While the final round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has just begun, the United States men's national team will be forced to play with a sense of urgency the rest of the way after their opening round loss to Honduras.
The U.S. is among the final six qualifiers in the CONCACAF region vying for three bids to Brazil. They have dug themselves into a hole, though, after collecting no points in their first out of 10 games.
Despite the loss, it remains too early to overreact based solely on this one defeat. The fact that their problems run much deeper than their poor performance at Honduras should be of higher concern for U.S. fans.
The U.S. hasn't missed the World Cup since 1986, but here's why they won't be in Brazil for the summer of 2014.