USMNT to face Portugal in first match following World Cup qualifying failure

Annette Crawford
October 17, 2017

The U.S. men's team soon found itself at a 2-0 deficit at the 37th minute when Trinidad and Tobago's Alvin Jones was able to score a goal.

The U.S. men's national team may not be going to the 2018 World Cup, but that doesn't mean life stops.

The Portugal game could be the first the US team will play since a 2-1 defeat to Trinidad and Tobago on October 10 that resulted in the Americans failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since the 1986 cycle.

The USSF statement on Monday said a coach to oversee the squad following Arena's departure would be determined in "the coming days".


They have met twice in the World Cup, with the United States famously collecting a 3-2 win in the opening group match that sparked its run to the quarterfinal of the 2002 tournament in Korea/Japan.

A potential matchup with Wales will not go forward, sources confirmed to ESPN FC, and though U.S. Soccer is looking for a replacement, one source said there are "limited options".

The U.S.is not likely to play a competitive match until the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. On Friday, some 72 hours after his side failed to secure the win or draw that would have punched its ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, head coach Bruce Arena resigned his post.

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