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Trouble brewing: USMNT trails T&T after early Omar OG (video)

United States v Martinique: Group B - 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

TAMPA, FL - JULY 12: Omar Gonzalez #3 of the United States against Martinique during the first half of the CONCACAF Group B match at Raymond James Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

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All the U.S. national team had to do to officially qualify for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday was to avoid falling flat on its collective face.

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Through 30 minutes of Bruce Arena’s side’s Hexagonal finale, it’s not gone according to plan. After failing to control the game through possession whatsoever, the USMNT went a goal down when Omar Gonzalez looped the ball high over the head of Tim Howard and into the back of the Yanks’ goal in the 17th minute.

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Gonzalez looked lost on the botched clearance, but Howard has never before shown his age so severely… or so costly.

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