For the first time in 32 years, the United States Men’s National team will not be contesting for the 2018 world cup trophy in 2018. This is after the team suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, October 10 in Couva.
Going into the pitch, the USMNT wanted at least a draw, if not a win, for them to qualify. They had experienced inconsistent wins in their CONCACAF qualifying rounds, and they hoped they could vanquish the “weak” T&T and buy themselves the air tickets to Russia.
The Americans dream to fly to Russia started to vanish when Omar Gonzalez scored the first goal for Trinidad and Tobago in an own goal in the 17th minute. Things got a little harder for the United States Men’s National team in the 37th minute when Alvin Jones scored the second goal for T&T.
On the second half of the match, America’s Christian Pulisic scored the first and only goal for the U.S., but it wasn’t enough to take them to Russia.
After the defeat, the only hope for the Americans to play in 2018 world cup depended on Panama Costa Rica and Honduras Mexico Results, could Panama or Honduras lose, the USMNT would win their way into the world cup pitch.
Instead, Panama defeated Costa Rica 2 -1 and paved their way to the world cup for the first time. On the other hand, Honduras beat Mexico 3-2.
The only place left for America is a playoff against Australia, but it will not be a determinant for USMNT to playing world cup in 2018.