Four reasons the U.S. won't be at next year's World Cup

Speaking in his familiar role as an analyst on ESPN, Twellman hammered away at the "utter embarrassment" of a United States team failing to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation. And that's a shame.

U.S. Soccer should be ashamed of itself.

Going down 2-0 in the first half, the starting XI put out on the cow pasture by Bruce Arena looked lethargic and uninterested in the implications the match held. Gulati is expected to address Arena's future in a conference call with reporters on Friday.

Mexico topped the standings with Costa Rica in second place while the third automatic spot went to Panama. But the expectations have risen tremendously since the 1994 World Cup and the MLS debut in 1996.

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It appeared that this team was headed for a playoff until Panama's late victor to beat Costa Rica 2-1 sealed the USA's fate. Especially in that last game against Trinidad and Tobago. One of the best tirades came from ESPN analyst and former US player Taylor Twellman, whose embarrassment and disgust were equalled only by his anger at mediocre expectations that have long considered subpar player and team performances superb. After Friday's 4-0 victory over Panama, the USA looked certain to continue its record of reaching the World Cup finals-it hasn't missed a tournament since 1986.

Filip Bondy, writing on the Forbes magazine website, agreed that, "This surely marks the end of the Sunil Gulati era for US Soccer". Established Major League Soccer teams and new ones have rapidly garnered strong and devoted fans. "We'll look at everything, obviously, and all our programs, both the national team and all the development stuff", he said. Having a clearly defined identity also makes it much easier to figure out which players are going to fit best with your team.

It's not just the senior national team. The U.S. failed to qualify for the 2012 and 2016 men's Olympic soccer tournaments, a generational talent gap evident when a creaky defense repeatedly broke down during qualifying. Combined with the World Cup failure, those are way too many wasted development opportunities. And since 2007, the group has grown both in size and recognition, traveling around the world to give the national teams a visible fan presence.

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As you might have heard by now since American soccer Twitter melted down on Tuesday night, that 1-in-27 scenario played out in nightmarish fashion. All of that has to get better, but the infrastructure now for player development in the United States is set. Soccer in the United States, unlike the rest of the world, is for affluent families only.

On the boys side, however, pay to play is the ultimate anchor for U.S. Soccer. "Players play in clubs", Arena told the Post.

"The push for an overhaul of the US Soccer Federation will be stronger than ever from fans, from media and from American soccer stakeholders who've invested millions of dollars in the growth of the sport-including USSF sponsors like Nike, Coca-Cola and Budweiser, MLS owners and television rights-holders like Fox Sports, ESPN and Univision", Wahl wrote.

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