The Golden Age of U.S. Men’s Soccer

By Martin Rogers

The day after the United States Men’s National Team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, condemned to failure by a humiliating and dismal defeat in Trinidad and Tobago, the American sports media could scarcely talk about anything else.

There was an inquisition about how it could be possible that a country of 300 million could surrender so tamely to an opponent that had lost its past eight games, and in doing so, toss away the opportunity to get back to the most-watched event on the planet.