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Columbus to host USMNT’s WCQ vs. Guatemala

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CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. will play its March 29 World Cup qualifier against Guatemala at Columbus, Ohio.

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The Americans are 7-0-3 at the venue, including 6-0-2 in qualifiers. The U.S. has played four straight home qualifiers against Mexico there, winning each game 2-0.

The Americans opened qualifying for the 2018 tournament with a 6-1 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines at St. Louis, then tied 0-0 last week at Trinidad and Tobago.

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Qualifying resumes March 25 with a game against Guatemala in Guatemala City.

The match at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus was announced by the U.S. Soccer Federation on Monday.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying: USMNT draw, Mexico stay perfect

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - NOVEMBER 17: USA's DeAndre Yedlin #2 passes the ball past T&T's Mekeil Williams #17 as Williams team mate Joevin Jones #3 looks on during a World Cup Qualifier between Trinidad and Tobago and USA as part of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Russia 2018 at Hasely Crawford Stadium on November 17, 2015 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo by Ashley Allen Getty Images)
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Matchday 2 of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is complete, as teams won’t meet again until the spring. After the opening two matches, Mexico, Costa Rica and the United States sit atop their respective groups.

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Trinidad & Tobago 0-0 United States

The U.S. took a point on a hot and humid night in Trinidad & Tobago. Tim Howard got the start in goal, however neither goalkeeper was really tested in a relatively uneventful match. The U.S. would have liked to have a better performance, but four points from the opening two matches puts them in a good position moving forward.

Honduras 0-2 Mexico

New manager Juan Carlos Osorio remains perfect, earning his second win in two matches leading El Tri. Osorio’s decisions proved to be the difference, as substitutes Jesus Corona and Jurgen Damm both scored in the second half to lead Mexico to a 2-0 win over Honduras. Unfortunately, the match was overshadowed by a gruesome injury to Houston Dynamo and Honduras midfielder Luis Garrido, in what looked to be a devastating leg break.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines 0-4 Guatemala

After falling to Trinidad & Tobago in their opening match, Guatemala got back on track with a big 4-0 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines. SVG has now conceded 10 goals in two games, as teams will look at a match against the islanders as a surefire three points.

Haiti 0-1 Jamaica

A second half goal from Clayton Donaldson led Jamaica to a close win over Haiti. The Reggae Boyz impressed in the Gold Cup when they reached the finals, but were shut-out against Panama, barely scraped by Haiti, and are still to face Costa Rica, the toughest team in Group 2.

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Panama 1-2 Costa Rica

After more than an hour of scoreless play, the two sides erupted for three goals in five minutes as Costa Rica left Panama with a 2-1 win. Bryan Ruiz and Marcos Urena scored back-to-back goals to put Los Ticos ahead by two, but Luis Tejada answered just minutes later to bring one back for Panama. Costa Rica would hold on for the win to jump to the top of Group 2 with a maximum six points.

El Salvador 0-0 Canada

Canada earned an impressive win over Honduras in their opening match, but couldn’t break through El Salvador in their second, settling for a scoreless draw at Estadio Cuscatlan. The Canadians will take four points from two matches, as they have yet to face Group 1 leaders Mexico.

Player ratings from the USMNT’s draw against T&T

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - NOVEMBER 17: USA's national soccer team poses for a team photo during a World Cup Qualifier between Trinidad and Tobago and USA as part of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Russia 2018 at Hasely Crawford Stadium on November 17, 2015 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. From Left to Right #13 Jermaine Jones; #5 Matt Beasler; #9 Gyasi Zardes; #12 Tim Howard; # 4 Michael Bradley; #20 Geoff Cameron; #3 Tim Ream; #2 DeAndre Yedlin; #16 Michael Orozco; # 23 Fabian Johnson; #17 Jozy Altidore (Photo by Ashley Allen Getty Images)
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The United States took one point in World Cup qualifying tonight, settling for a 0-0 draw against Trinidad & Tobago.

While the Soca Warriors are much better competition than the St. Vincent and the Grenadines team that the Americans demolished earlier this week, the U.S. didn’t exactly step up their level of play.

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A draw was a deserved result and in the grand scheme of things the point is all that matters, but there’s still some room for improvement from Klinsmann’s men. Here’s how the team fared in Port of Spain.

Tim Howard — GK — 6/10: Howard didn’t see much action tonight. He should still be the outright number-one.

Tim Ream — LB — 4/10: Ream had his troubles marking the speedy Joevin Jones. Would be more comfortable playing his natural center-back role.

Geoff Cameron — CB — 7/10: The partnership of Cameron and Besler in the center of defense continues to get better. One of the more positive showings from the match.

Matt Besler — CB — 7/10: See Cameron, Geoff.

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Michael Orozco — RB — 6/10: Not a bad night defensively for Orozco, but he lacks the skill on the attack someone like DeAndre Yedlin would bring.

Fabian Johnson — LM — 6/10: Johnson looked better in his preferred midfield role, but slid back into the defense later in the match. It looks like there are no problems between player and manager, which is good news for everyone.

Jermaine Jones — CM — 5/10: Jones couldn’t train over the weekend with a bad hamstring but still put in a decent performance. Still not sure what role suits him best in the center of the midfield, and it looks like his days with national team could be winding down.

Michael Bradley — CM — 6/10: Nothing to write home about for the captain. Luckily for Bradley, even when he isn’t at his best, he doesn’t hurt the team either.

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DeAndre Yedlin — RM — 5/10: Yedlin’s speed is ridiculous, and he showed flashes of that pace tonight. However, still needs to grow on the ball and remember his defensive duties first.

Gyasi Zardes — FW — 3/10: Tough day at the office for Zardes. Definitely should have scored early in the second half, and couldn’t seem to hit the ball straight. He’ll have to improve to keep his starting spot.

Jozy Altidore — FW — 6/10: After a string of poor performances for the side, Jozy has started to pick up his pace. When the team got forward, Altidore got involved.


Darlington Nagbe — LM — 7/10: Nagbe was a second half replacement for Tim Ream, with the intent of adding some more offense. In just his second cap for the national team, Nagbe was solid. He could be a major player once he gets more comfortable.

Bobby Wood — FW — 6/10: Wood came on as a late substitute and didn’t see much of the ball, but with Gyasi Zardes’ poor performance, he will likely get another shot in the starting XI.

USA 0-0 Trinidad & Tobago: Lackluster performance leads to scoreless draw

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 15:  Gyasi Zardes #20 of the United States reacts as Cirilo Saucedo #12 of Mexico stops his shot during an international friendly match at the Alamodome on April 15, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
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The United States leave Port of Spain with just one point after settling for a 0-0 draw against Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

The U.S. was outplayed in the first half and didn’t finish their chances in the second, as it was another lackluster performance from Jurgen Klinsmann’s men.

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The Soca Warriors nearly went ahead within the opening 30 seconds, but Chicago Fire’s Joevin Jones hit his shot just over the bar as the USMNT was lucky to avoid a disastrous start.

T&T continued to control most of the play in beginning of the match, although the U.S. did settle in and gain a bit more possession. However, most of the play was kept in the middle-third of the pitch, as neither side looked overly threatening going forward.

After a slow opening frame, the United States could have turned the tide a minute into the second half. Jozy Altidore played a cross into Gyasi Zardes at the back post, whose header rang off the crossbar. Zardes really should have done better as the game remained scoreless.

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The USMNT controlled possession in the second half but lacked intent, never making T&T pay for sitting back. Unable to break through the defense, Jermaine Jones took his chances from 40 yards out in the 78th minute. His strike was headed for the top corner, but Jan-Michael Williams was able to get his fingertips on the shot, deflecting it off the crossbar and out for a corner kick.

Darlington Nagbe and Bobby Wood both came off the bench to try and bring some energy to the U.S. attack, but neither changed the run of play as the match ended a scoreless draw, a deserved result for both sides.

Four points from two matches is good in the standings, but there weren’t many positives to take away from tonight’s performance.

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SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JULY 01:  Tim Howard of the United States gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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After cruising past St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the USMNT will face a much tougher battle in World Cup qualifying tonight as they battle Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain.

You can watch the match live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC Universo and online via Live Extra.


Jurgen Klinsmann has made a few changes from the first qualifying match, most notably with Tim Howard getting the start in goal over Brad Guzan.

Michael Orozco will start in the back, as DeAndre Yedlin pushes up into a midfield role. Jermaine Jones remains in the center of the pitch, despite doubts about his fitness.