United States vs. Trinidad and Tobago

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What:2010 World Cup qualifying match.

Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.

When:8 p.m.

TV: ESPN2, Galavision.

Group Standings: United States 2-0, six points; Trinidad and Tobago 1-0-1, four; Guatemala 0-1-1, one; Cuba 0-2, zero.

Today's Other Game: Cuba at Guatemala, 10 p.m.

Outlook: The Americans' first home match of their six-game, semifinal-round schedule will be played at the home of MLS's Chicago Fire. In 1-0 road victories over Guatemala on Aug. 20 and Cuba last Saturday, they earned maximum points but were not particularly impressive. A victory tonight, though, would almost guarantee passage to the final round of the qualifying process next year. The U.S. team has not lost at home to a team from the CONCACAF region (North and Central America and the Caribbean) in more than seven years, boasting a 37-0-10 record and outscoring opponents 106-15. D Steve Cherundolo returns from a red card suspension and is likely to start at right back in place of Frankie Hejduk. Coach Bob Bradley is expected to make at least one other lineup change. Hejduk, GK Tim Howard, MF Michael Bradley, MF Clint Dempsey and D Oguchi Onyewu carry one yellow card apiece into this match and, with another tonight, would miss the Oct. 11 game against Cuba at RFK Stadium. The Soca Warriors, who played to a 1-1 tie with visiting Guatemala on Saturday, will be without suspended D Avery John (American University) and injured MF Aurtis Whitley. They have never beaten the Americans in World Cup qualifying play (0-8-2) and are 1-13-3 overall with eight goals scored and 25 conceded. The only victory came in a friendly almost 14 years ago in Port of Spain, Trinidad. MF Keon Daniel, 21, has scored three of the team's four goals in this round.

-- Steven Goff

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