It's a predictable script because the U.S. has been a fixture at the World Cup for so long we couldn't imagine it missing the great quadrennial sporting event.
Needing only a tie to stay in the running for a World Cup berth, a listless USA team scored an own goal, went down 2-0 by halftime, and never looked like a team fighting for its World Cup life.
Twellman was a bit more reserved after having gotten, in his words, about 90 minutes of sleep, but his points were just as poignant, calling out arrogance as the reason the USA failed to qualify. "We got what we deserved". The Hexagonal meets "Twilight Zone". A dark day for American soccer. We may just never be good at soccer. One of the best tirades came from ESPN analyst and former US player Taylor Twellman, whose embarrassment and disgust were equalled only by his anger at mediocre expectations that have long considered subpar player and team performances superb.
Twellman played for the Revolution from 2002-2010, scoring 101 goals.
"I'm pissed. When it comes down to it, I look at the way that game went and there was a lack of effort throughout", Jones said after the loss. As I sit at my computer this Wednesday afternoon and write this article, I simply can't shake the lingering despair that I won't get to see Christian Pulisic and some of the best young talent from the country play in a World Cup until 2022.
New Yorker Tyler Adams, a U-17 World Cup teammate of Pulisic's, is starting for the New York Red Bulls. Michael Bradley, Dempsey, and Tim Howard will likely be too old to play in another World Cup. "Sunil has done great things for U.S. Soccer but recently is harming the program more than he's helping it".
For Donovan and other stewards of the game in the United States, who are suddenly struggling to process how the American team played its way out of the field for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, the situation might also be classified as a necessary event.
Tuesday night's loss to Trinidad and Tobago marked one of the darkest days in US soccer history.
U.S. Soccer should be ashamed of itself. I'm not someone who's advocating for a clean sweep, because I think there are many good parts of U.S. Soccer. The U.S. men have been inconsistent for quite some time. Non-MLS clubs have also increased scholarship funding for their players over the years to remain competitive in the DA.
However, the veteran coach in his second stint with the U.S. National Team stopped short of offering any changes and even insisted that 'there's nothing wrong with what we're doing'. It doesn't take National Basketball Association height or NFL muscle to be a great soccer player.
And they should be more than devastated, more than embarrassed, then anyone else.
One petition to fire Arena has already been started.
It may have turned out to be a longer-term project than we had wished, but not all the factors are under U.S. Soccer's control. That's not enough. CONCACAF has gotten stronger, partly because some of its best players now sharpen their skills in Major League Soccer. On a broader level, they claim that Gulati hasn't done enough to make the top tiers of youth soccer more affordable, which affects the longstanding development issues. More recently, U.S. Soccer implemented small-sided standards and the build-out line, an excellent way of creating an environment at the early ages that's conducive to long-term development over short-term results. But one bad ending doesn't mean there hasn't been any progress.