Trinidad and Tobago vs. USA
|Date & Time||Saturday June 22, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Following an impressive win in the opening round, the US Men’s National team will play against Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago were defeated in their opening match as they lost 2-0 to Panama. It was a very disappointing result for Trinidad and Tobago as they controlled 51% of the ball and had 6 shots but failed to have any shots on target. Trinidad and Tobago strikers like Levi Garcia and Kevin Molino were very poor and that resulted in the team not converting their possession into goals. Considering the structure of this tournament, Trinidad and Tobago must get a result from this fixture or it will be very tough for them to qualify for the next stage.
On the other side of the pitch, the USA started their campaign in a convincing manner as they defeated Guyana 4-0. The United States controlled 60% of the possession and had 20 shots during the match. Furthermore, the USA also completed over 150 more passes than Guyana.
Tyler Boyd was the star performer for the US as the winger scored 2 goals. Paul Arriola and Gyasi Zardes also both scored for the United States. Following a tough few months for the US team, this win will definitely boost the team’s confidence. If the USA can win this match, they will guarantee themselves a spot in the quarterfinals.
USA and Trinidad and Tobago have played each other 16 times in the past. The USA has won on 7 occasions, Trinidad and Tobago has won on 5 occasions and 4 games have ended as a draw. The most recent match between these two teams was in 2017 where Trinidad and Tobago defeated the US in a World Cup qualifier. It was a big result since the loss meant that the US failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
This match will be played at the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Trinidad and Tobago were poor in their opening match and the team lacks the ability to score goals. The US, on the other hand, were very impressive against Guyana. The US have quality players and have the home ground advantage since the tournament is being held in the United States. With all that taken into consideration, I see the United States winning this match and secure the 3 points.