Shocking end for US World Cup bid a blow to Fox, sponsors


The U.S. finished qualifying with a 2-1 loss at Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, dropping the Americans (3-4-3) to fifth in CONCACAF's six-team final stage. How disappointing is this for U.S. Soccer? That result, coupled with wins by Panama and Honduras, eliminated the Americans from contention for a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The US have now failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 and Twellman let everyone know how he felt about that embarrassing situation.

"The United States has been eliminated from World Cup 2018", Wahl wrote on Twitter.

If the USA had made next year's finals, Fox would've gotten the chance to broadcast three group-stage games for the USA side, with the possibility of more if the Americans were able to make a run into the knockout round.

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But maybe the best comments came from former national team member and current ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman, who went off on the state of the U.S. Men's National Team.

Ratings on ESPN soared three years ago when the US team advanced out of the group stage, before falling to Belgium in extra time in the Round of 16. "Nightmares for the rest of their lives because this is an utter embarrassment", Twellman said on ESPN. And the discussion after Brazil, Max, was 'Can we beat the Colombias and the Belgiums and the Argentinas of the world?' You kidding me? "What are we doing?"

Herculez Gomez says the US are regressing rather than progressing in terms of player development.