The second round of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage will wrap up Saturday night at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, where the USA meets Trinidad & Tobago. The USMNT is listed as a massive favorite to win this clash and will have a huge motive to thrash off Trinidad & Tobago and get a payoff for a missed 2018 World Cup.
USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Three-way: 1: USA -500; X: +600 Draw; 2: Trinidad & Tobago +1000
Spread -2: USA -105; Trinidad & Tobago -111
Total 3.5 Goals: Over +100; Under -135
Both Teams to Score: Yes -105; No -125
The USMNT had an easy job in the opening round of the 2019 Gold Cup, defeating Guyana 4-0 this past Tuesday at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Tyler Boyd scored a brace, while Paul Arriola and Gyasi Zardes added a goal each to help the USA cruise to the victory. The USMNT took 20 shots towards Guyana’s goalie and had the ball on their feet for 60.0% of the time, allowing just four shots to their rivals.
The head coach Gregg Berhalter fielded his best eleven, and his boys put an end to their three-game winless streak from friendly games. Berhalter can count on some experienced players including the captain Michael Bradley (146 caps, 17 goals) and striker Jozy Altidore (111 caps, 41 goals), but the key player in his team is the 20-year old attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic (26 caps, 10 goals).
- USA won four of its last seven games along with two losses and a draw
- USA kept the net intact in four of its last seven outings
- USA won 14 of its last 18 meetings with Trinidad & Tobago along with a couple of draws and losses
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
The Soca Warriors suffered a 2-0 loss to Panama in the opening round of the 2019 Gold Cup at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They couldn’t cope with Los Canaleros, allowing 17 shots while taking just six in a return. Although the Soca Warriors had the ball on their feet slightly more than Panama, they created just a couple of decent scoring opportunities and fully deserved to lose. Now, Trinidad cannot afford another loss to the USA or will be eliminated in the group stage whereas Panama will almost certainly earn at least a point against Guyana.
The head coach Dennis Lawrence had an experienced team, but his players are mostly playing across the USL Championship or the TT Pro League in Trinidad. The 29-year old midfielder Kevin Molino (45 caps, 19 goals) is the key player in this Trinidad & Tobago team, and he’s currently a member of Minnesota United. Khaleem Hyland (84 caps, 4 goals) is another important player in the middle of the park, while Daneil Cyrus is a defensive rock for the Soca Warriors.
- Trinidad & Tobago is winless in six straight games, recording five losses and a draw in that span
- Trinidad & Tobago couldn’t score in its six straight outings
- 13 of Trinidad’s last 15 games saw fewer than four goals in the total
As I’ve mentioned in the intro, the USA seeks revenge for a painful 2-1 loss in the ultimate game of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers that cost them a trip to Russia. The USMNT is playing at home and has better players than Trinidad & Tobago, so they should cover a 1.5-goal spread at -175 odds. If you want higher wages, take the USA to cover a 2-goal spread at -105 odds, but if the hosts concede, they will have a difficult job to score four goals. Still, Trinidad couldn’t find the net in six straight contests, but one goal in Soccer can come out of nowhere.
The Pick: USA -1.5 (-175)
Additional Pick: USA -2 (-105)