The U.S. soccer team will not be competing at the London Olympics this year. It is only the second time since 1976 that the Americans have failed to qualify for the Olympics.
The Men’s team entered the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament with high expectations but ended up in a must win situation against El Salvador. The Americans looked like they would be able to keep their Olympic hopes alive but with the clock winding down El Salvador scored a long goal off the hands of backup U.S. keeper Sean Johnson to tie the game at three, ending the U.S. soccer team’s Olympic hopes.
“This is probably the worst feeling I’ve ever felt in my life so far as a pro athlete. This is going to be hard to get over. But at the end of the day things like this happen. For me, I never want to feel this way again, and I’m going to do whatever it takes to never feel this way again.”
Johnson, who stepped in for U.S. keeper Bill Hamid after an injury, didn’t speak to reporters after the game.
Coach Caleb Porter said:
“He feels like he’s let everybody down, let his teammates down, and I told him he didn’t.”
Here are some highlights from the U.S. Vs. El Salvador soccer game.
Do you blame Sean Johnson for the U.S. Soccer team’s failed Olympic bid? Bill Hamid, as well as the rest of the team, should probably take some blame as well.