It’s the final match of Group C for the U.S. men’s national team on Tuesday as it looks to book a spot in the fourth round of World Cup qualifying. After a convincing 6-0 win against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the road Friday, the Americans return stateside to battle Trinidad and Tobago in Jacksonville. Here’s how to watch the match, what to know and more. Be sure to return to this story before kickoff for our live blog.
When: Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, Univision Deportes
Stream: Fox Sports Go
What’s at stake: Important points that will determine both team’s fate in qualifying. Currently T&T has 11 points in Group C to lead it and is through, while the U.S. has 10 and Guatemala has 7. A draw or win will see the U.S. advance, while it could still move on with a loss. If the U.S. loses, Guatemala would have to make up the goal differential to advance. The U.S. own a +13 goal differential, and Guatemala has +1.
Who is missing: The U.S. is without John Brooks (back) and Clint Dempsey (irregular heartbeat).
Tim Howard starts: It was Brad Guzan who started in goal for the U.S. on Friday. But Jurgen Klinsmann has decided to split time between him and Tim Howard, who will start this match. If T&T gets a penalty kick, the U.S. should feel pretty confident.
What the U.S. needs to do to win: Control the pace of the game and play out wide. With Jozy Altidore in the middle and Bobby Wood’s fine diagonal runs, the U.S. should be able to find the net a couple times and win as long as passing is sharp in the final third.
What T&T needs to do to win: Have one of those games where you go on the counter and bag a goal and then sit back to hold on to the result. T&T knows that it is through, so we will see with just how much fire it comes out with.
Predicted USMNT starting XI: Howard; Yedlin, Cameron, Besler, Acosta; Zusi, Bradley, Bedoya, Johnson; Altidore, Wood.
Prediction: USA 3, Trinidad and Tobago 1.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / USMNT vs. Trinidad and Tobago: How to watch on TV, stream, preview and more