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USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: The Pregame Tailgate


The U.S. men’s national team quest for a third-consecutive CONCACAF Nations League title continues on Thursday night with Trinidad & Tobago opposing them at Q2 Stadium.

Gregg Berhalter’s squad hosts the Soca Warriors in the first matchup of a two-leg quarterfinal showdown over the next five days. It will mark the first competitive matches for the USMNT since Berhalter’s re-hiring as head coach.

Christian Pulisic, Tim Weah, Johnny Cardoso and Tyler Adams are out of the squad due to injuries, forcing several others to step up. Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, and Sergino Dest headline the key players for the Americans in their latest showdown with T&T.

Young players Malik Tillman,Kevin Paredes and Paxten Aaronson will also be knocking on the door for opportunities after excelling recently at club level.

Trinidad & Tobago has failed to score in its last three meetings with the Americans, but know advancement in the competition will also clinch them a berth into the 2024 Copa America. Angus Eve’s squad won three of their four group stage matches in this season’s competition, defeating Curacao, El Salvador, and Guatemala to seal a quarterfinal berth.

SBI will be providing coverage of the showdown throughout the day so be sure to stay tuned as we provide updates, and analysis before, during and after the match.

Here is a rundown of SBI’s pre-match coverage:

  • The USMNT remains focused on a Nations League three-peat and a Copa America berth. (LINK)
  • USMNT defender Chris Richards is using his international call-ups as an “outlet” away from Crystal Palace frustration. (LINK)
  • Alex Zendejas is ready to carry his form from Club America over to his latest USMNT opportunity. (LINK)
  • Who Should Start for the USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago? (LINK)
  • Luca De La Torre’s self-belief at club level has helped him to a growing role with the USMNT. (LINK)
  • Kevin Paredes and Paxten Aaronson’s growing Bundesliga roles have led to their latest USMNT inclusions. (LINK)

SBI’s editorial staff will provide insight and analysis throughout the day in the comments section below. You are welcome to share your own pre-game and in-game thoughts and opinions as well.

Enjoy the action.


  1. As expected, T&T parking the bus, but give them credit for staying organized. Look for a couple of halftime adjustments to create space with T&T down to 10 players. Not really exciting to watch, TBH.


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