Last night, the United States men’s national soccer team faced off against the Trinidad & Tobago national team. Trinidad & Tobago is a small island-country in South America, just above Venezuela. The U.S. had to either win or tie the game in order to qualify for the World Cup being held in 2018.
After 17 minutes of the game, T&T was awarded the first goal when one of the U.S. players accidentally kicked the ball into his own net. T&T scored again after 37 minutes, up 2-0. The Americans finally scored to make the score 2-1, but spent the rest of the game missing opportunities to even the score.
Once the final buzzer sounded, the Americans were shocked with a 2-1 loss. They were in a tournament of 6 teams and placed 5th. Panama and Honduras won their games and will participate in the Cup and will be joined by Mexico and Costa Rica which placed first and second. This is the first time in 32 years that the United States’ men’s team will not participate in the World Cup. Some people are calling it the worst loss in the history of U.S. men’s soccer.