USMNT overcomes Dest red to book Copa place

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Updated: Nov 20, 2023, 09:13 pm

The United States men earned a spot successful the 2024 Copa America contempt a 2-1 nonaccomplishment to Trinidad and Tobago successful the 2nd limb of the Concacaf Nations League quarterfinal connected Monday successful Port of Spain, Trinidad.

The U.S. won the aggregate bid 4-2 aft a 3-0 triumph successful Austin, Texas, connected Thursday. As a result, the Americans besides precocious to the semifinals of the Nations League successful March, a tourney successful which the U.S. is two-time defending champion.

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Antonee Robinson enactment the U.S. up successful the 25th infinitesimal earlier Trinidad and Tobago took vantage of Sergiño Dest's reddish paper successful the 39th to instrumentality implicit the match.

Fortunately for the U.S., it had capable of a cushion to withstand the ensuing onslaught due to the fact that distant goals mattered. Robinson's diving header for the pb meant Trinidad and Tobago had to decision the U.S. by 4 goals to triumph the series.

The hosts tried.

Reon Moore tied it successful the 43rd infinitesimal and Calvin Jones ripped a 35-yard escaped footwear successful the 57th to marque it interesting.

Dest, who assisted connected Robinson's goal, was sent disconnected aft his inexplicable actions led to a brace of yellowish cards wrong seconds.

He was upset by an earlier non-call erstwhile helium believed helium was fouled. When play stopped, helium punted the shot toward the stands for his archetypal card. His teammates tried to restrain him but helium kept barking astatine the referee and was shown a 2nd caution. Dest volition present beryllium suspended for the semifinal.

The U.S. volition big the Copa America adjacent summer, which volition see 10 teams from CONMEBOL (South America) and six teams from Concacaf, from June 20 to July 14.

The U.S. and 3 different teams that beforehand to the Concacaf Nations League semifinals automatically suffice portion the quarterfinal losers, including Trinidad and Tobago, volition person a play-in matches successful March to find the last 2 spots.

Earlier connected Monday, organizers announced that Mercedes-Benz Stadium successful Atlanta volition big the 2024 Copa América opener and the last volition beryllium played astatine South Florida's Hard Rock Stadium.

Information from Reuters was utilized successful this report.