February 3, 2009
NO APRIL FOOLS
U.S. vs. T&T in WCQ in Nashville April 1
World Cup qualifying will go to Nashville, Tenn., for the first time as the U.S. Menís National Team will face Trinidad & Tobago at LP Field on April 1 at 7:45 p.m. ET in the second of five home qualifiers on the road to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision, and fans can follow online via ussoccer.comís MatchTracker.
"We are very excited to be playing such an important World Cup qualifying match in Nashville," U.S. men's coach Bob Bradley said. "We have had very good experiences there, both in 2006 before the World Cup and during qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games. LP Field is an excellent facility, and we look forward to tremendous support from the fans.Ē
The U.S. has never lost to Trinidad & Tobago on home soil. The unblemished record includes a 3-0 win in Bridgeview, Ill., on Sept. 10, 2008, during the semifinal round. After clinching a final round berth, the U.S. sent a less experienced team to Port of Spain the following month as T&T turned the tables, recording a 2-1 victory. The U.S. leads the overall series, 14-2-3 and has a 9-1-2 record against the Soca Warriors in qualifying.
The match will be the third for a full U.S. National Team in Nashville. In 2004, the U.S. Womenís National Team defeated Canada, 1-0, in a preparation match before the 2004 Olympic Games. Two years later, the U.S. men dropped a 1-0 decision Morocco on May 23, 2006, prior to the World Cup in front of of 26,141 fans.
In March 2008, the venue hosted the knockout round of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, where the U.S. Under-23 Menís National Team defeated Canada in the semifinals to become one of two teams from the region to qualify for Beijing.
The U.S. opens the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying against archrival Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, Feb. 11.