We needed a draw to control our own destiny, and we didn’t get it.
So the USMNT isn’t going to Russia. We’re not going to the World Cup. As badly as we played at times during this cycle, it still doesn’t feel real.
But honestly? We don’t deserve to go. Whether it was Bruce or Jurgen, there was one overarching theme for all of the Hex: We couldn’t score when teams sat back in a shell. We weren’t good enough on the ball to break teams down. A fluke goal flies off Omar Gonzalez’ foot and into our net, and it seemed to seal our fate.
Three years ago, on 10/10, we saw Landon Donovan play for the last time. Tonight, on 10/10, we probably saw the end of a lot of guys. Tim Howard, almost for sure. Same for Clint Dempsey, who will likely stay tied with Donovan at the top of the scoring chart until someone passes them both. Michael Bradley? We’ll probably see him again, but for what? There’s almost no chance he’s around for the next World Cup.
So what’s this mean for USfanTV? Honestly, we don’t know. Chris and I started this channel a year ago, and we’re blown away you’ve all followed along as this thing grew to where it is now. We’ve batted around some ideas in case this day came—maybe it’s an MLS show, maybe we talk about the youth teams and our players abroad, maybe we do a Bundesliga-focused show since we have so many guys playing there.
I don’t know right now if we’ll be back on YouTube Thursday night. Hell, I don’t know if we’ll be back at all. We’re just letting all of this sink in right now. If you have ideas on what you’d like to see us do, feel free to share.
Thanks to everyone who’s watched us along the way. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate it. And after a quick breather, hopefully we’ll be back with something cool.
Until then, you’re done.