Starting wunderkind Cristian Pulisic (youngest ever American with a World Cup Qualifying start) the United States completely dominated Trinidad & Tobago. Jozy Altidore earned a brace taking over the American record for most goals in World Cup Qualifying. Just 26, TFC’s Altidore could not play better as he created 10 opportunities from passes and shots. With the 4-nil win the US wins their group and will host Mexico on November 11th.
Sacha Kljestan continued his triumphant return to the national team with another goal.
The story of the night is not the win, or advancing to the Hex, or even Jozy Altidore looking like the best forward in Red, White and Blue. The story is instead the start by Pulisic (5 chances created) and two more subs integrating into the senior team. Paul Arriola scored and Caleb Stanko earned his first cap.
It was a night when Jordan Morris was more like a seasoned vet than the 21-year-old forward that was at Stanford last year. He has more caps than Pulisic, Arriola, Stanko, Birnbaum. Jurgen Klinsmann found a way to not just win the group, but to continue a youth movement as the United States transitions from the Donovan/Dempsey/Bradley era into something different.
Seattle Sounders left back Joevin Jones started and went the full 90 for T&T. He played as the right wing in a 4-2-3-1. Jones had 4 shots and a key pass, as one of the few T&T players that looked strong.
Morris came on in the 61st minute, after the match was well out of the Soccawarriors reach. Jordan only took one shot, which was right at the keeper. He did have a nifty pass that helped set-up the fourth goal by the USA. Paul Arriola finished off Pulisic’s shot that keeper Marvin Phillip slapped away.