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Trinidad and Tobago's Kenwyne Jones, center, and Geoff Cameron of the U.S., right, fight for the ball during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain, on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Andrea de Silva)

Soccer: U.S. men held to tie, still atop World Cup qualifying group

The United States were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday but the point was enough to keep them top of their World Cup group and on course for a place in the final round of regional qualification.

Gyasi Zardes hit the bar with a header shortly after the break and Jermaine Jones saw his shot parried onto the woodwork by keeper Jan-Michael Williams late in the second half as the U.S. dominated possession and created the best chances.

"All in all, a draw on the road is okay," U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann told reporters. "It keeps us at the top of the group as we move towards Guatemala in March.

"As expected, it was a tricky game. There were chances on both sides, I think we had the better of them... We should have put one away."

The U.S. went into the game in Port of Spain on the back of a 6-1 home demolition of St Vincent and although the draw kept them level on four points with Trinidad and Tobago at the top of Group C, they have a vastly superior goal difference.

Guatemala continued to pile on the misery for St Vincent with a 4-0 win, a result that leaves the tiny island rooted to the bottom of the four-team group, from which the top two will advance to a final six-nation 'Hexagonal' pool.

The U.S. are considered one of the giants of the North, Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF) region along with Costa Rica and Mexico, and will look to seal a berth in the next round with matches against Guatemala and St Vincent in March.


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