USA is out of the 2018 World Cup after a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago.
The Daily Mail: “The US men’s soccer team has failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
But should a referee have disallowed a goal that helped doom their chances?
Bruce Arena’s men were eliminated after a disappointing 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night.
A string of results from other games that didn’t go their way sealed their exit.
Panama beat Costa Rica 2-1 to secure their place in the 2018 tournament. However there questions over whether their first goal crossed the line.
Videos seem to show the ball never made it all the way across the whitewash, but the referee allowed it anyway.
The controversial goal was scored in the 52nd minute, and Panama went on to score once more, but the decision may have impacted the US’ fate.
Panama had to win their game to qualify. A draw would have seen the US through.
According to CBS, who reached out to U.S. Soccer inquiring about their options at appealing Panama’s victory, officials appeared pessimistic.
‘As far as I know there is no recourse,’ Press Officer Michael Kammarman said in an email.
‘Decisions of the referee are final,’ he added.
Still, according to the Confederation of North, Central and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), an appeal can be filed for ‘parties directly affected by a decision’ and with a three weeks window to file a claim.
It remains unclear how CONCACAF rules affect World Cup tournament rules.
Meanwhile, 28 years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year’s tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.
Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States was eliminated with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night – the first time missing the World Cup since 1986.
The U.S. entered its final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.
The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, which lost its sixth straight qualifier last week.
But the defeat – coupled with Honduras’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama’s 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres’ 88th-minute goal – dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.