Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Altidore sends apology to USMNT supporters after World Cup debacle

Altidore sends apology to USMNT supporters after World Cup debacle

Arena also addressed widespread criticism directed at U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, who hired both Klinsmann and Arena. "The leadership of U.S. Soccer has failed all of its stakeholders: players, fans, sponsors and those of us who have invested in professional soccer. To see the start of MLS and to see FC Cincinnati in this day of age, and to see us not make a World Cup - I mean, it's heartbreaking".

"Iceland is the size of Corpus Christi, Texas".

Following the loss, ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman went on an epic rant blasting U.S. soccer as a whole. He added: "The players have got to be good enough, too".

"You can't take any team in CONCACAF for granted. You are a soccer generation that has been given everything; you are a soccer generation who's on the verge of squandering everything".

The United States needed only a point in their final World Cup qualifying match to book their place at an eighth successive World Cup.

Needing just a draw against a last-place opponent, the Americans fell from third to fifth in the six-nation qualifying group and missed the World Cup for the first time since 1986. It's not on Arena, it's not on Klinsmann, it's not on the United States Soccer Federation, it's all on the players.

That's why the elimination of the usa men's team is such a blow - it will nearly surely mean that US viewers won't pay as much attention to the 2018 matches. "Need a long-term plan that is smart". "Like here in West Michigan, the kids that watch the US and get behind them aren't going to be able to do that next year and that's a killer". Arena's contract was set to run through July, after the World Cup.

When asked if the United States will qualify for the World Cup in the next cycle, he clearly said yes.

But this time we got a twist ending.

Everyone was soul-searching and looking for answers on Wednesday.

Of course, there must be reevaluation, critique and accountability when the US fails to reach a World Cup. What needs to change? The U.S. men have been inconsistent for quite some time.

In the last four years, MLS teams have increased about 80% in value.

It's a predictable script because the United States of America has been a fixture at the World Cup for so long we couldn't imagine it missing the great quadrennial sporting event.

"We have some good players coming up".

There is no coach to blame in this situation. Bruce Arena, brought back when Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked last November after a 0-2 start in the hexagonal, figures to depart later this year or next. It has also worked to land more lucrative television deals and sign new corporate partners, according to MLS Commissioner Don Garber, who spoke with CNNMoney earlier this year. Listen to or read some of the rants and it seems everyone in American soccer has been getting everything wrong, especially the U.S. Soccer Federation. Despite adequate funding and a huge amount of young people playing soccer in the country, the USA hasn't produced world-class talent apart from 19-year-old Christian Pulisic.

U.S. Soccer may not have solved the pay-to-play problem - any parent in America knows that there's a business out there pouncing to capitalize on any endeavor your child may pursue - but it has taken steps that its detractors often do not acknowledge.

Truth is, there's no quick fix. English-language rights holder Fox will inevitably shift to El Tri as its "home" team-good luck with that one, y'all-but the reality is that a lot of people really are just going to skip over the soccer this time around, and that doesn't do anything for anyone worth doing anything for.

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