U.S. stum­bles in quest to join the global elite

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

NEW YORK | A day af­ter the United States was elim­i­nated from Olympic qual­i­fy­ing by con­ced­ing a last-sec­ond goal to tiny El Sal­vador in a 3-3 draw, the Amer­i­can soc­cer com­mu­nity again was look­ing for so­lu­tions to the prob­lems that have kept it from join­ing the sport’s elite. The Amer­i­cans were elim­i­nated by Ghana in the past two World Cups. The un­der-20 team’s streak of seven trips to the world cham­pi­onship ended last year. And af­ter Mon­day’s col­lapse, the un­der-23s have failed to make two of the past three Olympics.

U.S. Soc­cer Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent Su­nil Gu­lati calls the fail­ure to reach the London Games “a huge dis­ap­point­ment on many lev­els and for ev­ery­one in­volved.”

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