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United States fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1986

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United States fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1986

COUVA, Trinidad — The United States has been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss at Trinidad ending the Americans’ streak of seven straight appearances at soccer’s showcase.

Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year’s tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States was eliminated with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night — the first time missing the World Cup since 1986.

The U.S. entered its final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.

The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, which lost its sixth straight qualifier last week. But the defeat — coupled with Honduras’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama’s 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres’ 88th-minute goal — dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

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Highlights from the New England Revolution's 2-0 victory over Orlando SC

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FINAL SCORE: New England Revolution 2, Orlando City SC 0

IN BRIEF: Cristian Penilla and Diego Fagundez score second-half goals to give the Revs the victory. Box score

HOWEVER . . . The Revolution were eliminated from playoff contention shortly before kickoff with D.C. United’s 1-0 victory over FC Dallas.

REVOLUTION RECORD: 9-12-11 (38 points), 8th place in Eastern Conference

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WHAT'S NEXT

The Revs play at Real Salt Lake next Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. EDT

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