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Three Points

September 10, 2009

With the win tonight, the United States moves into first in the CONCACAF qualifying zone with two matches left, pending tonight’s other results.

And to Bob Bradley: I apologize for questioning your putting Ricardo Clark in the starting lineup. Won’t happen again. Or, maybe I’ll question all the starters so they can all score goals.

Trinidad And Tobago Notes

September 9, 2009

Just a couple things to touch on as we all get our matchday eve jitters out of the way:

-The US has a 15-2-3 record vs. Trinidad dating back to 1982.

-The US has a 4-2-2 record in Trinidad.

-A win tomorrow night coupled with an El Salvador loss or draw will ensure a top 4 finish for the US, meaning at worst they will be sent to a playoff with the 5th place team from South America.

-A win vs. Trinidad tomorrow will give the United States 16 points. That would have been good enough to qualify in 2006. It took 17 points in 2002. However, it might take 18 this year.

Players to watch: These 7 players will be suspended for a match if they get booked tomorrow night:

Benny Fielhaber

Landon Donovan

Ricardo Clark

Jozy Altidore

Carlos Bocanegra

Steve Cherundolo

Clint Dempsey

-In the game against El Salvador, Landon Donovan broke Kasey Keller’s record for most appearances in World Cup Qualfying with 32.

-Kickoff is at 7 PM Eastern on ESPNClassic and ESPN360.com