The United States Men's National Team plays its second match of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying cycle for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Red, White and Blue will travel to Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago to take on the Soca Warriors in a match that should prove much more difficult then their last time out.
The Road So Far:
United States--The USMNT handled St. Vincent and the Grenadines with ease cruising to a 6-1 win in Saint Louis, Missouri. The US were led by a Jozy Altidore brace and additional goals from Geoff Cameron, Bobby Wood, Gyasi Zardes, and Fabian Johnson. It was the best that the USA had looked in months, but it should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt as the competition was not the best.
Trinidad & Tobago--The Soca Warriors were on the road and claimed a 2-1 win over Guatemala with goals from Khaleem Hyland and Kenwyne Jones.
What to Watch For:
1) A Set Starting XI? A hallmark of the Jurgen Klinsmann era has been a lack of a consistent Starting XI and we know for sure that there will be at least one change (Tim Howard is starting in goal over Brad Guzan). But aside from the predictable change in goal, will JK keep the same field players out there?
2) Breaking the Bunker: T&T will look to park the bus and catch the USA on the counter, and the Soca Warriors have much more skill and pace then St. Vincent and the Grenadines had on Friday in Saint Louis. The back-line of the US will be tested much more sternly and will need to be ready for counter attacks that could leave the US flat-footed.
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Tuesday, November 17 at 4:30 PM MST
Venue: Hasley Crawford Stadium--Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
TV Information: beIN Sports and NBC Universo
OnLine Information: En Vivo Extra
Predicted Starting XI:
The most difficult part of this, is coming up with a Starting XI. I actually think that the US will leave things mostly unchanged:
Tim Howard, Tim Ream, Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron, DeAndre Yedlin, Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Gyasi Zardes, Bobby Wood, Jozy Altidore.
Will the USA be 2-0-0 after two rounds of qualifying? Catch all the action at 4:30 tonight and look for commentary from Burgundy Wave after!