World Cup failure prompts calls for U.S. soccer 'revolution'

Ruben Hill
October 13, 2017

World Cup hopes end for woeful United States of America after shambolic display vs Trinidad and Tobago - ESPN FC Quite possibly the worst performance by a U.S. men's team in a generation means that the US will not be going to Russian Federation next summer.

Missing the World Cup for the first time since 1986 is without question embarrassing. "You don't deserve to go the World Cup" said former usa striker Taylor Twellman, now a television pundit for ESPN.

"There is no denying that this is a setback for all of us involved with the game in our country", Major League Soccer said in a statement. In no uncertain terms, the President of the United States Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati, must go. That may be hard to change - the sports systems of France and Germany are the way they are because the countries are social democracies, with strong state funding of sports and recreation at all levels.

"Look at the two goals we conceded: How freaky", Arena said.

Gulati, who took over as USSF president in 2006, will be up for re-election in February.

The women's national team, which won its first Women's World Cup title since 1999 in 2015, had its worst showing at a major worldwide tournament during the 2016 Olympics. The obvious blame falls on the players, apart from superstar Christian Pulisic, who just did not get the job done. "But we've got some pieces in place that we think are very good and are coming along".

The 66-year-old, who previously coached the US from 1998 to 2006, took over following the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann in November.

"The US (men's team) has never come close to achieving worldwide prominence as it should, given our country's size, resources and huge pool of athletic talent". We ask that the next time the players step on the field for their country they individually and collectively play with a renewed sense of urgency as we reinvigorate the fan base and begin to build towards qualification for the 2022 World Cup. "Like here in West Michigan, the kids that watch the US and get behind them aren't going to be able to do that next year and that's a killer". Combined with the World Cup failure, those are way too many wasted development opportunities.

More immediately, a decision must be made on whether the national team plays exhibitions during the November fixture dates and who will coach. Major League Soccer launched two years later; cable television and the Internet brought top European clubs to American televisions and later laptops and cell phones.

The Central American nation reached the World Cup for the first time in their history thanks to a last gasp 2-1 win over Costa Rica, while Honduras ended fourth and will play Australia over two legs for a place in Russian Federation next year.

"There's nothing wrong with what we're doing", he maintained.

"They are a governing body that runs our national team programs". Throughout his career he played a variety of positions from forward to defender, giving him a good knowledge of all areas of the pitch. "To make any kind of insane changes would be foolish".

"We're building a consistent professional league". "If the officiating is right, probably half of those [Panamanian] guys aren't even playing in that game because of what they did to us on Friday".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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