US Knocked out of World Cup Qualifier by the Netherlands

Over the weekend, the United States men’s national soccer team (USMNT) fell short to the Netherlands in their round of 16 matchup in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. America fell 3-1 to the European nation, who are scheduled to take on Argentina in the World Cup Quarter Finals this Friday at 2:00pm ET at Lusail Stadium in Qatar, the host nation of the 2022 World Cup.

The US faced Wales, England and Iran in the Group Stage of the World Cup qualifying competition. The match with Wales ended in a 1-1 tie, and the match with England ended in a 0-0 tie. However, the Stars and Stripes bested Iran 1-0 on November 29, advancing them to their first knockout round matchup with the Netherlands. Their luck quickly ran out, and the US would be out of the contention for the Cup with their loss to the Dutch.

The USMNT has not reached the Quarter Finals of the World Cup in the last 20 years, and has never won the title. Historically, the United States has not had much success in the World Cup, only appearing in 11 of the 22 tournaments since its inception in 1930. The last time the United States qualified as a participant in the World Cup was when the US hosted the tournament in 1994. Host nations automatically get a berth as part of hosting the global competition. 

The US men’s team will have to wait another four years for another chance at the title, until 2026 when the competition is held again. In the next World Cup, the United States will co host the tournament alongside two other North American nations – Canada and Mexico. This will be only the second time the USA has hosted, and the first time Canada has hosted. Mexico has hosted twice previously, and will pick up their third in 2026.

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