Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

ESPN Soccer Pundit Rips Into USA!

ESPN Soccer Pundit Rips Into USA!

But Arena's return to the post last fall ended in disaster as the U.S. failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Following the loss, ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman went on an epic rant blasting United States of America soccer as a whole.

"Unacceptable", tweeted former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, a U.S. Soccer Federation board member.

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The 37-year-old described it as an "utter embarrassment" that the US couldn't get a draw from Trinidad and Tobago, and left a warning to the players in the team. "The leadership of U.S. Soccer has failed all of its stakeholders: players, fans, sponsors and those of us who have invested in professional soccer".

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"If this failure does not wake up everyone from USA soccer to Major League Soccer from Pay-to-Play to broadcasters to everything, then we're all insane", Twellman said. "But we've got a lot of pieces in place that we think are very good and have been coming along".

Twellman was a bit more reserved after having gotten, in his words, about 90 minutes of sleep, but his points were just as poignant, calling out arrogance as the reason the USA failed to qualify.

"The gloves should have been off years ago!" "With the amount of money that is in Major League Soccer and is in this sport, you can't get a draw, a tie, against Trinidad?"

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is also likely on the hot seat, but like Arena, he does not feel major changes are needed. He said it was not the fault of Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach from 2011 through 2016, or Bruce Arena who took over from him.

"There's nothing wrong with what we're doing", he maintained.

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