With a place already secured in the final six of CONCACAF World Cup qualification, the U.S. National Team heads down to Trinidad & Tobago tonight for a semi-meaningless match. (8 p.m. ESPN) It's only semi-meaningless because coach Bob Bradley sent most of the old guard home, so the likes of Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, etc. will get their first true extended looks in a senior international game.
, this game is worth watching because this might be one of the few remaining times to see the U.S. try some different things offensively or tactic-wise. Plus, for all the hype of his youth, Adu is one of the few American players that can make something happen every time he touches the ball. Is he the next Pele? Nope. Is he a ultra-talented 19-year-old that can take guys 1-on-1 and make the ball swerve on freekicks? Yes.
The game does have a lot riding on it for Trinidad, which is currently tied with Guatemala for second-place in the group. TnT, which made the 2006 World Cup, probably needs to take something from the U.S. to gain the edge on Guatemala, which leads on goal difference. (The U.S. plays Guatemala in Colorado next month in the final group game.)
Anyway, if the NLCS isn't your thing, give this match a shot and watch the next wave of U.S. talent on display.