That setback ends a streak of seven straight appearances in the World Cup for the USA, which last sat out the main event in 1986.
After the match, veteran soccer writer Grant Wahl summed up the enormity of the disaster best. "The most surreal and embarrassing night in U.S. soccer history". 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 US soccer as a whole. It's on and I'm going to bring it up right now: The gloves should have been off years ago. We will continue to invest in all aspects of the sport, from player development, to creating world-class stadiums and training facilities and to having clubs that are committed to their communities. We can't beat Trinidad on a field that's too wet and too heavy?
Mostly, though, the joke was on the men's soccer team. "What are we doing?"
"There's an arrogance in our sport that I don't understand", Twellman said, explaining that American arrogance in American football, baseball, basketball and hockey is fine because the USA has the best leagues in those sports. "They have not done a good enough job of getting this group ready to play".
He then called for accountability from every level of soccer in the U.S. While he stopped short of saying he has the exact answers, he demanded change.
"This is an utter embarrassment", Twellman said. "Max, you don't deserve to go to the World Cup, plain and simple".