Iceland Is In, US Is Out

October 12, 2017

It’s been a wild few days in the world of football (or soccer) as teams play final qualifying rounds to see who will compete in the 2018 World Cup. There was plenty of excitement in the last week alone, but two games made international headlines. First, Iceland beat Kosovo, marking the first time Iceland has ever qualified for the World Cup. What’s more is that with a population of just over 330,000 people, Iceland is the smallest country to ever qualify.

Second shocker?

For the first time since 1986, the US men’s soccer team will not be heading to the World Cup. What’s doubly shocking? The US team only had to tie Trinidad and Tobago to advance. They lost to Trinidad and Tobago, whose team ranked 99th in the world, by one point. It was a tough loss for the US team but a great win for Trinidad and Tobago.