If you are a soccer fan in the United States, then you always had one thing to look for. USMNT participated in the World Cup since 1990 and every 4 years there was a joy seeing them on the big stage. Well, that won’t be the case in 2018, when the World Cup in Russia takes place. The USMNT suffered a defeat against Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday night, which meant that they dropped to the 5th spot of the CONCACAF qualifiers and won’t participate in the World Cup or additional qualifiers.
USMNT didn’t even need to win the match against Trinidad and Tobago. In order to stay in the World Cup talks, Bruce Arena’s boys only required getting a draw. However, that proved to be extremely tough against a Trinidad and Tobago team that had nothing to play for. With 7 losses and only 1 win, Trinidad and Tobago were dead last and didn’t have a stake in the game. Still, it looked like they were more hungry for the win, scoring twice in the first half, leaving USMNT players scratching their heads. Scoring at the beginning of the second half, Christian Pulisic returned some faith in the positive result, but at the end, it was all USMNT was able to do.
This defeat, combined with the wins of Panama and Honduras, ultimately ended the hopes of Americans that they will be able to watch their national team going head to head with the soccer’s best nations. After this embarrassing performance, one thing is clear to everyone. USMNT needs big changes. Although the United States men’s national team has the best resources in the region, something went wrong. Maybe it wouldn’t be bad too take a page from the women’s national soccer team’ book. They are not just participating in the World Cup, but also have few of them won.