JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jozy Altidore scored twice in a three-minute span of the second half, Sacha Kljestan and Paul Arriola had goals and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 on Tuesday night to reach the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
The Americans finished atop Group C of the semifinal round in the North and Central American and Caribbean region and will open the hexagonal on Nov. 11 against Mexico — presumably in Columbus, Ohio, where the U.S. has won four straight qualifiers over El Tri by 2-0 scores.
Christian Pulisic made his first U.S. start after seven appearances as a substitute, and at 17 years, 353 days became the youngest American to start a qualifier. Landon Donovan had set the mark of 18 years, 184 days against Honduras in 2001.
Pulisic showed pace and an ability to take on defenders down the left flank, assisting on Altidore’s second goal.