PETERSBURG, Russia - The United States' road to
the 2018 World Cup opens in November with a
four-nation group that includes Trinidad and
a bye in the first three rounds along with the
other powers of the North and Central American
and Caribbean region, the 34th-ranked United
States was drawn into Group C for the fourth
round. In addition to the No. 64 Soca Warriors,
the group will include 105th-ranked Guatemala or
No. 107 Antigua and Barbuda, and 135th-ranked
Aruba or No. 115 St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
its eighth straight World Cup appearance, the
Americans start with a pair of games on Nov. 13
and 17. Play resumes March 25 and 29, and then
takes a six-month break before concluding Sept.
2 and 6, 2016. The top two nations advance to
the final round Hexagonal, which will produce
three qualifiers and determine the fourth-place
team that meets Asia's No. 5 team in a playoff
for a berth. The Hexagonal starts Nov. 7, 2016,
and ends Oct. 10, 2017.
could offer some intrigue in goal for the U.S.
Tim Howard took a break from the national team
for a year after starring in the World Cup but
now says he wants to return.
Guzan has played well in his place, and coach
Jurgen Klinsmann praised his performance in
Saturday's loss in the CONCACAF Gold Cup
hopefully coming into the best years of my life
in terms of goalkeeping," Guzan said.
"I feel ready; I feel confident. I'm
excited about the future."
planned to speak to Howard soon, and he could
return for exhibitions in September.
disputed the notion that he and Howard were ever
locked into the roles of No. 1 and No. 2 goalie.
always been a battle," he said.
"You're a goalkeeper, obviously only one of
you can play. Going forward, I'm sure Jurgen
will make that decision."
is in Group A with Honduras, Canada or Belize,
and El Salvador or Curacao. Group B includes
Costa Rica, Jamaica or Nicaragua, and Haiti or