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Spencer Simpson | 09 September, 2016, 03:00

Trinidad & Tobago's Levi Garcia (16) and United States' Jozy Altidore (17) battle for possession of the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla.

The last time the United States played in Jacksonville, the Toronto FC striker netted a brace against Nigeria in the U.S. Men's National Team's final pre-World Cup tuneup game in 2014.

The coach made six changes from Friday's 6-0 away win over St Vincent & the Grenadines - two forced since Matt Besler returned home after his wife gave birth on the day that he scored his first global goal against St Vincent, and DeAndre Yedlin was suspended.

Tim Howard starts in goal, making his 32nd World Cup qualifying appearance and moving past Kasey Keller for the most among American goalkeepers.

After playing two games in four days, the Yanks finished with 10 goals scored and none conceded.

Christian Pulisic, the 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund winger wearing the No. 10 jersey, made his first start for the US and delivered, bagging an assist and creating numerous chances from both wide and central positions. A loss and favorable goal differential relative to Guatemala (who have to win to contest the USA for a spot in the Hex) will also be enough for the US.

Trinidad and Tobago's will host the victor of Group B (Costa Rica or Panama) on the same date.

Forward Clint Dempsey remains sidelined while undergoing tests for an irregular heartbeat, leaving Bobby Wood to start alongside Jozy Altidore.

Pulisic did not score, but he could hardly have come closer after 31 minutes. Meanwhile, the USA (10 pts) is 3 ahead of Guatemala, meaning a win or a draw is enough for the USMNT.

"We thought, it's a good time now". In the 25th minute, USA right back Geoff Cameron was taken down, the free kick awarded on the edge of the penalty area. His clearance hit Kljestan's midsection, and Kljestan scored for the second straight game since his return to the national team, his sixth goal in 48 worldwide appearances. Yet Pulisic's performance at EverBank field will make it even more hard for Klinsmann to leave the highly touted youngster out when the real business of World Cup qualifying gets underway in two months' time. So when he reacts the way he did when asked about Christian Pulisic, the 17-year-old American sensation who could be lining up against Hart's team on Tuesday night, you could tell he was genuinely impressed. On the flip side, the United States does get Michael Bradley and Michael Orozco back from yellow card suspension. "We see ourselves on the right path". He returned to his national team with a flourish, scoring the game-winner in Argentina's 1-0 victory over Uruguay last Thursday in a World Cup qualifier.

The hosts fell behind at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, bit back twice to lead 2-1 before conceding a goal towards the end of the topsy-turvy Group C contest.

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