American dream of World Cup glory must be reimagined after 2018 failure

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In one of the biggest upsets of this qualifying cycle, the United States failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in more than 30 years and now face some major questions over the progress of the sport in the country.

Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by Trinidad and Tobago means the United States will miss the finals for the first time since 1986.

But that won't change the fact that the US won't be in Russian Federation next summer. Coach Bruce Arena couldn't improve on the frustrating Jurgen Klinsmann, and an injection of youth needs to be administered to a team of veterans, other than wunderkid Christian Pulisic. We're building a good system in our professional league.

The U.S. needed only to tie Trinidad and Tobago, the world's 99th-ranked team, to qualify for its eighth consecutive World Cup. As for the players we thank them and will always be behind them in the stands.


"We will look at everything, obviously, all of our programmes, both the national team and all the development stuff".

Come Wednesday, the organization demanded real change for the soccer federation and zeroed in on USSF President Sunil Gulati and head coach Bruce Arena. And while this is a missed opportunity for soccer in the United States, we remain incredibly bullish on the future of the sport.

Rocco Commisso, the New York Cosmos chairman with an anti-trust lawsuit against US Soccer, joined the chorus as well.

usa coach Bruce Arena initially seemed willing to take the blame for the team's failure to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday night, saying 'I take responsibility for that'.


"The US (men's team) has never come close to achieving worldwide prominence as it should, given our country's size, resources and huge pool of athletic talent".

The U.S reached the quarter-finals in 2002 and more recently impressed in Brazil four years ago by reaching the second round, finishing above Portugal in their group. So, when then USMNT was eliminated from World Cup contention after a terrible loss to Trinidad and Tobago, few took the defeat harder than The Outlaws.

A statement from Major League Soccer expressed disappointment but vowed to "take stock in the coming days and work to determine how we can continue to help the men's national team become stronger and more successful going forward".


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