Earlier this week, all the United States’ Mens soccer team needed to do was secure a point from Trinidad & Tobago. Easy right?
Wrong. The USMNT went into the waterlogged field of T & T and showed absolutely no passion or urgency, losing 2-1. To sum of the management of this team, let’s take a look at what the manager had to say, courtesy of Bleacher Report.
United States manager Bruce Arena has described the team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as “a blemish,” and he added there’s “nothing wrong” with the country’s football structure after Tuesday’s shock 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago.
The problem starts with this mentality that this is acceptable. For reference, Chile was unable to qualify in CONMEBOL and their manager immediately resigned as he knew he had no business being in charge if he was unable to lead them to the only competition that actually matters. Arena’s incompetence cost us any hope of seeing the US compete in Russia and quite frankly should have been fired on the plane ride over. To start this game with the exact same lineup he rolled out the previous game and have no indication of a strong defense is a JOKE. Geoff Cameron was nowhere to be found when he should have been starting.
The US went down quickly after an Omar Gonzalez own goal — fitting after the dreadful outing that he had. A bizarre long distance goal was misplayed by Tim Howard and we only had one highlight the entire game from the only player that actually cared.
This team showed no passion and urgency at all. The most passion shown all night came from player turned analyst Taylor Twellman.
Jokes on us — as of now Bruce Arena is still in charge. Sunil Gulati is still president and the USMNT has no hope for the future outside of Pulisic. Hopefully someone opens their eyes and sees a complete overhaul is necessary but for now we’re going to have to wait another 4 years until Qatar to see the team in a real competition.