Why US soccer failed to qualify for fifa world cup 2018.Taylor Twellman
Taylor Twellman vents his frustrations after the U.S. failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
The United States has failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
The U.S. lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night while both Panama and Honduras won their games to pass the Americans in the CONCACAF standings.
Panama scored a hugely controversial goal to draw level with Costa Rica before going ahead in the 87th minute to win 2-1 and earn the region’s final automatic qualifying spot. Honduras advanced to the intercontinental playoff against Australia by beating Mexico 3-2.
Panama finished in third place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal table with 13 points from 10 games, ahead of Honduras on goal difference, while the U.S. ended with 12.
“We failed on the day. No excuses,” said U.S. coach Bruce Arena, who took responsibility for the failure to qualify. “We failed today. We should have walked off this field with at least a point.”
Trinidad got on the scoreboard first when Omar Gonzalez deflected a 17th-minute cross that looped over Tim Howard and into the U.S. goal.
It was 2-0 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.