The US Men’s National Team picked up a crucial victory in what most experts called a “must-win” game against Trinidad and Tobago as they continue on their quest for a berth in Russia 2018. After a very shaky, slow start — where it could be argued the US were outplayed — the half ended 0-0. The Americans opened it up in the second half and were led by wunderkind, Christian Pulisic, who found the back of the net twice, one of them in spectacular fashion. It cannot be stated enough how damn good this kid is. He has pace, strength and is so decisive on the ball. He makes soccer fun to watch for the casual fan (most Americans). As was talked about on the Let Me B-Frank Podcast, the biggest issue right now for the US is consistent play from the back 4. The emergence of Pulisic has allowed Michael Bradley to sag back and play a more natural defensive role in the midfield. This match didn’t go exactly to plan, but a 2-0 win is the result that was needed. The win vaults the US into automatic qualifying position with 7 points in the hexagonal table leading up to the massive showdown with Mexico on Sunday in Estadio Azteca. Any result is a good night on Sunday.
USMNT Defeats Trinidad and Tobago 2-0