American dream of World Cup glory must be reimagined after 2018 failure

American dream of World Cup glory must be reimagined after 2018 failure

"It's a dark day", Donovan, who recently retired from the sport, said in a phone interview.

Thanks to a substantial advantage on goal differential, the US national team only needed a draw against an already-eliminated T&T side to secure a World Cup slot over Panama and Honduras.

Under-fire coach Bruce Arena has hinted at his impending exit in the wake of the US national team's elimination from World Cup qualifying, saying he plans to do "whatever is right". Their options have been limited by the national program's struggles to develop anything resembling a next generation to supplant mainstays such as Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Tim Howard.

Until then the United States has learned a harsh lesson about taking things for granted - especially in a sport where our erratic history has never warranted such confidence. This was not supposed to be the case.

The US missed out on qualification for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 when they lost to Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday night, and Arena said he is unlikely to lead the team in their attempt to reach the 2022 tournament.

And with the US huge favourites to host the 2026 World Cup together with Mexico and Canada, the qualifying failure is sure to have major repercussions among the leadership of the US Soccer Federation (USSF). "I think we're past those days where that should happen". "And that should not be the situation in a country of this size, with the resources we have, where kids are getting passed over for any reason, whether it's socioeconomic status, race, religion, proximity to a club". There's no easy answer to that.

Unlike the bigger problems that plague American soccer, the one that cost the United States Tuesday night can be fixed immediately. He was born in Trinidad, played nationally for Trinidad and Tobago, went to college in the United States and was a goalkeeper for several teams in England's Premier League before returning to the United States to play in M.L.S.

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"We appreciate your support". "So, yes, it's absolutely surprising things seemed to have regressed at the highest end of the game".

'I would love to see one of these hotshot teams from Europe come here and play in our CONCACAF qualifying and really get a taste of this and see what that's about, ' Arena said.

US Soccer have called a press conference for Friday morning, leading to speculation that Arena or the organization's president, Sunil Gulati, may stand down. "Why is the president of the federation responsible for the result on Tuesday?"

U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer must take hard looks at the way they conduct business. Arena previously guided the national team to the quarterfinals in 2002 and to the World Cup in 2006, when the team was eliminated after the group stage. T&T's lineup is made up of mostly fringe MLS players or players who are below MLS standard.

"The fan part of me says it's time to move away from the past and get a new president", said the former national team midfielder and current TV analyst Kyle Martino.

However, the veteran coach in his second stint with the U.S. National Team stopped short of offering any changes and even insisted that 'there's nothing wrong with what we're doing'. As far as Gulati goes, unless he resigns (which I doubt), he would need to be voted out in an election. "There's no finger-pointing or excuses; it's all on us". "It's not about that". It was not held back by pay-to-play youth soccer, a closed club pyramid without promotion and relegation, or its top players choosing to make millions in MLS rather than fighting for their places in European teams. Jurgen Klinsmann was criticized for relying heavily on German-born dual citizens to qualify and play in the 2014 World Cup, but he didn't think there were enough quality players in the United States. Such a turnaround is unimaginable for most American fans. Even despite conceding those two freaky goals, we still positioned ourselves to get out of there with a point.

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