U S mens national soccer team fails to qualify for 2018 World Cup
U.S. mens national soccer team fails to qualify for 2018 World Cup.
COUVA, Trinidad and Tobago — The United States failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday night, thanks to its own dismal play and an extraordinary confluence of events elsewhere.
A 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, the worst team in the final round of CONCACAF regional qualifying and already eliminated, opened the door for Panama and Honduras to leapfrog the Americans and push Bruce Arena’s side down into fifth place.
CONCACAF sends three teams automatically to the tournament, with a fourth going into a playoff against an Asian confederation team – in this case Australia. Victory or a tie for the USA on Tuesday would have been enough to stay in third. Instead, it suffered a remarkable collapse.