Tuesday, August 16, 2005

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago - WCQ prediction

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
8pm EST - East Hartford, CT

This is a match Trinidad & Tobago need to win if they want to have a realistic shot at fourth place (top 3 go directly to the World Cup while 4th plays an Asian side to see who will go), while, with a win, the US are guaranteed no worse then fourth. America beat T&T in their first meeting 2-1, but T&T have improved much since that match.

T&T will have striker Dwight Yorke back in their lineup but they are still missing Brent Rahim and Carlos Edwards in midfield. This lack of controlling players in the middle should give Landon Donovan, Brian McBride and Jeff Cunningham many chances to make quick runs toward the visitor's net. It will also cut down on the number of forward passes Chris Armas and Claudio Reyna will need to contend with in the mid and backfields. That said, Reyna has been away for a while and might make some mistakes that result in openings for T&T.

The US is 7-0-2 in qualifiers against T&T while outscoring them 12-3. With the talent on the field tomorrow night, I think the US should be able to improve those already impressive numbers.

USA 3 - Trinidad & Tobago 0

By the way, there are still some tickets available. If you are in the area, give it a go and watch some great soccer.


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