Welcome to your match thread as the United States Men’s National team takes on Trinidad and Tobago in the teams’ second match of the 2019 Gold Cup.
This is the first time since 2007 that the teams will meet in the Gold Cup. The Yanks are undefeated against Trinidad and Tobago in the Gold Cup and have outscored The Soca Warriors 7-3 in three matches.
The U.S. is 18-3-4 all-time against Trinidad and Tobago, however, everyone remembers the last meeting. After the Americans dismantled Panama in Orlando, the U.S. needed at least a draw to qualify for the World Cup. However, the Yanks fell to the island nation and failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
Almost two years removed from that match, U.S. soccer has heavily changed. Gregg Berhalter will look to continue to move the nation forward and improve upon his style and philosophy.
In the last match, the U.S. beat Guyana 4-0. Tyler Boyd, Weston McKennie, and Paul Arriola had excellent games for the Americans and will likely feature again. Jozy Altidore could get the start tonight and should take Gyasi Zardes’ spot. Zardes has been poor in recent games and lacked a killer instinct in front of the net against Guyana, despite scoring an accidental goal off his face.
Trinidad and Tobago comes off a 2-0 loss to Panama. After a dull, goalless first 45 minutes, Panama came out of halftime strong. Armando Cooper and Édgar Bárcenas scored in the second half to lift Panama over the Soca Warriors and take the three points. Orlando City goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh did not feature.
In all likelihood, a win for the Americans will seal a spot in the knockout round. The Yanks need to win and for Panama to beat Guyana in order to advance. As for Trinidad and Tobago, a defeat would end any hopes of making the next round. A draw would still keep the Soca Warriors alive, however.
Goalkeepers (3): 12-Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 7/0), 22-Tyler Miller (LAFC; 0/0), 1-Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 11/0).
Defenders (8): 14-Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 2/0), 3-Omar Gonzalez (Toronto FC/CAN; 50/3), 2-Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 5/0), 23-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 7/0), 16-Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 5/0), 19-Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 14/1), 13-Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 31/1), 5-Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 8/2).
Midfielders (6): 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 146/17), 8-Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 10/1), 20-Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 4/1), 10-Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 26/10), 15-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 12/0), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 18/0).
Forwards (6): 17-Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 111/41), 7-Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 24/4), 21-Tyler Boyd (Vitória Guimãres/POR; 2/2), 18-Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 4/0), 11-Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 28/5), 9-Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 46/8).
Trinidad and Tobago
Goalkeepers (3): Adrian Foncette (Police FC; 12/0), Marvin Phillip (Central; 72/0), Greg Ranjitsingh (Orlando City SC; 1/0).
Defenders (6): Daneil Cyrus (Al-Orobah/KSA; 80/0), Aubrey David (Saprissa/CRC; 45/1), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force; 32/0), Alvin Jones (OKC Energy FC/USA; 18/1), Carlyle Mitchell (Terminix La Horquetta Rangers; 36/3), Mekeil Williams (OKC Energy FC/USA; 25/1).
Midfielders (12): Cordell Cato (OKC Energy FC/USA; 29/2), Levi Garcia (Beitar Jerusalem/ISR; 20/2), Kevan George (Charlotte Independence/USA; 45/0), Neveal Hackshaw (Indy Eleven/USA; 11/0), Akeem Humphrey (Club Sando; 3/0), Khaleem Hyland (Al-Faisaly/KSA; 84/4), Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders FC/USA; 70/7), Nathan Lewis (Lansing Ignite/USA; 24/2), Kevin Molino (Minnesota United FC/USA; 45/19), Duane Muckette (Memphis 901; 2/0), Leston Paul (Memphis 901/USA; 23/0) Jomal Williams (W Connection; 16/2).
Forwards (2): Lester Peltier (Al-Orobah/KSA; 39/6), Shahdon Winchester (W Connection; 26/6).
How to Watch
Match Time: 8 p.m. ET.
Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium — Cleveland, Ohio.
TV: FOX Sports 1, UniMas.
Streaming: FOX Sports GO, Univision NOW.
Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow along at @ussoccer and @TheManeLand. Also, be sure to follow @StarsAndStripesFC.
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