The U.S. men’s national team steadied its World Cup qualifying run in March with a four-point haul, and it pad that total Thursday night against Trinidad Tobago thanks to the heroics of Christian Pulisic.
Pulisic scored twice within a 10-minute span in the second half to alleviate some nerves and pressure and deliver a 2-0 win over the Soca Warriors at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado. The three points are massive for the Americans, who face Mexico at the vaunted Estadio Azteca on Sunday night.
It was Michael Bradley who had the USA’s first half-chance at goal, lofting a 20-yard attempt toward the far post after Darlington Nagbe did some nice 1-v-1 work in the right channel in the third minute. The sequence came after Pulisic was yanked down in the center circle, subjected to more physical play as he was in Panama in the most recent qualifier.
Trinidad Tobago enjoyed its own speculative attempt in the 10th minute, with Seattle Sounders fullback Joevin Jones hitting a tight-angled cross on target, but it was easily handled by Tim Howard in goal.
Clint Dempsey came inches from tying Landon Donovan’s all-time USMNT goal record (57) in the 15th minute, with Fabian Johnson setting him up for a long-range hit with a layoff pass. The Texan wound up and put a left-footer just high of
Article source: https://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2017/06/08/usa-trinidad-tobago-world-cup-qualifying-usmnt-dempsey-pulisic-altidore-wood-goals-video
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