U.S. Men’s Soccer Fails to Qualify for World Cup for 1st Time Since 1986

The U.S. men’s soccer team has been eliminated from World Cup contention, losing to Trinidad, a team that was already eliminated.  The shocking 2-1 loss ends the Americans’ streak of seven straight appearances at the global sport’s showcase.

Yes. It’s been 31 years since May 31, 1986 — the last World Cup that didn’t feature the United States.

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.