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Steve Sampson reacts to USMNT missing 2018 World Cup

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Former USMNT head coach and current Cal Poly men's soccer coach, Steve Sampson, is upset that the U.S. did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Tuesday night, the U.S. failed to put up a draw with Trinidad and Tobago, eliminating them from World Cup contention. It's the first time that the U.S. has missed a World Cup since 1986.

Sampson was on the USMNT coaching staff for six seasons, including a stint as head coach from 1995-1998. He says it's time for a change with United States soccer.

"They have to evaluate everything that has happened in the past 15 to 20 years and see what has worked, and what has not worked," Sampson said. "The bottom line is, to not qualify for a World championship is completely unacceptable. They have to get in a room, the Federation has to lead now in changing the future of soccer in the United States. I think drastic changes have to be made."

In 62 matches as USMNT head coach, Sampson went 26-22-14 including a World Cup appearance in 1998.

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