This is the worst moment in United States soccer history. There are a lot of moments to choose from, I know, but this takes the cake.
“You embarrass yourself!”
The plot was simple, win and you’re in. Despite losing to Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. men’s soccer team could have qualified for the World Cup with losses from Panama or Honduras. Thanks for nothing amigos!!
Allow me to walk you through this disaster….
1.) Nothing says we want to win like scoring on yourself. Omar Gonzalez tops our list of blunders, with an own goal in the 17th minute. Watch this beaut here.
2.) Being down 1-0 wasn’t sufficient, so the U.S. thought they’d dig themselves a deeper hole. Allowing a goal (37th minute) from 44-yards out is inexcusable. Watch Tim Howard’s finest hour here.
3.) Honduras’ goal, to tie Mexico in the 54th minute, was something out of a movie. Albeth Elis, of Honduras, gets away with a blatant foul, as he steals the ball in Mexico’s box. He then centers the ball to a wide open Eddie Hernandez. Hernandez rips a shot off the cross bar, that bounces off Mexican Goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa’s face, and lands in the back of the net. Watch the crazy sequence here.
4.) And in the 60th minute of that same Honduras vs. Mexico match, Honduras scores to take a 3-2 lead. If only Romell Quioto wasn’t CLEARLY off sides on the play….
Don’t believe me?? Watch the play here.
5.) And then, there’s the goal Panama “scored” to tie Costa Rica 1-1. I’m sorry, but this was not a goal. Yes, the U.S. should have won their match, so none of this would have mattered, but this is as bad as it gets. Check out this non-goal here.
6.) Don’t forget the cherry on top. Clint Dempsey hit the post in the 77th minute. And Bobby Wood was denied from point-blank range by Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper, Adrian Foncette, in the 88th minute.
It’s as if somebody didn’t want the United States in Russia.
This is the first time the U.S. Men’s soccer team has failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1986 (great year!). I’m assuming head coach, Bruce Arena’s 2nd tenure with the team will be coming to a close. Pathetic!! Not only is this extremely disappointing for soccer fans across the country, but it doesn’t exactly help FIFA’s wallet.
I doubt anyone will lose any sleep over that….
Can you think of a more embarrassing moment in U.S. sports history?? Post any shame you can think of in the comment section below.
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