clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Major Link Soccer: US men fail to qualify for Rio Olympics

New, 30 comments

The ship was righted in Columbus as the full USMNT get a big win, but down in Texas the U-23's crash and burn..

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Sarah Crabill/Getty Images

U.S. Soccer

One ship was righted in Columbus, but the other went down in flames in Frisco. For US Soccer it was a confusing night to say the least. The full National Team put on a dominating performance against Guatemala while the U-23's lost their cool and their summer trip to Rio.

The veterans lead the charge Tuesday night in Columbus, but it was 17-year old Christian Pulisic who made history. Pulisic became the youngest American to appear in a World Cup qualifier when he came in for Graham Zusi in the 81st minute.

Five things we learned watching the USA destroy Guatemala Tuesday night, and for Jurgen Klinsmann they aren't all good.

It wasn't all warm and fuzzy for Jurgen Klinsmann Tuesday night. Before the game kicked off there was a message for Klinsmann and it wasn't pleasant.

The US U17 Men’s National Team defeated France 3-2 on Monday in the final of the 44th International Tournament of Montaigu. This was the first championship for the US at the tournament since 1992.

Seattle

US Soccer announced the full class of 2016 nominees for the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Tuesday, and Seattle Sounders sporting director Chris Henderson is on the list.

"I really like living in America, especially in Seattle," he said. "I definitely see a future here; so I was really, really happy with that." That was a comment from Tyrone Mears on Tuesday after news broke that he received his green card freeing up an international roster spot for the Sounders.

Major League Soccer

In every other league around the world, playing without your best players because they are representing their countries is unheard of (since most leagues follow the FIFA international break schedule.) In MLS,  its a different story.

Georgios Samaras is playing in Oklahoma City these days. For the Greek international that is a long way away from his European success, as Samaras plays himself back into shape in the NASL the question begs will the 31-year old have any MLS suitors?

The Vancouver Whitecaps enjoyed a home win and Easter on Sunday night. After having Monday off the Whitecaps returned to work on Tuesday to find a surprise.

World Soccer

Fifa’s new president Gianni Infantino is ready to make his mark. Infantino said the World Cup needs to be opened up to more teams and is thinking about increasing the World Cup to 40 teams in 2026.

Chelsea currently have 28 players, cumulatively worth well in excess of £150million, out on loan this season. Todd Kane is one of the players out on loan for Chelsea, but Kane refuses to give up on his dream.

Goals of the week: 62 MPH Free kick, Back heal on the run, and a keeper goes Coast to Coast