit first and second, respectively.
  • At 19 years, 146 days, Altidore memorably scored a hat trick vs. Trinidad & Tobago in a 3-0 World Cup Qualifying win on April 1, 2009. Combined with his brace in the 4-0 win on Sept. 6, 2016, the veteran forward is the USA's all-time leading scorer against the Soca Warriors with five goals.
  • Paul Arriola, Bradley and Dempsey have also scored one goal each against Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying.
  • Four players are in search of their World Cup Qualifying debuts: goalkeepers Nick Rimando and Ethan Horvath, defender Matt Hedges and midfielder Dax McCarty.
  • Just 18 years old, Christian Pulisic recorded his fifth international goal to go along with four assists in 14 career caps for the U.S. MNT.
  • Fabian Johnson tallied his 11th career international assist on Pulisic's goal vs. Venezuela, tying him for 11th on the MNT's all-time assist list with Altidore, John Harkes and Alexi Lalas.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO ROSTER: 
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic Centre FC), Jan-Michael Williams (North East Stars) 

DEFENDERS (9) : Radanfah Abu Bakr (FK Sūduva Marijampolė/LTU), Sheldon Bateau (Krylia Sovetov Samara/RUS), Daneil Cyrus (Unattached), Aubrey David (PS Kemi Kings/FIN), Carlos Edwards (Central FC), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Triston Hodge (W Connection), Alvin Jones (W Connection), Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids/USA) 

MIDFIELDERS (9) : Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge/ENG), Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada/USA), Hughtun Hector (W Connection), Khaleem Hyland (KVC Westerlo/BEL), Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders FC/USA), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh), Kevin Molino (Minnesota United FC/USA) Leston Paul (North East Stars) 

FORWARDS (3) : Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos FC/MEX), Jamille Boatswain (Defence Force), Kenwyne Jones (Atlanta United FC/USA)

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO NOTES

  • Trinidad & Tobago enters Matchday 5 sitting in sixth place with three points (1-3-0). After dropping both November matches to Costa Rica and Honduras, T&T rebounded with a 1-0 home win against Panama on March 24 before a narrow 1-0 defeat to Mexico four days later.
  • T&T are managed by former Soca Warriors defender Dennis Lawrence. The 6-8 center back memorably scored the decisive goal to defeat Bahrain 1-0 in the intercontinental playoff to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
  • Locally, T&T defender Mekeil Williams and U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard both play for Colorado Rapids, while winger Joevin Jones is teammates with U.S. forwards Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris at Seattle Sounders FC. And though they haven't played together yet, Soca Warriors captain Kenwyne Jones is soon to be club teammates with Brad Guzan, who will officially join Atlanta United FC in July.

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