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However, one thing still remains certain: the United States will not be playing in the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Arena was initially hired by the USSF in November 2016 as the replacement for Jurgen Klinsmann, who was shown the door following a five-year run that included a Round-of-16 appearance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"As a whole, US soccer is just not prepared", Twellman said.

Why such confidence? There were 27 possible outcome combinations of the three CONCACAF qualifying games on Tuesday night and only one of them would result in the Americans being left out of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

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

The federation has scheduled a conference call with media for Friday morning in which U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati will discuss the failure to qualify for Russia 2018, with Arena's future an inevitable topic.

There is a certain type of American who, as he or she watched the seconds tick down on the USMNT's devastating loss to Trinidad & Tobago and, moments later, those in Honduras's stunning win over Mexico, felt a rush of self-important pride.

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But on Tuesday night, in the most important World Cup qualifier for the United States in decades, Arena started only three players under the age of 25: Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood and DeAndre Yedlin. While Kreis has more postseason success, he's six years younger than Vermes and may get his chance at the USMNT at a later date.

I am completely, utterly, totally embarrassed by this team.

"What we have to do now is realize that it's over and, instead of finger-pointing and name-calling and the blame game, we need people in leadership positions to sit down and re-evaluate things and ask ourselves how do we prevent this from happening again". "Belgium played Bosnia on a cow pasture, but we can't beat Trinidad with water on the field?" "It's not good enough, obviously", he said. Whether wholesale changes are made from the top-down or not, something needs to change. "There's no finger-pointing or excuses; it's all on us". US Soccer has eight licenses one must undergo if they want to be a top level manager.

Others say MLS doesn't offer players the same intensity as European clubs, where they face world-class talent day in and day out.

However, the veteran coach in his second stint with the U.S. National Team stopped short of offering any changes and even insisted that 'there's nothing wrong with what we're doing'. Star players on the Panamanian, Honduran and Costa Rican national teams play in MLS as well, where they are regularly outplayed by their American counterparts. They have coaching education. An increasingly sturdy domestic league, M.L.S., now in its 23rd season, was expected to gradually fortify the United States men's player pool.

Unlike the NFL, the MLS doesn't have the luxury of a top-flight feeder program akin to the usa college football industry that also generated billions of dollars. On a broader level, they claim that Gulati hasn't done enough to make the top tiers of youth soccer more affordable, which affects the longstanding development issues. Everyone has done a lot of leg work and invested a lot of money to get it going. Kinnear and Schmid have both been fired in the last couple years. "It takes time. We have a ways to go".

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