Calls abound for Gulati ouster after US World Cup failure


For the first time since my birth in 1988, the United States Men's National Team (USMNT) will not be playing in a World Cup.

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

"If this failure does not wake up everyone from U.S Soccer (Federation) to Major League Soccer to "pay to play" (youth soccer), to broadcasters, everything, then we are all insane".

Head coach Arena took responsibility for the defeat but said that "there's nothing wrong with what we're doing". We're building a good system in our professional league. As for the players we thank them and will always be behind them in the stands.

The U.S. needed only to tie Trinidad and Tobago, the world's 99th-ranked team, to qualify for its eighth consecutive World Cup.

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"The blame must be placed squarely at the feet of US Soccer's management, led by Sunil Gulati", Commisso said in a statement.

"The United States soccer community will be shaken to its foundations - this will have repercussions on the field and off the field".

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, who is expected to face a challenge to his leadership with two potential candidates having expressed an interest in standing against him in the next elections, also questioned the need for change.

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

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

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We will 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.

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.

"There's an arrogance in our sport that I don't understand", Twellman said, explaining that American arrogance in American football, baseball, basketball and hockey is fine because the US has the best leagues in those sports.

The calls for a complete overhaul are raining down on Arena and the rest after the worst loss in USMNT history, a game in which the usa allowed Trinidad to score their second goal from nearly the 50-yardline.

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