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U.S. Men’s National Team Can Advance To World Cup Tonight

DeAndre Yedlin (left) of United States and Alberto Quintero of Panama quarrel for a turn during a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying compare Friday in Orlando, Fla.

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DeAndre Yedlin (left) of United States and Alberto Quintero of Panama quarrel for a turn during a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying compare Friday in Orlando, Fla.

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Nothing like watchful until a final notation — or, in this case, a final diversion — of World Cup subordinate to see if a U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will make subsequent year’s contest in Russia.

A lot is on a line for a U.S. squad: The group has done a final 7 tournaments. When it comes to a world’s biggest sporting event, there are a lot of numbers. Consider:

  • The World Cup is played each 4 years and subordinate takes dual years.
  • Countries are grouped into 6 subordinate regions.
  • 209 nations are opposed for only 32 spots.
  • A sum of 831 matches are played to establish who creates a World Cup.

The United States has played 9 subordinate matches (three wins, 3 waste and 3 draws). But it all comes down to tonight: on a highway opposite Trinidad and Tobago. “This is what all players want,” pronounced defender DaMarcus Beasley, “a possibility to validate for a World Cup. But a diversion that indeed does it.”

It’s a compare a U.S. should win (on paper, during least). Against a Soca Warriors, a U.S. has an 18-2-4 all-time record, including 13 victories opposite Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualifiers. But this one competence be different. Trinidad and Tobago has no possibility to make a World Cup.

“We design a tough game,” pronounced defender Matt Besler. “Sometimes that can be even some-more formidable when we play a group like that with zero to lose. We know they’re going to go out and play relaxed,” Besler said, “If we play a best, we know that should be good adequate to validate us for a World Cup.”

That’s a wish of U.S. conduct manager Bruce Arena: “I consider we’re in a flattering good position … unless something weird occurs. Our genius is to go to Trinidad and win.”

The U.S. has played with renewed unrestrained given Arena returned as conduct coach. The patrol has been sparked by a stellar play of brazen Jozy Altidore and immature phenom Christian Pulisic. The 19-year-old midfielder has scored scored or assisted in 11 of a 16 U.S. goals in a final turn of World Cup qualifying.

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Field conditions might be an emanate tonight. The diversion was changed from a Trinidadian collateral of Port of Spain to a smaller track in Couva. When a U.S. group arrived for a use event on Monday, a players found conditions a bit soggy.

Here are a 3 scenarios tonight where a U.S. will allege to a 2018 World Cup (according to U.S. Soccer):

  • If a U.S. wins during Trinidad and Tobago

OR

  • The U.S. ties Trinidad and Tobago -AND- Honduras and Panama do not make adult a idea disproportion in wins vs. Mexico and Costa Rica respectively.

OR

  • The U.S. loses during Trinidad and Tobago -AND- Honduras and Panama both draw/lose vs. Mexico and Costa Rica respectively.

Among a teams in so far: Germany (defending champion), Brazil, Belgium, England, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, and, as host, Russia qualifies automatically.

For a U.S., a simplest approach to supplement a name as a World Cup qualifier (for a eighth true tournament) is to win tonight. Coverage starts during 8 p.m., ET, on beIN Sport and UNIVERSO.