Here is how Jurgen Klinsmann's side will line up for tonight's World Cup qualifier in Port of Spain...
The US national team face the first real test of their World Cup qualification campaign tonight when they face Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s men began the road to Russia 2018 in convincing fashion last Friday evening with a comfortable 6-1 victory over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in St. Louis, Missouri, but their second Group C game in CONCACAF’s fourth round of qualifying sees them take on less forgiving foe than one of the region’s smallest nations.
The Soca Warriors opened their campaign with an impressive 2-1 win in Guatemala, and having also impressed during their run to the Gold Cup quarter-finals in the summer, Klinsmann is more than wary of the potential threat they pose to his side.
“I think Trinidad & Tobago and probably Haiti have been the biggest winners or surprises in CONCACAF this year,” the German head coach told USSoccer.com. “They played a very good Gold Cup and also had some good results in friendlies and other test games. You have to give Trinidad & Tobago a lot of respect. They’re known for their physical game and known for being strong.
“A lot of their players play in the English Championship and obviously playing at home they have a lot of confidence, and they want to prove to the world that they’re a good team. Over the years they’ve improved themselves on the technical side and on the mental side as well.”
Tuesday’s match marks the first time the US have met Trinidad and Tobago since September 2009, when Ricardo Clark’s second-half strike sealed the visitors a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Tim Howard, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore featured in that game and the trio are all back in the line-up for tonight’s encounter at the same venue, as Klinsmann makes two changes to the side that thumped Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
With the goalkeepers rotating for the time being, Everton's Howard comes in for Aston Villa's Brad Guzan, while right-back Michael Orozco replaces striker Bobby Wood in the starting XI, as Sunderland's Tottenham Hotspur loanee DeAndre Yedlin moves up into midfield and Gyasi Zardes switches from the wing to a central role up top alongside Altidore.
Altidore is the only player on the US roster to have scored against the hosts, having bagged a memorable hat-trick in a 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory in April 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Toronto FC striker will be hoping to build on Friday’s brace with another prolific performance.