The USMNT is out of the World Cup. These teams aren’t.

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 10:40:23 PM. The Americans will be watching these teams from home, just like you.
This dude will be making the trip to Russia for Argentina. (Juan Ruiz/AFP/Getty Images) The U.S. men’s soccer team will not be traveling to Russia for next year’s World Cup, thanks to Tuesday night’s dreadful 2-1 loss to tiny Trinidad and Tobago combined with wins by Honduras and Panama (the latter in part because of a goal that should not have counted). This is obviously a bad thing, exposing the fact that the United States still is — somehow, with all of its assets — nowhere close to being a global men’s soccer presence. [In a stunner, U.S. men’s soccer falls to Trinidad and Tobago and will not qualify for 2018 World Cup] But the World Cup will go on, featuring the usual collection of European and South American powerhouses plus lesser teams from the sport’s backwaters. And Iceland, which stands alone. Here’s a look at who’s in, who’s out and who still has work to do. CONCACAF (North and Central America, plus the Caribbean) Who’s in: Mexico (group winner), Costa Rica, Panama. Work left to do: Honduras, which faces Australia for one of the final World Cup berths in a two-leg inter-confederation playoff on Nov. 9 and 14. Four years after needing a playoff victory over New Zealand to qualify, the Mexicans finished atop the CONCACAF standings for the first time since 1998, conceding only seven goals in 10 matches (two of them in Tuesday night’s loss to Honduras, a meaningless match for already qualified El Tri). Costa Rica is back on soccer’s grandest stage for the fourth time...Read more
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