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Failure to qualify for World Cup exposes U.S. progress as a myth

Failure to qualify for World Cup exposes U.S. progress as a myth

So it’s confirmed the emperor had no clothes, only now we have to figure out exactly who the emperor was.

Bruce Arena, the coach of the United States men’s national soccer team?

Sunil Gulati, the federation president?

Or the players, starting with veterans such as Michael Bradley down to the up-and-comers like Darlington Nagbe?

The United States has failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the result of an inexcusable 2-1 defeat Tuesday night at Trinidad and Tobago.

Plenty of words will be written and spoken in the coming days about what went wrong over this disastrous qualifying cycle, but it really comes down to this: As much as soccer has improved its...

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