The United States miss out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia tournament for the first time since 1986 after losing 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night in the final match of the hexagonal group stage.
Strike from Trinidad & Tobago’s Alvin Jones that slid past Tim Howard to make it 2-0, and Christian Pulisic, second half goal to make it 2-1, however sent US out from World cup 2018.
Despite beating Trinidad & Tobago 6-0 earlier in the qualification round, the Americans went down 1-0 early in Tuesday night’s contest courtesy of an own goal from Omar Gonzalez after a misplaced ball.
Arena said after the game,“We didn’t qualify for the World Cup,” “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. We have no excuses. We failed today. We should have walked off this field with at least a point.”
“The late goal from Panama to beat Costa Rica 2-1 pushed the US out fourth place, which would have sent them into a two-legged playoff with Australia next month (replays later showed that Panama’s first goal didn’t appear to cross the line).he said
Panama qualify for their first World Cup with a controversial goal in a 2-1 win over Costa Rica
While Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi step down after his side lost to Brazil to miss out on qualifying for their third consecutive World Cup
Portugal beat Switzerland to replace them at the top of their qualifying group but the Netherlands go out despite winning
Argentina survived a scare to reach the World Cup finals after after Lionel Messi hat-trick against Ecuador
“Messi said it would have been “crazy” had Argentina not qualified for Russia 2018, but it took his intervention to ensure they reached their 12th consecutive World Cup.