The United States Men’s National Team had one job heading into Tuesday night’s match against Trinidad and Tobago: Do not lose under any circumstance if you want to make the World Cup. The Americans could afford to draw, and a win would be ideal, but if they fell to Trinidad and Tobago, their fate would be out of their hands.
Disaster struck, though, as the Americans lost, 2-1. This would have been fine if both Panama and Honduras lost, too, but unfortunately, the former took down Costa Rica and the latter beat Mexico. It was a stunning night of soccer in CONCACAF, and now that the dust is settled, the United States will not participate in the 2018 World Cup.
Over the next few months, there will be some serious reflection on the part of U.S. Soccer and its fans over the next few months as everyone tries to figure out a way that this never happens again. But for now, everyone is trying to get past the mix of feelings that come after failing to make the World Cup.
As you can guess, there was a Crying Jordan…
…while someone else did the ol’ “Edit a Wikipedia page” trick. Only instead of messing with the U.S. Soccer Wikipedia page, they went to the official Wikipedia page for Trinidad and Tobago.
It was a bad night for American soccer, sure, but if you were the person at Fox who pushed for getting the 2018 World Cup on your airwaves, you’re probably not in the best mood.
And over on the Worldwide Leader, soccer analyst and former American forward Taylor Twellman went on a rant that called out soccer in the United States. Here’s a few clips. He was apoplectic.
The time for figuring out what happened during this qualifying cycle and how to make sure that never happens again will come. Until then, American soccer fans are going to continue to feel a mix of emotions that can only happen when your national team misses out on the World Cup.