'An Utter Embarrassment': United States Fails to Qualify for World Cup

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Oct 11, 2017 9:50 AM
'An Utter Embarrassment': United States Fails to Qualify for World Cup

For the first time since 1986, the U.S. Men's National Team has not qualified for the FIFA World Cup. The United States' hopes were dashed on Tuesday night following a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago in qualifiers. Given the country's recent emphasis on soccer and relative success in getting out of group play in past World Cups, the failure to qualify for 2018 is viewed as disappointing and embarrassing. 

Needless to say, people in the sports world were incredibly distraught. 

Taylor Twellman, who played for Team USA for over a decade, went on an impassioned rant about the numerous problems facing USA Soccer and the failure to fix problems within the system. Among the things highlighted were the U.S.'s "pay to play" practices, and the lack of proper development of players who can be competitive on the international scale. It's certainly worth a watch, as Twellman does not hold back:

...Then there's this refreshingly "American" take, courtesy of Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA): 

The FIFA World Cup will be played in 2018 in Russia. Iceland, a nation of fewer than 400,000 people, has qualified.