U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago Finish Scoreless in Final WCQ of 2015

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by Deny Gallagher

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – After lighting up St. Vincent and the Grenadines for six goals, the U.S. Men’s National Team struggled to find scoring opportunities against Trinidad and Tobago, settling for a scoreless draw.

The United States came away with a point in their second World Cup Qualifier and remain tied atop Group C with Trinidad and Tobago at four points apiece.

In the opening minutes of the match, both teams created several opportunities, but it was the United States that held more of the ball. However, it was Trinidad and Tobago that looked most likely to grab the first goal of the night. In the 12th minute, Kenwyne Jones got on the end of a shot, but it whisked past the right of Tim Howard and out of play. Tuesday night’s cap marks the 30th World Cup Qualifying appearance for Howard, tying both Cobi Jones and Earnie Stewart in that category.

In the next 10 minutes, the United States looked considerably more threatening on the attacking end, as the side held possession and started to threaten the keeper. Despite great chances from Jozy Altidore and Fabian Johnson, the score stayed level near the half hour mark.

At the end of the opening 45 minutes the two sides were locked in a scoreless draw.

Both sides came out of the half attacking the net. In the 46th minute, Gyasi Zardes got on the end of a Jozy Altidore cross. The attempt beat the keeper, but the top left corner of the goal denied the Galaxy man.

The near go-ahead goal invigorated the United States attack, but the Trinidad and Tobago defense weathered the storm and kept the Americans off the score sheet.

A jolt of electricity occurred in the otherwise pedestrian match in the 77th minute when Jermaine Jones struck a beautiful ball from about 40 yards out. The strike was on a direct line to the top corner of the net, but hit the top corner of the goal and ricocheted out of bounds.

The final ten minutes reflected the pace of the game. Both sides got forward, but it was superb defensive play all around that kept both offensives contained.

When the final whistle blew, both sides split the points on a warm night in Port of Spain.

As of the moment, this is the United States last game of 2015. With tonight’s result included, the Americans finish the year with a 10W-3D-7L record.