Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Heartbreak for USMNT as they miss World Cup for the first time since 1986

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 United States
(Gonzalez OG 17', A. Jones 37')-(Pulisic 47')

Honduras 3-2 Mexico
(Elis 34', Ochoa OG 54', Quioto 60')-(Peralta 17', Vela 39')

Panama 2-1 Costa Rica
(G Torres 53', R. Torres 88')-(Venegas 36')

This was the exact combination of disastrous occurrences that needed to happen to knock the USMNT out of the World Cup. The Americans got off to a horrible start. They conceded a flukey own goal early in the match. Then an absolute golazo by Alvin Jones put them down 2-0. Some signs of life came through Christian Pulisic early in the second half, but, in the end, the USA's hopes of making the World Cup were more bogged down than that pitch on a tiny Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela.

Meanwhile, Panama ended up winning on a goal that never went in the net and Honduras stormed back from behind against Mexico, twice, to make the ultimate doomsday scenario a reality.

Plenty will be said and written about why the USMNT failed to qualify for their first World Cup since 1986. Most of the takes will be right in their own unique way. This failure was a combination of poor coaching, poor player development, subpar player talent, poor team selection, and a federation that doesn't quite do things the way the rest of the world does. Many think this gut punch will be the catalyst that sets off some much needed reforms to the way our country approaches the game. Many of those same people cheered as the team lost this match and bumbled their way out of the World Cup. I hope the changes come, but I also hope that missing out on the World Cup doesn't harm the growth of this sport in ways that set us back a good 15 years or more.

World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
France 2-1 Belarus
(Griezmann 27', Giroud 33')-(Saroka 44')

Luxembourg 1-1 Bulgaria
(Thill 3')-(Chochev 68')

Netherlands 2-0 Sweden
(Robben PK 16', 40')

Hungary 1-0 Faroe Islands
(Bode 81')

Latvia 4-0 Andorra
(Ikaunieks 11', Sabala 19', 59', Tarasovs 63')

Portugal 2-0 Switzerland
(Djourou OG 41', Silva 57')

Belgium 4-0 Cyprus
(E. Hazard 12', PK 63', T. Hazard 52', Lukaku 78')

Estonia 1-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina
(Antonov 75')-(Hajrovic 48', 84')

Greece 4-0 Gibraltar
(Torosidis 32', Mitroglou 61', 63', Gianniotas 78')

Portugal and France join the World Cup party while Greece, Switzerland, and Sweden will duke it out in the UEFA playoffs with Northern Ireland, Ireland, Denmark, Italy, and Croatia.

World Cup Qualifying- CONMEBOL
Brazil 3-0 Chile
(Paulinho 55', Jesus 57', 90+3')

Ecuador 1-3 Argentina
(Mina 1')-(Messi 12', 20', 62')

Paraguay 0-1 Venezuela
(Herrera 84')

Peru 1-1 Colombia
(Guerrero 76')-(Rodriguez 56')

Uruguay 4-2 Bolivia
(Caceres 39', Cavani 42', Suarez 60', 76')-(Silva OG 24', Godin OG 79')

So, after all that, Lionel Messi salvages Argentina's qualifying efforts, Chile get eliminated by Brazil, Colombia holds to avoid a playoff that will instead feature Peru and New Zealand.

World Cup Qualifying -AFC
Australia 2-1 Syra (3-2 on aggregate)
(Cahill 13', 109')-(Al Somah 6')

Australia moves on to play Honduras in a two legged playoff for World Cup qualification.

USL
Rochester Rhinos 1-0 Bethlehem Steel
(Graf 38')

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MLS
Houston Dynamo v. Sporting Kansas City- 8pm

Liga MX
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NASL
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USL
San Antonio FC v. Portland Timbers 2- 8:30pm- YouTube
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