For the first time ever since 1986, the American team will not be a part of the World Cup. The US men’s soccer team played but lost their chance to go to Russia for the 2018 World Cup after a shocking loss against Trinidad and Tobago. The American men’s national soccer team ends up only as spectators during the World Cup in Russia after a shocking loss of 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago, Tuesday night, on the hexagonal group stage’s final match.
The US’ losing to Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to the winning goal of Panama against Costa Rica, earned the Panamanians their third and final direct spot in for the 2018 World Cup after they successfully eliminated Bruce Arena’s team. The Hondurans earned the fourth spot after defeating Mexico. Seeing the results of all the other CONCACAF games, where Honduras earned, Mexico and Panama with 2 and Costa Rica 1 win, the USA needed only to draw in order to qualify.
Although this was the result of unlikely results from both their game play and the Panamanian win three days ago, people can say that with what happened, the Americans could only blame themselves. The American team has clearly wasted the strong position they hold with their appalling performance this year. The defensive mistakes these qualifying rounds were hard to swallow but the offense was shut down many times also. The midfield doesn’t spark enough pressure and the set plays the ball doesn’t reach any point of danger to the opposing team giving no sting in the attacking third.
However, after the USA went down 2-0 and the team got a goal courtesy of Christian Pulisic, the US team failed to get one more goal they need. The American team could not come back from having two goals down and the game ended with a shocking loss that cost their qualifying campaign for the World Cup in Russia. For the first time in 30 years, the Americans are not playing in the World Cup series.
This was certainly one of the most shocking nights in all of American soccer history. In order for the US team to miss out entirely in the World Cup finals, it would take the most improbable combination of results and for the first time since 30 years ago, this is exactly what happed in the US’s game against Trinidad and Tobago.
Bruce Arena himself owned this massive failure in his statement. After the game, the US team’s coach Bruce Arena said that they did not qualify for the World Cup. It was his job to help the team get qualified for the World Cup. He also viewed the game to be positioned for the US team. They somehow failed and they have no more excuses. They should also have walked off the field with a point.
After ending as the bottom team of the Hexagonal group, the US team needed an equalizer, a help from other teams. The US team was hoping for a favor from the Mexican team for the American team saving them from disaster four years ago. This did not happen, however, since Mexico lost to Honduras 3-2.
The loss is a dismal end and a significant setback for the country’s sports progress. This was also a sure end for some of the team’s senior players. Even more, the future of the United States Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati, is definitely in an uncertain circumstance. The worst of all, it is a shame that US Men’s Team will be absent in the 2018 World Cup.
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No USA in World Cup 2018, wake me up if I am dreaming…. TIME To Rebuild !