US fails to reach 2018 World Cup; Ar­gentina breathes sigh of re­lief

The Miracle - - Sports - Source: CNN

For the first time since 1986, the US Men’s Na­tional Team will be watch­ing the World Cup from home. Fall­ing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago, the US failed to qual­ify for Rus­sia 2018. An early own-goal from Omar Gon­za­lez set the tone for the de­feat, be­fore Alvin Jones dou­bled the Trinidad and Tobago lead on 37 min­utes. De­spite a fight­back, which in­cluded a goal straight af­ter the half-time break from 19-yearold Chris­tian Pulisic, Amer­i­can hearts were to be bro­ken, with the de­feat plung­ing the Amer­i­cans into fifth place in the CON­CA­CAF ta­ble.

“We didn’t qual­ify for the World Cup,” USMNT head coach Bruce Arena said fol­low­ing the game. “That was my job. To get the team qual­i­fied for the World Cup ... This game in my view was per­fectly po­si­tioned for the US team and we failed on the day,” Arena con­tin­ued. “We have no ex­cuses. We failed to­day. We should have walked off this field with at least a point.” The fi­nal round of qual­i­fiers in CON­CA­CAF also saw Panama put Costa Rica to the sword, and Hon­duras eke out a 3-2 win against table­top­ping Mex­ico.

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