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USMNT fails to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup

Source : Wikimedia Commons

Source : Wikimedia Commons

For the first time since 1986, the United States Men’s National Soccer Team has failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup. The 2018 World Cup, to be held in Russia, features the best national teams from all across the globe where players will stain the fields with the blood, sweat, and tears of their passion for their country and the game they love.

On October 14, the U.S. were set to play in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago against an already eliminated Trinidadian side. The USMNT only needed to leave the Hasely Crawford Stadium with a tie in order to qualify. United States soccer fans were almost licking their lips at the prospect of playing on the biggest stage in world soccer next summer.

Early into the first half, U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez mistimed a clearance and tipped the ball up and over a helpless Tim Howard which put the USMNT 1-0 down after only 17 minutes of play. An own goal, as embarrassing as it may be, wasn’t too concerning to the United States and they looked to put it behind them and carry on with the game.

Trinidad and Tobago weren’t finished there, though, as Alvin Jones unleashed an absolute rocket from distance which flew past the outstretched arms of Tim Howard, leaving the TTFA 2-0 up 36 minutes into the game.

Two minutes after the beginning of the second half, American superstar Christian Pulisic smashed the ball into the top left corner of the Trinidadian goal from just outside the box to make the scoreline 2-1.

For the following 43 minutes, the USMNT were only able to create one chance, a cleverly placed free kick by Michael Bradley which set Clint Dempsey up for a shot on goal. Despite his efforts, the 34-year-old striker was unable to score the crucial goal that the U.S. needed to qualify.

U.S. Soccer fans and numerous news sources have berated the USMNT players, coaches, and staff following Tuesday night’s failure. Many reporters and commentators have spoken about the team’s arrogance and lack of passion when playing which leads many to believe that the national team is in need of a complete revamp.

In the aftermath of the heartbreaking loss, USMNT coach Bruce Arena stepped down from his position and finding his replacement is U.S. Soccer’s next big concern.

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