The United States' 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign kicks off tonight. The Americans will take on St. Vincent and the Grenadines in their first qualifier of the cycle and a golden chance to not just rack up an early three points, but boost their goal difference against the weakest team still left in CONCACAF qualifying.
Jurgen Klinsmann is going with a lot of familiar faces for this match. DeAndre Yedlin at right back, Tim Real at left back and Bobby Wood getting a start are what would be considered "surprises" so you know this is a pretty experienced and predictable team. It will be interesting to see how Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones do in a two-man midfield because they haven't played together in such roles recently, but they played together like that before plenty of times so familiarity shouldn't be a problem.
The U.S. should rack up a huge win today. There's a capacity crowd of 45,000 on hand at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and they should provide a great atmosphere. The match will be especially cool for Ream, who is a St. Louis native.
The match kicks off at 7:10 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPN2 and UniMas. Obviously, there is some terrible stuff going on in Paris and hopefully everything is okay there. Maybe you can't completely focus on the U.S. match as a result. That would be understandable and entirely human, but if you can, enjoy the match. The Road to Russia starts now.
United States lineup: Brad Guzan; DeAndre Yedlin, Geoff Cameron, Matt Besler, Tim Ream; Gyasi Zardes, Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Fabian Johnson; Bobby Wood, Jozy Altidore