How will the USMNT line up vs. Trinidad & Tobago?

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The U.S. national team host Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday with qualification to the fifth-round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying all but secured.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s side only need a draw to confirm their position in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, better known as “The Hexagonal.”

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Even a defeat to the first-place Soca Warriors wouldn’t matter, as long as Guatemala doesn’t hammer St. Vincent and the Grenadines and there isn’t a 13-goal swing between the U.S. and Guatemala. Sidenote: not going to happen.

Klinsmann and his team will want first place (they’ve never failed to finish first in their group at this stage of qualifying) in Group C so expect them to go all-out for the win. Why does that matter so much? Well, finishing in first place would set up a home game against Mexico this November in the opening round of Hex games. That’s right. A game in Columbus an unnamed U.S. city is on the line at a preferable time for the USMNT. Dos A Cero anyone?

Before all of that, let’s take a look at how the U.S. could line up bearing in mind Klinsmann has announced Tim Howard will start in goal, while DeAndre Yedlin will serve a one-game ban for yellow card accumulation. Also, Matt Besler has been allowed to return to Kansas City after the birth of his child on Friday, which also happened to be the same day he scored his first goal for the USMNT.


Option 1

—– Howard —–

— Orozco — Cameron — Birnbaum — Acosta —

— Bedoya — Bradley — Kljestan — Johnson —

—– Altidore — Wood —–

Option 2

—– Howard —–

— Cameron — Birnbaum — Gonzalez — Acosta —

—– Bradley — Kljestan —–

—– Pulisic —– Bedoya —– Wood —–

—– Altidore —–

Option 3

—– Howard —–

— Orozco — Birnbaum — Gonzalez — Acosta —

—– Nagbe — Bradley — Kljestan —–

—– Zusi —–

—– Morris — Altidore —–


Thoughts…

Option 1 is the obvious pick as Klinsmann will look to get the job done early against T&T and then chuck on a few youngsters in the second half. With no Yedlin and Besler, you could switch Geoff Cameron out to right back but he’s been a beast at center back so Michael Orozco can slot in nicely at RB and Omar Gonzalez or Steven Birnbaum can play at center back. In midfield a flat four could be the way to go, with Bedoya and Johnson out wide and skipper Michael Bradley coming back into the center of midfield. Sacha Kljestan looks like he will get a good run back in the USMNT after his fine form for the New York Red Bulls and it would be intriguing to see how he and Bradley link up once again.

Another reason to love option 1 is that this formation is very flexible and could easily shift to a 4-3-3 at the drop of a hat with Bedoya tucking into the middle and Fabian Johnson moving up as the left-sided attacking midfielder. Up top is the main reason I like option 1: Altidore and Wood. Both are in great form and their combination of power and pace could rip T&T apart.

If Klinsmann is going to bow to peer pressure then option 2 is the choice. Christian Pulisic continues to make a name for himself as the 17-year-old scored twice on Friday and there are calls for him to start in Florida. If Pulisic starts then using a 4-2-3-1 formation would see the U.S. get the best out of both Pulisic and perhaps Wood out wide as they’ll be able to link up with Altidore but still have plenty of protection with Bradley, Kljestan and essentially Bedoya as a midfield three. When the U.S. goes forward option 2 would become a 4-3-3. Lethal.

Then we have option 3: MLSers paradise. It would be kind of neat for Klinsmann to rest up as many players who are in Europe as possible and see what the MLS boys can do. In option 3 the only two players not in MLS are Orozco and Gonzalez who both play in Liga MX in Mexico. It would be quite beneficial for Klinsmann to give his European contingent a rest with the next round of games coming up in November. They’d be nice and fresh for that.

World Cup Today – Latest news, analysis, reaction on 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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During the 2022 World Cup we are breaking down all the action and will be discussing all of the key storylines from Qatar.

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From upsets to powerhouses flexing their muscles, from the USMNT to new stars emerging and everything in-between, we have you covered.

Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards and Nick Mendola will provide updates, analysis and reaction across our platforms here at NBC Sports.

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Saudi Arabia vs Mexico: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Mexico needs a win to have hope of reaching the World Cup knockout rounds, while Saudi Arabia’s hopes of the final 16 may require the same at Stadium 974 in Doha on Wednesday.

The Saudis stunned Argentina 2-1 In Lusail to open the tournament but could not repeat the feat against Poland at Education City in Al Rayyan on Saturday to leave themselves with three points through two matches.

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Mexico remains without a win after their scoreless draw versus Poland led to a Lionel Messi-inspired loss to Argentina In Lusail.

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Here is everything you need for Saudi Arabia vs Mexico.


How to watch Saudi Arabia vs Mexico live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Wednesday Nov. 30
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

The Saudis have arguably been the most fun team at the tournament amongst non-powers, always running and getting exceptional goalkeeping. Salem Al-Dawsari was very good in both games but his missed penalty before halftime against Poland looms large of a match that could’ve been 1-1 going to the break and instead ended 2-0.

Mexico has not scored at the tournament so far, and Raul Jimenez has only been used as a super sub. Hirving Lozano and Alexis Vega combined for just three shot attempts before being subbed out of the Poland loss, while Lozano and Henry Martin combined for two versus Poland (Vega attempted five). They need better up top to keep up their streak of making Round of 16 appearances at the World Cup.


Saudi Arabia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 51
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC (Won Group B)
Coach: Herve Renard
Key players: Salem Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al-Muwallad, Mohammed Al-Owais

Mexico quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 13
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 16
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONCACAF (2nd place)
Coach: Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino
Key players: Guillermo Ochoa, Hector Herrera, Raul Jimenez

Poland vs Argentina: How to watch live, stream link, team news

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Poland and Argentina surely didn’t plan to reach the marquee match of World Cup Group C with their knockout round status in doubt, but it’s been that kind of tournament in Qatar.

Poland remains unbeaten in Qatar after beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 in Al Rayyan, adding to the point it earned from a scoreless draw with Mexico In Doha to give it top billing in the group heading into Wednesday’s match.

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Argentina, meanwhile, rebounded from a 2-1 tournament-opening loss to Saudi Arabia In Lusail to bear Mexico 2-0 behind a goal and an assist from Lionel Messi.

Saudi Arabia’s three points means it can still advance with a win over Mexico, who itself can add to its one point. So everyone’s alive in Group C.

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Here is everything you need for Poland vs Argentina.


How to watch Poland vs Argentina live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Wednesday, Nov. 30
Stadium: Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

The storyline for every Argentina game this tournament from this point forward — and really since the lead-up to the Mexico match — is that any loss means the end of Lionel Messi’s World Cup career (at least according to the living legend). The Albiceleste would be thrilled to get something more out of Lautaro Martinez, while Paulo Dybala’s yet to make his tournament debut.

Robert Lewandowski finally has a World Cup goal on his resume, while Piotr Zielinski has been very good for Poland. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sensational in the win over Saudi Arabia.


Poland quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 26
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs, Path B
Coach: Czeslaw Michniewicz
Key players: Robert Lewandowski, Wojciech Szczesny, Piotr Zielinski

Argentina quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 3
World Cup titles: 2 (1978, 1986)
World Cup appearances: 17
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (2nd place)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Key players: Lionel Messi, Angel de Maria, Lautaro Martinez

Portugal vs Uruguay: How to watch, live stream link, team news

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Portugal looks to seal its fate in the World Cup Round of 16 by piling pressure on Uruguay when two titans of the sport meet in Lusail on Monday.

Portugal outlasted Ghana 3-2 in Doha to open its tournament with a big win that featured a controversial penalty for Cristiano Ronaldo, while Uruguay staged a scoreless draw with South Korea.

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It’s a group that never looked easy and is looking more and more like a “Group of Death” as the World Cup rolls through Qatar in its typically tense fashion this month and next.

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Here is everything you need for Portugal vs Uruguay.


How to watch Portugal vs Uruguay live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Monday Nov. 28
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

Everyone’s going to keep looking at Cristiano Ronaldo — it’s difficult not to turn your head with all the “Look at me” nonsense — but Bruno Fernandes is the real string-puller here. He’s playing well with Ruben Neves, while Ruben Dias and the back line will look to tighten things up after letting Ghana stay in the game.

Uruguay hero Luis Suarez has been here before, but his supporting cast is as good as ever. Rodrigo Betancur and Jose Maria Gimenez give La Celeste a chance at clean sheet every time they take the pitch.


Portugal quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 9
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs
Coach: Fernando Santos
Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Cancelo

Uruguay quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 14
World Cup titles: 2 (1930, 1950)
World Cup appearances: 14
How they qualified: Qualified from CONMEBOL
Coach: Diego Alonso
Key players: Luis Suarez, Federico Valverde, Darwin Nunez, Rodrigo Betancur