Diplomatically deliberate or not, the thing is, United States of America will not be in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

USA failed to qualify after losing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night.

Omar Gonzalez scored an own goal in the 17th minute to gift host Trinidad the lead, before Alvin Jones extended the lead 20 minutes later.

Christian Pulisic’s 47th goal reduced the deficit for USA as they failed to come back.

The result means USA will be missing out in the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

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Needing only a tie and confident of victory against the world's 99th-ranked team, the USA was eliminated from World Cup contention Tuesday night by Trinidad and Tobago that ended a run of 7 straight American appearances at soccer's showcase.

With a strained diplomatic relationship between America and Russia, the Eurasian country may heave a sigh of relief.

In a move to curb US media in Russia, the justice ministry is threatening to pass severe restrictions against American media in an escalation of Moscow’s war of words with Washington over alleged interference in last year’s US election.

After ordering the United States to cut the number of its diplomatic and technical staff working in Russia by around 605, to 455 in July, Russia may be demanding further cut in diplomatic staff to below 300 in retaliation to what Donald Trump’s America did.

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