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AP Game Reports (#1 & #2)
« on: August 17, 2005, 08:24:36 PM »
United States beats Trinidad 1-0, moves closer to World Cup
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 EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) - The United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 Wednesday, moving closer to its fifth straight World Cup appearance on a goal by Brian McBride 1 1/2 minutes after the opening kickoff.

The victory gave the United States 15 points from six games while Trinidad remained with four points from four games remaining in the final round of qualifying.
The Americans struck early when John O'Brien played a through ball down the left to Bobby Convey, who ran on and struck a left-footed cross into the path of McBride.

The streaking Fulham striker tapped the ball into the far side of the goal from inside the 6-yard box.

The victory extended the United States' home unbeaten streak against CONCACAF opponents to 31 matches, the last loss being a 3-2 defeat to Honduras in 2002 World Cup qualifying.

Trinidad hurt its cause in the 42nd minute when Dennis Lawrence grabbed U.S. forward Landon Donovan from behind on a breakaway, earning a red-card ejection from Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez. The United States also finished with 10 men after Convey drew his second yellow card in the 88th minute for a lunging tackle.

The Americans dominated the match, failing to convert numerous clear chances by Donovan, Convey, Oguchi Onyewu and Brian McBride thanks to the athletic efforts of Trinidad goalkeeper Kelvin Jack. A second U.S. goal by second-half substitute Taylor Twellman was disallowed in the 86th minute because of offside, although television replays appeared to show the New England Revolution striker onside.

Claudio Reyna returned to the U.S. team for the first time since the qualifier against Mexico in March after sitting out the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

 
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Re: AP Game Reports (#1 & #2)
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2005, 09:20:59 PM »
U.S. on brink of World Cup qualification
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 EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Brian McBride scored the second-fastest American goal in World Cup qualifying, moving the United States to the brink of its fifth straight appearance in soccer's showcase tournament.

McBride's goal 91 seconds in put the Americans ahead, and the United States dominated Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 Wednesday night.

The United States could have blown open the game early, and the Americans played with a man advantage after T&T defender Dennis Lawrence was ejected in the 41st minute until Bobby Convey was sent off in the 88th for receiving his second yellow card. But they frittered away another half-dozen good scoring chances, making for a tense second half even though they outshot T&T 18-1 overall