Oct 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; USA head coach Bruce Arena (hc) during the first half at Orlando City Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

U.S. Men’s National Team Eliminated from 2018 World Cup

The United States men’s national team has been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup following a 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday night. The defeat, along with Honduras’ 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama’s 2-1 victory over Costa Rica, places the U.S. fifth in CONCACAF’s Hexagonal round, ending a streak of seven consecutive appearances in the World Cup.

Game Recap

Trinidad jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute after U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez attempted to clear a shot, sending the ball over the arms of goalkeeper Tim Howard. Trinidad’s Alvin Jones would extend the lead to 2-0 in the 36th minute with a 35-yard strike. They would take their 2-0 lead into halftime.

The U.S. would respond to start the second half with a much needed goal from Christian Pulisic in the 47th minute, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

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Pulisic’s goal, however, wouldn’t be enough. Trinidad would fend-off the American’s late attempts at a goal, resulting in a 2-1 loss for the U.S.

Bruce Arena Responds

Entering the match, the U.S. needed no less than a tie to secure a spot in the World Cup. Many felt it was a near perfect situation for the Americans. Following the disappointing loss, head coach Bruce Arena says his team was placed in a perfect position but failed to capitalize.

Social Media Buzz

As expected, former players, journalists and fans had plenty to say about the outcome.

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The heartbreaking and unexpected defeat leaves many questions surrounding the future of U.S. men’s soccer. For now, patience will be key as the U.S. awaits its’ next chapter.

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