OnScene: Updates from the US' World Cup qualifier vs. Trinidad and Tobago


The U.S.is aiming to secure its eighth consecutive trip to the World Cup finals. The island nation is now bottom of the group with only three points and has a disastrous goal differential of negative 13.

The U.S.is third in the six-team qualifying group with a 3-3-3 record for 12 points. Finishing fourth and taking on Australia or Syria in a World Cup qualification playoff would also be a distinct possibility with a loss on Tuesday. I just wanted it so bad, I wanted to win that game so bad.

He has demonstrated he is willing is change up the US formation and, most critically, where Pulisic lines up from game to game. If the USA loses and one of those fails to win, the Americans would advance to a two-match playoff next month against Australia.

Mexico and Costa Rica have already qualified. The only way a draw wouldn't suffice is if either Panama (10 points) or Honduras (10) wins its respective match by an enormous margin and overtakes the Americans in the first tiebreaker (goal differential).

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The field conditions won't be the only obstacles for the U.S. With Trinidad and Tobago eliminated from World Cup consideration, coach Dennis Lawrence has summoned a team of young players, most of whom compete for domestic teams.

"It would've been an embarrassment", Murray said, "to be awarded the 1994 World Cup [in 1988] and not qualify for 1990". The island nation actually took the lead in the 66th minute, when Shahdon Winchester scored to give the Soca Warriors a 1-0 lead.

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And for all of the head-shaking and tut-tutting over the condition of the field, it doesn't change the fact that the US still has a World Cup qualifying berth to secure.

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For the last two road games - at Mexico in June and Honduras in September - Arena made seven lineup changes from the previous home game days earlier.

In the last match between the two teams, Costa Rica tied with Panama, 0-0. Pulisic then found Jozy Altidore with a handsome ball in for the second goal. The Seattle Sounders forward is now tied with Landon Donovan for the all-time USMNT goal lead, needing just one more tally to make the record his own.

After all, Osorio may use this match as a chance to look at some players who have been unable to earn first-team chances for much of qualifying.

The Seattle Sounders midfielder came off the bench in T&T's 3-1 loss to Mexico on Friday and will likely get the start on Tuesday. Should the USA use a 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation, Jones could be a handful for the United States' wingbacks.

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