Update 10/11/17 6:54 am Trinidad 2 USA 1
USA men’s soccer team plays tonight in Trinidad and Tobago, needing a win to qualify for the World Cup to be played in Russia
Small stadium has drawn heavy rain, and even if played, it will be a sloppy and slow match
By ARNIE LESHIN, Santa Fe Today
No politics at all, the United States men’s soccer team just wants to get to Russia.
It also wants to stay in the news, the good news. And as long as head coach
Bruce Arena’s guys can remain in contention for the World Cup to be played in Russia, they will be heard.
Tonight, at a soaked pitch in Couva, Trinidad, the red, white and blue will find out whether it gets in as an automatic qualifier or the logistics could instead have it as the fourth team and that would mean a home and away clash with Syria to qualify.
Syria? Oh my, President Trump has banned it from entering the United States, and that would probably result in a forfeit. It could possibly pull some political strings to get here, but that doesn’t appear likely.
And so the USA just wants to join Mexico and Costa Rica, the two countries from its CONCACAP qualify already making plans for Russia. To do so, all it would take is a victory over Trinidad and Tobago, which has dropped six-straight matches and was eliminated.