There's lots of history, of course: In 1989, the USA had to win the final qualifying game there to clinch a berth in its first World Cup since 1950, and Paul Caligiuri's goal did just that, crushing the Italia 1990 dreams of the Trinis.
The U.S. suffered a shocking 2-0 home defeat to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying on Friday, throwing a Russian Federation 2018 berth back into question and stopping the 2017 momentum achieved under coach Bruce Arena in its tracks.
USA. Given that Honduras has to face group leaders Costa Rica and Mexico in its last two games, getting three points at home against the U.S.is imperative.
After losing 2-1 at home to Mexico and 4-0 at Costa Rica under Klinsmann in the start of the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region, the USA has climbed the standings under Arena.
"This is our reality at the moment", captain Michael Bradley said. The likelihood is it's going to go down to the wire.
The Americans (2-3-2) stand third with eight points and a plus-one goal differential (the first tiebreaker).
The one first-half silver lining for the United States was its control of the possession.
Given the circumstances, a tie would feel like a victory.
"You have to rely on the referee's judgment, and those calls didn't go our way tonight", said Altidore. At home, the Americans lost to Mexico 1: 2, after which they won two victories over Honduras 6: 0 and Trinidad and Tobago 2: 0. Arena was brought in to salvage a qualifying campaign that couldn't have started any worse. They carried more of the play and it must be said, physically dominated the Americans most of the time in 50-50 duels. This is how you deal in competition and sports. "We're ready to go down to the wire to get ourselves into the World Cup". Likely opponent: Australia, Saudi Arabia, Syria or Uzbekistan. But the US will no doubt be made to suffer in the afternoon heat, something it didn't cope with well at all in a 2-1 defeat four years ago. The French could qualify to the World Cup but will now face a must-win in Bulgaria.
Given the high stakes and long travel involved in the intercontinental playoff, the Americans would prefer to earn a direct berth.
The United States would prefer to avoid a high-anxiety, score-checking scenario on the last day of the hexagonal.
When: Tuesday, September 5 at 2:30 p.m. There's also a chance of thunderstorms.
But Arena didn't think his team was in any more peril than they were before Friday's defeat. Panama has seven points, and Trinidad and Tobago three.
US vs Costa Rica: The two football teams U.S. and Costa Rica of Central America, Carribean are going to face each other today in the World Cup Qualifying.
The most obvious replacement for Altidore is veteran Clint Dempsey, but Arena also has Jordan Morris and Chris Wondolowski at his disposal. American forward Jozy Altidore is suspended for Tuesday's game after an 80th minute yellow card for pushing Johan Venegas.