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The Last Time The USMNT Missed The World Cup, Penn State Football Won The National Championship

Last night’s catastrophic conclusion in the United States Men’s National Team World Cup saga was a historic one to say the least. Here’s a quick recap for those unaware:

On the final night of World Cup qualifying, the United States sat in third place behind Mexico and Costa Rica in its six team group. All the team needed to do was tie last place squad Trinidad and Tobago for a spot in the tournament next summer in Russia.

Instead, this happened:

After one of the most embarrassing nights in United States sports history, reality is setting in; the United States Men’s National Team will miss the World Cup for the first time since 1986. The team also missed the tournament in 1982.


Yes, you read that correctly, the last two times the men’s national soccer team missed the World Cup, Penn State football won the national championship. Secondarily, when the team previously missed the World Cup, the Nittany Lions also sat at 6-0.

We aren’t ones to speculate about coincidence, but I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say the stars are aligning for the Nittany Lions.

While we’re all devastated by last night’s result, hopefully this little pick-me-up can help ease the sting of realizing Summer 2018 will consist of nothing but baseball (or Italian soccer and golf, if you’re like me).

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected].

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