The United States men's national soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in three decades on Tuesday night after suffering a stunning 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago, which has a population of 1.3 million people, were ranked last in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying entering the match, and had nothing to play for after winning just one of their previous nine matches in the six-team group. The defeat meant the U.S. finished fifth in CONCACAF, as Panama and Honduras leapfrogged them after unexpected victories over Mexico and Costa Rica, respectively.
The World Cup will proceed without the United States next summer for the first time since 1986, with Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama representing North America. Honduras will face Australia in a playoff for a chance to be the fourth team to represent the continent.
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 21: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke (L) and Russia's sport minister Vitaly Mutko (R) at a meeting of FIFA officials with representatives of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Organising Committee, in Sochi, Russia, on November 21, 2014. (Photo by Artur Lebedev/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 28: Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin (3d L), Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), FIFA President Josef S. Blatter (R) observe a reconstruction site of the Luzhniki stadium on October 28, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. The Luzhniki stadium will be one of the venues of the 2018 The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. (Photo by Dmitry Azarov/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 28: Russian President Vladimir Putin observes a reconstruction site of the Luzhniki stadium on October 28, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. The Luzhniki stadium is to become one of the venues of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 11: A general view of the Russia 2018 World Cup Rio Reception Evening at the Copacabana Palace Hotel on July 11, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)