It was a wild night in CONCACAF on the last night of World Cup qualifying, with the United States national team falling 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago in a shocking upset that, coupled with results elsewhere in CONCACAF, has seen the USMNT fail to qualify for the World Cup.
The U.S. clearly looked like they were struggling almost right from the get-go in this match, be it from fatigue or the heat or the poor pitch conditions or some other reason. The midfield struggled to connect with the attack and frequently got caught too far upfield, and that gave Trinidad and Tobago the openings they needed to start generating scoring opportunities — though the first goal of the match came off a bizarre own goal off USMNT defender Omar Gonzalez, who tried to clear a cross from Alvin Jones over the goal, but hit the ball awkwardly with his shin and looped it over Tim Howard and under the bar instead.
Gonzalez nearly gave up a penalty just a few moments later in a decision that appeared to be a lucky break for the USMNT, but they wouldn’t be counting their lucky stars for long, as late in the half Jones would be allowed to walk up the pitch unopposed before setting himself and unleashing a 30 yard shot that Tim Howard reacted very, very late to try and stop. In Howard’s defense, it would have taken a great save for anyone to stop -- but his late reaction nullified any hope he would have had.
The U.S. got one back just moments into the second half when Christian Pulisic flew up the pitch to score a stunner, but it was quickly back to business as usual, with an added portion of cynical fouling from Trinidad and Tobago, along with some theatrics from their attackers, especially after a second penalty appeal was denied. Not even Clint Dempsey could get the U.S. attack rolling, with the Texan attacker clanging his only good scoring chance off the post.
Results elsewhere went just as much against the USMNT, with Honduras beating Mexico 3-2 in San Pedro Sula to vault past the U.S. into third place in the Hex table and take the final automatic qualification spot. Panama beating Costa Rica late was the final nail in the coffin on the United States’ World Cup hopes, and the controversy of an opening goal that never appeared to cross the line for Panama won’t help the USMNT’s ill feelings over that result any.
Yep, bummer, but fair. If the USA can't even tie Trinidad when that much is on the line... why bother to go to the World Cup? It's not like they'd find a weaker team there. Saves them some embarrassment on the big stage.
More votes equals a loss.... revolution!! The Electoral College is a disaster to Democracy. The whole world is laughing at us! donald trump
Methinks Bruce Arena's days are numbered...for the second time...IMHO USSF were a little too quick to fire Klinsmann...
And Tim Howard might want to give way to some younger blood in goal...
But ya know what's really funny? FOX got U.S. TV rights for the 2018 World Cup...they paid $200M...before the US was eliminated...