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U.S. faces clear goal in pair of World Cup qualifiers

U.S. faces clear goal in pair of World Cup qualifiers

There are no complicated formulas, stupefying scenarios or difficult math facing the U.S. national team as it returns to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying against St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Win on Friday in a cricket stadium in Kingstown (12:30 p.m. PDT, BeIN SPORTS) and again Tuesday over Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville, Fla., and the U.S. wins its group and advances to the final round of regional qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Lose either game, however, and the U.S. runs the risk of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

“Our message for players coming into … the two World Cup qualifiers is very clear: Approach it...

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