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US, Pulisic poised to seal their place in World Cup

United States will miss the 2018 World Cup after loss to T&T

"If after inspecting the field tomorrow morning the field conditions are not playable, then a decision will be made", U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said.

"There were some adverse weather patterns that came in since late last week into this morning, that led to a lot of water on the surrounding track".

Nearly three decades have passed, a generation since Paul Caligiuri's long-range shot dipped through afternoon shadows at Hasely Crawford Stadium to end a 40-year World Cup drought and shatter the dreams of this twin-island nation.

209 nations are vying for just 32 spots. The last place with such statistics anywhere from the Trinidadians will not go away. People don't understand how big qualifying for the World Cup is, how much blood, sweat and hard work goes into a qualifier. "But the game that actually does it".

He has demonstrated he is willing is change up the US formation and, most critically, where Pulisic lines up from game to game.

Twenty-eight years ago, the US needed a win and T&T would have reached its first World Cup with a draw. But this one might be different.

Arena will be banking on both to be at full tilt on Tuesday, and given Pulsic was withdrawn before the hour mark against Panama, he should be fresh for the challenge posed by Trinidad & Tobago.

"The job is half-done", defender Matt Besler said after the Panama win.

Already eliminated, Trinidad has lost six straight qualifiers. Manager Dennis Lawrence's players will have to find something extra if they're going to spring a surprise.

Twellman's spray was all time. Pic Getty  ESPN
Twellman's spray was all time. Pic Getty ESPN

Tie: It will also qualify unless, as head coach Bruce Arena said, "something completely weird occurs".

Arena, who is hopeful Borussia Dortmund sensation Christian Pulisic will be fit for the match, added: "Tomorrow [Tuesday] is going to be challenging, there's a possibility it won't look like a real good game with the conditions and all".

The U.S. has played with renewed enthusiasm since Arena returned as head coach. Christian Pulisic notched a goal and an assist, Jozy Altidore recorded a brace and Bobby Wood added a goal as the USA romped to a 4-0 win to put their World Cup qualifying hopes back on track. CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying on beIN en Espanol: Ecuador vs Argentina at 7:20pm.

The field conditions in Couva were so bad on Monday that the US could only jog on the field and work out behind the goal.

Tuesday's qualifier will be only the second played in Ato Boldon Stadium, a 10,000-seat multipurpose facility in Couva, about 45 minutes south of Trinidad's capital.

Memories from a special day in the Caribbean are beginning to bubble back to the surface, indelible keepsakes from the most important victory in modern-day USA soccer history.

One of the most consistent MLS players of all time, Ralston scored the opening goal in the 53rd minute of the U.S.'s 2-0 victory over Mexico to clinch a berth in World Cup 2006.

The U.S. loses at Trinidad and Tobago -AND- Honduras and Panama both draw/lose vs. Mexico and Costa Rica respectively.

Mexico and Costa Rica have already qualified.

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