Why the USA Is Not Playing in the World Cup 2018

USA vs Trinidad & Tobago goals and highlights USA fail to qualify to the 2018 World CupUSA vs Trinidad & Tobago goals and highlights USA Eliminated from Russia World Cup 2018 Please Subscribe to my channel just Click here 👉 https://goo.gl/sS3Rgd ⚽ Trinidad y Tobago vs USA 2-1 Resumen Goles Highlights Eliminatoria Mundial Concacaf 2017 HD Trinidad and Tobago — There was always a chance that a year would come when the United States again failed to qualify for the World Cup, when the hurdles in the nearly two-year slog of regional qualification — the matches on steamy afternoons and muggy nights, the hard tackles and the coin-throwing fans, the lousy fields and the dubious refereeing — all prove too much. That year is 2017. Trinidad and Tobago, whose World Cup dreams ended months ago, stunned the United States, 2-1, on Tuesday night. The result, combined with just-as-shocking outcomes in two simultaneous games in Honduras and Panama on the final day of qualifying for the Concacaf region, ushered in the unthinkable: It left the American men out of next summer’s World Cup in Russia. Trinidad and Tobago vs USA 2-1 | All Goals | 2018 World Cup Qualifiers 10 October 2017 The U.S. men's national team will only be spectators during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. That's because the USMNT lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night in the final match of the hexagonal group stage. The loss, plus a winning goal from Panama in the dying seconds against Costa Rica gave the Panamanians the third and final direct spot in the group, eliminating Bruce Arena's squad. Honduras defeated Mexico to earn the fourth spot.  Trinidad and Tobago vs USA 2-1 ● Goals & Highlights Goles y Resumen ● 10 October 2017 HD Trinidad and Tobago vs Usa 2-1 | All Goals 10.10.2017 | World Cup 2018 Qualifiers The longest, most arduous journey for a U.S. national team in 28 years reached the finish line Tuesday. But it wasn’t the kind of finish the Americans had been hoping for, with a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, combined with wins by Honduras and Panama, denying the U.S. an automatic berth in next summer’s World Cup. The U.S. started Tuesday needing only a draw to finish third in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament and secure a trip to Russia. Instead, Tuesday’s results drop it to fifth and out of the World Cup for the first time in 31 years. Trinidad And Tobago vs Usa 2-1 | Omar Gonzalez Own Goal 10.10.2017 | World Cup 2018 Qualifier Panama will advance to Russia as the third-place team after beating Costa Rica 2-1 while Honduras beat Mexico 3-2 to finish fourth and qualify for a two-leg playoff with Australia next month with a final World Cup berth at stake. Trinidad’s scores both came in the first half, on an own goal from U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez and a shot from distance by Alvin Jones. Christian Pulisic accounted for the U.S. score two minutes after the intermission. The last time the U.S. went to the final day of qualifying with its World Cup status uncertain was 1989. That game was also played in Trinidad, but it ended more happily for the Americans, with Paul Caligiuri’s first-half goal before a packed house in Trinidad’s national stadium climaxing a Cinderella run that took the Americans to their first World Cup in 40 years. It also eliminated Trinidad, which had needed only a draw to advance. Tuesday the Soca Warriors, last in the CONCACAF standings and eliminated from World Cup contention, got their long-awaiting revenge. usa vs Trinidad & Tobago goals and highlights 10/10/2017,2017-10-11T02:43:14Z

If you were hoping to watch the United States play in the 2018 World Cup, you are going to have to wait another four years. Why is the USA not in the World Cup? The practical answer is the final hour of qualifying became a worse case scenario in every possible way for the United States. How the United States put themselves in this position is more complicated.

On October 10, 2017, the USA headed into the final day of World Cup qualifying needing a win or a draw over Trinidad and Tobago to punch their ticket. The New York Times broke down the experience minute-by-minute, as the failure also involved the results of other games. Here are the key moments from the final night that caused the United States not to qualify for Russia.

At the 17′, the United States scored an own goal to go down 1-0 then at the 37′ Trinidad scores an actual goal to go up 2-0. Honduras later took the lead over Mexico, and now the United States final hope was for Panama not to score. At the 88′, Panama would score the game-winning goal to upset Costa Rica 2-1. Honduras defeated 3-2, and the results of these matches combined with the United States’ shocking loss kept the USA out of the World Cup. Heading into the night, the United States were heavy favorites both in their match, and to qualify for the World Cup. USA’s Michael Bradley summed up the night as well as possible.

“It was a perfect storm kind of a night, where everything that could have possibly went wrong did, in this stadium and two others,” Bradley told the United States.

The result was months in the making after the United States failed to close out qualifying in the final matches. In September 2017, there was a 1-1 draw to Honduras as well as a 0-2 loss to Costa Rica that contributed to the USA heading into the final night still needing to qualify. The United States also play in CONCACAF, which is not considered one of the more challenging groups around the world. Now the USA will have to wait until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and the qualifying matches leading up to the tournament. The United States did receive a bit of good news prior to the start of the 2018 World Cup as the USA’s combined bid with Mexico and Canada was selected to host the 2026 World Cup.

Back to the current tragedy, the United States brought in former German striker Jurgen Klinsmann to help take the USMNT to the next level. After a solid showing in the 2014 World Cup where the United States advanced out of a challenging group, the team sputtered over the next few years in CONCACAF play and tournaments. The feeling was a change needed to be made, and Klinsmann was fired in November 2017. The United States brought in former USMNT coach Bruce Arena which was a bit of a puzzling hire. After going outside the United States to hire Klinsmann, the USA turned to the coach who managed the team in both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

A lengthy piece by The Ringer’s Andrew Helms and Matt Pentz detailed the general feeling around the program that team chemistry was at an all-time low after Klinsmann, and the United States failed to react in time.

Behind the scenes, though, the disaster that unfolded in Trinidad was not the result of one shot hitting off the post or one poor tactical decision. The failure to qualify for the World Cup was the direct result of seven years of mismanagement at the highest levels of U.S. Soccer, which fostered disunion among the team’s players and ultimately doomed them to defeat…

Taken together, their accounts reveal that the seeds of the World Cup failure had been planted years earlier, in 2011, when U.S. Soccer president and Columbia University economist Sunil Gulati landed Klinsmann, a former World Cup–winning player with an elite international reputation, to become the new coach of the U.S. team. Yet Klinsmann’s methods — laudable in theory — decimated the team’s culture. Despite hearing about these problems from some men’s national team players and from U.S. Soccer staff members, Gulati and the federation’s leadership failed to react in time.

The United States failed to qualify for the World Cup, because of a loss to Trinidad and Tobago. The full answer is more complicated than that.