A win against Trinidad and Tobago last night would have seen the US qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer and it was thought to be a formality against the bottom side in the group who had only 3 points from their previous 9 qualifying games.
But the US lost 2-1 in an amazing game, and they cannot now qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since way back in 1986.
The US finished 5th in the group, and the first three qualify automatically, and the fourth team makes the playoffs.
And as it tuned out even a 2-2 draw would have seen the US in 3rd place and qualify automatically.
DeAndre Yedlin in US colors
Trinidad were surprisingly 2-0 up at halftime, but then Christian Pulisic pulled one back early in the second half with a great shot from just outside the penalty area.
It was all the US after that, but they couldn’t get a second goal which would have qualified them for the finals.
Trinidad doubled their points total last night to 6 points from the 10 games played so you can see what a complete shocker the result was.
And Honduras finished 4th after surprisingly beating group winners Mexico 3-2 at home and if they had only drawn the US would have made the playoff slot in 4th place.
So everything and the kitchen sink went against the US team last night.
It’s being reported as the most embarrassing defeat ever for the US, and there will now be soul-searching in the US about their soccer team.
We thought the US could easily qualify once Bruce Arena was put back as manager of the team after Jurgen Klinsmann was fired.
DeAndre Yedlin will be an unhappy man this morning as he heads back to Newcastle and the Magpies right-back was probably the best player for the US in this vital last game of the group.
But that will be little consolation to him.
But the Americans cannot blame anybody but themselves for a poor performance in one of the easiest groups to qualify from in the World Cup.
Oh well – it just goes to show that nothing is ever certain in life.