Sport 3 reasons the USMNT missed out on the 2018 World Cup

18:40  11 october  2017
18:40  11 october  2017 Source:   theScore

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  3 reasons the USMNT missed out on the 2018 World Cup © Ashley Allen / Getty Images Sport / Getty The U.S. men's national team has missed the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1986 after losing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night. While Bruce Arena's side will lose plenty of sleep over this failure, it must be asked - what caused this humiliating heartbreak?

Here are three reasons the U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Too many wasted opportunities\

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If U.S. fans were confident after the group stage, the "hex" served as a cruel reminder of the realities in CONCACAF qualifying. In truth, neither ex-manager Jurgen Klinsmann nor current boss Arena deserves all the blame for this team's repeated failures, such as an 88th-minute winner by Mexico's Rafa Marquez, a 4-0 thumping to Costa Rica that saw Klinsmann fired, or draws against teams fueled by MLS talent like Honduras and Panama.

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Constant changes in formation, personnel, and tactics left the U.S. playing catch-up far too often, and it did not help that the team's younger core missed out on the last two Olympic games; those matches would have offered vital international experience for the team's up-and-coming talent. In the end, all the players suffered from the same problem: woeful inconsistency in form.

Sure, the U.S. stayed alive until the final match day, but there's just no excuse for losing to last-placed Trinidad and Tobago on the one day it mattered most. A few missed chances can be forgiven, but this many?

A rough period of change

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Transitioning managers in the middle of a World Cup cycle is risky, but it was necessary for the U.S., which had grown weary of the often puzzling decisions Klinsmann made throughout his tenure at the helm.

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Hiring Arena restored the stability and confidence that was lacking, while motivating the team's fringe players. But Arena did not - and perhaps could not - bring back the United States' indomitable spirit of fight.

That spirit carried the U.S. to its highest heights in 2014 and 2010, but it has abandoned the team today. U.S. President Donald Trump's divisive comments and policy on immigration also served to motivate the team's opponents. While the players handled the tricky political climate admirably, it certainly didn't help.

A generation lost

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When Alexi Lalas launched his televised tirade against the "underperforming, tattooed millionaires" of the U.S. national team, team captain Michael Bradley offered this response to Sportsnet's John Molinaro: "The lion doesn't care about the opinion of the sheep."

Bradley and Co. have now shown they lack the courage, tooth, and roar that could earn them the label of lions, nullifying his point. But he and his teammates have faced criticism before. Arena and his veteran team - of the 23 players called, 14 are over 30, only five are under 24 - failed and now fade into memory; the ones who should be replacing them weren't even in the picture.

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Where did today's generation of U.S. talent go? The players aged between 25-29, representing the prime years of their athletic careers? Of note, Bill Hamid, Dom Dwyer, C.J. Sapong, Steve Birnbaum, Greg Garza, Kelyn Rowe, Gyasi Zardes - none are of sufficient quality to displace their predecessors, and besides Christian Pulisic, each possesses little, if any, European experience. They were never afforded the chance to grow into international roles either.

An entire generation of U.S. talent has gone missing. The veterans had to pick up the slack. It was ultimately one ask too many from a U.S. national team that could no longer fight. In like a lion, out like a lamb.

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Former FIFA VP called the USMNT’s World Cup failure ‘the happiest day of my life’ .
"I wanted to party."The former CONCACAF president was arrested on corruption charges in 2015 when the U.S. Department of Justice charged 16 FIFA officials as a result of an investigation into the corruption throughout international soccer. Warner, who is from Trinidad and Tobago, spent a night in jail and still faces charges. He famously cited an Onion article in his defense against the United States.

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