United States vs. Trinidad and Tobago: Concacaf Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

Team USA looks to take another step towards a seventh Gold Cup title

If Team USA is serious about winning a record seventh Concacaf Gold Cup championship in 2019, they're certainly off to the right start. They opened Group D play with a 4-0 win against an overmatched Guyana squad that's new to this event. Now the U.S. team turns its attention to Trinidad and Tobago, who fell 2-0 to Panama. This is a crucial game for both teams as the United States looks to continue its march towards the title, while Trinidad wants to get back in the win column.

 

United States vs. Trinidad and Tobago

 

When: Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: First Energy Stadium (Cleveland)

TV: FS1 and Univision

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. The Tyler Boyd Show

In earning just his second international cap against Guyana, the young forward also provided the bulk of the scoring in the form of the first two international goals of his career. Paul Arriola (4 career international goals) and Gyasi Zardes (8) also scored, but Boyd's breakout performance was very important for a U.S. team that's pushing its youth movement hard. Expect the youth movement to present itself again vs. Trinidad.

 

2. Trinidad won't go down without a fight

Despite being held scoreless against Panama, "The Soca Warriors" gave a heck of an effort. They had 11 steals against Panama, only committed 10 fouls to Panama's 12, were even in the possession battle, and weren't called for offsides. Trinidad was aggressive against Panama and will look to try and put the pressure on a U.S. team that has a lot at stake in this Gold Cup.

 

3. History between these teams

Team USA is 18-3-4 all-time (with 40 goals scored) against Trinidad, but these two nations split the last two meetings back in 2017 during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Trinidad has some recent history to draw upon, so it'll be interesting to see how they approach Team USA this time around.

 

Final Analysis

 

Trinidad finds the back of the net this time, but this new-look Team USA will find another way to surprise their opponents.

 

Prediction: United States 3, Trinidad and Tobago 1

 

— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.

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