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U.S. Under-20s vs. Trinidad & Tobago: SBI Live Commentary

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The task is clear for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team. A win or tie against Trinidad & Tobago today (5:30pm, Fox Sports 2) and the Americans are through to a one-game playoff for a chance to play in the Under-20 World Cup.

Lose, and the U.S. faces a nightmare result similar to the one faced by the U.S. Under-20s four years ago.

The Americans will be favored today when they take on the Soca Warriors in Jamaica, having posted a pair of shutout victories after opening the CONCACAF qualifying tournament with a tie and loss.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s match so please feel free to follow the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s commentary is after the jump):

Live Blog U.S. Under-20s vs. Trinidad & Tobago: SBI Live Commentary


      • Of course it is, carter- vickers is no joke and the red bull academy player has got some skill as well. This team can move to a 3-5-2 and dominate

      • REALLY! who would they dominate? But most importantly? Why don’t they?
        You shoud fill out an application with the USSF.
        Your Country Needs You.

      • Freddie, we are going to get an apples to apples comparison on sat. And actually USA will be getting a tougher game from El Salvador, than El Salvador gave Mexico. Mexico won 3-0, let’s see how the USA result compares, then we can revisit your comments.

  1. Two really bad teams.
    How is it possible that after all the training, all the traveling, all the money spent… We still cannot 11 players with at least slightly above average soccer skills …. At any age group.

  2. Judging by the commentary in the first half do we really deserve to go to the U-20 WC?
    “This U.S. team might be decent at holding possession, but they are not fun to watch at all. The players take endless touches before, finally, deciding to pass instead of passing and moving off the ball.”. At this point I see it as what’s more embarrassing, not qualifying or going 3 & out?

    • First, it is absolutely better to reach the WC, even if it were to mean a 3 and out. That type of international experience is valuable, and could pay dividends in future tournaments, even if the WC weren’t successful.

      Second, I’d caution reading too much into the style of play at this tournament. The field(s) are crap, and their opponents are content playing for a 0-0 draw. It is difficult to play flowing, attractive soccer under such conditions. Not that this is an excuse for their mediocre showing, but there’s no doubt this group of players are quality, they’re just not showing it.


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