Opening up with Trinidad and Tobago on June 8 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (8 p.m. ET, FS1/UniMás/UDN), the U.S. will first take on a Soca Warriors’ backline that features reigning MLS Cup champion Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders FC) along with defender Mekeil Williams (Colorado Rapids). Jones leads all defenders in MLS this year with five assists, while Williams has made six starts on one of the stingiest defenses in the MLS Western Conference; a year ago, Colorado posted an undefeated 9-0-7 record in his 16 appearances. Forwards Kenwyne Jones (Atlanta United) and Kevin Molino (Minnesota United FC) lead the Trinidad & Tobago offense with a combined seven goals in MLS action, including Molino’s five goals and three assists from starts in his 12 appearances for the Loons this season.
After playing Venezuela to a 1-1 tie in a tune-up friendly last week, the U.S. will be looking for big performances from its key MLS players. Among the 27 players Bruce Arena has in the national team camp, 14 are currently playing in MLS. Four of those players were starters in the Venezuela friendly, led by Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey, who is still one goal away from tying Landon Donovan for the all-time lead in U.S. national team goals.