The US Men’s National Team is taking on Trinidad and Tobago in an important 2018 World Cup Qualifier today, right here in Denver, at 5:50 pm MDT. There have been events around the city all week and you may have noticed some of the buildings in downtown lit up in red, white, and blue to support our national team.
The USMNT picked up four points in March, but are still sitting in 4th place in their group (behind Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama). They are tied with Honduras and just a point ahead of Trinidad and Tobago. After a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Venezuela, Arena and company need to #Get3 today, especially since they are heading down to take on Mexico at Azteca this weekend.
The US side has met T&T 16 times in World Cup Qualifiers since 1985, resulting in a 12-1-3 record in favor of the Yanks. Eleven players on our roster have 11 or more WCQ appearances, including Clint Dempsey, who is on the cusp of breaking Landon Donovan’s all-time men’s national team scoring record.
Meanwhile, T&T has had ongoing issues with disciplinary issues and are last place in the group, with three points after a home win against Panama.
We will likely see Tim Howard in goal for the United States, and fellow Colorado Rapids teammate Mekeil Williams defending for Trinidad and Tobago. They apparently have a friendly bet going about the outcome of the game today.
Williams revealed in interview with T&T Facebook. win he moves to locker nearest & if win, @TimHowardGK moves next to youth keepers.— Richard Fleming (@FlemingSport) June 8, 2017
USMNT Roster (Club; WCQ Caps/Goals):
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)
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO Roster (Club):
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)
How to Watch
The game is TODAY (6/8/17) at 5:50 PM MDT, and if you can’t make it out to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, you can watch on FS1, UniMás, and UDN. The game will also be live on Facebook.
If you are going to DSGP
Read the match guide - certain items that DSGP normally lets you take in for Rapids games are prohibited.
Parking will be $20 and there will be lots of traffic, so get there early. Gates open at 3:30 pm!
(Thanks @Storminmay ;))