The United States men’s national team failed to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday, a result that left a fan base angry, heartbroken and searching for answers.
Count Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes among that bunch.
Vermes, a former national team player, watched from Houston as the Americans fell 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago, a stunning loss that knocked them out of the 2018 World Cup field.
“Devastating. That’s what I would say. I’m devastated by the fact that we didn’t qualify,” Vermes said in a phone interview with The Star late Wednesday. “I don’t really have a lot of comments other than as a former player, as a coach today, as a fan of the game, (I am) just incredibly disappointed.
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“I thought the performance on the field, for a final game like that and everything that you were going for, that game was not representative of a U.S. team on the field — not the way they played. It didn’t have the intensity, didn’t have the desire, the hunger, the fight. It was not good enough. That’s it. That’s all I can tell you.”