US eliminated from 2018 World Cup losing to Trinidad and Tobago

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According to BBC news, the United States “will miss-out on next summer’s World Cup in Russia as an abject defeat to Trinidad & Tobago coupled with Panama’s late win at home to Costa Rica saw them knocked out.” [Photo above from The Guardian.]

Bruce Arena’s side started the night in the third qualifying place but Roman Torres’ 88th-minute winner sent Panama to their first ever finals. The US missed out on even a play-off with Australia, as Honduras took that spot by beating Mexico.

USA last missed a World Cup in 1986.

The US beat Panama 4-0 just last Friday but, despite playing a Trinidad & Tobago side with just three points from nine games before kick-off, never looked close to securing a place in Russia.

Omar Gonzalez stretched to cut out a cross and only succeeded in steering the ball past veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard, before Alvin Jones rocketed in a superb 35-yard strike to double the hosts’ lead.

Borussia Dortmund teenager – and star of the win in Panama – Christian Pulisic gave the US hope soon after the restart with a fine long-range goal of his own, but with Honduras beating Mexico it looked like a play-off place for the States. [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/41574810

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