U.S. fails to qualify for 2018 World Cup

(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The U.S. lost 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night, making them fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Both Panama and Honduras won their games to pass the Americans in the CONCACAF standings.

Panama scored a hugely controversial goal to draw level with Costa Rica before going ahead in the 87th minute to win 2-1 and earn the region’s final automatic qualifying spot, while Honduras advanced to the intercontinental playoff against Australia by beating Mexico 3-2.

Panama finished in third place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal table with 13 points from 10 games, ahead of Honduras on goal difference, while the U.S. ended with 12.

Trinidad scored first when Omar Gonzalez deflected a 17th-minute cross that looped over Tim Howard and into the U.S. goal.

By the 36th minute it was 2-0.

Christian Pulisi came in clutch to make the score 2-1 in the beginning of the second half.

This is the first time the U.S. American group didn’t make the World Cup since 1986.

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