After his epic rant went viral on Tuesday night after the Americans' shocking elimination from the 2018 World Cup, Twellman returned to the ESPN airwaves to rant some more on the morning SportsCenter.
The USA only required a draw with lowly Trinidad and Tobago to gain passage to Russian Federation, but incredibly suffered a 2-1 loss.
Though The American Outlaws are not an official part of the U.S. Soccer Federation, they do work hand-in-hand with USSF when it comes to supporters sections and gameday atmospheres. Coach Bruce Arena couldn't improve on the frustrating Jurgen Klinsmann, and an injection of youth needs to be administered to a team of veterans, other than wunderkid Christian Pulisic.
But rather than a final goodbye to beloved superstars and a grand welcome to the future of the sport, the American men's soccer machine will have to collect itself, lick its wounds, and figure out a way to recover. We're building a good system in our professional league. We have players playing overseas of a certain quality.
Many will enjoy the schadenfreude at play here as the network were awarded the 2026 World Cup TV rights without even having to bid for them - a gift from Federation Internationale de Football Association after the broadcast company bent over backwards to help move the 2022 World Cup to the winter despite the bid guidelines clearly stating it would be a summer tournament.
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Gulati, who took over as USSF president in 2006, will be up for re-election in February. We have some good players coming up. Gulati will be standing for a fourth term and although the U.S. has introduced a three-term limit for its presidency, it is unclear if that will apply to Gulati (like all of football's recent reforms, it seems it probably doesn't have to apply to all-powerful incumbents or good old boys).
But Rocco Commisso, the New York Cosmos chairman with an anti-trust lawsuit against US Soccer, joined the chorus of disapproval.
But the groundswell of blame in the USA is focussing in on the federation management. We ask that the next time the players step on the field for their country they individually and collectively play with a renewed sense of urgency as we reinvigorate the fan base and begin to build towards qualification for the 2022 World Cup. "We'll look at everything".
The U.S reached the quarter-finals in 2002 and more recently impressed in Brazil four years ago by reaching the second round, finishing above Portugal in their group.