Shocking end for US World Cup bid a blow to Fox, sponsors


Football pundit Taylor Twellman was outraged after the United States of America failed to qualify for the World Cup - watch his reaction here.

In one of the biggest upsets of this qualifying cycle, the United States failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in more than 30 years and now face some major questions over the progress of the sport in the country.

"Last night's World Cup qualifying results do not change FOX Sports' passion for the world's biggest sporting event", the company said in a statement.

The U.S. fell 2-1 on the road to Trinidad and Tobago.

Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer, "said he would make no decisions about the future of the program in the immediate aftermath of the defeat - 'that's for tomorrow, he said - and he declined to say whether Arena would coach the team through the end of his contract, which extends through the end of the 2018 World Cup", The New York Times reported.

"As a whole, USA soccer is just not prepared", Twellman said.

'You don't make wholesale changes based on the ball being two inches wide or two inches in, ' Gulati said, referencing a near goal by USA veteran Clint Dempsey.

"Arguably the challenging time zone (with the 2018 tournament hosted in Russia) will prove to cause a more significant factor depressing viewing when comparing 2018 vs. 2014", Wieser added. "When you walk down the streets of Manhattan today, you see kids wearing Messi jerseys and Ranoldo jerseys much more than you see them wearing American jerseys", he said. It was also supposed to serve as a coming-out party and passing of the torch for the American wunderkind Christian Pulisic, the 19-year-old who scored the Americans' lone goal Tuesday night and who is clearly the future of the team's success if it's to have any. "At the end of the day, it's going to be an fantastic global event and that's what Fox bought into", he added. "There's enough there. There's no excuses for us to not qualify for the World Cup".