A nightmare World Cup cycle for the USMNT came to an end tonight, as a 2-1 U.S. loss to Trinidad and Tobago, coupled with wins by Panama and Honduras, eliminated the Americans from the competition.
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While the U.S. did themselves no favors with an atrocious performance in Trinidad, their fate was decided by a referee in Panama City. Panama’s 2-1 win over Costa Rica came in part from a phantom equalizer, credited to Gabriel Torres, that never actually crossed the line.
This is the first time since 1986 that the U.S. men have not made the World Cup.