United States of America seek breathing space in World Cup push

United States of America seek breathing space in World Cup push

There are World Cup Qualifiers worldwide, Thursday through Tuesday, June 8-13. To do that the United States is returning to a venue where they have had good success in previous World Cup Qualifiers, most famously the 2013 matchup against Costa Rica dubbed the Snow Clasico: Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the Denver suburbs. "This is as key as it gets". "It just helped us to close the gap between where we are now and where we have to be on Thursday".

"Mexico is the furthest thing from our mind, to be honest", Howard said. "Bruce made sure that we were just focused on ourselves".

There's no room for anymore hiccups - for either team.

Trinidad and Tobago has lost three of its four qualifiers but it played well at home in its two March games, beating Panama and throwing a scare into Mexico before falling 1-0. Mexico leads the standings with 10 points. That left the squad in fourth place in the group, with three teams to automatically advance to the World Cup and a fourth to take part in a playoff against a team from Asia.

"Crunch time", Williams said in a recent interview on the Soca Warriors' Facebook page as he also outlined his wager with Howard.

Arena said Wednesday that coaches have "made it clear" to the United States players that Trinidad (1-3-0) is the concern.

Dempsey and Arena are focused on helping the USA secure its place in the 2018 World Cup, and while Dempsey wouldn't come out and admit it, it's safe to assume he will be hoping to join DaMarcus Beasley as just the second American to play in four World Cups, while also taking a run at becoming just the fourth player to score a goal in four World Cups (a list that included Pele).

Even if players like Wood and Gonzalez don't start against Trinidad & Tobago, they would most likely be starting options against Mexico on Sunday.

"When the whistle blows and the game's over, then you think about Mexico". Not at this stage of qualifying. When you're younger, you probably look at the more attractive game, but the Trinidad game is also important and attractive in its own way. "So, that's the focus". Cato reportedly arrived at T&T's Denver training camp with his family in tow, violating previously-agreed terms in Lawrence's view.

Arena has gradually increased the tempo at practice to get his team acclimatized to the higher elevation. "But it's the same for everybody - the same for Trinidad".

ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle rightly pointed out how Pulisic faces the "responsibility of becoming the creative linchpin of the USA national team". Dempsey is a goal behind leader Landon Donovan's 57.

"To score on a consistent level over a number of years is never easy".

He said Pulisic is similar to all good athletes in that regard. "He's able to score those grimy goals". However, a U.S. defensive midfielder by the name of Paul Caligiuri struck what came to be known as the "shot heard round the world" in the 30th minute of the match to dash the dreams of the small nation and propel the United States back into soccer relevance for the first time in decades.

"It's an important game". "That's the most important thing". "The examples of Saturday's game is good, to show some of the issues we have and correct them and be ready for Thursday". "We are not in any way looking past tomorrow night". The U.S. attack looked disjointed in the first 45 minutes of that friendly as well, and while the hosts improved in the second half, how much of their struggles can be attributed to altitude acclimatization is an open question.

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