The USMNT came into the second leg of their CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinal against Trinidad and Tobago without any concern that the hosts could miraculously turn around the 3-0 aggregate scoreline.
In the end, they managed to move on, but a brainless moment of idiocy by Sergino Dest made it far more difficult than it needed to be.
Trinidad and Tobago won the match 2-1, but the United States advanced 4-2 on aggregate, qualifying for the 2024 Copa America and moving on in the Nations League bracket.
The overall goals were achieved, as the U.S. secured their aggregate victory, but the narrative from Port of Spain was Dest’s moronic red card, earning a double booking towards the end of the first half for screaming at the official. His anger put the U.S. needlessly under pressure, and saw the hosts fire themselves in front with goals from Reon Moore and Alvin Jones bracketing halftime.
In truth, the performance was gritty from the U.S. players who had to gut out a result while put under significant pressure from a completely needless moment of stupidity from a key U.S. player.
Six years on from a tragic 2-1 defeat in Trinidad and Tobago which left the U.S. on the outside of the 2018 World Cup, a 2-1 defeat in Nations League play left them with a spot in the Copa America and an emotional performance to pocket for future experience.
The Sporting News is following the Trinidad and Tobago vs USA match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Trinidad and Tobago vs USA final score
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A. Jones (56')
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Kickoff: 8 p.m. local (7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT)
Location: Hasely Crawford Stadium (Port of Spain, Trinidad)
Referee: Walter Lopez Castellanos (GUA)
Trinidad and Tobago (5-4-1): 22. D. Smith (GK) — 14. S. Gomez, 16. A. Jones, 2. David, 17. J. Garcia, 6. Raymond — 10. Gill (Telfer, 61'), 18. Rampersad, 12. Phillips (Lee-Him, 77'), 13. Moore (Muckette, 77') — 9. N. James (Shaw, 77').
USA (4-2-2-2, right to left): 1. Turner (GK) — 2. Dest (red card, 39'), 3. Carter-Vickers, 13. Ream, 5. A. Robinson — 14. de la Torre, 6. Musah — 7. Reyna (Scally, 42'), 11. B. Aaronson — 20. Balogun, 9. Pepi (Tillman, 64').
Trinidad and Tobago vs USA live updates, highlights, commentary
FULLTIME: Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 USA
The final 10 minutes play out without much to speak of, as the United States advance despite the defeat thanks to a gritty performance after Sergino Dest's outlandish red card.
The Dutch-born full-back put the United States under needless pressure on the road in CONCACAF play and were punished for it, but ultimately they advance to the Nations League semifinals and qualify for the Copa America next summer.
Gregg Berhalter's job is complete, but it was a lot more difficult than it needed to be.
Trinidad and Tobago vs USA: Second Half
79th min: Joe Scally is booked for a foul in transition to keep Trinidad and Tobago from breaking on the counter. Moments later, Duane Muckette sees a yellow card for hacking Yunus Musah in midfield.
Joe Scally reminding his fellow fullback what an intelligent booking looks like— Justin Ruderman (@JustinRuderman_) November 21, 2023
77th min: A triple change for the hosts sees Malcolm Shaw, Kristian Lee-Him, and Duane Muckette enter for Reon Moore, Nathan James, and Daniel Phillips.
75th min: Both teams have started to get physical in midfield, and both teams are happy to absorb the fouls and take free kicks. It's made this game a bit staccato.
69th min: Brenden Aaronson and Folarin Balogun are doing their absolute best to keep the U.S. with an attacking mentality, but they are struggling mightily to hold onto the ball and create chances up front. The visitors are under excessive pressure and have been all half.
65th min: Reon Moore forces a save from Matt Turner from a tight angle. It's one you'd expect the goalkeeper to make, but the hit had venom to it and was seeking the inside of the far corner.
Gregg Berhalter makes his first change of the second half, replacing Ricardo Pepi with Malik Tillman.
60th min: Chance, Trinidad and Tobago! Nathaniel James is clean through on goal, but Joe Scally recovers to put him off and Jones puts it wide! It's another red flag for the U.S. who are beginning to crumble since the Dest red card.
Ryan Telfer, who started the first leg, enters for the hosts to replace Real Gill.
56th min: GOAL! TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO! IT'S A SCREAMER OF A FREE-KICK FROM ALVIN JONES! What a sensational goal! He blasts a knuckler into the top-left corner, and while Matt Turner gets a punch on the ball, he can't keep it out!
That's a moment of brilliance from the hosts, and they're now suddenly within striking distance of turning this tie around.
53rd min: Trinidad and Tobago have a free-kick which is blasted into the wall, with Ricardo Pepi doing well to block the effort. It comes to nothing, but the hosts are really pushing hard to turn this around.
Kickoff: They're back under way for the second half. The U.S. will attempt to navigate this precarious situation which feels elementary but could get nervy if Trinidad and Tobago find an early goal to give them further belief.
Sergiño Dest is the first USMNT player with an assist and a red card in the same game since...— Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) November 21, 2023
...Sergiño Dest vs Mexico in the Nations League semis earlier this year.
HALFTIME: Trinidad and Tobago 1-1 USA
The United States was in complete control of the game and the matchup until Sergino Dest let everyone down with his childish behavior.
They now have 45 minutes to shore up this aggregate victory and qualify for the Copa America. It still doesn't seem like their place in the Nations League semifinal is in any kind of jeopardy, but it's a little more nervy now than it was before. Dest has a lot of apologizing to do to his teammates. He'll have a long chat with Gregg Berhalter at some point I'm sure.
That locker room at halftime is going to be something.— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) November 21, 2023
Dest looks like he's ready to fight everyone and we just gave up a goal and now every other player is going to be even more pissed than they were before.
Can we get cameras in there, @hbomax @tntsports?
Trinidad and Tobago vs USA: First Half
45+1 min: Trinidad and Tobago have been energized by their goal, and the U.S. is under real pressure as the first half comes to a close amidst four minutes of added time.
43rd min: GOAL! TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO! The U.S. are punished almost immediately for Sergino Dest's idiocy!
A glorious threaded through ball to Reon Moore is finished expertly, beating Cameron Carter-Vickers to the ball and slamming the ball into the net from a tight angle! The game is level, and Trinidad and Tobago have life! It's a long way back, but they'll suddenly fancy their chances.
Four minutes after USA went down to 10 men, Trinidad and Tobago respond with the equalizer 😬— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 21, 2023
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42nd min: Gio Reyna has been sacrificed for Joe Scally so Gregg Berhalter can add an extra defender.
39th min: RED CARD, USA! Sergino Dest is furious at the official, and he's been booked for booting the ball away. Dest is absolutely incensed, and has been sent off for dissent!
It's a completely, utterly, boneheaded move from Dest, who picks up a totally needless red and puts his teammates in a bad spot for about 50 minutes. Tim Ream is in disbelief as he tries to calm down Dest, while Matt Turner literally shoves his full-back off the pitch. The U.S. players are furious with Dest, as they should be.
Dest continues muttering demonstratively to himself as he walks off the pitch, as the red mist just continues to swirl around his head. That is just the stupidest. Professionals cannot do that.
Sergiño Dest is sent off after receiving two back-to-back yellows 🔴— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 21, 2023
Watch live on TNT & Max 📺 pic.twitter.com/bOmNuAJjAh
35th min: Chance, USA! Folarin Balogun has a great opportunity to score, but slips as he shoots and fires it wide! It comes off a blocked Brenden Aaronson shot from distance, which ends up right at Balogun's feet. He latches onto it but falls on his rear as he takes the effort, which goes well wide. A good chance that goes begging.
33rd min: The referee misses a clear corner for Trinidad and Tobago, as the ball blatantly came off the toe of Antonee Robinson but was given as a goal kick. The official knows it too, as he's been told in his ear that he got it wrong, but it's not something VAR can officially adjudicate, so play continues as called.
25th min: GOAL! USA! Antonee Robinson puts the US ahead with his second goal in as many games! A glorious header that he meets on the dive, coming back to the ball to meet it and directing it into the near post with his angle. A great assist from Sergino Dest whose delivery from deep served it up on a platter.
Jedi celebrates with the ball under his shirt indicating he's having a baby! That's adorable.
21st min: Brenden Aaronson is in a bit of pain after a very physical and awkward challenge with a defender down the left side. He appeared to slip as well in the move. He's up and will continue, but it didn't look pleasant.
Moments later, Alvin Jones fouls Antonee Robinson 28 yards from goal. Gio Reyna stands over it, and produces something off the training ground, feeding Folarin Balogun in vertically, but he can't get a shot off.
Aaronson is down again, and appears to have taken a shot to the groin. Replay...OUCH. He took a kick right to the midsection as Trinidad and Tobago cleared the ball.
15th min: Chance, USA! Brenden Aaronson comes close again! He's fed in beautifully by Gio Reyna, and slides to meet the vertical ball, cutting it on goal but Denzil Smith makes the stop at the near post. Smith spills the chance, and the rebound skitters into a dangerous area, but the defender puts it out for a corner before Aaronson can react.
13th min: Matt Turner makes his first save as he snatches a looping effort from Nathan James. The Trinidad and Tobago striker had room to shoot but produces a disappointing effort that's lofted into the goalkeeper's arms.
8th min: Brenden Aaronson skins Alvin Jones and wins a free kick, while Jones is lucky to get away without a booking as he yanked Aaronson back to prevent the attacking move.
He really wanted Brenden Aaronson's jersey 😅 pic.twitter.com/0d0DKDTgVR— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 21, 2023
4th min: Now Folarin Balogun forces a save from the Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper!
The Trinidad and Tobago fans are in full voice...or should we say full tune. They've got vuvuzela-like instruments going in the stands.
Think we should all take a moment to recognize the absolutely perfect musical vibes at the Trinidad and Tobago game— Cesar Hernandez (@cesarhfutbol) November 21, 2023
3rd min: Chance, USA! Brenden Aaronson nearly puts the US ahead! He does extremely well to latch onto a long ball, collect the chance with his back to goal, and then whip around to fire an effort on goal. It's only kept out by a spectacular kick save from Denzil Smith! What a stop!
Kickoff: The match is under way in Port of Spain! With the start, Yunus Musah, still 20 years old, has set a new USMNT record for most caps before his 21st birthday. A player with tons of potential!
MOOSE — U.S. Soccer Men's National Team (@USMNT) November 20, 2023
Tonight marks @yunusmusah8's 33rd #USMNT cap, surpassing Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan and Christian Pulisic for the most appearances by a USMNT player before their 21st birthday. pic.twitter.com/qKrqK1f09Z
Trinidad and Tobago vs USA: Pre-match commentary, analysis, stats, and more
15 mins to kickoff: The playing surface for tonight's match looks about as good as you might reasonably expect from a CONCACAF road game, but it's still less than ideal. There are brown surfaces dotting the green.
It's certainly better than some of the waterlogged surfaces inundated by torrential rain in Jamaica or Bermuda that others were forced to deal with, but it's still emblematic of what life in CONCACAF can be like. Hopefully it can hold up across 90 minutes and doesn't cause too many issues, unlike the surface in Kingston where Michail Antonio suffered a serious knee injury.
📍 Hasely Crawford Stadium pic.twitter.com/EQnczWUAv2— U.S. Soccer Men's National Team (@USMNT) November 20, 2023
30 mins to kickoff: The start for Ricardo Pepi tonight is a show of faith from Gregg Berhalter, just days after Pepi's goal ignited the USMNT up front and made him the first player in U.S. history to score five goals as a substitute in a single calendar year.
Pepi's ability to contribute off the bench has been vital for both club and country this season, as he continues to bide his time at PSV. With Malik Tillman and Kevin Paredes struggling through much of the first leg, Pepi now gets the nod from the start.
Ricardo Pepi goals this season (since June) by minute (club and intl)— Travis (@usmnt_historian) November 20, 2023
78’: 🇲🇽 on June 15
79’: 🇴🇲 on Sep 12
82’: 🇹🇹 on Nov 16
85’: Sturm Graz on Aug 15
87’: NEC Nijmegen on Sep 16
90’: Heracles Almelo on Nov 4
90+1’: 🇺🇿 on Sep 9
90+3’: Almere City on Sep 23 pic.twitter.com/NTqiSOfWum
45 mins to kickoff: Tonight, Gregg Berhalter plays his first true road game since rejoining the USMNT as head coach. One of the weak points in Berhalter's resume is a relative inability to achieve results away from home, with just two victories in true CONCACAF road matches, coming against Cuba in 2019 and Honduras in 2021.
Winning on the road in CONCACAF is difficult for a few reasons, one being the quality of playing surface, and another being the varying conditions in each region. Yet ultimately, if the USMNT wishes to be considered a force in global football, they must do better against smaller continental opposition regardless of where games are played. Tonight is a potential step towards that goal.
Concacaf under the lights 🔦 pic.twitter.com/yV0nO2GKIQ— U.S. Soccer Men's National Team (@USMNT) November 20, 2023
1 hour to kickoff: There's some good news on the USMNT injury front, as Christian Pulisic will reportedly return to AC Milan training soon. The 23-year-old American star was left off the roster for these two games against Trinidad and Tobago after suffering a hamstring injury late in their final match before the international break, but reports were that it wasn't too serious.
It seems that Pulisic probably could have played if the opposition was stiffer, but the rest seems to have done him good, and you imagine he could return to action once club play restarts, or soon after at the latest.
1 hour 15 mins to kick: The U.S. lineup is in, and as Gregg Berhalter hinted, there isn't nearly as much squad rotation as we attempted to speculate. The entire back four is retained from the first leg, including Antonee Robinson who has accumulated a heavy minutes load for club and country this season.
The three changes made by Berhalter see Luca de la Torre come in for the injured Weston McKennie, while Brenden Aaronson enters in place of Malik Tillman and Ricardo Pepi comes in to replace Kevin Paredes. Seeing Pepi alongside Folarin Balogun is interesting, and suggests more of the heavily criticized 4-2-2-2 that was deployed against Trinidad and Tobago in the first leg.
The boys are in the building. pic.twitter.com/fLk4tw61NB— U.S. Soccer Men's National Team (@USMNT) November 20, 2023
1 hour 30 mins to kick: Folarin Balogun has quietly been an integral part of the USMNT push towards the 2026 World Cup. In his first seven matches with the United States, Balogun has provided a goal or an assist in five of them, including each of the last four, with his assist to Gio Reyna in the first leg against Trinidad and Tobago his latest effort.
Even still, Gregg Berhalter has talked repeatedly about trying to get Balogun more involved, saying he's one of the best players running in between the lines that he's ever coached, and imploring his players to find the AS Monaco striker more with through balls. If this is his contribution while feeding on scraps, imagine what he can provide once the players begin learning to get him on the ball more in the penalty area.
5 - Folarin Balogun has contributed to at least one goal in five of his first seven @USMNT appearances (3 goals, 2 assists), the third player since 2000 to do so along with Eddie Johnson and Brenden Aaronson. Involved. pic.twitter.com/gQZjBC91FS— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) November 17, 2023
1 hour 45 mins to kick: It will be interesting to see how many players Gregg Berhalter looks to rotate in this match. He denied looking to switch things up in his pre-match press conference, but there's an argument to be made for a number of first leg starters taking a seat given the heavy aggregate scoreline.
Full-backs Antonee Robinson and Sergino Dest have played significant minutes for their clubs, and guys like Joe Scally have performed well enough for their club to earn a start in this match. Up front, Kevin Paredes and Malik Tillman struggled in the first leg, so guys like the Aaronson brothers could be deployed to see what they can provide.
Gregg Berhalter, speaking ahead of the 2nd leg vs Trinidad & Tobago, said the #USMNT has everyone fit & available aside from Weston McKennie. Turned down the idea of rotating the players.— Kyle Bonn (@the_bonnfire) November 19, 2023
Said McKennie's knee issue cropped up in training, they decided to "nip it in the bud."
2 hours to kickoff: These two teams have significant history in CONCACAF play. While much of the focus today is on the USA's return to the country of their historic flop in 2017, there's also happy history to celebrate for the U.S. Yesterday was the 34th anniversary of the goal known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" scored by Paul Caligiuri in 1990, which secured qualification to the 1990 World Cup.
Caligiuri, who collected 110 caps for the USMNT across his career, scored a sensational volley in the 30th minute of a 1-0 victory at this very stadium in Port of Spain, ending a 36-year World Cup drought for the USA on the finaly day of qualifying.
Gregg Berhalter showed his team the moment and then presented Caligiuri with a commemorative jersey with the number 399, as the 399th-capped player in USMNT history.
THE SHOT HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD TURNS 34 🇺🇸— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) November 19, 2023
On This Day in 1989, the USMNT made first World Cup in 40 years, thanks to this PAUL CALIGIURI banger on final day of qualifying. Goal came at Trinidad & Tobago, fitting as US play in Port of Spain on Monday.pic.twitter.com/2Z1ddVdl14
Trinidad and Tobago vs USA lineups, team news
A second booking for Noah Powder before halftime of the first leg left Trinidad and Tobago a man down for a long period of the match, and he will be suspended for this second leg as well.
Knowing they need goals to have a chance at a miraculous comeback, head coach Angus Eve could have sacrificed a midfielder from the bunkered 5-4-1 in the first leg, but instead he retains the same formation and much of the same personnel, including the same five-man back line.
Neveal Hackshaw was booked in the first leg after coming off the bench at halftime, which triggered a yellow card suspension for accumulation.
Trinidad and Tobago starting lineup (5-4-1): D. Smith (GK) — S. Gomez, A. Jones, David, J. Garcia, Raymond — Gill, Rampersad, Phillips, Moore — N. James.
Trinidad and Tobago subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
As he hinted in his pre-match press conference, Gregg Berhalter has largely stuck with the same lineup that was deployed in the first leg, with a few changes.
Ricardo Pepi comes in alongside Folarin Balogun, suggesting more of the 4-2-2-2 that was criticized across much of Thursday's match. Also entering the lineup are Brenden Aaronson and Luca de la Torre in midfield.
A trio of hamstring injuries has kept three regular starters out of the squad in Christian Pulisic, Tim Weah, and Tyler Adams. Weston McKennie took a beating in the first leg and has departed camp with knee inflammation, returning to Juventus early to recover. Johnny Cardoso was scratched before the first leg due to an ankle injury, leaving the midfield extremely thin.
USA starting lineup (4-2-2-2): Turner (GK) — Dest, Carter-Vickers, Ream, A. Robinson — de la Torre, Musah — Reyna, B. Aaronson — Balogun, Pepi.
USA subs (11): Horvath (GK), Slonina (GK), Richards, M. Robinson, Lund, Scally, Maloney, Tillman, P. Aaronson, Zendejas, Paredes.
How to watch Trinidad and Tobago vs USA
- Date: Monday, November 20, 2023
- Time (ET): 7 p.m.
- TV channel (English): TNT
- Streaming (English): Fubo, Max (formerly HBO Max)
- TV channel (Spanish): Universo
- Streaming (Spanish): Fubo, Peacock
While the rest of the CONCACAF Nations League is broadcast on Paramount+ via the confederation's rights deal with CBS, the United States matches are shown on TNT as U.S. Soccer's deal with its domestic broadcaster takes precedent.
Meanwhile, a Spanish-language broadcast can be found on Universo, and streamed on Peacock.
Both English and Spanish broadcasts can be streamed on Fubo.
Trinidad and Tobago vs USA betting odds, lines
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