The CONCACAF Nations League knockout rounds begin tonight as the United States take on Trinidad and Tobago in the first leg of the quarter-final draw.
It's Match Day.
𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗮𝗰𝗮𝗳 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗴𝘂𝗲 𝗤𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹, 𝗟𝗲𝗴 𝟭
🇺🇸 USA vs Trinidad & Tobago 🇹🇹
9 PM ET
📺 TNT, Max / Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
— U.S. Soccer Men's National Team (@USMNT) November 16, 2023
History of Rivalry
Both teams have matched up against each other 28 times, with the USMNT coming up victorious in 21 games, tying four and losing three.
Perhaps the biggest game between the two nations was in 2017. The United States traveled to Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10 for the final matchday of Concacaf World Cup qualifying. A win would have granted them third place in the group and a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The US found themselves 2-0 down at halftime after an unfortunate own goal from Omar Gonzalez in the 17′ and a 30-yard strike from Alvin Jones in the 37′. A young Christian Pulisic was able to find the net right after halftime in the 47′, but it was too little too late for the USMNT.
— GolazoJuice (@GolazoJuice) October 11, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago, with nothing to play for, beat the United States 2-1 and the USMNT missed out on their first World Cup since 1986.
Since the inauguration of the CONCACAF Nations League in 2019, the USMNT have won the trophy every year of the competitions existence.
The first final took place on June 6, 2021 due to Covid-19. The United States beat Mexico 3-2 after extra time thanks to a Christian Pulisic penalty 114′ and an Ethan Horvath penalty kick save in 120′ + 4.
The second final took place on June 18, 2023 between the United States and Canada. Chris Richards and Folarin Balogun both found the back of the net in the first half to make it 2-0. The US comfortably played out the remainder of the 90 minutes and were victorious for the second time.
The USMNT are now looking to win their third Nations League title.
Trinidad and Tobago Qualification
Unlike the United States, the Soca Warriors had to qualify for the competition through the group stage. They finished second in league A group A earning nine points in four games.
Trinidad and Tobago punches their ticket to the CNL Quarterfinals! 🇹🇹 pic.twitter.com/vbJWvXlOBn
— Concacaf Nations League (@CNationsLeague) October 18, 2023
You can catch the game Thursday, Nov. 16 at 9 p.m. on TNT.