USA miss out on World Cup qualification for the first time in almost 30 years after agonising Trinidad defeat

The 2-1 loss means Honduras snatch the final play-off spot

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 October, 2017, 10:06am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 October, 2017, 12:14pm

The United States have been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss at Trinidad ending the Americans’ streak of seven straight appearances at soccer’s showcase.

Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year’s tournament in Russia ended in the island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago scored two first-half goals, and the United States were eliminated after a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday night – the first time they have missed out on World Cup qualification since 1986.

The US entered their final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989.

Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.

The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a draw against 99th-ranked Trinidad, who lost their sixth straight qualifier last week. But the defeat – coupled with Honduras’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama’s 2-1 victory over Costa Rica following Ramon Torres’ 88th-minute goal – dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.