In the Pan American group, a surprising 2-1 defeat at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago, combined with a controversial Panama goal saw the United States fail to qualify for their first world cup in 30 years.
After defeating Panama 4-0 just 5 days ago, the USA started the final round in 3rd place behind group winners Mexico and Costa Rica, and with only a point required against Bottom of the group Trinidad & Tobago who had only mustard 3 points over the past 9 qualifying games, USA must have been looking at Russian Hotels already.
In a game they never looked like winning, Trinidad took the lead early in the 1st half, thanks to a Omar Gonzalez own goal, with the defender attempting to block a Trinidad cross into the box, his deflection rocketed the ball past the Veteran keeper Tim Howard in the USA goal. Alvin Jones doubled the lead shortly before the break, with a 35 yard rocket of an shot.
Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic, score a long-range effort of his own in the second half to give the USA some hope, but with news of Honduras defeating Mexico a play-off place looked the most likely aspect. That was until news of events in Panama.
Costa Rica had took the lead before a 52nd minute effort from Gabriel Torres hit the Cost Rican post, whit Blas Perez the quickest to react in an attempt to scramble the ball over the line, however as everyone believed Costa Rican defender Ronald Matarrita had managed to clear the ball before it crossed, referee Walter Lopez awarded the Goal making it 1-1 and that’s the way it looked like staying, until the 88th minute when Torres again unleashed a mighty effort that this time smashed the underside of the crossbar to land in the back of the net, send Panama up to third and crashing the USA out of the World Cup.