The US soccer community is shaken to its foundations after USMNT failed to make it to Russia for the 2018 World Cup following their 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.
This is the first time the country will not be involved in a World Cup since 1986 and former defender Alexi Lalas has spoke of the repercussions this will have on the community and how after suffering this disappointment they will have to emerge stronger.
“Whether it is over-confidence or hubris, this is a team that did not play as a team enough, at times they showed sparks, but the faltered too often and did not gain any sustained momentum,” he told BBC World Services.
“The United States soccer community will be shaken to its foundations – this will have repercussions on the field and off the field.
“But we will take our lumps, learn, dust ourselves off and come back strong having learned painful, but hopefully valuable, lessons in who we are and who we aren’t.”
The United States required just one point in their final qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago who had won only one of their previous nine games.
But their loss coupled with Panama and Honduras’ victories ended the hopes of Bruce Arena’s side for which the head coach took responsibility.
Arena had previously coached the USMNT from 1998-2006 and during this time became the most successful coach in United States history, helping his team rise from nineteenth to fourth in the FIFA world rankings.
But after a disappointing first-round exit from the World Cup in Germany, U.S. Soccer federation announced that Arena’s contract would not be renewed when it expired at the end of 2006 and Arena reluctantly left.
This latest disastrous result could see Arena heading out the door once again, which opens up the debate of who would be potential coaches to succeed him.