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Eight years is a long time to wait between World Cups

Eight years is a long time to wait between World Cups

There will be no local news reports from overflowing pubs in Chicago and Portland and San Jose.

For the first time since 1986, the US Men's National Team will be watching the World Cup from home.

Panama can still secure direct qualification for Russia, but they'll need help after a 4-0 drubbing at the United States last week.

Sporting KC defender Matt Besler and midfielder Benny Feilhaber recorded their 47th and 44th caps for the USA, respectively, with Besler starting and Feilhaber coming on as an 84th-minute substitute. It seemed like the proper moment to serve another dangerous cross.

See how to watch Thursday's match below. Telemundo is spending about $600 million for the Spanish-language rights. But the governing body is the ultimate organizer of the games and in charge of whittling 210 teams into 31 finalists, all of whom will benefit from technology in Russia.

Four years ago, Orlando's stadium and its two pro teams did not exist, and Pulisic was 15. The result was a deserved 2-1 loss and a stunning smack in the face when Panama found a late-winner to knock the Americans out of next summer's tournament.

Since that victory, only six countries had enjoyed a better run of World Cup appearances than the U.S. But the sun has set on that streak - and as the sun rose in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday, the Trinidad Express notes, the upset was "being savored this morning by all of T&T", in no small part because it denied the U.S. a spot in the final rounds of next year's tournament. And many compared population sizes - the U.S. has some 326 million people, and Trinidad and Tobago has 1.2 million. This has been the biggest disappointment of my career.

While the American debate immediately centered on the litany of shortcomings during a dismal qualifying campaign, the spotlight could swiftly fall on U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati. By 2015, that number had boomed to 1,132,218. The three points earned Honduras an intercontinental play-off berth against Australia next month. Ideally it won't, but now that question has to be asked with a certain foreboding. If the U.S. isn't playing, the exposure to the game is more limited and it's harder to get kids to try the game out of nowhere. Some will blame manager Bruce Arena, others on the American players that came up short, especially Omar Gonzalez, whose own goal gave Trinidad & Tobago an early lead that they would never surrender.