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ROAD TO RUSSIA: USA vs. St. Vincent & the Grenadines preview and how to watch

This evening, Jurgen Klinsmann's boys begin their World Cup qualifying campaign at home against the Vicentians. 2018 is around the corner-- less than three years to go!

An economist friend of ours insists that home field advantage is worth about two-thirds of a goal.

In that case, St. Louis native Tim Ream has already scored (two thirds of) the opener in tonight's game at Busch Stadium.

The Americans are 5-1-2 all-time in Missouri's largest city, while sporting a 70-36-32 overall mark in World Cup qualifiers.

That two-thirds may be all the Stars'n'Stripes need to finish off St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a national side known far and wide as, without a doubt, one of the members of CONCACAF.

New York City's Mix Diskerud joins a blend of old and new faces for this initial stage of 2018 World Cup qualifying: what's good, Matt Miazga and Darlington Nagbe??? The U.S. men have put together a string of maddeningly inconsistent results since bowing out in the Round of 16 last summer in Brazil. While the women's team soared to another world title, the men answered every win over a European power with an equally surprising loss to a Panama or a bunch of Reggae Boyz.

Yes, the summertime loss to Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, followed by an October defeat to Mexico that anointed El Tri the undisputed champions of the confederation, was hopefully the nadir for this team.

Tonight, we'll find out if Jurgen Klinsmann & Co. hit rock bottom and kept digging.

HOW TO WATCH

Match Date/Time: Friday, 6:30 p.m. ET, 5:30 p.m. local

Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri, United States

TV: ESPN 2 (U.S. - English), Unimas, Univision Deportes (U.S. - Spanish)

Online: WatchESPN, Fubo TV, & Sling (U.S.)

Check full listings via LiveSoccerTV.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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UNITED STATES ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEFENDERS: Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC)

MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Miguel Ibarra (Club Leon), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Alan Gordon (L.A. Galaxy), Jordan Morris (Stanford University), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin), Gyasi Zardes (L.A. Galaxy)

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