I can't say this was a total stunner, but still: USA Stunned by Trinidad and Tobago, Eliminated From World Cup Contention
The nightmare scenario has played out for the U.S. men's national team.
A roller coaster of a qualifying campaign ended in shambles, with a stunning 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago, coupled with wins by Panama and Honduras over Costa Rica and Mexico, respectively, has eliminated the USA from the World Cup. The Americans will not be playing in Russia next summer.
Trinidad and Tobago, which hadn't won in its last nine matches (0-8-1), exacted revenge for the 1989 elimination at the hands of the United States, doing so in stunning fashion. An own goal from Omar Gonzalez and a rocket from Alvin Jones provided the offense, while Christian Pulisic's second-half goal wasn't enough to save the Americans.
And it seems like there's a fair chance I won't be able to root for Leo Messi, either?
Well, what shall I do?
Let's see: there's still Iceland! They're easy to root for!
Perhaps Wales? Perhaps Costa Rica? Perhaps Chile?
I'm ready, I'm an eager Yankee, looking for a team with some charisma, some elan, some heart, some fighting spirit.
Where are you? Are you out there?
It's still a few weeks until the tournament qualifications are known.
I guess I've got time to start looking...