The United States’ elimination from World Cup qualifying Tuesday night certainly did not help FOX Sports’ potential ratings for Russia 2018.

In a statement released by the network, it said the 2-1 loss at Trinidad & Tobago did not change its “passion for the world’s biggest sporting event.”

This is the statement:

“Last night’s World Cup qualifying results do not change FOX Sports’ passion for the world’s biggest sporting event. While the U.S. was eliminated, the biggest stars in the world from Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo stamped their tickets to Russia on the same day, and will battle teams ranging from Mexico to England that have massive fan bases in America. The World Cup is the greatest sporting event on earth that changes the world for one month every four years, and FOX Sports remains steadfast in our commitment of bringing the games to America for the first time in 2018 and will continue to support the U.S. Soccer Federation as they look ahead to the 2022 World Cup.”