Stunned US face major questions after World Cup debacle

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Following a 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, however, the US will miss out on the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation, leaving questions as to how much intrigue there will be in the country without the local rooting interest. We're building a consistent professional league.

The U.S. loss "is a blow to Fox Sports' soccer ambitions", Steven Cahall, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said Wednesday in a note. We have players playing overseas of a certain quality.

'I would love to see one of these hotshot teams from Europe come here and play in our CONCACAF qualifying and really get a taste of this and see what that's about, ' Arena said.

When reminded of that line of thinking, Twellman yelled: 'Oh come on'.

On the domestic front, Major League Soccer, which began in 1996, has produced a stable league for the first time in North America and has grown to 22 teams, many playing in new soccer specific stadiums.

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U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, who is expected to face a challenge to his leadership with two potential candidates having expressed an interest in standing against him in the next elections, also questioned the need for change. Previous coach Jurgen Klinsmann did not have the USA on tract to qualify for the World Cup after home losses to Mexico and Costa Rica.

He then called for accountability from every level of soccer in the U.S. While he stopped short of saying he has the exact answers, he demanded change.

Taylor Twellman scores the second goal against Panama during their world cup qualifying match on October of 2005.

"There's an arrogance in our sport that I don't understand", Twellman said, explaining that American arrogance in American football, baseball, basketball and hockey is fine because the USA has the best leagues in those sports. "Because that should have never happened with the billion dollars-plus that is going into U.S. Soccer and youth development".

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