TRINIDAD & TOBAGO-USA EXPRESS: Nov. 17 in Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago 0 USA 0.
The USA emerged with a
point in its first road game of the semifinal World Cup 2018 qualifying round by tying Trinidad & Tobago, 0-0, Tuesday in Port of Spain.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
made two changes, both in defense, from the team that thrashed St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Tim Howard
took over in goal and
toiled at right back in a confident, resilient effort that blunted most of the attacks launched by T&T.
Both the U.S. and
T&T have four points from their first two games. The semifinal round resumes in March. U.S. Player
Ratings Starters: 6 Tim Howard (Everton/ENG) 106/0.
dealing with the few shots and crosses that came his way.
5 Michael Orozco (Tijuana/MEX) 19/3.
Did a fairly good job against Joevin Jones
before he moved to the opposite side, and worked a few combinations with Yedlin that forced back the opposition.
6 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG)
Very strong throughout the match in containing Kenwyne Jones and Mekell Williams. Lofted a cross that Altidore did well to nod down and hit another keeper Jan-Michael Williams
claimed at full stretch.
6 Matt Besler (Sporting KC) 28/0.
A bit late to close down a ball played between him and Ream but he took away a
clean shooting angle from Cordell Cato. Reacted well to many situations and vital touch in the box robbed Kenwyne Jones of a good opportunity. Shot wide on a corner kick. Gave a chance to Zardes with
a long throw-in.
4 Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG) 20/0.
Looked composed and solid in the first half containing Cato, and played good passes up
the left flank, but was scorched several times by Joevin Jones. Picked up an injury in a collision and came off midway through the second half.
Jones (New England Revolution) 56/3.
Belted a shot from distance that Jan-Michael Williams touched onto the crossbar, thwarted T&T’s attacks through the middle, raced back in
the final minutes and stayed on his feet to force substitute Trevin Caesar to pass rather than shoot. Cautioned, of course, for late challenge on Khaleem Hyland.
5 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 109/15.
Plagued by giveaways in the first half, improved his passing in the second half. Swerved a sharp corner kick that put the T&T
keeper under pressure and lofted a cross from the right wing that Altidore couldn’t quite reach. Squelched T&T in the middle many times. 4 DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/ENG) 29/0.
Found space occasionally on the right flank but seldom beat anyone on the dribble. Hit one good cross, others were flat.
Nice wide ball to Altidore yielded a prime opportunity. Took a careless caution by losing the ball and chasing back to clip Joevin Jones. 6 Fabian Johnson
(Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER) 42/2.
Very active and efficient while starting the game at left mid and finishing at left back. Dropped deep to dispossess the Joneses, Joevin and Kenwyne.
Swung over a couple of good corner kicks and fired a shot from distance that skipped to the keeper. Also nailed a shot that knocked the wind out of Daniel Cyrus. 4 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 19/3.
Badly scuffed a volley with time and space to connect. Won a few balls with his strength but dribbling wasn’t crisp. Reacted late to an
Altidore pass that could have been a clean chance and squandered a great ball by heading against the bar. 6 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) 89/31.
Hit two of the best crosses of the game that Zardes couldn’t convert. Held up a lot of balls and played them to teammates. Off-balance jump knocked down a Cameron cross into the danger zone. Won
a corner kick in stoppage time with a clever move. Substitutes: 4
Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) 2/0.
Overhit pass to Yedlin right after coming into the game, turned inside to hit a shot that was easily blocked, tracked back to cut off a ball in a
dangerous spot, fluffed a good opportunity in the final minute with a poor pass that was easily intercepted. 5 Bobby Wood
Brought some energy and a few good touches without conjuring up a special moment. TRIVIA.
The game was played
in the same Hasely Crawford Stadium two days before the 26th anniversary of a 1-0 U.S. victory (goal by Paul Caligiuri
) that clinched a spot in the 1990 World
Cup and ended a 40-year absence. Nov. 17 in Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago 0 USA 0. Trinidad & Tobago --
J.-M. Williams; Joevin Jones, Bateau, Cyrus, Abu Bakr, Boucaud (Cummings 82) , Hyland, George, M.Williams
(Hoyte, 76), Cato (Caesar, 85), K.Jones. USA –
Howard; Orozco, Cameron, Besler, Ream (Nagbe, 68), Yedlin, Jermaine Jones, Bradley, Johnson, Zardes
(Wood, 75), Altidore. Yellow cards:
USA -- Yedlin 45, Jones 49. Referee:
Cesar Ramos (Mexico).