Bruce Arena's boys lost their crucial qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago last night and their 2-1 slump saw former U.S. global and now a TV pundit Taylor Twellman lay into the entire soccer system in the country.
While there will still be plenty of interest in Russian Federation 2018, it's no doubt disappointing to both American soccer fans and Fox that the United States will not be a part of the competition. A decrease in interest would also affect FIFA's top World Cup partners, including Visa Inc. and Coca-Cola Co.
The U.S. loss "is a blow to Fox Sports' soccer ambitions", Steven Cahall, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said Wednesday in a note.
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The 37-year-old described it as an "utter embarrassment" that the USA couldn't get a draw from Trinidad and Tobago, and left a warning to the players in the team. "Certainly, I think if our league continues to grow it benefits the national team program".
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"If this failure does not wake up everyone from U.S Soccer to Major League Soccer to 'pay to play" [youth soccer], to broadcasters, everything, then we are all insane, ' said Twellman. We have players playing overseas of some quality'.
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"That should never have happened with the billion dollars plus that is going into MLS and youth soccer development but it did and every single person should look themselves in the mirror", he added.
Football pundit Taylor Twellman was outraged after the US failed to qualify for the World Cup - watch his reaction here.
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In advancing to the round of 16 in three of the past four World Cup tournaments, the USA had found itself targeting a deeper run in soccer's showpiece event - leaving Twellman dumbfounded by Tuesday's developments.