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We shouldn't be staying home for World Cup – Arena laments USA failure

United States boss Bruce Arena took responsibility as the Americans missed out on World Cup qualification on Tuesday.

Bruce Arena said the United States should not be staying home for the 2018 World Cup as the under-fire head coach accepted responsibility for the country's failure to qualify.

USA failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986 after suffering a shock 2-1 loss at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.

It was a match to forget for the Americans, who were third before kick-off but finished fifth and outside of the qualifying places in CONCACAF following wins for rivals Panama and Honduras.

Speaking after USA's capitulation as they attempted to secure an eighth successive World Cup berth, Arena said: "Clearly we are very disappointed. We had everything there for us today. No excuses for us not getting a second goal and coming away with at least a point.


Trinidad and Tobago 2 United States 1: USA fail to qualify for World Cup

The United States will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1986 after losing to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday.

The United States failed to qualify for the World Cup after suffering a shock 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago as rivals Panama and Honduras both won in CONCACAF.

Bidding to reach an eighth consecutive World Cup, USA were poised to advance to Russia 2018, having occupied the third and final automatic berth prior to kick-off on Tuesday.

However, defeat to lowly Trinidad and Tobago, coupled with victories for Panama and Honduras meant Bruce Arena's men dropped out of the North American qualifying spots altogether, down to fifth.

Borussia Dortmund sensation Christian Pulisic pulled a goal back early in the second half to give the Americans hope, after an Omar Gonzalez own goal and Alvin Jones' stunning long-range strike gave Trinidad and Tobago a 2-0 half-time lead.


BREAKING NEWS: USA miss out on World Cup

The United States dropped to fifth and outside of the qualifying spots for Russia 2018 after losing to Trinidad and Tobago.

For the first time since 1986, the United States will not feature at the World Cup after suffering a shock loss to Trinidad and Tobago as Panama and Honduras both won on a frantic day in CONCACAF qualifying.


Point against Honduras 'huge' for USA, says Arena

United States head coach Bruce Arena was pleased after his side salvaged a draw away to Honduras on Tuesday.

Bruce Arena expressed his pride after the United States rescued a "huge" point against Honduras in their quest for an eighth consecutive World Cup berth.

Substitute Bobby Wood equalised in the 85th minute as USA salvaged a late 1-1 draw away to Honduras in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

USA struggled in the warm conditions and their qualification hopes looked set to take another blow after last week's loss to Costa Rica when Romell Quioto gave the Hondurans a 27th-minute lead.

But with time running out, Wood smashed home the equaliser as USA retained the third and final automatic berth, albeit on goal difference ahead of Honduras with two matches remaining.

"Getting a point was huge for us," Arena said. "I am proud of how we battled.

"They were tough conditions. With two games remaining we have everything to play for."


Honduras 1 United States 1: Wood rescues late point for USA

Substitute Bobby Wood equalised in the 85th minute to rescue a point for the United States against Honduras in World Cup qualifying.

The United States avoided back-to-back defeats after salvaging a late 1-1 draw in Honduras to keep their hopes of automatically qualifying for the 2018 World Cup alive.

Stunned by Costa Rica last week, USA faced another major blow on Tuesday when Houston Dynamo star Romell Quioto put Honduras ahead in the first half of the CONCACAF qualifier in San Pedro Sula.

The score remained 1-0 as Honduras looked set to leapfrog USA into the third and final automatic berth for Russia 2018 until substitute Bobby Wood bundled home the equaliser with five minutes of regulation time remaining.

Honduras were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages, Henry Figueroa picking up a second yellow card.


Arena: USA were outplayed and outcoached by Costa Rica

United States head coach Bruce Arena conceded the Americans were not good enough in Friday's qualifying loss at home to Costa Rica.

Outplayed and outcoached. That was the assessment of United States boss Bruce Arena following his side's disappointing loss to Costa Rica in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

USA's hopes of securing a berth at the World Cup in Russia next year took a hit after Friday's 2-0 defeat at home to second-placed Costa Rica in Harrison, New Jersey.

A brace from Marco Urena struck a blow to the Americans, who occupy the third and final automatic qualification spot with three matches remaining but are now level on points with Honduras heading into Tuesday's crucial clash.

Panama are only a point further back following their loss to leaders Mexico – assured of a place at the World Cup – later on Friday and Arena conceded USA were below par at Red Bull Arena.


United States 0 Costa Rica 2: Urena brace strikes blow to USA's qualification hopes

Costa Rica forward Marco Urena scored in either half to sink the United States in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in Harrison, New Jersey.

The United States and their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia were dealt a major blow following a 2-0 loss to Costa Rica.

It was a USA-based player who heaped misery on the Americans as San Jose Earthquakes forward Marco Urena scored twice for Costa Rica on Friday.

Urena held off Tim Ream to sensationally score past Tim Howard from an acute angle in the 30th minute before sealing the points on the counter-attack with eight remaining in Harrison, New Jersey.

The result saw second-placed Costa Rica move level on points with Mexico – who are scheduled to play later on Friday – after seven games, and left USA on eight points and facing the possibility of being leapfrogged by Panama and caught by Honduras for the third and final automatic qualification spot.


Gold Cup: United States 2 Jamaica 1: Morris strikes late as USA claim Gold Cup

USA moved within one of Mexico's CONCACAF Gold Cup record after a 2-1 victory over Jamaica in Wednesday's final.

Jordan Morris scored an 88th-minute winner as the United States claimed a dramatic 2-1 victory over Jamaica for their sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup title.

Wednesday's showpiece appeared set for extra time after Je-Vaughn Watson cancelled out Jozy Altidore's stunning first-half opener, but Morris struck late to move USA within one of Mexico's Gold Cup record.

Altidore curled a free-kick past substitute goalkeeper Dwayne Miller on the stroke of half-time before Watson equalised for the 2015 runners-up – seeking their first Gold Cup crown.

However, USA huffed and puffed and eventually found the winner thanks to Morris, who rifled a shot into the back of the net – securing a third Gold Cup title for head coach Bruce Arena.


Costa Rica 0 United States 2: Dempsey equals Donovan record in win

USA reached the CONCACAF Gold Cup final as Clint Dempsey equalled the nation's goalscoring record in a 2-0 win against Costa Rica.

Clint Dempsey scored a record-equalling goal to help the United States reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup final after a 2-0 win over Costa Rica.

Dempsey set up Jozy Altidore for the game's opening goal in the 72nd minute at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday.

His clever 25-yard free-kick then saw him draw level with Landon Donovan on a record 57 goals for USA.

Bruce Arena's men were deserved winners as they reached the decider, in which they will face either Mexico or Jamaica on Wednesday.

Dempsey was dropped to the bench for the clash as Arena made five changes to the team that beat El Salvador 2-0 in the quarter-finals.

Eric Lichaj, Justin Morrow, Matt Hedges and Gyasi Zardes also made way, with Jorge Villafana, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Kellyn Acosta and Jordan Morris starting.


Gold Cup: United States 2 El Salvador 0: Hosts advance to semis

Bruce Arena's USA will meet Costa Rica for a place in the Gold Cup decider after beating El Salvador 2-0.

The United States advanced to a ninth successive CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final thanks to a first-half blitz and 2-0 win over El Salvador.

USA – semi-finalists in 2015 – had two unlikely players to thank, defenders Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj, for the quarter-final victory in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Boosted by the reinforcements of Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, as well as captain Michael Bradley, it was Gonzalez and Lichaj who scored quick-fire goals to sink a spirited El Salvador outfit.

A towering header from Pachuca centre-back Gonzalez gave hosts USA the lead with four minutes of regulation time remaining in the first half.

And USA put the result beyond doubt in the second minute of additional time after Lichaj combined with Dempsey – looking more like a forward than a full-back as he doubled the lead.


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