The Hex round of qualifying in CONCACAF resumes on Thursday, with the U.S. men's national team set for a pivotal match against Trinidad & Tobago on FS1. Red-hot Mexico will look to continue their Road to Russia on FS1 as well in a doubleheader of CONCACAF action.
Here are all the details you need to know to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the action.
Coverage of the evening begins at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, followed by the USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago at 8 p.m. ET. Stay tuned, as the Hex action continues with Mexico vs. Honduras at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.
Fans looking to stream the match can check out USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago here, and Mexico vs. Honduras here.
As it stands, Mexico are in the catbird's seat when it comes to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They've taken 10 out of a possible 12 points to open up the Hex and have two home matches coming up, the first of which is vs. Honduras. The Hondurans have collected just four points in their four home matches and lost their only away match in the Hex, so it'll be a tough road ahead for Los Catrachos.
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The USMNT isn't in a de facto "must-win" situation, but dropping points at home against Trindad & Tobago would be a massive blow to their World Cup hopes. The Americans have rebounded from a poor start in the Hex (two losses in two matches) to take four points from their last two games. Trinidad & Tobago are last in the stage with three points total, despite playing the bulk of their matches at home already. The U.S. will feel the heat if they can't put in a quality outing on Thursday.
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American manager Bruce Arena will have some lineup questions to answer ahead of the match, including who slots in at center back and along the midfield.
El Tri boast an impressive 12 players (!) carrying yellow cards ahead of their tilt against Honduras. If one, or more, of these players picks up a caution, they could miss out on the chance to take on the U.S. at the Azteca.
The U.S. could make a major statement with a pair of wins in qualifying this week. Or, they could just about seal their collective fate with letdown performances. What would each scenario, win lose or draw, in the upcoming pair of matches mean for the USMNT going forward? Find out here.