American dream of World Cup glory must be reimagined after 2018 failure

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Calls to oust US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati abounded Wednesday as the humiliation sunk in of the Americans failing to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Tuesday's 2-1 defeat by Trinidad and Tobago means the U.S. will miss the finals for the first time since 1986.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is also likely on the hot seat, but like Arena, he does not feel major changes are needed. We're building a good system in our professional league.

But rather than a final goodbye to beloved superstars and a grand welcome to the future of the sport, the American men's soccer machine will have to collect itself, lick its wounds, and figure out a way to recover. As for the players we thank them and will always be behind them in the stands. The US looks odds on to host the 2026 tournament.

Gulati, who took over as USSF president in 2006, will be up for re-election in February. "Despite past successes he has presided over an unmitigated disaster and the federation needs fresh leadership and ideas from top to bottom".

But the groundswell of blame in the U.S. is focussing in on the federation management.

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'Certainly, I think if our league [the MLS] continues to grow it benefits the national team program, ' Arena told reporters Tuesday.

But Rocco Commisso, the New York Cosmos chairman with an anti-trust lawsuit against US Soccer, joined the chorus of disapproval.

The Central American nation reached the World Cup for the first time in their history thanks to a last gasp 2-1 win over Costa Rica, while Honduras ended fourth and will play Australia over two legs for a place in Russian Federation next year.

While the usa was taking a hard and critical look at itself, former CONCACAF president Jack Warner, wanted in the United States on corruption charges but so far resisting extradition, described the Trinidad win the happiest day of his life on local radio.

Twellman finished his MLS career with 130 goals in 232 games, adding another six goals in 30 games over a seven-year stretch with the U.S. National Team.

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.

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