Two more goals by teenager Christian Pulisic
and several solid performances enabled the USA to beat Trinidad & Tobago, 2-0, on Thursday. USA-Trinidad & Tobago: Highlights
Right back DeAndre Yedlin
and forward Jozy Altidore
earned assists on the goals by Pulisic, who has scored seven in just 15 international appearances.
The Americans survived a header off the crossbar by Kenwyne Jones
from a tight offside decision that nullified a goal by Nathan Smith
shortly after they’d taken the lead. USA-TRINIDAD & TOBAGO EXPRESS: June 8 in Commerce City, Colo.
USA 2, Trinidad & Tobago 0.
Goals: Pulisic 52, 62. Att.:
19,188. USA Player Ratings Starters:
RATING PLAYER (TEAM), GP/G 6 Tim Howard (Colorado
Responded with sharp save when tested by Khaleem Hyland shot from distance in first half and handled just about everything cleanly. Very accurate on short- and mid-range
deliveries. 6 De Andre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG), 45/0.
Great low ball to far post set up first goal, simple ball to Altidore led to the second. Showed some hops to head
a ball clear. Exploited occasionally by Nathan Smith in the first half and schooled by Joevin Jones when he served low ball that glanced just wide. 5 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG),
Gets credit for physical toughness yet fortunate not to be cautioned for severity of his fouls. Racked up a dozen recoveries, but played a lot of balls that were picked off. Drilled
shot that required a save. 5 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), 32/3.
Nowhere to be found when
boomed a header off the crossbar.
Hit some bad
passes in his own half.
Cleared several balls during scrambles, made a couple of good blocks. 5 Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna/MEX), 6/0.
Struggled to contain Carlos
Edwards in first half. Drilled a shot from distance that forced a good save then collected a pass to hit a cross Altidore headed on frame. 5 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC),
In first half, great diagonal ball wide to Villafana led to Dempsey shot. He was too late to close down the service of chipped ball Kenwyne Jones headed onto the bar. Played good
ball for Cameron to strike on frame. 6 Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), 17/1.
Shimmied through a challenge to clip a cross that Jozy Altidore headed over the bar.
Slalomed through midfield to relieve pressure. Pushed the ball forward and relayed it to Yedlin in lead-up to first USA goal. Bludgeoned a few balls into bad spots. 7 Christian Pulisic
(Borussia Dortmund/GER), 15/7.
The main danger man during the 90 minutes tucked away a grasscutter from Yedlin to break the deadlock and struck again from a sharp angle. His corners were
poor and he mishit a couple of passes but did everything else very well. 5 Fabian Johnson (Borussia M'Gladbach/GER), 57/2.
Volleyed a partially cleared corner kick well over
the bar. Controlled a ball from Villafana and escaped pressure to set up Dempsey, hit ball wide to Villafana and nearly connected with a return cross. Headed down a cross for Pulisic to fire a
deflected shot. Defensively he was a bit off the pace. 5 Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), 133/56.
Nearly tied Landon Donovan’s all-time record in the first half when
he fired a Bradley feed just over the bar. Collected rebound of saved shot and sent it to Villafana to create chance. First-time ball back to Nagbe led to first U.S. goal, clipped another pass that
deflected to Altidore for a point-blank shot. 6 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), 103/37.
Tested Williams with a strong header in the first half, barreled into the penalty area to
force the keeper into action again after halftime. Perfect first-time pass played in Pulisic for second goal. Substitutes 5 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), 7/0.
free kick from a long way out that the keeper batted away from the top corner. 5 Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), 61/2.
Dug into a few tackles, took a caution, set up a
chance. NR Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER), 31/8.
Rattled a shot off the post during short stint. TRIVIA.
USA shut out Trinidad & Tobago for the fifth consecutive game. T&T last scored on the USA when it won a semifinal round qualifier for the 2010 World Cup, 2-1, in 2008.
June 8 in Commerce City, Colo. USA 2 Trinidad & Tobago 0.
Goal: Pulisic 52, 62. USA --
Howard; Yedlin, Cameron, Brooks,
Villafana; Bradley, Johnson (Bedoya 74), Pulisic, Nagbe, Dempsey (Acosta 61), Altidore (Wood 83). Trinidad & Tobago --
J.-M. Williams; Edwards, Bateau, M.Williams, Cyrus; Molino,
George, Hyland (Paul 76), J.Jones (Winchester 68); Lewis, Jones (Boatswain 82). Yellow Cards:
USA -- Bedoya 76; Trin. & Tobago -- Paul 76. Referee: