Pre-Game Hype: USMNT at Trinidad & Tobago

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Christopher Donahoo

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USMNT at Trinidad & Tobago

Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Time: 8pm ET

Location: Ato Boldon Stadium (Couva, Trinidad)

TV: BeIN, NBC Universo,

Online: Go90 app, Sling TV (sign up for free trial), fuboTV (free seven day trial) Universo app (International TV rights explained)

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THE HYPE - Finish The Job

The boys came through in style, beating Panama 4-0 in front of a rowdy Orlando crown on Friday night. The USMNT were lethal and ruthless in throughout the ninety minutes, giving very few chances to the away side that had no answer to Bruce Arena’s high tempo gameplan. The attacking trio of Jozy Altidore, Bobby Wood, and Christian Pulisic were a handful for the visitors, scoring all four goals and were unlucky to grab a few more. Matt Besler & Omar Gonzalez were solid for the most part other than a few shaky moments. Yedlin and Villafana were outstanding throughout the match. Darlington Nagbe was very influential early on but faded late in the match. Arriola created numerous chances and should’ve gotten a goal for himself. Pulisic pulled a Pulisic.

The result puts the USMNT right back where they want to be, in full control of their World Cup destiny.

A win and we’re #in.

A draw and we’re essentially #in.

A loss and we don’t deserve to go to the World Cup, but we would automatically qualify if both Honduras & Panama tie or lose. The play-in game would be in our future if Panama OR honduras win, and the other does not.

Tuesday night’s opponent will be an altogether different beast. The hosts have been dismal throughout the Hexagonal and will be looking for nothing more than pride. T&T have only one win accompanied by eight losses, and have been out of qualifying contention since match day six. They would like nothing other than to beat the USMNT, and restore some faith in a struggling program.

This week’s rain has been unkind to the Ato Boldon field, even causing the USMNT to have to navigate flood waters just to train on Monday. No excuses, we must have three points.

Here are the squads:

USMNT

GK: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 15/0), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids; 37/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)

DEF: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo; 35/6), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 12/1), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG; 24/2), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 16/0), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX; 6/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 6/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 4/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; (8/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 20/3)

MID: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 5/0), Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 0/0), Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 5/1), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 9/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 38/7), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City; 6/0), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers; 9/0), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 11/5), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 4/1)

FOR: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 39/16), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC; 41/18), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER; 12/4)


T&T

GK: Adrian Foncette, Greg Ranjitsingh, Glenroy Samuel

DEF: Daneil Cyrus, Kevan George, Curtis Gonzales, Triston Hodge, Kareem Moses, Josiah Trimmingham, Kevon Villaroel, Mekeil Williams

MID: Neil Benjamin Jr., Levi Garcia, Khaleem Hyland, Joevin Jones, Jared London, Nathan Lewis, Leston Paul, Kathon St. Hillaire;

FOR: Trevin Caesar, Akeem Roach, Shahdon Winchester

It’s simple: win and we’re in! A gig shout to the AO who have traveled down to T&T to help lead the boys to victory. Bring us home 3 points and a summer vacation to Russia, would ya?

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XOXO,

AO

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