Alas, Americans: We feared the worst and we got the worst.
In Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. men’s national team (USMNT) lost 2-1, and as a result, failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The first goal was an own goal by Omar Gonzalez (who I’m pretty sure is going to have nightmares for the rest of his life). And on Trinidad’s second goal, the defense looked as if they were on a morning jog. The USMNT didn’t even put up a good game. All they needed was a draw to move on.
My disappointment is not just from last night. I’ve been pulling my hair out all year. Our guys have not been entertaining in the slightest. I watched the men lose 2-0 in an earlier qualifier against Costa Rica—while on vacation in Costa Rica. Nice beach. Beer in hand. I went there to relax, and instead left with a headache.
But here’s what really gets me going: The USMNT still gets paid more than the women for being bad at their jobs. According to U.S. Soccer’s pay structure through 2018, the men’s team gets paid $4,000 per World Cup qualifier loss per player. Before the women settled their new collective bargaining agreement in April, their pay structure for World Cup qualifiers was marked “N/A” on reported documents.
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However, records do show that the men received more dollars for getting knocked out of the early stages of the 2014 World Cup than the women did for winning the whole thing in 2015.
U.S. men got $9m for LOSING in the Round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup.
U.S. women got $2m for WINNING the 2015 World Cup.#USMNT
— Charles Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 11, 2017
It appears that U.S. Soccer invests millions of dollars more into the men’s development as well.
U.S. Soccer spending, 2009-2016
USWNT: $ 73.5M
World Cups Won:
Failures to qualify:
USMNT: 1 pic.twitter.com/mdLXDwNE9L
— Walter Hickey (@WaltHickey) October 11, 2017
If the USMNT’s horrible display during the World Cup qualifiers doesn’t make U.S. Soccer wake up in a major way, I don’t know what else will.