While the venue is famous for the Snow Clasico, Trinidad & Tobago will almost certainly not have to deal with any cold weather when they take on the US. The Socca Warriors are in a bit of an interesting spot in the Hex right now. They currently sit in last, but with a win they could theoretically move up into third place. That’s how tight things are in this cycle’s qualification group. While they have made it to the Hex, the last ten months have not been spectacular for T&T by any stretch of the imagination. They only won two out of their last eight games to close out 2016 and started 2017 by failing to qualify for this summer’s Gold Cup by losing to Suriname and Haiti in the Caribbean Cup Fifth place playoff. They did manage to split their two qualifiers in March (a 1-0 home win over Panama followed by a 1-0 home loss to Mexico). The key man for them is 32 year old striker Kenwyne Jones of MLS expansion side Atlanta United, who has 23 goals to his name in 89 caps. Two other experienced players to keep an eye on are midfielder Kevin Molino of Minnesota United (the other MLS expansion side) who has the second most goals of any player on this roster with 17 and defender Joevin Jones of the Seattle Sounders who has amassed 60 caps for the Socca Warriors.
• The US has a short three day turnaround from the Trinidad & Tobago game and the Mexico game. Four years ago the US had a three day turnaround between the game in Denver and the game in Mexico City and they managed four out of a possible six points.
• Clint Dempsey remains just one goal behind Landon Donovan on the US all-time scoring chart.
• The complete Hex standings are as follows: Mexico (10 points), Costa Rica (7 points), Panama (5 points), USA (4 points), Honduras (4 points), Trinidad & Tobago (3 points). Reminder that the top three teams automatically qualify for Russia 2018 while the fourth place team would go into a playoff against the fifth place team from Asia.
When and where to watch the game on US TV
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
Kickoff time: 7:50pm ET
US TV: FOX Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes
US Streaming: FOX Soccer 2GO, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fuboTV (free 7-day trial)