Good news everyone—you won’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to watch the U.S. when the World Cup is being played next year in Russia.
Because the U.S. won’t be there.
Sorry but after a 2-1 loss yesterday to Trinidad and Tobago—although I don’t think it’s fair we had to play two teams at once—the Americans will miss out on the game's biggest tournament next summer for the first time in 32-years.
The result, combined with wins from Panama and Honduras, leaves the U.S. in fifth in the qualifying table—outside of the automatic and playoff spots on offer for the top-four finishers.
Bruce Arena picked the same team that secured a huge 4-0 win against Panama on Friday night, knowing that just three-points would seal an automatic berth in Russia—meaning all they needed was a draw.
They didn’t get it.
Trinidad twice in the first half—scoring after Omar Gonzalez deflected a 17th minute cross that looped over Tim Howard and then again in the 36th minute when Alvin Jones smashed a swerving shot from the right flank past Howard to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage at the break.
Christian Pulisic gave the U.S. hope when just two minutes into the second half he scored from just outside the penalty area right after kickoff to make it 2-1.
But they never found the net again during the embarrassing loss.
Now they won’t need to find their passports next summer.
Source: ESPN FC