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
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.
The United States has been eliminated from World Cup 2018. The most surreal and embarrassing night in US soccer history.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) October 11, 2017
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.