Wednesday, September 9, 2009

USA vs Trinidad and Tobago FiFA World Cup Qualifying Preview

USA vs Trinidad and Tobago
FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Hasley Crawford Stadium
Port of Spain, Trinidad
09/09/09 6:30p.m. EST
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Game Notes

As I correctly predicted they would be, Jozy Altidore and Charlie Davies were awesome Saturday night against El Salvador in Utah.

Although the US scored two goals (Clint Dempsey '41 and Jozy Altidore '45) in the first half and ultimately won the game, they did once again concede an early goal to El Salvador (Cristian Castillo '32).

USA holds series lead with Trinidad & Tobago at 15-2-3 (since 1982)

USA is 3-3-1 on the road in 2010 FIFA qualifyings

USA Key Figures

The guy continues to prove why he's the premier USA footballer. His lone goal allowed Saturday night (Video Here) was caused by poor defense and he was solid throughout the second half.

As much as I dislike him, he's the general of the offense and one of the team's most physical defenders day in day out.

(Maryland / Hull City) -- (New Hampshire / Sochaux)

The guys have chemistry. Jozy continues to establish himself on a course that may lead him to be the American soccer star we've never had, while Charlie's continuing improvement and ceiling-less potential make him a potential star striker.
*Note: A yellow card for Jozy tonight suspends him for the next qualifying match.

Dislike him; always have, but I need to give him a shout out. He plays well virtually every match and is always capable of grabbing the occasional headdie goal (like he did on Saturday).

Onyewu returns after a one-game suspension. He'll most likely be charged with containing Kenwyne Jones (see below), as well as his return should let Bocanegra move to left back. I'd rather see Spector there because of his size and speed, but. . .

Trinidad & Tobago Key Figures

The stereotypical modern big athletic striker, shutting down Jones is clearly the game plan for the US. Jones is 6'2" and a big 187lbs. While this year's numbers aren't impressive (2 goals, 2 assists in 9 games), he's only had 3 shots on goal and 9 shots total.

Don't know too much about this guy; I've heard he's a speedy winger.

ESPN Soccernet Video Preview (Here)

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