All the USA men’s soccer team needed to do was defeat Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night, and they failed.
After an own goal by Omar Gonzalez gave Trinidad and Tobago the early lead, the Soca Warriors added a golazo of their own to take a 2-0 lead.
The United States eventually closed the gap with a goal of their own, but ultimately fell, 2-1.
Despite the loss, the United States could have qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with some help from either Costa Rico or Mexico. The two nations were doing their job early and leading their opponents — Panama and Honduras, respectively — but the second halves did not play out in favor of the USMNT.
As a result, the USA men’s soccer team will not be participating in next summer’s World Cup.
It’s a devastating loss for USA soccer and one of the worst days in American soccer history. At a time where it looked like the United States was finally ready to put a competent contender on the world stage, they failed to even qualify in one of the weakest regions in the world.
The United States needs to figure out what went wrong and they must act quickly.
Bruce Arena, good luck getting on the flight home.