Altidore apologizes to U.S. fans after World Cup disappointment

United States' Jozy Altidore celebrates in front of fans after scoring a goal against Panama during the first half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux/AP)

One of U.S. men’s national team’s key players has spoken up less than 24 hours after an embarrassing elimination from World Cup contention.

Jozy Altidore released a statement via Twitter, apologizing for the team’s performance in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago, as well as the qualifying campaign as a whole. He also assured fans that the team will recover and improve from this moment.

The Toronto FC forward started nine of the USA’s 10 matches in the hexagonal phase of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. He scored twice, both of which came in the 4-0 win over Panama last Friday.