October 21, 2017
Ex-USMNT player bashes USA's World Cup failure

Ex-USMNT player bashes USA's World Cup failure

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Andrew Joseph
Published 1:32 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2017

The USMNT’s stunning loss to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday along with worst-case results across CONCACAF has the U.S. in a position it hasn’t been in since 1986:

Out of the World Cup.

When the final whistle sounded, there was a lot to take in. After all, an utter failure of that magnitude cannot be fully dissected instantaneously. But for former USMNT player and current ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman, he summarized the massive setback the USMNT handed the sport in an incredible postgame rant. The entire eight-minute reaction is worth a watch.

Twellman eviscerated U.S. Soccer from the top-down, putting blame on the federation’s leadership and the players themselves.

At one point, he asked why the U.S. didn’t make changes years ago:

“The gloves should have been off years ago. We should have been having real criticism. And the discussion after Brazil, Max, was, ‘Can we beat the Colombias and the Belgiums and the Argentinas of the world?’ You kidding me? We can’t beat Trinidad on a field that’s too wet and too heavy? What are we doing? What are we doing?”

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