U.S.A. Soccer Fails To Qualify For 2018 World Cup After Loss To Trinidad & Tobago 2-1
By Fox News // October 10, 2017
First Time Since 1986 USA Did Not Qualify For World Cup
(FOX NEWS) – The United States men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals for the first time since 1986 after their 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago Tuesday night.
The loss ends a streak of seven consecutive appearances for the U.S. at soccer’s quadriennial showcase, dating back to 1990.
The U.S. entered its final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica last month left the Americans little margin for error.
The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, which lost its sixth straight qualifier last week. But the defeat — coupled with Honduras’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama’s 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres’ 88th-minute goal — dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.
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