Don’t get cocky.

U.S. men fail to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1986

Twenty-eight years after the United States ended a four-decade World Cup absence with a stunning victory at Trinidad, the American men’s chances for the 2018 tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela in even more astonishing fashion.

Needing only a tie and confident of victory against the world’s 99th-ranked team, the U.S. was eliminated from World Cup contention Tuesday night with a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago that ended a run of seven straight American appearances at soccer’s showcase.