Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

MLS releases statement on USA national team missing the 2018 World Cup

MLS releases statement on USA national team missing the 2018 World Cup

ESPN soccer pundit and former usa player Taylor Twellman has torn strips off the American team following their shock failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is also likely on the hot seat, but like Arena, he does not feel major changes are needed.

Despite taking responsibility for the setback, United States head coach Bruce Arena said there would be no drastic changes - though he may not be around long enough himself. And while this is a missed opportunity for soccer in the United States, we remain incredibly bullish on the future of the sport. We're building a consistent professional league. "We have players playing overseas of some quality", he added.

Many will enjoy the schadenfreude at play here as the network were awarded the 2026 World Cup TV rights without even having to bid for them - a gift from Federation Internationale de Football Association after the broadcast company bent over backwards to help move the 2022 World Cup to the winter despite the bid guidelines clearly stating it would be a summer tournament. "Despite past successes he has presided over an unmitigated disaster and the federation needs fresh leadership and ideas from top to bottom". "Certainly, I think if our league continues to grow it benefits the national team program".

Gulati told The New York Times after the U.S. match that his re-election candidacy "is not a decision for me to think about tonight", and added, "We will look at everything, obviously, all of our programs, both the national team and all the development stuff". 'We have some good players coming up.

"The US (men's team) has never come close to achieving global prominence as it should, given our country's size, resources and huge pool of athletic talent".

There is plenty of blame to go around, including to a phantom goal that helped Panama jump the Americans in the standings, but the brunt of it should and will be placed on the players and coaches who underperformed for the better part of a year of CONCACAF qualifying play.

On the domestic front, Major League Soccer, which began in 1996, has produced a stable league for the first time in North America and has grown to 22 teams, many playing in new soccer specific stadiums.

"It should never come down to having score one goal in Trinidad to get to the World Cup", he said.

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