US ponders 'Losers' World Cup

November 15, 2017
Italy's Ciro Immobile, foreground, and Italy's Andrea Belotti, seated left, react to their team's elimination in the World Cup qualifying play-off second-leg match against Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, on Monday.

 

The US Soccer Federation (USSF)is looking into the possibility of an event next year involving nations that did not qualify for the World Cup.

The idea of an exhibition tournament has been floated for teams such as the United States, Italy, Chile and Ghana that won't be playing in Russia.

The USSF confirmed it was exploring the idea after a report yesterday by Fox. The United States were eliminated from World Cup contention when they lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago last month.

The tournament idea, first suggested on social media, gained traction Monday when Italy were eliminated by Sweden, who advanced with a 1-0 aggregate playoff win. The Italians will miss soccer's premier event for the first time in six decades.

It is not clear whether FIFA would allow exhibition games during the World Cup, which runs from June 14 to July 15.

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