United States miss out on World Cup after loss in Trinidad

United States miss out on World Cup after loss in Trinidad

Soccer Football - 2018 World Cup Qualifications - North, Central America & Caribbean - Trinidad and Tobago v United States - Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago - October 10, 2017 Trinidad's Alvin Jones celebrates his goal with team mates. REUTERS/Andrea de Silva

WASHINGTON: The United States will be absent from the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986 next year after a humiliating 2-1 defeat to Trinidad & Tobago in Couva on Tuesday (Oct 10).

Despite an inconsistent qualifying run, the Americans entered the Ato Boldon Stadium needing only a win over the bottom team in the CONCACAF final qualifying group to punch their ticket to Russia.

But two first-half goals, an Omar Gonzalez own goal in the 17th minute and an Alvin Jones effort 20 minutes later, proved too much for the Americans to overcome despite Christian Pulisic's strike after the break.

Instead, Panama qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time with their 2-1 victory over Costa Rica, while Honduras beat Mexico 3-2 to pip the United States to a playoff place against Australia.

Source: Reuters

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