12 Octubre, 2017
So what went wrong? The U.S. men are eliminated from the 2018 World Cup.
And perhaps most importantly, there will be no opportunities for little kids across the country to watch Team USA play in the World Cup for the first time. With everything on the line, the team looked listless, slow and lackadaisical.
"This game was perfectly positioned for the U.S. team and we failed on the day", Arena told reporters after the game. "We'll look at everything". It wasn't a failure on the day.
This is not a result that stands on its own.
Less than 12 hours after the pivotal match, many changes have already been called for.
"It's a blemish for us", Coach Bruce Arena said. "It just depends on whether somebody can pull those strings together".
The president of U.S. Soccer runs an organization whose most visible products are the senior national teams. Gulati must now consider resigning his position ahead of an upcoming election. Let that sink in for a moment.
This shouldn't even be considered a controversial statement. Or, in the last possible avenue, it could go through if Panama and Honduras stumbled. Tuesday night proved that. Speaking on ESPN's SportsCenter, former U.S. international Taylor Twellman went on an epic rant.
Tim Howard sounded the same notes after the game.
In the last match between the two teams, Costa Rica tied with Panama, 0-0. The foundation of interest and passion for the sport is still very much there.
In some ways, they are. Major League Soccer has accelerated in its maturation over the past decade.
Four years ago, Orlando's stadium and its two pro teams did not exist, and Pulisic was 15. Now they have to ensure it is rolled out universally, especially in some of FIFA's biggest games outside of World Cups.
Nike: Selling jerseys of the U.S. National Team isn't a particularly huge business for Nike, but it does have some scale.
The other loss is a gap in enthusiasm.
Costa Rica is second in CONCACAF with 16 points.
The job should start on the youth fields.
The U.S. needs a draw to clinch a spot in the 2018 World Cup.
A 60th-minute goal from Romell Quioto proved to be the match-winner for Jorge Luis Pinto's men at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. That's a long way away.
In another upset, World Cup regulars Chile - the Copa America holders - lost out on goal difference to fifth-place Peru, who will face a playoff round against Oceania winners New Zealand.