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Filling the Void: USMNT World Cup aspirations snuffed out

US failure on a global stage? No way…

USMNT vs. Trinidad and Tobago by Erik Drost is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Filling the Void: USMNT World Cup aspirations snuffed out


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It’s a weird time in which we’re living. For the better part of 2020 we’ve been enduring a global pandemic and, as a country, the United States seems to be crashing and burning. Other countries have gathered experts, taken proper precautions, listened to science, and have seen cases and deaths diminish significantly. Some have reopened, or are in the process of reopening, but still stay cautious.

Meanwhile we’re going in the opposite direction. Our pompous nature has gotten the best of us yet again, and places that have reopened stateside are putting restrictions back in place.

Unfortunately, this feels a perfect comparison to today’s filling the void game. I’m choosing to fill today with a game that still infuriates me. The expected powers have done what they need to in order to qualify for the World Cup.

Yet the US are approaching the final game of qualifying and haven’t punched their ticket yet. After not qualifying for 40 years, the Yanks enjoyed seven straight World Cup appearances from 1990 – 2014. So, we’re doing the thing, right? It feels like a lock?

Insert angry dog growl here…

It’s easy to toss blame around, and I certainly have. But to even be in the position of needing a result on the final day of qualifying while having to travel to a small island nation is not something you’d expect from a supposed super power in your federation.

But at the same time, all they need is a result, right? Getting a draw at the very least should be straightforward enough. Or so you’d think…

So let’s dive in to the most infuriating game I have watched since I have followed the USMNT. Why? Because I like to torture myself, I guess…

USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago – World Cup Qualifier 2017


Stay safe.

Wash your hands.

WEAR A MASK.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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