US, Pulisic poised to seal their place in World Cup

US, Pulisic poised to seal their place in World Cup”

And results elsewhere meant their run of seven World Cup appearances in a row came to a shock end.

An Omar Gonzalez own-goal followed by an Alvin Jones strike put Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 ahead in the first half to set alarm bells ringing for US boss Arena. But the governing body is the ultimate organizer of the games and in charge of whittling 210 teams into 31 finalists, all of whom will benefit from technology in Russia.

The U.S. needs a draw to clinch a spot in the 2018 World Cup.

And one of those things was a shocking refereeing decision in the Panama-Costa Rica game.

On a night when this country had its most historic failure in this sport's history, it has to be the start of epic change.

Soon, though, the use of video replay assistants will expand the divide between wealthy nations and those teams with more meager resources. It's the first time since 1986 that the U.S. team failed to qualify for the most-watched sporting event on the planet.

While the American debate immediately centered on the litany of shortcomings during a dismal qualifying campaign, the spotlight could swiftly fall on U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati. Time was running out on the Americans.

The ball never crosses the line. It traces back to the beginning of qualification under Jurgen Klinsmann.

Howard soared to his right but couldn't stop the rocket from settling into the far side.

After last night's loss, Arena said it was a "blemish" for the U.S. squad. The pro league is not among the best in the world.

Trinidad and Tobago beat the U.S. despite having very little to play for, other than pride.

Costa Rica and Panama face off Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying match in Panama City. If this was Argentina or England, Germany or France, the resignation letter would come in the hours after the result.

In a rant that has been widely shared, soccer commentator Taylor Twellman of ESPN was unable to contain his anger, calling the showing "an utter embarrassment" that will give the American players nightmares for the rest of their lives.

This shouldn't even be considered a controversial statement. "As a program, we have to get better".

Only a month ago, the Soca Warriors had endured their own mix of mortification and sadness over missing out on the World Cup. Just look at all the attention Clint Dempsey garnered for the Seattle Sounders when he starred in the 2014 World Cup. Then there are the pre-World Cup friendlies that won't be appetizers for the big tournament. Telemundo is spending about $600 million for the Spanish-language rights.

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