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In Trinidad and Tobago, the word is "Revenge!" - that's the headline of the Trinidad Express newspaper's story about the country's Soca Warriors dispatching the U.S. men's team Tuesday night, denying the visiting Americans a World Cup slot for the first time in decades.

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It is the most embarrassing day in U.S. Soccer history, and perhaps one of the most damaging. And ultimately, it falls on Gulati. With everything on the line, the team looked listless, slow and lackadaisical. If this was Argentina or England, Germany or France, the resignation letter would come in the hours after the result.

"You don't make wholesale changes on a ball being two inches wide or two inches in", he said, according to ESPN's Jeff Carlisle. The easiest was the simplest: beat the worst team in the regional competition, an opponent that had won one of its previous nine games, and not have to worry one bit what unfolded in the other two group matches. Now they have to ensure it is rolled out universally, especially in some of FIFA's biggest games outside of World Cups.

"It would force everyone to really reevaluate in an academic way what has been happening with soccer in this country in a different way than if they qualify", Curtis said last week.

The first goal against the U.S. came courtesy of an own goal by defender Omar Gonzalez, whose attempt to clear a crossing pass sent a wickedly looping ball toward - and over - U.S. goalie Tim Howard. It transitions to the second Bruce Arena tenure. "It's one that will haunt me forever". Whatever the American failings during a shocking loss to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday - and there were plenty - a lifeline could have been provided if Panama had not profited from a phantom goal against Costa Rica.

"Every time you have a setback you have to look at things, re-evaluate and get better", Howard said to reporters in the minutes after the devastating loss.

Only a month ago, the Soca Warriors had endured their own mix of mortification and sadness over missing out on the World Cup. "This is not something you just wake up in the morning and forget all about".

Friday's exhilarating attacking display against Panama, where Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic excelled in a 4-0 thrashing of Los Canaleros, has left Arena's side on the brink of a place in next year's finals in Russia.

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