For the first time in more than three decades, the U.S. men’s national team will not compete in the World Cup. In the final qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup last October, the U.S. men’s national team lost 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago in a stunning defeat. Trinidad and Tobago, which hadn’t won in its last nine matches (0-8-1), defeated the United States in October of 2017.
An own goal from Omar Gonzalez and a rocket from Alvin Jones provided the offense, while Christian Pulisic’s second-half goal wasn’t enough to save the Americans. As sad as it is to admit, the American team will not be playing in Russia this summer. It’s the first World Cup the USA has missed since 1986.
Despite the USA’s no show in this years World Cup, a large number of tickets sold in one country is to, of course, the U.S. Other than host Russia, which has sold 796,875 tickets, the country with the most ticket sales so far is the United States, with 80,161 tickets purchased before the final phase of sales.
Brazil is next with 65,863, followed by Colombia (60,199), Germany (55,136), Mexico (51,736), Argentina (44,882), Peru (38,544), Australia (34,628), and England (30,711). Although the U.S. number is less than half the 200,000 sold for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it is still an impressive fan presence considering the distance and geopolitical issues between the nations.
The World Cup kicks off June 14 and the Final is July 15. Nearly 1.7 million tickets have already been sold through FIFA’s official website since tickets went on sale in September 2017. The “Last-Minute Phase” of ticket sales opened on April 18 and runs through the end of the tournament on a first-come, first-serve basis.