It has been 31 years since the United States has missed the World Cup; the dreadful 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, one of the weakest soccer regions in the world, marks a step back for the United States rather than a step forwards.
Just over a week ago, Christian Pulisic became the youngest man to win the US Soccer Player of the Year award, an honor well deserved for his performances with Dortmund this past year.
Pulisic was voted Player of the Year by men’s national soccer team players and coaches, Major League Soccer, North American Soccer League, and United Soccer League coaches, as well as prime ex-players, administrators, and media members.
Despite the United States’ failure to qualify for the World Cup, he sees his position as one to encourage younger American players to work harder and explore opportunities abroad, where international teams’ soccer academies are the strongest.
After the fateful game against Trinidad and Tobago, Pulisic penned an article in the Players’ Tribune in which he wrote: “I’m not a prodigy, or a ‘wonderboy’, as some have put it I think I hope that we’re going to be able to build something, here, with US Soccer, where it’s not just going to be about one lost match, or one lost cycle, or one lost team.