Taylor Twellman Is Really Angry USA Missed The 2018 World Cup

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It's the first time US have failed to qualify for a World Cup since 1986 and the sense of disappointment is overwhelming.

After the match, veteran soccer writer Grant Wahl summed up the enormity of the disaster best. The loss, plus a last-second Panama win over Costa Rica, eliminated the USA from eligibility in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

USMNT head coach Bruce Arena won 71 games as National Team head coach from 1998 to 2006 and drove the United States to a World Cup quarterfinal in 2002.

Wearing what appeared to be the exact same suit as he wore when ranting with Max Bretos on ESPN on Tuesday night when he called the USA performance an utter embarrassment, Twellman joined the a.m. SportsCenter to continue what he began the night before.


When co-host Max Bretos said this loss would cause "the gloves to come off" and shake up the program, Twellman pointed out that should have already happened. It's on and I'm going to bring it up right now: The gloves should have been off years ago. 'We have some good players coming up. And the discussion after Brazil, Max, was 'Can we beat the Colombias and the Belgiums and the Argentinas of the world?' You kidding me? To add insult to injury, Trinidad and Tobago was already eliminated from contention when they knocked out the U.S., which didn't help its case with an own goal to start the scoring.

"It's hard to see [USMNT] go down like that, but we stand behind them and we're proud of what they're doing, just like the women's team", said UC women's soccer midfielder Katy Couperus.

Twellman wasn't the first pundit to call out the US team.

"Unacceptable", tweeted former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, a U.S. Soccer Federation board member.


He then called for accountability from every level of soccer in the U.S. While he stopped short of saying he has the exact answers, he demanded change.

"As an ex player, everyone of those players [will have] nightmares for the rest of their lives because this is an utter embarrassment", he said.

American sponsors started treating soccer like a major sport, if not at the level of the NFL, baseball and the NBA, at least as prominent as the NHL, golf and tennis. 'You don't deserve to go to the World Cup'.


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