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Bruce Arena resigns as coach after US men’s soccer team fails to qualify for World Cup

US coach Bruce Arena speaks during a press conference ahead of their Concacaf WC Russis 2018 match against Honduras on Tuesday, in San Pedro Sula, 240 km north of Tegucigalpa, on September 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK  — Bruce Arena resigns as coach after U.S. men’s soccer team fails to qualify for World Cup.

Twenty-eight years after one of the United States’ most important victories came in stunning fashion at Trinidad to end a four-decade World Cup absence, the Americans’ chances for the 2018 tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

The U.S. was eliminated from World Cup contention Tuesday night, a shocking 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago ending a run of seven straight American appearances at soccer’s showcase.

The Soca Warriors scored a pair of first-half goals, getting one off U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez, and the United States made too many other mistakes to recover. The Americans are out of the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

“We let down an entire nation today,” Gonzalez said right after the game.

Shocked American players slumped on the bench, and Matt Besler sat on the field after the final whistle as Panama’s game ended and then Costa Rica’s. At the end, dejected U.S. players filed into their locker rooms with blank looks.