'Revenge,' Shock And Rage, After US Men's Team Whiffs On World Cup
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'Revenge,' Shock And Rage, After US Men's Team Whiffs On World Cup

Stunned US face major questions after World Cup debacle 'Revenge,' Shock And Rage, After US Men's Team Whiffs On World Cup
Alejandro Castrejon | Octubre 12, 2017, 00:23

There will be no local news reports from overflowing pubs in Chicago and Portland and San Jose.

The U.S. men's soccer team was eliminated from World Cup qualifiers Tuesday, a shocking result that could leave sponsors and media partners in the lurch for millions of dollars.

And with a sizeable advantage in goal difference of plus five, compared to Panama (-2) and Honduras (-7), a draw at Trinidad's tiny 10,000-seater Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva will almost certainly be enough.

Sporting KC defender Matt Besler and midfielder Benny Feilhaber recorded their 47th and 44th caps for the USA, respectively, with Besler starting and Feilhaber coming on as an 84th-minute substitute. The pro league is not among the best in the world.

See how to watch Thursday's match below. The foundation of interest and passion for the sport is still very much there. While a goal was awarded to Gabriel Torres, replays would show that the ball never came close to crossing the line. After Friday's 4-0 victory over Panama, the U.S. looked certain to continue its record of reaching the World Cup finals-it hasn't missed a tournament since 1986. The league site also quotes Gulati as saying he is confident in the U.S. system and saying, "You don't make wholesale changes based on the ball being 2 inches wide or 2 inches in".

In Europe, France and Portugal joined Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium and Iceland as automatic qualifiers for next year's edition of the World Cup, while the remaining playoff spots were determined - group runners up Sweden, Greece and Switzerland joined Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the next round of qualifying.

United States' Christian Pulisic (C) is comforted after losing 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago. And this week, Iceland, with a population of 335,000, became the smallest country ever to qualify for the World Cup. By 2015, that number had boomed to 1,132,218. Yes, those numbers are boosted by expansion, but even that indicates what one four-year period can do.

But an unfortunate Guillermo Ochoa own goal and Quioto strike in the second half completed a stunning comeback, sending Honduras into a play-off against Australia.

Panama - which seized the World Cup slot the U.S. held in its grasp before letting it slip away last night - has declared today a national holiday, celebrating the country's first trip to the tournament.

The other loss is a gap in enthusiasm. It carries over both because the players never changed and the results never improved.