In 1989, this cracker of a goal by Paul Caligiuri sent the US Men’s National Team to the World Cup for the first time in 4 decades. Almost 30 years later, another win against Trinidad and Tobago on their turf is the only thing that guarantees passage. Of course, they can still advance without a win this time. Need to know how we advance? Look no further.
Bruce Arena was brought in to resolve what was projected to be a dire situation. I say dire even though Jurgen Klinsmann was ousted after losses in 2 of the harder matches in the Hex schedule: a somewhat tough luck loss in Columbus to Mexico and a date in Costa Rica where we all got spanked. 7 games in to Bruce 2.0 we can compare 7 similar fixtures with Jurgen Klinsmann’s charges from 2013, and well...
Arena (2017): 3-1-3, 12 points, +10GD
Klinsmann (2013): 5-1-1, 16 points, +6GD
So, the goal difference looks pretty good for Bruce, I guess. The record might be a different story. Yeah, 16 points would have qualified us already, and yes, 19 points would have been enough to clinch 2nd place in the Hex with a win on the islanders home turf (The US won in Jamaica in the 2014 cycle), but we’re not there. Frankly, there was nothing wrong with firing a manager early in the cycle, but the replacement seemed like more of a desperate move than a well-considered contingency. Regardless of the result tonight, there will be ramifications of the choice to fire Klinsmann (and hire Arena) that will roll into next summer. If you want to piss and moan about this in the comments tonight, I’ll be here gang.
How to Watch
Kickoff Time: 7:00 p.m. CT (On the nose)
TV: beIN Sports, NBC Universo