The World Cup is right around the corner with the first game kicking off June 14 when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia at 11 a.m. ET.
However, when the global event begins, one notable team will not be participating. The United States missed out on qualifying with a loss to Trinidad and Tobago in October after a lackluster qualifying effort.
It was a disappointment for the entire nation, but for the event as well. Even other countries, their players and legends, expressed regret of the U.S. missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
"It's definitely a surprise, but it's more so sadness," former Mexico national team goalie Oswaldo Sanchez told Omnisport through a translator as part of a press tour with Powerade. "I think the U.S. has always played very well in their matches."
Sanchez said the U.S. has matched up well throughout the years with elite teams, and they have approached the game the right way.
However, he went on to say the U.S. national team is going through a lot of changes and good things could be on the horizon even with the unfortunate way they missed out on the World Cup.
"They're just in a transition," Sanchez said. "They're evolving into a younger team, sometimes there are some growing pains that go along with that, and that was the case.
"I think they're fine, they will be fine, they're still growing, still maturing in that sport, but there's good things to come."
The U.S. may not be in the World Cup this year, but they have still been able to show off some of that youth in the last few months.
In May, they took home a 3-0 win over Bolivia behind goals from Tim Weah, Josh Sargent and Walker Zimmerman. Weah and Sargent are both 18 years old.