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USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, World Cup Qualifier: How To Watch, Live Stream, Preview, Match Thread, and More

The USMNT looks to book a trip to Russia in the last game of the Hex.

Panama v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

One more game. It all comes down to Trinidad and Tobago. A win and Bruce Arena and the United States Men’s National Team return to the World Cup.

The Yanks can also afford to draw, but that result alone does not guarantee a spot in Russia. The 4-0 win in Orlando on Friday not only pushed the U.S. into third place, and the automatic qualification zone, but also moved the Americans seven goals ahead of fourth-place Panama and 12 goals ahead of Honduras in the tiebreaker.

If the U.S plays to a draw in Trinidad, Panama and Honduras will have to beat Costa Rica and Mexico, respectively, and make up the goal differential. A loss for the Yanks means Panama or Honduras could both make the World Cup, and the U.S. could not even qualify for a playoff.

To use the wise words of Al Davis: “Just win, baby.” The U.S. controls its own destiny and, honestly, anything but a win against Trinidad is unacceptable for this group of players.

The Yanks are 18-2-4 all time against the Soca Warriors, and 13-1-3 during qualifiers. Of the seven qualifiers against Trinidad, the only time the Soca Warriors beat the Americans was in 2008, when the U.S. had already qualified for the next round.

The two sides met on June 8 for the reverse fixture. Christian Pulisic scored a brace in that match as the U.S. went on to win, 2-0. The starting XI could look similar to that match, but more on that below.

Coming into tonight there is even more focus on goals from individual players. Clint Dempsey is tied with Landon Donovan for the most goals in USMNT history, but since coming back from his heart condition, Deuce has scored just four goals. After Jozy Altidore’s two-goal performance on Friday, the Toronto striker is just two multi-goal games behind Donovan’s record nine.

And then there is Pulisic. Every game that The Kid scores in, he wins. Almost literally. The U.S. is 6-0-2 when the 19-year-old scores or assists. His eight goals are also the seventh-most out of current U.S. internationals.

Potential U.S. Lineup

While not a must-win, the U.S. needs to get at least a point and Arena will want to send out the best lineup. After just a few days rest and pretty poor playing conditions, Arena will still need to manage putting out a competitive lineup while giving players due rest.

Players that should not change are DeAndre Yedlin and Jorge Villafaña due to poor depth at the fullback spots. Pulisic (provided his calf is healthy enough) and Jozy are not going anywhere either, as well as Michael Bradley, while Tim Howard should remain in net.

Because of the circumstances — in Trinidad, short rest, poor field conditions, and just a point needed — the U.S. could play more defensively, and Arena could send his team out in a 4-2-3-1.

Geoff Cameron will likely come in for Matt Besler. Nothing against Besler, but Arena will want at least one fresh center back. Bobby Wood will make way for the extra defensive midfielder, Kellyn Acosta, and Paul Arriola takes a bench role.



Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund).

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg).

Trinidad and Tobago

Goalkeepers: Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Greg Ranjitsingh (Louisville City FC), Glenroy Samuel (Morvant Caledonia United).

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

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

Forwards: Trevin Caesar (Sacramento Republic), Akeem Roach (Vida), Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos).

How to Watch

Match Time: 8 p.m. ET.

Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium — Couva, Trinidad.

TV: beIN Sports, Universo.

Streaming: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect, Universo Now.

Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow along at @ussoccer and @TheManeLand. Also, be sure to follow @StarsAndStripesFC.

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