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Watch: Former USA Striker Goes On Incredible Rant After World Cup Failure

Daniel Kelly
By Daniel Kelly
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The United States are not going to the World Cup, and a lot of people are not happy.

Bruce Arena's side have missed out on qualifying for the first time since 1986, after a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago. In a six-team group that guaranteed three spots at Russia 2018 and a fourth team going into a play-off, the US finished fifth.

According to Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, the loss was "the most surreal and embarrassing night in US soccer history". Trinidad and Tobago had lost eight of their previous nine World Cup qualifiers in this campaign.

While Wahl kept his thoughts to Twitter, former American striker Taylor Twellman told a few home truths on ESPN's SportsCenter. Twellman played for the side from 2002 to 2008 scoring six goals.



Speaking to presenter Max Bretos, Twellman refused to lay the blame at any one individual. Current manager Bruce Arena, former boss Jurgen Klinsmann and Sunil Gulati the President of the US Soccer Federation were all named, but he claimed the problems ran much deeper.

Every single one of those players -nightmares for the rest of their lives. This is an utter embarrassment. With the amount of money that's in Major League Soccer and in this sport - you can't get a draw, a tie against Trinidad? You don't deserve to go to the World Cup?

Twellman cited Germany's failure at Euro 2000, that led to a complete overhaul of German soccer, culminating at Brazil 2014. He said if the United States don't do something similar "it's insane".


The US played in far from ideal conditions on Tuesday night, which was used by many as an excuse. Twellman was having not of it.

Belgium played Bosnia on a cow pasture!

The inquests have already begun.




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