The U.S. Men's National Soccer team resumes World Cup qualifying Wednesday night when it hosts Trinidad and Tobago in East Hartford, Connecticut.
These teams last met on February ninth in Trinidad in the opening match of the final round of CONCACAF regional qualifying for next year's World Cup in Germany. The Americans won that contest, 2-1.
Since then the U.S. team has won against Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama, but lost to Mexico. The 12 points have the Americans in second place in the six-team group, trailing Mexico by a single point. Trinidad and Tobago is in fifth place with only four points.
The top three teams automatically qualify for the World Cup finals, while the fourth-placed team faces an Asian side in a playoff. U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey says both teams know what is at stake.
"With Trinidad in the place they are in, they need to come and at least get a point, and obviously we want to win," Mr. Convey says. "So I think it's going to be us taking the game to them more (trying to put pressure on). Obviously we're at home. And I think we just all know that this is a huge game in qualifying for us, and if we win we put ourselves in a good position.
This will be the first time for the U.S. Soccer team to stage a game in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Americans have not lost a home game versus a CONCACAF regional opponent in 30 matches, covering nearly four years.