Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Trinidad & Tobago vs USMNT

Getty Images              Christian Pulisic after the U.S. men’s loss to Trinidad and Tobago Getty Images Christian Pulisic after the U.S. men’s loss to Trinidad and Tobago
Melinda Barton | 11 October, 2017, 00:49

"At the Hasely Crawford Stadium we incur debts of over $120,000 each for the services of both the police and the fire services, which would be much less at the Ato Boldon", T&T FA vice president Ewing Davis told the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian in July.

A tiny, solitary pump, set up near the field, hummed enthusiastically but appeared to be having little effect in draining the grass surface or the synthetic track. "I'm just trying to get as much recovery in as I can", said Pulisic.

Forward Bobby Wood wrapped his cleats in plastic bags and waded across.

"The attackers were electric", USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard said following the win over Panama.

But coach Bruce Arena wasn't laughing.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the USA national team for ESPN FC.

'I think the motivation will be huge to go down there and do whatever it takes'. "It is what it is and we're going to play the game". He was, after all, one of the few USA players with full-time pro experience (in Germany's second division).

It's the final match day for CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with one automatic place left.

Now they look to complete that run as they travel to face Trinidad and Tobago.

None of the parties were confident the game would be a good one, though.

Both play-in games would take place between November 6-14, which could be problematic with the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals scheduled for November 5. "I certainly wouldn't expect it to be a night where there's flawless football, that's for sure". Players arrived for training at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad on Monday to find the field surrounded by a moat, with the sidelines still underwater and large portions of it unplayable.

The U.S. team consists of 17 players who play in Major League Soccer, three each in England and Mexico and two in Germany. "If we play our best, we know that should be good enough to qualify us for the World Cup", Besler said. "Right now the field's draining very well. We wouldn't be playing professional soccer".

With what many considered a must-win behind them, a win against Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain on Tuesday (8 p.m.; beIN Sports) is the clearest and easiest route for the Americans to punch their ticket to the World Cup next summer.

If changes are made that should give Honduras some more confidence heading into the game, especially considering they performed well against Costa Rica for long spells.

Mexico has already locked down a place in next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation but has an opportunity to finish with the most points in the history of the Hexagonal round.