The US national team could not find a way past Trinidad and Tobago in Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier in Port of Spain, as Jurgen Klinsmann’s side stuttered to a 0-0 draw at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
The US began the road to Russia 2018 in convincing fashion last Friday evening with a 6-1 victory over CONCACAF minnows Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in St. Louis, Missouri, but their first away qualifier against less forgiving foe proved a far more testing affair.
The hosts had a chance to open the scoring inside the opening 30 seconds through Joevin Jones, who sent his right-footed blast high and wide, and they spurned another golden opportunity 13 minutes later when captain Kenwyne Jones fired over the bar after getting past defender Michael Orozco.
Klinsmann’s men managed to take control of the game soon after, as goalkeeper Tim Howard was rarely tested for the rest of the match, but they failed to create many genuine scoring chances themselves despite enjoying 62.6 per cent of possession.
LA Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes missed their best opportunity of the night when he headed Jozy Altidore’s cross onto the crossbar shortly after the interval, while Jermaine Jones also hit the woodwork with 12 minutes left with a thumping shot that grazed the top of the bar.
The visitors were unable to break down the Soca Warriors’ defence in the end, though, as the result leaves both sides tied atop Group 3 with four points through two matches of CONCACAF’s fourth round of qualification.
As we expected, it was a very tricky game," Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann told the likes of Fox Soccer after the match. "I think Trinidad and Tobago started well in the first 20 minutes, but I think after 20-25 minutes, we took over. Chances went for both sides. I think we had the clearer ones. We should have put in one of those, but, overall, a tie is all right."
Here are some of the images from Tuesday night’s closely contested match…