These comic takes laugh off United States soccer sadness


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

The United States Men's National Team (USMNT) lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago - who had won only one match prior to the meeting - in the final qualifying match of the hexagonal group stage.

"Obviously, it's disappointing that the US will not be going to the 2018 World Cup", said UC men's soccer head coach Hylton Dayes.

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And he didn't hold back on the state of the game of soccer in America. It's on and I'm going to bring it up right now: The gloves should have been off years ago. The hot, snarky and hysterical takes on Twitter quickly came in, including from our own C.J. Nitkowski, who fooled a bunch of gullible people on Twitter when he joked that it was unfair that the USA had to play against two teams.

Twellman did not blame Arena specifically, instead emphasizing that all of U.S. Soccer is at fault. "With the amount of money that is in Major League Soccer and is in this sport, you can't get a draw, a tie, against Trinidad?" There were no young goalkeepers considered challengers to Howard and Brad Guzan.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is also likely on the hot seat, but like Arena, he does not feel major changes are needed. "You got five years to sort of build it again".

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Among the possible American candidates are Tab Ramos, coach of the USA under-20 team since 2011; Peter Vermes, coach of Sporting Kansas City since 2009; and Huddersfield manager David Wagner. An interim coach is a possibility.

"There's nothing wrong with what we're doing", he maintained. "This will affect the development of the game here in the short term, but I think in the long run the development and popularity of the game will continue to grow and prosper". We have some good young players coming up. To make any kind of insane changes I think would be foolish.

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