The performance was far from pretty, but it was still effective enough to help the U.S. Men’s National Team grab a result on the road.
The U.S. shared the spoils with Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday night after playing to a scoreless draw in their World Cup qualifier at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. The Americans had a couple of good opportunities in the second half to jump in front of the Group C match, but the woodwork denied them on both occasions.
With the draw, the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago sit in a tie for first place in the group with four points apiece. Guatemala trails them by one point after defeating St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 4-0, on the road earlier on Tuesday.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s side came within inches of finding the opener in a much-improved second half. Gyasi Zardes almost netted a minute in, but headed off the woodwork despite having the whole goal at his mercy. Jermaine Jones then came close on a long-range effort in the 78th minute that Soca Warriors goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams pawed off the crossbar.
Trinidad & Tobago was the better side in the opening 45 minutes, and had the clearer goal-scoring chances before halftime. Joevin Jones got on the end of a skipping ball on the left side of the penalty area after just 20 seconds, but skied his shot well over the frame.
Kenwyne Jones came close to putting the host ahead in the 13th minute, pulling off a nice turn from 19 yards out and unleashing a bending shot that pulled wide of Tim Howard’s goal.
Fabian Johnson had the U.S.’s first real chance in the match when he hit a right-footed shot directly at Williams in the 19th minute.
Seven minutes later, Cordell Cato had a 26th-minute chance that he wasted. He got a decent look under pressure inside the right side of the penalty area, but hit a low effort too far past the Howard’s right-hand post.
The U.S. improved after halftime, but Zardes failed to put away Jozy Altidore’s cross in the opening seconds of the final stanza. Matt Besler also had a chance in the 51st minute, getting on the end of a near-post corner from Johnson before nodding over the crossbar.
The Americans’ next World Cup qualifier is not until next March when they visit Guatemala on March 25, but it is likely that they will hold their annual camp in January and that typically includes a friendly or two.
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