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United States will miss the 2018 World Cup after loss to T&T

United States will miss the 2018 World Cup after loss to T&T

The U.S. men's soccer team was eliminated from World Cup qualifiers Tuesday, a shocking result that could leave sponsors and media partners in the lurch for millions of dollars.

An Omar Gonzalez own-goal followed by an Alvin Jones strike put Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 ahead in the first half to set alarm bells ringing for US boss Arena.

A 60th-minute goal from Romell Quioto proved to be the match-winner for Jorge Luis Pinto's men at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. Viewership of soccer in the U.S. has eclipsed 20 million on five occasions, and four were for World Cup matches in the last cycle.

If any good comes out of Panama's ghost goal it will be a re-examination by FIFA of the limited way goal-line technology is being spread across the world, just as the goal from Frank Lampard that was denied for England at the 2010 World Cup turned FIFA overnight into champions of technology after years of opposition.

Elsewhere, a hat-trick from Lionel Messi propelled Argentina - which had endured a poor run of results, putting qualification in doubt - into third in the South American qualifying table and an automatic spot. "I don't know what to say".

The job should start on the youth fields.

Trinidad and Tobago pulled off a shock win over USA USA finished fifth in the North American final standings.

After losing the first two matches in the final round under Jurgen Klinsmann, the Americans seemed back on track with Arena in charge. But that's not going to happen. It transitions to the second Bruce Arena tenure. Now they have to ensure it is rolled out universally, especially in some of FIFA's biggest games outside of World Cups. Will the U.S. contend for a World Cup in the next decade or will fans be waiting for a promised land that never arrives? Pulisic is still a godsend to U.S. soccer - age 19 and getting better constantly - but much of the discussion in the short term will include blame and regret.

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. The U.S. was able to dictate its own fate - even a draw would have sent it to the cup.

This shouldn't even be considered a controversial statement. Just look at all the attention Clint Dempsey garnered for the Seattle Sounders when he starred in the 2014 World Cup.

Trinidad and Tobago was intent on stretching the lead, however. Telemundo is spending about $600 million for the Spanish-language rights.