Late in the first half, Sacha Kljestan scored his second U.S. goal in as many games to open the scoring, and Jozy Altidore tallied twice four minutes apart in the second half as he, Kljestan and Christian Pulisic took apart the T&T defense.
Paul Arriola scored the fourth goal five minutes after he came on as a sub.
USA-TRINIDAD & TOBAGO EXPRESS:
Sept. 6 in Jacksonville
USA 4, Trinidad & Tobago 0. Goals: Kljestan 44, Altidore 58, 63, Arriola 71.
USA Player Ratings:
Rating Player (Team) Caps/Goals
6 Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), 120/0.
Covered a one-bounce shot from Mekeil Williams and didn’t allow a rebound. Tipped over a swerving shot from Joevin Jones. Preserved the shutout in stoppage time by closing the angle on Shahdon Winchester.
6 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), 48/4.
Stamped out most of what T&T aimed down his side. Pushed forward to force a foul at the edge of the penalty area that should have yielded a penalty kick.
6 Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), 32/1.
Very strong in the air, either battling the likes of Kenwyne Jones in head tennis or reacting to a cross. Played a great ball out of the back that Altidore took into the goalmouth to create a chance for Pulisic.
4 Steve Birnbaum (D.C.
Left a gap that Kenwyne Jones ran into to shoot over the bar, also reacted too slowly when Khaleem Hyland snuck inside to fire a hard shot that Howard saved. Left the middle open at the wrong time but Joevin Jones prodded his shot just wide.
6 Fabian Johnson (Borussia M'Gladbach/GER), 50/2.
Rescued the U.S. twice on bang-bang sequence in second half by deflecting a pass and blocking shot. Held the corner secure and linked up with Pulisic though he left gaps at times with the score 1-0 and T&T pushing to get back into the game.
Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), 55/2.
Thwarted a couple of times on raiding runs by timely T&T interceptions, served as the connector offensively. Did some tough work defensively to help hold off T&T early in second half.
5 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), 122/15.
Sprayed a lot of good passes of different distances. Early ball out of the back to Kljestan triggered one of the best first-half attacking sequences. Dropped into the back line late in the match to help out the centerbacks. Lost his influence briefly with the score 3-0 but regained his foothold to close out a very professional job.
7 Sacha Kljestan (NY Red Bulls), 48/6.
Tucked away his second chance when a faulty clearance bounced off him; earlier had shot over the bar from about 12 yards out. Played good combinations with several teammates, such as the short ball that Pulisic relayed to Altidore for the third goal. Tested the keeper with a knuckling shot midway through the second half.
7 Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER), 8/3.
Somehow hit both posts with left-footed shot on a ball played across the goalmouth by Altidore. Muscled off the ball several times yet tracked back to reclaim a ball he'd lost to Levi Garcia off the. Crossed poorly in first half but in second half cut a good ball back to Bedoya and slashed through T&T on a driving run to set up a chance. Crisp ball to Altidore earned him a well-deserved assist, Rebound of saved shot caromed for Arriola to put away.
4 Bobby Wood
Held the ball up well occasionally and drew a couple of fouls but seldom clicked in the attacking third. Headed an aimless ball that T&T easily claimed.
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), 95/37.
After a solid, rugged first half during which he battled through a tackle to roll a ball across the goalmouth, Altidore scored goals a few minutes apart early in the second half to break the game open. He also set up Pulisic and Morris for point-blank chances. He played centrally, drifted to the flanks, and dropped deeper late in the match to further confuse T&T. Narrowly missed a hat trick when he chipped over the bar in the 90th minute.
5 Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), 11/1.
Played a vital role on the fourth goal by twisting away from a tackle and playing the ball to Altidore, who a few minutes later set up him for a shot he drove right to the keeper.
6 Paul Arriola
Immediately brought energy to the right flank, forced a good save by cutting inside to fire a long-distance shot and then scored on the rebound of Pulisic’s shot five minutes after entry.
4 Caleb Stanko (Vaduz/LIE), 1/0.
Overrun a few times as T&T pushed to get back into the game as he tried to match the pace.
(Ratings: 1=low; 5=average; 10-high.)
TRIVIA. Altidore’s two goals broke a tie with Clint Dempsey for the most qualifying goals scored by a U.S. player. He stands alone with 16.
Sept. 6 in Jacksonville, Florida
USA 4 Trinidad & Tobago 0. Goals: Kljestan 44, Altidore 58, 63, Arriola 71.
USA -- Howard, Cameron, Johnson, Birnbaum, Gonzalez, Bedoya (Arriola 66), Bradley, Kljestan (Stanko 73), Pulisic, Wood (Morris 61), Altidore.
Trinidad & Tobago -- Phillip, David, Mitchell, Abu Bakr, Williams, J Jones, Hyland, Molino, Boucaud (George 76), Garcia (J.Williams 57), K.Jones (Winchester 69).
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)