The United States Men’s National Team lost to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 on Tuesday, and for the first time since 1986 the Americans failed to qualify for the World Cup.
I’m not going to pretend I’m even a little bit of a soccer fan, but I know how special it is to have the United States represented in the World Cup when it comes around. Everyone knows that. Especially ESPN soccer analyst and former player on the USMNT Taylor Twellman. He is NOT pleased.
“The gloves should have been off years ago! We should have been having real criticism. And the discussion after Brazil was ‘Can we beat the Colombias and the Belgiums and the Argentinas of the world?’ You kidding me? We can’t beat Trinidad on a field that’s too wet and too heavy? What are we doing? What are we doing?!”
“This is an utter embarrassment. With the amount of money that is in Major League Soccer and is in this sport, you can’t get a draw, a tie, against Trinidad? Max, you don’t deserve to go to the World Cup, plain and simple.”
In all seriousness, that’s really great stuff right there from Twellman. You don’t see passion like that too often, and everything he said is 100 percent correct. It’s a flat-out embarrassment.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 11, 2017
That about sums it up.