For the first time since the Reagan administration, the US men's national soccer team has failed to advance to the World Cup.
Team USA was defeated by Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 on Tuesday night, keeping USA out of the top four in the CONCACAF qualifying standings and denying the Americans a trip to the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
Teenage phenom Christian Pulisic scored a goal early in the second half to pull USA to within a goal, but they couldn't find the equalizer late in the game.
For the first time since 1986, the United States will not participate in the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/2eHi4rKRmu
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 11, 2017
USA was eliminated with the loss and a late goal by Panama in their game vs. Costa Rica. Mexico, Panana and Costa Rica advanced out of the CONCACAF group, with Honduras still eligible for the World Cup in a playoff with Australia.
The US men's team had advanced out of group and was one of the final 16 teams standing in each of the last two World Cups.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 11, 2017