November 17, 2015
FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER
Four days after scoring 6 goals, USA fails to find the net in 0-0 tie at Trinidad
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago -- Four days after filling the net in one World Cup qualifier, the United States went to the other extreme Tuesday night.
|USA midfielder Jermaine Jones had a shot parried off the crossbar in the second half.
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The Americans failed to score against Trinidad & Tobago and had to settle for a scoreless draw with their Caribbean rivals in a CONCACAF Group C match at Hasely Crawford Stadium Tuesday night.
The result had to be considered some sort of moral victory for Trinidad, which entered the match having lost 11 out of 14 qualifiers (2-1-11) to the USA.
Both teams remained tied with 4 points apiece on the strength of 1-1-0 records, although the Americans lead the group with a superior goal differential (plus 5 to plus 1).
The USA hit the woodwork twice in the encounter, but could not solve goalkeeper Jan-Michaels Williams.
The Soca Warriors, spurred by their 2-1 victory at Guatemala Friday, were the aggressor from the opening kickoff, but had nothing to show for their efforts.
Only 10 seconds into the match, Joevin Jones, off a right-wing pass from Kenwyne Jones, fired a shot wide left of the target.
Kenwyne Jones himself had an opportunity in the 13th minute, but he shot wide left.
The hosts' best chance came in the 26th minute when a through ball found Cordell Cato, who split the USA defense. He got a step on defender Tim Ream and shot ball through center back Matt Besler's legs wide left of the net.
Two minutes into the second half, Gyasi Zardes had a golden opportunity to put the Americans in front as he headed a right-wing cross from Jozy Altidore off the crossbar.
USA midfielder Jermaine Jones experienced a similar fate in the 78th minute as Williams parried the shot off the top of the bar and out of bounds for a corner kick.
Buoyed by two late substitutes, the Soca Warriors pressed forward for the winner in the waning minutes. Kreon Cummings, off a Trevin Caesar feed, fired a 12-yard attempt wide right in the 87th minute.
USA goalkeeper Tim Howard, making his first World Cup-related appearance since his superb performance in the Round of 16 against Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, was never tested.
Both teams resume qualifying next spring. The Americans will play away at Guatemala on March 25 and host the Central American side on March 29. Trinidad will visit St. Vincent & the Grenadines on March 25 and host its Caribbean rivals four days later.