The US dramatically lost 2-1 last night in Trinidad and Tobago and with Panama and Honduras both winning their home games against Costa Rica (2-1) and Mexico (3-2) respectively, the US amazingly failed to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.
At that time the iPhone was still over 20 years in the future.
There is a lot of soul-searching going on here in the US about where the USA stand in the world of soccer.
We feel a bit sorry for Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin who played well for the US last night but at only 24-year-old he must be really disappointed that he will miss out next summer in Russia.
Before last night’s sensational defeat DeAndre had been talking to GOAL about how Rafa Benitez conducts his training when he seems to get the players to go through the same things, again and again, to ensure it become second nature.
Yedlin has said that while it’s a bit boring, it’s very effective.
DeAndre Yedlin in action in Trinidad and Tobago last night
This is what the 49 times capped US International had to say to GOAL:
“I enjoy it more now. Once you start to become OK at something, you learn to enjoy it more.”
“I don’t think I was the best defender before so it wasn’t fun for me. It’s getting better.”
“Working with Benitez helped massively. I think it’s one of the things that we work on a lot in training.”
“It’s a bit boring, but you don’t really realize when you’re doing it as well, but when you get into the game situations, it’s much easier.”
“And things get slowed down for you and you see situations that you’ve seen before in training, so things just become much easier.”
“I’ve always been fast, it’s a God-given talent.”
“I just try and use that to my advantage, but I’m learning more and more positionally so I don’t have to rely on my pace so much.”
Rafa is turning Yedlin into a top right-back at Newcastle and the American is certainly a lot better than the player we bought last year for just £5M from Spurs and who was on loan at Sunderland the season before last.
What do you think?