Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

US plays Trinidad on soggy field, hopes to secure World Cup berth

US plays Trinidad on soggy field, hopes to secure World Cup berth

"They could do one of those TV shows on this".

The US is coming off with an impressive 4-0 win on Friday over Panama.

- Tie, unless either Honduras defeats visiting Mexico by at least 12 goals or Panama beats visiting Costa Rica by at least seven or eight goals, with the needed margin depending on whether it overcomes its deficit to the total goals, now nine. They remember how Jonathan Bornstein's stoppage time goal sent them into the World Cup playoff, where they faced and fell to Uruguay, which went on to make it to the World Cup semifinals in South Africa.

The islanders have failed the selection, at the moment in the national team of Trinidad and Tobago only three points scored, which were earned back in March in a home game against Panama (1: 0). Barring a huge outpouring of goals by Los Canaleros or Los Catrachos, a draw against Trinidad will probably be enough for the snag CONCACAF's third and final automatic spot in Russian Federation next summer.

"A loss could bring us down as far as fifth place".

Win: The USA will qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

- Lose, and Honduras does not beat visiting Mexico and Panama does not defeat visiting Costa Rica. It would be a surprise if he made that many changes on Tuesday, especially given how well the United States of America played against Panama.

"If you want to play in a World Cup, you deal with nights like tomorrow and you find a way to not only deal with them, but to come out on top in more of them than you don't", American captain Michael Bradley said.

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"It was all instinctive, the way it played out", Caligiuri said. "We'd be stripped from the World Cup and not host it in 1994".

But while Arena was struggling to remain diplomatic, it was clear that he and the rest of U.S. Soccer weren't happy with the conditions.

"Soccer players are so damned dramatic!".

Arena put the a very aggressive posture on Friday, rolling out a 4-4-2 diamond formation created to put five players - strikers Altidore and Wood, No. 10 Pulisic and wingers Darlington Nagbe and Paul Arriola - into the attack as often as possible.

The 18-2-4 against Trinidad and Tobago, including a 2-0 victory June 8 in Commerce City, Colorado in an earlier qualifier.

"It was more comedic than anything", goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "I got to move around a little bit, and, yeah, kind of see where I was at".

"I'm told that we're playing a game [Tuesday] night and whatever the conditions are they're going to be the same for both teams".

Getting to the World Cup, though, ushered in a new era for the US program, which has appeared in every tournament since and hosted the 1994 event.

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