Cue the salt from the United States soccer contingent. After the USMNT failed to qualify for the World Cup, Honduras–who trumped the US via a wild win over Mexico on the last matchday of CONCACAF qualifying–was supposed to beat Australia to mantain the region’s four World Cup participants. After a two-leg playoff against the Aussies, however, the Catrachos are left wondering the same thing as the US: what happened?
After a listless draw in San Pedro Sula on November 10, Honduras had the Herculean task of crossing the Pacific and taking at least a scoring draw from the Socceroos. Unfortunately, Australia did not mess around, putting away Honduras with a 3-1 win that was never even as close as that; the Catrachos scored in the 90th minute, already down by 3 goals.
Of course, Twitter, being the reasonable place it is, immediately went off with jokes and insults at the Honduran team’s expense, while also question how in the world the US finished behind a team of that quality. The rational answer–that the US has just as many issues as Honduras, if not more–isn’t as fun as getting those tweets off, though, so we collected the most incredulous and mocking 140-character missives from Wednesday morning.
— Young Jefe (@rpuig205) November 15, 2017
Costa Rica: loses 5-0 to Spain and 1-0 to Hungary
Panama: loses 2-1 to Iran and ties Wales
Honduras: easily beaten 3-1 in the playoffs by Australia
How on earth did the US finish behind all of these teams!?!?!!!!
— Calvin Berger (@calberg98) November 15, 2017
Well at least all of the teams that finished ahead of us in the hex made the world honduras did what
— matt not matthias (@Irishenanigoats) November 15, 2017
Given how poor Honduras are, really makes you wonder how the US weren't able to qualify for the World Cup in a qualification process tailored to get them and Mexico to every edition.
— Trevor Oakley (@TrevorOakley1) November 15, 2017
Are US fans even saltier now that Honduras wasted the playoff spot?
— Anthony (@AnthonyNunnezz) November 15, 2017
Can't believe we're getting eliminated from an unlucky free kick owngoal and a penalty that didn't exist..tragic US not in the World Cup and Honduras very doubtful rip me 2018
— Bryan Martinez™ (@Bryan7Martinez) November 15, 2017
SMDH how is @ussoccer not better than Honduras
— Alex Cabral (@acab_13) November 15, 2017
Honduras not making it to the WC makes the USMNT’s elimination even more funny
— Leonardo (@PanBolio) November 15, 2017
The USMNT would've beat Australia. Honduras as usual with a disgusting display. Better now than during the World Cup I guess.
— SlimePennington (@caritoguey) November 15, 2017
— E. (@OVOefrain) November 15, 2017
How did #USMNT finish below this Honduras team?
— Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) November 15, 2017
eh the US beat them 6-0 at home. They drew 1-1 away. The US is 10 times better than Honduras.
— RJMoreeecheee19 (@ArsenalJets38) November 15, 2017
So Honduras had one good game in qualifying, beating Mexico, and it doomed the US, them's the rubs
— Adam Swift (@AdamTheRed) November 15, 2017
When the US couldn't qualify above Honduras only for them to miss out against Australia…
— The Shining Ocean (@jongdaeophile) November 15, 2017
Honduras put in one of the most pitiful performances of the playoffs. Didn't even try and beat Australia at home. Why would you play for the draw knowing the second leg is half way round the world? Absolute madness. Two of them, Panama and the US being gifted a spot was farcical.
— Ed (@Gibbe84) November 15, 2017
Australia beating Honduras is the final nail in the US coffin
— Not xmas time Burbidge ❥ (@slippish) November 15, 2017
— Paul Mavroudis (@PaulMavroudis) November 15, 2017
How did the US allow Honduras to finish above them in qualification! I haven’t seen a team so bad so close to the World Cup
— Dean Zammit (@dean_zammit10) November 15, 2017
hot aus v honduras take: the US must have been worse than I thought
— Luke Plunkett (@LukePlunkett) November 15, 2017
Que @ussoccer haya quedado debajo de esta pobre Honduras en el hexagonal de la CONCACAF, habla mucho peor de los yankees…
— Federico González (@federix12) November 15, 2017