USA Soccer Eliminated From 2016 Olympics Bid
"I'm real emotional, and I don't want to say anything without coming down a bit," U.S. U-23 head coach Andi Herzog said following the teams 2-1 loss to Colombia on Tuesday night in Frisco, Texas. "I'm really disappointed."
The loss to Colombia now means that the U.S. will not have a soccer team participate in the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics as they fall in aggregate scoring 3-2. The U.S. loss to Honduras back in October, put them into tonight's situation where they had to win to get in. Colombia's Roger Martinez scored twice (30', 64') as the only American goal was an own goal off the head of a Colombian player.
"When a team played real physical against us, we didn't have any power, any assertiveness up front," Herzog said. "That's disappointing."
The U.S. had last failed to qualify for consecutive Olympics from 1960-68.
This loss raises questions about the future of U.S. soccer. The U.S. seems to be falling behind to the rest of the world when it comes to the globe's most popular sport.