This was Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard's last game. Probably others. People like them and Bruce Arena have been a part of the highest highs for the men's team and now part of the lowest low. Pulisic has been robbed of his first World Cup experience. The legacies of Bradley and Jozy, two of the best to ever wear the jersey are doomed to eternal questions that until now we're mostly unfair. This changes everything for American soccer. This will impact the program forever, and I don't think we will get the hard won but positive change that should come as long as Sunil Gulati is still part of us soccer. He has to go. He bears more responsibility for this than anyone.
It's insane that US fans finally got our super star and this is what happened. It's horsefeathering crazy.
Younger guys like Pulisic, Yedlin, Wood, Acosta will be fine but the players like Jozy, Bradley, Besler, and Omar who would have otherwise rolled right through to 2022? I have no idea what happens to them. This ecosystem of predictable, non-competitive entitled spots is done though. Because of this failure and because the next generation is just better and deeper. No more looking at a 20 year old and knowing he's going to 3 world cups. That's over, except for maybe the elites like pulisic (who will still be 22 in Qatar).
Dempsey should retire tied with LD. Both robbed of their final bow. Careers that meant everything to malnourished fans and a culture hungry for stars going out like losers. As someone who has watched hundreds of hours of their careers, that hurts. This is a paradigm shift.
As for this game, Arena's tactics were a terrible idea against Panama and even worse against T&T. He just got lucky that Panama lost their minds and didn't bunker. Obviously T&T weren't that stupid. Michael Bradley isolated and alone was Jurgen's biggest tactical sin and Arena doing the same thing against counter attacking teams is unforgivable.
I don't know where we go from here but this is unthinkable. The weird part is that it feels sort of right with the state of our country. I now have zero things to be nationalistic about until Trump goes. I think we deserve that in a weird way.
Also, Billy Haisley was right the whole time.
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