USMNT Tonight Plays St. Vincent And The Grenadines, Whose Team Includes A Lifeguard (How To Watch)
The U.S. men begin their quest for the 2018 World Cup tonight when they take on St. Vincent and the Grenadines ay Busch Stadium in St. Louis (7:30 p.m., ET, ESPN2) in a qualifying match -- the world's most lopsided matchup involving islands since we tested the A-Bomb on the Bikini Atoll. First, a few notes on St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
-- It's one-third St. Vincent, two-thirds Grenadines: an island chain in the southern Caribbean sort of close to South America.
-- It's an agriculture-based economy, producing mainly wheat, bananas and plantains. However St. Vincent and the Grenadines' chief export, by an overwhelming margin, is "Inflatable pleasure craft."
-- Population: (as of July 2013) 103,220. Or, roughly the size of Clovis, Calif.
-- Homosexuality is illegal, and can result in a five-year prison sentence for practicing or promoting it.
-- It's the first time they've been in the qualifying tournament since 2006.
HOW TO WATCH: 7:30 p.m., (ET), ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, UDN.
The U.S. has been struggling of late with a 1-4-1 record in friendlies over their past six matches. But this should give them a breather, although SVATG is fast, and have eight members who play internationally, among them two -- forwards Myron Samuel and Oalex Anderson -- who play for the Seattle Sounders 2, a United Soccer League team.
USA meet St Vincent and the Grenadines in WCQ on espn2 Friday 7 ET. Team includes a lifeguard. Klinsmann might need him if it goes wrong!
— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) November 12, 2015
Here's the U.S. roster, noted for the absence of Clint Dempsey.
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