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World Cup Embarassment For The USMNT

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team suffered embarrassment by not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia for the first time since 1986

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The United States Men’s National Soccer Team suffered horrible embarrassment by not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia for the first time since 1986. This is a unique problem for America seeing as it was always just assumed that we would qualify for the World Cup and lose somewhere along the way. In fact, the last World Cup in 2014 saw the USMNT surprise everyone by reaching the round of 16 only to lose a thriller to Belgium that saw them win after scoring twice in extra time. That was definitely a huge shock considering just how many talented big names were in Belgium and how little were on the USMNT. Belgium had the names of Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelo Lukaku while Tim Howard was the only star for the United States.

 

This year was supposed to be an exciting one for the UNited STates. They were coming back off of the impressive World Cup play from four years ago and would hopefully improve upon that to maybe progress to the round of 8. Honestly though, even reaching the round of 16 again would be a huge accomplishment for that team. However, none of that is going to happen after the United States played a horrible game that saw them lose to Trinidad & Tobago 2-1. This is the same score of their highly impressive loss to Belgium in the 2014 World Cup. The big difference is that the 2014 loss was a huge accomplishment and the loss to Trinidad & Tobago wasn’t just a huge disappointment, it was an embarrassment. We were supposed to get better, but instead, we have gotten worse. Much worse.

 

 

What makes this loss so hard to take and so frustrating is the fact that the USMNT does have talent and quality, we just have a hard time utilizing it correctly. We have Christian Pulisic who is a wunderkind that is currently playing in Germany for the excellent squad Borussia Dortmund. Soccer has never been bigger in the United States and this is the time to capitalize on it. However, instead of capitalizing on it we just decided to trot basically the same team out on the field with an old manager, Bruce Arena and played a terrible game against a team that shouldn’t play us close at all.

 

The CONCACAF is a joke in the international soccer world and not being able to qualify in such an easy division is unbelievable. With how big of a country the US is and with all of the money we spend on soccer we should be able to put together a better soccer team than Costa Rica, Panama or Honduras, all of which finished higher in the table than we did. There is no way we should have lost to such a terrible team last night. It is time to fire the manager and let all of the 40-year-olds on the roster go. We need to start growing a good soccer team from the youth and stop trotting out the same losers so we can be disappointed again and again. We put together one fairytale run in 2014 but those fairytale days are clearly over.

 

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Where does US Soccer Go from Here?

 The U.S. men’s soccer team are now out of meaningful international competition for some time so what does the team do now?

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After an embarrassing defeat to Trinidad and Tobago in the CONCACAF and not even qualifying for the Fifa World Cup, the USMNT (U.S. Men’s National Team) is lost.  They have no one steering the soccer ship as National Team coach Bruce Arena resigned following the team’s failure to qualify.  They are now out of meaningful international competition for some time so what does the team do now?

 

Enter former French National team and PSG coach Laurent Blanc, who is now being considered for the job.  ESPN’s Jonathan Johnson reported that the team is interested in Blanc and he is receptive to the idea of molding the team.  If he is given the job he will have an uphill climb to restore the team to a respectable level but he will have almost total control.

 

Blanc has been out of work since he left PSG last year after taking that team to three Coupes de la Ligue titles in three years.  He is a winner who does nothing but builds competitors and we think his hiring would be amazing for the USMNT.

 

The USMNT has never been a force in the World Cup but hiring a coach like Blanc would be a good step in the right direction.  In the 2012 UEFA World Championships, he coached France all the way to the quarter-final stage where they lost to the eventual winners, Spain.

 

The US is a country of untapped soccer talent since the sport is still not as popular as football, basketball, and baseball.  The USMNT is an exciting team to coach with budding superstars like Christian Pulisic and a cast of intriguing talent.  It all depends on who the team decides to hire to steer them in the right direction.

 

Some like former USMNT star Taylor Twellman think Blanc is a poor choice to lead the squad into the future.  

He states on Twitter that “Laurent Blanc would be a poor fit for the USMNT IMO. For a start, he admits himself that he likes coaching teams ready to succeed.”

That is a good point because the USMNT is nowhere near ready to compete on a major level like Blanc’s last few coaching spots.

 

On the other hand, grabbing a coach with Blanc’s prestige and swagger would be a great coup for a struggling team and demoralized fan base.  Seriously, what do soccer fans in the US think?  They can’t be happy about this entire situation, especially after the Klinsmann years.  

 

I honestly have no clue why the team hired Arena again, but what do I know?

 

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