Words by Jason Cordner
The unthinkable happened to Team USA in soccer. For the first time since 1986, USA soccer will not be playing in the World Cup tournament. The team from Trinidad and Tobago, which has been out of World Cup contention for months, beat Team USA 2-1.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 11, 2017
With the loss, the U.S. men needed Honduras and Panama to both lose or tie with Mexico and Costa Rica, respectively, but Honduras defeated Mexico 3-2 and Panama defeated Costa Rica 2-1 to eliminate the American hopes for a play-in game against Australia next month.
A draw would have been enough to send the U.S. to Russia, regardless of other scores. So the Americans continued to press forward. Clint Dempsey, who came on as a substitute at halftime, hit the post with a left-footed strike with 15 minutes remaining. He had a close-range header saved in the 88th minute.
The way USA handles soccer in this country, it’s no wonder why they struggle to make the World Cup. Most Americans look at soccer as a privilege sport, compared to countries like Trinidad and Tobago who play out for the passion and love of the game.
The Rant That Was Nothing But The Truth
Taylor Twellman let all his frustrations after the U.S. National Team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
The ESPN analyst delivered an epic (and cathartic) rant following the USMNT’s 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago that saw the Americans’ hopes of earning a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia go up in smoke
— bizzyjay (@bizzyjay) October 11, 2017