USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
June 8, 2017
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo.
Live Broadcast: 7:50 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMas and UDN (Pre-game coverage at 7 p.m. ET)
Today’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. Trinidad & Tobago: 1-Tim Howard, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 6-John Brooks, 8-Clint Dempsey, 10-Christian Pulisic, 15-Darlington Nagbe, 17-Jozy Altidore, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Jorge Villafaña, 23-Fabian Johnson
Substitutes: 12-Brad Guzan, 22-Nick Rimando, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Tim Ream 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Bobby Wood, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Dax McCarty, 14-Paul Arriola, 16-Kellyn Acosta, 18-Jordan Morris 19-Graham Zusi
- Nine players in the starting XI have made previous World Cup Qualifying appearances against Trinidad & Tobago: Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard and Michael Bradley (5 each), Clint Dempsey (4), Geoff Cameron and Fabian Johnson (2 each), Darlington Nagbe, Christian Pulisic and DeAndre Yedlin (1 each).
- Clint Dempsey sits just one goal behind Landon Donovan’s MNT record of 57. Donovan amassed 57 goals in 157 international matches from 2000-2014, while Dempsey has tallied 56 goals in 133 caps since making his debut in 2004. On the cusp of writing his name further into U.S. Soccer lore, Dempsey is adamant that his main focus is towards helping the MNT qualify for an eighth-straight FIFA World Cup next summer in Russia.
- Making his 134th international appearance, Dempsey is now tied with Jeff Agoos for third on the MNT’s all-time caps list. He also makes his 39th World Cup Qualifying appearance, placing him one behind Donovan for the MNT’s all-time lead.
- With five goals, Jozy Altidore is the USA’s all-time leading scorer against Trinidad & Tobago. At 19 years, 146 days, Altidore became the youngest MNT player to record a hat trick in a 3-0 win against the Soca Warriors on April 1, 2009 in Nashville and also recorded a brace against T&T in their last meeting, a 4-0 win on Sept. 6, 2016 in Jacksonville, Fla.
- Bradley and Dempsey have also previously scored against Trinidad & Tobago in qualifying, with their goals coming in the USA’s 3-0 win on Sept. 10, 2008 in Bridgeview, Ill.
- The USA’s forward partnership features the MNT’s two all-time leading World Cup Qualifying goal scorers in Dempsey (18) and Altidore (16). When starting up front together, the pair has combined for 23 goals in 19 overall matches.
- Geoff Cameron and John Brooks pair in central defense together for the 10th time. Since first partnering together in a 4-3 win at Bosnia-Herzegovina on Aug. 14, 2013, the USA has gone 6-2-1 when the two have started in central defense.
- Altidore, Bradley, Cameron and Dempsey all appeared in the MNT’s last visit to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, a snow-covered 1-0 World Cup Qualifying victory against Costa Rica on March 22, 2013.
- Eighteen-year-old Christian Pulisic tallied his fifth international goal in his 14th international appearance during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Venezuela.
- Fabian Johnson tallied his 11th career assist on Pulisic’s goal, moving him into a tie for 11th with Altidore, John Harkes and Alexi Lalas on the MNT’s all-time assists list.
- With his next assist, Bradley will tie Cobi Jones for second on the MNT’s all-time assist list at 22.
- Three starters have appeared in all five U.S. MNT matches during 2017: Bradley, Darlington Nagbe and Jorge Villafaña.
- After making his international debut via a substitute appearance on Jan. 29 vs. Serbia, Villafaña starts his fifth-straight match at left back tonight.
- The MNT is 17-2-4 all-time against Trinidad & Tobago. The USA has gone 12-1-3 in World Cup Qualifiers against the Soca Warriors and 8-0-1 all-time at home.
- Head coach Bruce Arena went 3-0-1 against Trinidad & Tobago during his first tenure in charge of the MNT.
- The U.S. MNT is unbeaten in five matches since Arena returned to his position last November, going 2-0-3, while scoring nine goals and conceding just two.