"We let down an entire nation today."
The United States Men's National Soccer failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since the 1986 tournament. Last night's 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago, coupled with other World Cup Qualifying results last night, resulted in an early elimination before the World Cup even began, which US defender Omar Gonazalez dubbed, "the worst day of my career."
"I just want to say sorry to the fans, all the U.S. fans that were pulling for us, that wanted to go to Russia, that believed in us," Gonzalez added, per ESPN. "We let down an entire nation today."
Trinidad & Tobago's first goal of the game came off the shin of Gonzalez, who was attempting to clear a cross sent into the box in the 17th minute.
"It's one of the most unlucky goals ever I think for myself," Gonzalez said, per ESPN. "It's one that will haunt me forever."
20 minutes after the own goal, Trinidad & Tobago's Alvin Jones buried a 30-yarder which turned out to be all they would need to prevent the U.S. from qualifying for the World Cup.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia next year, beginning on June 14th and running through July 15th. Unfortunately the United States won't be invited.
Check out some of the reactions to last night's devastating loss below.
Wait so you mean to tell me the US Men’s soccer team, which has never been good in our lives, still isn’t good? Get right out of town.— Big Seelz (@MBFLOfficial) October 11, 2017
Argentina need a win to get into the World Cup...Messi records a hat trick at Ecuador. U.S. need a result at TnT...we look like a U-15 team.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) October 11, 2017
so when does the us women’s soccer team get the @ussoccer handle— Natalie Weiner (@natalieweiner) October 11, 2017
If you are a American soccer fan, be angry, scream from the hill tops, this should never happen. #USMNT— Maximiliano Bretos (@mbretosESPN) October 11, 2017
Our Soccer Power Index projected a 3% chance that the 3 results that knocked out the USA men's team would happen.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 11, 2017
It's been awhile... pic.twitter.com/0UtHVUgcnT— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 11, 2017
US soccer fans asking "clean house?" No. Level it. Rebuild. A reality check. From rock bottom CAN come rebirth. But For now, we are pissed— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) October 11, 2017
MLS product and strategy committee—with several influential owners—is meeting today in LA. They need to push for change in MLS & US Soccer.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) October 11, 2017
Today is the worst day in US Soccer History.— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino) October 11, 2017
Here's the full Taylor Twellman rant: pic.twitter.com/3YOAQrTKmY— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) October 11, 2017