The 2018 World Cup Was Unpredictable to Most

Kyle Brill, Staff writer

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While the world watched France beat Croatia to win its first World Cup title in 20 years, soccer fans in the USA were sad that the U.S. Men’s national team missed out on the biggest stage for the first time since 1986.

 

It was nearly a year ago in October of 2017 that the U.S. only needed to beat tiny Trinidad-Tobago to punch a ticket to Russia.  But in a shocking turn, Trinidad-Tobago scored two goals in the first half and the Americans never recovered. The U.S Men’s national team still could have qualified but all hope was lost when Honduras upset Mexico and Panama stunned Costa Rica to send Panama to Russia in place of the U.S.

 

Now 10 months later, fans are wondering if the U.S. can rebound and qualify for the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022.  If the Americans do so, it will happen with a new head coach. Bruce Arena stepped down following the humiliating defeat in Trinidad-Tobago.  More than a dozen coaches have been rumored to be interested in the position. Among that list is several American men who many say could work well with young talent on the roster.

 

A leading foreign candidate is Colombia’s Juan Carlos Osorio who guided Mexico to the round of the 16 at the World Cup in Russia. Mexican fans thought Osorio could have done better but he is being pursued by at least six countries including the U.S.

 

Another person who some would like to see take the U.S. job is Roberto Martinez.  He led Belgium to the semi-finals this summer. But he is likely to remain in Belgium.

 

Whoever USA soccer eventually hires has a long road back to respectability.  USA soccer fans want nothing more than to cheer for the the red-white and blue in 2020.  

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The 2018 World Cup Was Unpredictable to Most