The USMNT hit the crossbar twice in a scoreless draw with Trinidad & Tobago, taking a point from their first road game in the 2018 World Cup qualifying cycle. Group C is tight at the top with Guatemala beating St Vincent and the Grenadines 4-0 in Kingstown. In Port of Spain, it was Trinidad & Tobago looking strong early. Cardiff City player Kenwyne Jones looked strong for Trinidad & Tobago early, coming close to scoring in the 13th minute. The USMNT came out of halftime pressing the offense with Gyasi Zardes hitting the crossbar in the 47th minute. Jermaine Jones hit the crossbar in the 78th minute with a shot from distance.
USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann subbed on Darlington Nagbe in the 68th minute for Tim Ream. Bobby Wood came on in the 75th for Zardes. In a rarity for Klinsmann, he opted not to use all of his available substitutions.
With the point, the USMNT is ahead of Trinidad & Tobago at the top of the Group C table on goal difference +5 to +1. CONCACAF World Cup qualifying resumes in March with the USMNT playing Guatemala away on March 25 and at home on March 29th. The details for those games have yet to be announced.
Elsewhere in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Mexico beat Honduras 2-0 away in Group A, the first time they've won at Estadio Olimpico in 50 years. Canada and Honduras finished 0-0 in Vancouver. In Group B, Costa Rica is top of the table with a 1-0 shutout of Haiti at home. Panama beat Jamaica 2-0 in Kingston.
-- GAME REPORT --
Match: U.S. Men's National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Nov. 17, 2015
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - Semifinal Round
Venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium; Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 81 degrees; Partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
TRI 0 0 0
USA: 12-Tim Howard, 16-Michael Orozco, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 3-Tim Ream (6-Darlington Nagbe, 68), 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 23-Fabian Johnson, 9-Gyasi Zardes (18-Bobby Wood, 76), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 1-Brad Guzan, 7-Miguel Ibarra, 8-Jordan Morris, 10-Mix Diskerud, 11-Brek Shea, 14-Matt Miazga, 15-Kyle Beckerman, 19-Ventura Alvarado, 21-Alan Gordon, 22-Bill Hamid
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
TRI: 21-Jan-Michael Williams, 4-Sheldon Bateau, 5-Daniel Cyrus, 17-Mekeli Williams (16-Justin Hoyte, 76), 6-Radanfah Abu Bakr, 19-Kevan George, 8-Khaleem Hyland, 3-Joevin Jones, 14-Andre Boucaud (20-Heron Cummings, 82), 13- Cordell Cato (11-Trevin Caesar, 85), 9-Kenwyne Jones (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 1-Marvin Phillip, 10-Willis Plaza, 15-Neveal Hackshaw, 23-Lester Peltier, 7-Johnathan Glenn, 2-David Aubrey, 12-Carlyle Mitchell, 18-Yohance Marshall
Head coach: Stephen Hart
Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 7 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 12
Offside: 3 / 1
USA - DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 45+1st minute
USA - Jermaine Jones (caution) 49
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Joel Rangel (MEX)
Fourth Official: Oscar Macias (MEX)