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.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 11, 2017
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.
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.
US soccer fans asking "clean house?" No. Level it. Rebuild. A reality check. From rock bottom CAN come rebirth. But For now, we are pissed
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) October 11, 2017
Today is the worst day in US Soccer History.
— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino) October 11, 2017
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.