The United States and Trinidad and Tobago played to a scoreless draw in Port of Spain on Tuesday night, which is a fine enough result for the two teams in their second World Cup qualifier. The match was a complete bore, with the first half nearly putting everyone to sleep as the Americans failed to muster anything competent, and the second half barely getting any better despite Jurgen Klinsmann's side playing their way into the match.
With the draw, the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago are tied atop Group C on four points apiece. The top two teams in the group advance to the final round of World Cup qualifying so they're both in decent enough places after two matches.
Trinidad and Tobago nearly scored in the first minute of the match as a simple ball down the wing completely unraveled the American defense. A ball dragged back found an onrushing Soca Warrior who was unmarked, but he fired his shot over the bar and the U.S. escaped.
The home side mustered some more chances throughout the first half. Kenwyne Jones shot wide on one go at goal, while Trinidad and Tobago wasted several set piece opportunities, but their first chance proved to be their best one. All the while, the U.S. was a turnover machine, never really threatened the Soca Warriors' goal and were generally inept.
Things changed in the second half as the U.S. grabbed control of the match. They should have scored just after the break when DeAndre Yedlin made a good run and fed Jozy Altidore, who whipped a cross to the back post for an unmarked Gyasi Zardes. All Zardes had to do was nod the ball into the wide open goal, but instead he put it off the crossbar.
From thereon out, the U.S. was on the front foot, but while they had possession, little came in the way of chances. It was similar to the first half, just switching the teams. Jermaine Jones ripped a shot from distance that clipped the crossbar at one point, but Trinidad and Tobago's goal was hardly under siege.
In the end, the two teams settled for a draw. It was a fair result for the two teams and essentially two hours wasted for anyone who watched because the match couldn't have been more boring.