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USA crash out of World Cup qualifiers after defeat to Trinidad & Tobago

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The US will not be going to the World Cup next summer after a shock 2-1 defeat to lowly Trinidad & Tobago saw them finish fifth in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table.

While the Americans only have themselves to blame for a catastrophic performance, it also took an unlikely combination of results for the US to miss out on the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.

“We didn’t qualify for the World Cup,” USA national coach Bruce Arena said after the game. “That was my job. To get the team qualified for the World Cup.”

“This game in my view was perfectly positioned for the US team and we failed on the day. We have no excuses. We failed today. We should have walked off this field with at least a point.” – Cara Daftar Sbobet

After going behind to the Hexagonal group’s bottom team and were unable to find an equaliser, they needed help from others in the group.

They did not get it, as Mexico lost 3-2 to Honduras, while a late goal from Panama to beat Costa Rica 2-1 pushed the US out of fourth place, which would have sent them into a two-legged playoff with Australia next month.

The US beat Panama 4-0 just last Friday but, despite playing a Trinidad & Tobago side with just three points from nine games before kick-off, never looked close to securing a place in Russia.

Mexico and Costa Rica had already qualified – Mexico as group winners – while Panama take the third automatic spot courtesy of their 87th-minute winner. In the playoff for the right to join them in Russia, Honduras will face Australia, whose coach, Ange Postecoglou, will reportedly step down after the playoff games.

Trump victory could ‘add layer’ to US-Mexico qualifier

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Donald Trump’s victory in the United States presidential election has given an “added layer” to Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico, says USA captain Michael Bradley.

The match will be played in Ohio, a key ‘swing’ state won by Trump.

In his ultimately successful presidential campaign, Trump has described Mexicans as “criminals” and said he wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. He also said Mexico would foot the bill for his planned wall along the southern border of the US – a claim denied by the Mexican government.

On the other hand, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has previously accused Trump of damaging US-Mexico relations, after the president-elect labelled undocumented Mexican migrants to the US “criminals” and “rapists”.

Bradley said fans at the game must be respected, be they “American, Mexican, neutral, men, women, children”.

“Given the way everything has gone the last few months, I think there is an added layer to this game,” said Bradley.

“I would hope that our fans do what they always do, which is support our team in the best, most passionate way possible.”

US goalkeeper Tim Howard said he hoped the game in Ohio’s capital, Columbus, did not become overshadowed.

“That’s politics, and this is football,” said the former Manchester United and Everton player.

“Mexico is going to try to kick our asses and we’re going to try to kick theirs. It’s got nothing to do with politics.”

Friday marks the start of the final stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, with six teams – the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Honduras and Panama – vying for three automatic spots at Russia 2018.

Chile joins Argentina in Copa America quarter-final

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Copa America Centenario: Group D results

Chile vs Panama (4-2)

Argentina vs Bolivia (3-0)

Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas both scored a brace to spare defending Copa America champions Chile the blushes, keeping their team in contention as they joined Argentina on top of Group D and moved in the quarter finals.

But both Panama and Chile had everything to play for, with the both teams needing a win to get through the group stages.

And it was Panama who came through in the beginning, starting strong and with Miguel Camargo’s long-range shot flew underneath Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to give the underdogs an early start.

Chile then pulled off a response in no time to level the game. Alexis Sanchez, who managed only low-key performances before, improved much this time around. He got free in the Panama box and had a shot parried by opposition keeper Jaime Penedo. But there were no worries for Chile as Vargas was right there to slot the loose ball home.

Vargas then added his second with a precise cross from Jean Beausejour just 2 minutes before the second half.

5 minutes after the break, Sanchez powered a volley past Penedo from a Vargas cross to extend Chile’s lead. Still, the advantaged was cut short to a one-goal difference as Bravo misplayed a headed effort from Panama’s Abdiel Arroyo in the 75th minute.

At that point, Panama entire team worked hard to get the two additional goals they sorely need for survival. But Chile merely added to their final tally as Sanchez scores another, this time a close range header.

And with that, Chile wraps the game up at 4-2 and will face Mexico next, a strong contender in the tournament. They need to be more wary then, for there is hardly room for mistakes in the knockout stages.