EX- CONCACAF President Jack Warner Says He Wanted To “Party” After Trinidad Victory Over the US

Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner has called Trinidad and Tobago’s historic defeat of the United States in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday the happiest day of his life, while adding that “nobody in CONCACAF likes the U.S.”

Last-placed T&T extinguished the U.S.’s hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia with an improbable 2-1 upset in Port of Spain. The defeat marked the first time since 1986 the Americans will not participate in sport’s biggest showpiece.

And T&T native Warner, whose side were kept out of the 1990 World Cup in similar fashion by the U.S., told a local radio station he couldn’t be happier with the result.

“I have not been in better spirits. This is the happiest day of my life,” Warner said. “It [the win] couldn’t have given me greater joy.”

Warner, a former FIFA Vice President, was a main target of the U.S. Department of Justice’s wide-ranging sting aimed at cracking down on corruption in the sport, and faces charges stemming from his alleged involvement.

And the 74-year-old, who blames the U.S. for turning CONCACAF into a “nightmare,” said T&T’s win was a striking blow to the Americans.

“They have used their government to help to dismember FIFA in a way that is unimaginable. And last night on the field of play Trinidad and Tobago reduced them to their knees,” he said.

Warner, who was in a festive mood, said the national team’s triumph was personal for him.

“And for me personally, it has reduced the U.S. to a laughing stock. Last Sept. 27 when the judge ruled against Jack Warner there was a party in the U.S., they were quite happy,” said Warner, who is currently fighting extradition to the U.S.

“Knowing that this has happened I wanted to go out and party as they partied last September when a judge ruled against me. I wanted to party. This was my personal feeling”.

And he predicted this was the start of the end of U.S. soccer as we know it.

“They will continue to undermine [the World Cup in] Qatar for 2022, but they will not succeed. As far as I am concerned this is the beginning of the end for U.S. football,” he said. “Nobody in CONCACAF likes the U.S.”

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