Shocking end for US World Cup bid a blow to Fox, sponsors

Annette Crawford
October 12, 2017

Although the USA still would have advanced with help in other matches, Panama earned a 2-1 win over Costa Rica to clinch a World Cup berth in third while Honduras' 3-2 victory against Mexico was enough to secure a playoff date with Australia. The match was revenge of a sort for the island nation, which was infamously eliminated from the 1990 World Cup in November 1989 thanks to a defeat by the United States.

The loss is devastating to the United States men's soccer program, which had not missed a World Cup since 1986.

To win a bidding war with ESPN, Fox agreed to pay $400 million for the English-broadcast rights to the World Cup in 2018 and 2022.

Taylor Twellman let all his frustrations after the U.S. National Team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

"The gloves should have been off years ago! What are we doing?"

Earlier, Twellman went off on U.S. Soccer's inability to get the men's team ready for this qualification tournament.

The U.S. loss "is a blow to Fox Sports' soccer ambitions", Steven Cahall, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said Wednesday in a note. "Because that should have never happened with the billion dollars-plus that is going into U.S. Soccer and youth development".

"This is an utter embarrassment", Twellman said.

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