US men’s soccer team fails to qualify for World Cup with stunning loss to Trinidad and Tobago – Los Angeles Times

The longest, most arduous journey for a U.S. national soccer team in a generation was stopped just short of the finish line Tuesday, with Trinidad and Tobago dealing the Americans a crushing 2-1 upset just minutes before both Panama and Honduras won their final qualifiers.

The U.S. started the day needing only a draw to reach its eighth consecutive World Cup. Instead, the three results combined to drop the Americans to fifth in the six-team CONCACAF tournament, ahead of only Trinidad.

“I never thought I’d see this day,” said Omar Gonzalez, who hadn’t been born the last time the U.S. missed soccer’s biggest event.

“It’s the worst day of my career,” continued the former Galaxy defender, whose first-half own goal was the difference between the U.S. going on or going home. “I don’t even know how to put into words what I’m feeling.

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