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After getting knocked out of 2018 World Cup, U.S. men’s soccer will take more hits off the field

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The failure of the U.S. men’s national soccer team to qualify for the World Cup – a feat it had accomplished without considerable trouble for two decades – will have severe implications for those involved in the botched campaign and a sport that has gained a growing foothold on the American sports landscape. Needing only a draw Tuesday to secure a place in soccer’s quadrennial championship next summer in Russia, the U.S. squad fell behind the last-place team from Trinidad and Tobago by two goals in the first half and lost, 2-1. After qualifying for seven consecutive World Cups since 1990, the United States will have to wait until the 2022 event at the earliest to return to the sport’s grandest stage. It will also affect the U.S. Soccer Federation’s bottom line, from income lost for participating in the tournament, huge expected ratings hits for television broadcast partners and increased difficulty in luring sponsors for the team.

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