‘How the United States Missed the World Cup, Minute by Minute’. Yesterday, the United States Men’s National Team—with a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago—failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup. The last time this happened was 1986.

A lot of things went wrong to get us here, but I’m still upset. A few brief, emotional, and irrational thoughts:

  • Missing the World Cup will take a lot of wind out of the sails for United States soccer. It really felt like we were building up some good momentum, too.
  • Unlike other World * events, the World Cup is actually a worldwide competition, which makes it objectively1 cooler.
  • The World Cup is only held every four years, which means I still have the rest of 2017 to finish before the four-year-countdown can start.
  • Does this mean no new jerseys? If there’s one thing a World Cup could guarantee, it’s that some designer at Nike would tweak a gradient on the old kits, and we’d be happy to pay for it.
  • Who do I root for now?

  1. Fine, subjectively. [return]

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

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