The United States Men’s National Team is out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It’s the first time since 1986 that the team will miss out on the tournament.
Needing only a draw to punch their ticket to Russia, the USMNT travelled to Trinidad & Tobago for their final game of World Cup qualification. Going into the night, Honduras and Panama were both in striking distance to jump the Americans, but the USMNT’s fate was in their own hands — get the win and they’d be through to Russia.
The United States fell well short. Despite beating Trinidad & Tobago 6-0 earlier in the qualification round, the Americans went down 2-0 early in Tuesday night’s contest thanks to an own goal from Omar Gonzalez after a misplaced ball and an absolute strike from Trinidad & Tobago’s Alvin Jones slid past Tim Howard.
While American wunderkind Christian Pulisic would be able to earn a goal later in the game, the USMNT weren’t able to pull level, and were eliminated after both Honduras and Panama won their games to jump the Americans in the CONCACAF qualifying table.
After qualifying for seven straight World Cup tournaments, the Americans will now have to wait until 2022 before they get the chance to potentially play on the biggest stage in soccer. It’s also likely that we’ve seen the end of many favourites of American men’s soccer, including Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, and Tim Howard.
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