'Taylor Twellman is going bonkers

Ruben Hill
Октября 12, 2017

"While the USA was eliminated, the biggest stars in the world from Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo stamped their tickets to Russian Federation on the same day, and will battle teams ranging from Mexico to England that have massive fan bases in America".

The U.S. fell 2-1 on the road to Trinidad and Tobago. That victory brought an end to a 36-year drought for the U.S. - America had last qualified for the 1940 World Cup.

Former U.S. national team striker Taylor Twellman has sounded off on the Americans' stunning elimination from World Cup qualifying, calling the setback an "utter embarrassment". With the Americans eliminated from 2018 contention, those broadcasts are most likely significantly less valuable than previously imagined.

To win a bidding war with ESPN, Fox agreed to pay $400 million for the English-broadcast rights to the World Cup in 2018 and 2022.

People can be as angry as they want, but the fact of the matter is that no anger in this world is going to send this under-achieving team to Russian Federation next year.

The U.S. loss "is a blow to Fox Sports' soccer ambitions", Steven Cahall, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said Wednesday in a note. A decrease in interest would also affect FIFA's top World Cup partners, including Visa Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is being held in Russian Federation from June 14 to July 15.

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