Four reasons the USA won't be at next year's World Cup

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The U.S. finished fifth in CONCACAF's Hexagonal table after losing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago on the region's final matchday as both Honduras and Panama moved ahead of the Americans in the standings and left the team on the outside looking in at the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

So when Twitter users despairingly pointed out that the United States wouldn't be going to the World Cup for the first time in 30 years, others (including me) posted a gleeful asterisk: Actually, that stat applies only to the men.

This day may forever go down as the darkest day in U.S. Soccer history.

"There is no denying that this is a setback for all of us involved with the game in our country", Major League Soccer said in a statement.

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Any decrease in interest by American fans may have far-reaching effects for media partners such as Fox Sports, which is paying more than US$400 million (S$542 million) for the domestic English-language rights to the next two World Cups. That may be hard to change - the sports systems of France and Germany are the way they are because the countries are social democracies, with strong state funding of sports and recreation at all levels. As for the players we thank them and will always be behind them in the stands.

Gulati, who took over as USSF president in 2006, will be up for re-election in February. The Americans won't even play a competitive match for almost two years, until the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The women's national team, which won its first Women's World Cup title since 1999 in 2015, had its worst showing at a major global tournament during the 2016 Olympics.

By then, Christian Pulisic, at 19 already the top American, should be surrounded with other players on the rise, such as 19-year-old midfielder Weston Mckennie, who has started Schalke's last three games in the German Bundesliga.

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"We certainly expected to qualify throughout the it's a huge disappointment for everybody - the players, the staff, the coaches, for the federation". "Gulati:" You do not make wholesale changes on a ball that is two inches wide or two inches in. In 2014, the usa went to the World Cup with a German coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, and with five young players who had been raised in Germany and trained in that country's very successful youth system. Despite almost 12 million kids playing soccer in this country every year, we still haven't come close to competing with the Brazils, Argentinas, Germanys, Spains and Italys of the world.

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He added: "Why do people think U.S. Soccer is in charge of player development?"

It's not just the senior national team. With the women's World Cup in France coming up in 2019, there is an opportunity to pursue gender equality and soccer growth at the same time. "There's nothing wrong with what we're doing". Bruce Arena, brought back when Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked last November after a 0-2 start in the hexagonal, figures to depart later this year or next. "Certainly, I think if our league continues to grow it benefits the national team program". Perhaps now the men's team will finally come to terms with the fact that being just good or decent enough isn't an option any longer. To make any kind of insane changes, I think would be foolish. "We have players playing overseas of a certain quality".

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