No Goals for Trinidad & Tobago or USA

Andrew Griffin
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On Marvin Lee Day in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States played to a dour 0-0 draw at Hasely Crawford Stadium to close out World Cup qualifying play for both nations. The proceeds from the match will go towards the rehabilitation of former under-20 captain Marvin Lee, who was paralyzed in a soccer match after a collision with USA forward Landon Donovan.

Under the humidity of the November sun, USA seemed to wilt under the 90-degree temperatures, whereas the Soca Warriors seemed to thrive--getting stronger as the match progressed.

West Ham's Shaka Hislop was forced into little action on the afternoon, but his opposite number, Chicago Fire 'keeper Zach Thornton, made several fine stops to preserve the draw for his World Cup-bound squad.

Having already qualified and simply looking to fill out his World Cup roster, USA coach Bruce Arena fielded several fringe players such as Greg Vanney, DaMarcus Beasley, Jesse Marsch, Jovan Kirovski and Thornton. However, the play of Sam's Army was uninspiring save for Thornton's heroics in goal.

Rather, it was the last-place team in the final stage of qualification that produced the inspired play. Led by Arnold Dwarika, the Soca Warriors pressured Thornton and the USA defense several times in the second half but to no avail. Dwarika's shifty dribbling and assertive passes gave the sluggish visitors several problems, but in the end Thornton was always ready to turn away the danger.

USA: Zach Thornton, Steve Cherundolo, Greg Vanney, Jeff Agoos, Eddie Pope, John O’Brien, Jovan Kirovski, Earnie Stewart, DaMarcus Beasley (Cobi Jones, ’45) Landon Donovan (Josh Wolff ’66), Joe-Max Moore (Jesse Marsch ’82)

Trinidad & Tobago: Shaka Hislop, Marvin Andrews, Brent Sancho (Addison Belfon ’73), Ansil Elcock (Nigel Daniel ’75), Anthony Rougier, Dale Saunders, Angus Eve, Arnold Dwarika, Stokely Mason, Stern John, Nigel Pierre (Errol McFarlane ’84)