The United States Men’s National Team is in danger of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. If it happened, it would be the first time the USMNT missed the world’s greatest sporting event since Mexico in 1986. If they lose to Guatemala Tuesday night, they’ll need an awful lot of help from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines—Population: 103,000; FIFA Ranking: 141—just to advance to the next round of qualifying.
Look, they’re probably going to win, and they’re probably going to qualify for the World Cup. The match takes place in Columbus, where the USMNT has never lost a World Cup qualifier and has routinely put their rivals to the sword. As U.S. Soccer optimistically puts it, the USMNT has now played their two toughest away games. Then again, they’d never lost to Guatemala in World Cup qualifying—and hadn’t lost to Guatemala, period, since 1988—until they shit the bed on Friday, so who knows what’ll happen?