USSoccerPlayers Archives for January 2017

Soccer TV: Chelsea vs Manchester City

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The weekend soccer TV schedule has Chelsea hosting Manchester City in the Premier League and MLS on Univision on Saturday. In the Bundesliga, FS1 has Borussia Dortmund at Augsburg. On Sunday, it's a 1pm start in MLS for Philadelphia vs Seattle.

Chelsea vs Manchester City at 12:30pm on Saturday on NBCSN.

One more do-or-die as the Hex concludes: How’d we get here?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - After their club matches this weekend, the USMNT will gather again, this time in Orlando, Florida, for one more pair of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. The 2018 Hexagonal concludes with games against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.

The MLS Golden Boot and the playoff picture in week 30

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 29 2017) US Soccer Players - A few thoughts on the MLS season coming out of a heavy midweek schedule and into a weekend that will reshuffle the playoff picture before it's done.

The Golden Boot

With a pair of goals against the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night, Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic moved into a tie with Portland's Diego Valeri for the 2017 MLS Golden Boot award on 20 goals.

How serious is a partial Premier League breakaway?

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The news that six Premier League teams think they deserve more of the international broadcast rights isn't surprising. Those teams are more responsible for the broader appeal of the league, exactly what EPL management is selling across the world.

Under the current model, that revenue splits equally among the member clubs.

Bayern fires their coach after loss to PSG

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Thursday's soccer news starts with the aftermath of PSG rolling over Bayern Munich at home. PSG proved their point as the top team in Group B, something that Bayern and then the rest of Europe will have to deal with this season. For Bayern Munich, the first step is a new coach.

News broke earlier today that Carlos Ancelotti might not last the day as Bayern Munich coach with the club officially confirming his exit using that favorite turn of phrase "part company".

Liga MX: Win for Yarbrough and Leon, shutout for Pachuca

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Liga MX resumed the Apertura following the weekend suspension of play due to the earthquake. William Yarbrough was in goal for Leon's 2-1 home win over Club America. Leon had to stage a late comeback, trailing from the 55th minute. Mauro Boselli equalized in the 89th and Hernan Burbano scored Leon's winner three minutes into stoppage time.

MLS Scores: Big wins on Wednesday to start week 30

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There were several lopsided scores from Wednesday's MLS games. Atlanta continued their home undefeated streak with a 3-0 shutout of Philadelphia. Julian Gressel opened the scoring in the 27th minute, assisting on Josef Martinez's goal in the 33rd. Jacob Peterson finished off the goals in the 88th.

LAFC vs LA Galaxy

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy and LAFC will not play an official match until sometime in 2018 but their first competition will begin as soon as this season is over.The Galaxy will miss the playoffs this season, the first time since 2008 that a Galaxy season will finish without a postseason appearance.

NYCFC outside of NYC

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 27 2017) US Soccer Players - New York City Football Club exists on the idea that New York City itself needed a soccer club. If you prefer a slightly more cynical take, then just flip that idea over. NYCFC exists on the idea that MLS needed a team in New York City itself.

PSG tries to get it together

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It's not clear yet whether or not the PSG experiment in paying extremely large amounts of money for marquee players is working. It doesn't take Neymar to win Ligue 1, after all. It's the Championship where their version of pay to play is supposed to show quick results. Their 5-0 win at Celtic to open Group B play probably sent the obvious message to fellow group favorites Bayern Munich.

Borussia Dortmund loses to Real Madrid, Championship scores

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Christian Pulisic subbed on in the 76th minute for Borussia Dortmund in their 3-1 home loss to Real Madrid in Champions League Group H. Garath Bale scored in the 18th minute with the first-half highlighted by what Dortmund believed was a clear penalty ignored by the referee. Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos appeared guilt of a handball in the 14th minute.

Borussia Dortmund and the problem with the Champions League

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By J Hutcherson (Sep 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - Borussia Dortmund is playing out an old truisms about European club soccer. It's one thing to win domestically, quite another to win in the Champions League. So far in 2017-18, Dortmund isn't having any issues winning in the Bundesliga.

NYCFC still needs a stadium

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It's not lost on anybody inside the league or watching it that NYCFC's current stadium solution isn't much of one. Yankee Stadium might be fine for Major League Baseball, and some MB fans would like to argue that point. As a soccer venue, it's a reminder of the no better choice scenarios the original NASL faced.

Why does an American pick a Premier League team?

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 25, 2017) US Soccer Players – It wasn't easy growing up a soccer fan in this country during the 1980s. It was a time when the sport appeared to go into hibernation. I caught the soccer bug during my summers in Italy, the country of my parents' birth, and fell in love with the game during the 1982 World Cup when I was only five.

FIFA changes stance on poppy ban

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Monday's soccer news starts with FIFA deciding they don't care quite so much about British teams wearing poppies to honor Remembrance Day. The November holiday coincides with an international window. FIFA's earlier response was to fine England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland for adding a poppy to their match day uniforms.

MLS Week 29: Atlanta wins again, Minnesota comes back

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Week 29 of the 2017 Major League Soccer season saw MLS making a big national television play. Their broadcast partner Fox put two games on their national over-air schedule, though that didn't mean national coverage. Due to NFL commitments, the MLS games were market-dependent with plenty of parts of the country opting to show the late game between Atlanta United and Montreal.

Vitesse wins at Ajax and another big win for Dortmund

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The roundup of USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts with a big win for Matt Miazga's Vitesse Arnhem. Vitesse beat Ajax 2-1 at Johan Cruijff Arena. Guram Kashia put Vitesse up in the 21st with Milot Rashica doubling the lead three minutes into first-half stoppage time. Ajax pulled a goal back in the 83rd.

Soccer TV: Atlanta United vs Montreal Impact

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The weekend soccer TV schedule has a Sunday MLS doubleheader on Fox. Yes, two MLS games on national television. Well, sort of. Fox isn't distributing either game across the country. Check the map to see if it's on in your area. The day before, NBC is going with Leicester City hosting Liverpool in the Premier League.

Pushing MLS into the future

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's been an interesting week or so in Major League Soccer, both on the field and behind the scenes. Last Wednesday expansion club Atlanta United laid down a startling marker at their second match in their glittering new $1.

Replacing an MLS coach

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 22 2017) US Soccer Players - At least two MLS team and perhaps more will enter the offseason on the hunt for new head coaches. The New England Revolution's dismissal of Jay Heaps opens up another job this winter to go along with the Colorado Rapids vacancy. That one is already the subject of rumors linking at least five different men with the position formerly held by Pablo Mastroeni.

Predicting the future of soccer TV

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When the money is pouring in domestically and internationally, it's easy to be a bit bullish on the future of Premier League television rights. BBC Sport's Simon Stone has Manchester United Ed Woodward doing exactly that, linking internet giants like Amazon and Facebook eventually bidding for the Premier League.

UEFA goes ahead with the Nations League

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By J Hutcherson (Sep 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - UEFA is pushing ahead with the Nations League, officially announcing the competition. It's a concept to make friendlies count... or something. It's tough to judge what UEFA really wants from their new competition, except maybe a good enough reason to keep scheduling international games during the club season.

The best eleven in the Open Cup

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Thursday's soccer news begins with an old issue for the US Open Cup and any tournament not considered up to league level. Coaches hedge. They can't resist the urge to rest players. They start different lineups. They try tactics and strategies that wouldn't be in play for games that really count. The ones worth three points in the league standings.

Open Cup title for Sporting, Atlanta keeps rolling

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There were two games on the MLS schedule along with the 2017 US Open Cup final. In the Open Cup, Sporting Kansas City beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at home to take the trophy. Latif Blessing put Sporting up in the 25th minute with Daniel Salloi doubling the lead in the 66th. New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips pulled a goal back a minute into stoppage time.

Goals for Pulisic and Diskerud

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The USMNT players in Europe roundup starts with a goal for Christian Pulisic in Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 shutout of Hamburg. Bobby Wood subbed out in the 83rd minute for Hamburg. Shinji Kagawa opened the scoring at the Volksparkstadion in the 24th minute. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 2-0 Dortmund in the 63rd with Pulisic scoring in the 79th.

The Galaxy loses home field advantage

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - The LA Galaxy has had unparalleled success in MLS, but with that success there has also been heartbreak. The Galaxy's loss in MLS Cup 96 was a gut punch. The loss in the 99 final deflating. The MLS Cup 2001 loss stung.

The club's 4-0 defeat to Toronto FC on the weekend may have been the worst loss in club history.

The New England Revolution now

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 20 2017) US Soccer Players - The fifth coaching casualty of the 2017 MLS season fell on Monday evening when the New England Revolution fired Jay Heaps.

Heaps was on the job for all or parts of six seasons. A former Revolution player, he took over for longtime coacj Steve Nicol after the 2011 campaign, moving from the broadcast booth to do so.

Win for Gladbach, exits in the League Cup

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with games in the Bundesliga. Fabian Johnson subbed on in the 70th minute for Gladbach's 2-0 shutout of Stuttgart. Gladbach's goals came from Raffael, scoring in the 57th and converting a 74th minute penalty. Aron Johannsson wasn't in the squad for Werder Bremen's 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg.

Does the Bundesliga really want to be like the Premier League?

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By J Hutcherson (Sep 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - The Bundesliga has a longstanding reputation as the European big league most resistant to quick change. They're not going to revamp their competition just to chase more money. They're not going to redo their particular club structure that favors the ideal of a club without considerable debate.

New England makes a change

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The soccer news starts with the official announcement that Jay Heaps is no longer the coach of the New England Revolution. Goal.com's Ives Galarcep had the story last night, the capper on a ridiculous week for the Revs.

For anybody paying attention past the score line in that 7-0 loss at Atlanta and the 3-1 loss at Kansas City, red cards were a problem.

Melia on the US Open Cup: “It’s everything for us”

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 18, 2017) US Soccer Players – Sporting Kansas City's Tim Melia is having the best season of his career. He's in the conversation for the league's Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Melia ranks among the league's best in a series of major categories, including goals-against-average, shutouts, penalty saves, and overall save percentage.

Why is it so hard to play simply?

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Monday's soccer news starts with a simple question. Why is it so hard to play simply?

In the 83rd minute of Werder Bremen vs Schalke on Saturday, Schalke scored on a corner that the announcer called "simple football." It was a solid point. Schalke headed in that corner by paying attention to man marking and catching the Werder Bremen defense ball watching.

Yedlin back for Newcastle United

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The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts with DeAndre Yedlin returning for Newcastle United in their 2-1 win over Stoke City. Christian Atsu opened the scoring for Newcastle in the 19th minute at St James' Park. Xherden Shaqiri equalized for Stoke in the 57th. Jamal Lascelles scored Newcastle's winner in the 68th.

MLS Week 28: Atlanta sets the MLS attendance record

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Atlanta United drew an announced crowd of 70,425 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to set a new MLS attendance record. They also picked up a point with a 3-3 draw with Orlando City. Dom Dwyer opened the scoring for Orlando City in the 10th minute. Josef Martinez equalized in the 36th. Dwyer and Martinez traded goals again, with Orlando regaining the lead in the 39th and Atlanta equalizing in the 55th.

Soccer TV: Chelsea vs Arsenal

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The London derby is on CNBC on Sunday, with most of us thinking cable news when considering our options on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Also on the schedule, MLS is on Univision on Saturday with Atlanta hosting Orlando as their run of home games continues. That game should set a new attendance record for the league.

Expansion MLS vs original MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Before there can be any confusion on the matter, let's first establish that it's not all that difficult for a game with a 7-0 score line to stand out. Blowouts of that magnitude are rare in the sport, as a rule. Seven goals conceded represents such a complete capitulation in the modern professional game that it always draws attention.

FIFA tinkers with World Cup seeding

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Friday's soccer news starts with FIFA deciding it's a heck of an idea to mess with World Cup seeding. The last time they did this it was using the October FIFA Ranking to determine the seven teams joining the hosts in pot 1. This time, next month's FIFA ranking seeds all the teams that make the World Cup.

Is Christian Pulisic being deployed properly on the USMNT?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's been a week since the USMNT wrapped up September's World Cup qualifiers. The noise from media and fans has scarcely dropped a decibel. There's justification for some of the criticism. Some of it not so much.

Is Gyasi Zardes sparking a Galaxy revival?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - In their last two games, the LA Galaxy has compiled four points on the strength of a home win and road draw. While that is not exactly a torrid pace, it does account for the longest unbeaten run the Galaxy has had since mid-June.

Part of the Galaxy's success has been Gyasi Zardes.

Atlanta sets new margin of victory record in MLS

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The soccer news starts with last night's MLS results and one of them requires a double take. Atlanta United shutout New England 7-0 at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Were red cards involved? Of course red cards were involved.

Atlanta took the lead in the 2nd minute when Josef Martinez scored. The Revs went a man down in the 16th with a red card to Xavier Kouassi for a serious foul.

Loss for Dortmund, win for Fulham

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Borussia Dortmund lost 3-1 at Spurs in the Champions League. Christian Pulisic got the start at Wembley Stadium. Dortmund fell behind in the 4th minute with Andriy Yarmolenko equalizing in the 11th. Harry Kane put Spurs up in the 15th minute and doubled their lead in the 60th. Spurs finished a man down with a red card to Jan Vertonghen two minutes into stoppage time.

For MLS teams in the playoff hunt, it’s avoiding the Dallas scenario

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - Poorly timed injuries can derail MLS seasons nearly overnight. With rosters thin and teams already stretched heading into the Fall, losing even one key contributor can unbalance a squad and throw a campaign into disarray.

Just ask FC Dallas.

Mourinho has a point

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho letting everybody know what he doesn't like to see with the game well in hand. Up two goals in an eventual 3-0 Champions League win over FC Basel, Mourinho took issue with his club's approach.

"We were playing fantasy football, PlayStation football.

Soccer TV: Spurs vs Borussia Dortmund

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Wednesday's soccer TV schedule has more from the group stage kickoffs in the Champions League. Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund open their Group H schedule at Wembley Stadium. Also from the Champions League, Real Madrid is at home on FS2. The Copa MX schedule continues on Univision Deportes and ESPN Deportes.

Are the lower divisions playing a losing game?

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By J Hutcherson (Sep 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - The immediate question is which lower divisions? In England, the lower divisions are chasing a Premier League dream. Even the nice and cuddly clubs dedicated to their local communities and in no position to chase expensive by their standards moves.

Picking a 2017-18 Champions League favorite

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Tuesday brings us the start of the 2017-18 Champions League group stage. The world's best loved club tournament is very much the de facto super league, letting even casual fans follow along without making much of a commitment. It's the realm of the super clubs, with the usual suspects doing the usual thing season after season.

Soccer TV: Barcelona vs Juventus

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Coverage of the 2017-18 Champions League group stage begins on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. Group D opens with a meeting of two super clubs with Barcelona hosting Juventus. Manchester United is also in action.

Barcelona vs Juventus in Group D of the Champions League at 2:45pm on FS1.

Soccer players and the other football

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 11, 2017) US Soccer Players – Millions of Americans spent this past Sunday watching football. Seven months after the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in dramatic, come-from-behind style, the NFL returned for a new season. While the games featured lots of passing and running, there was also a fair bit of kicking.

Frank de Boer the unfortunate winner of the 2017-18 Premier League sack race

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It's always a question at the start of the Premier League season. Who will win the sack race? In 2017-18, that dubious distinction falls to now former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer. Palace's 1-0 loss at Burnley sealed his fate just weeks into his first season in charge.

"Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer," read the official statement.

Minor injury to Cameron, USMNT results

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Club soccer returned from the international break with Geoff Cameron subbing out at halftime for Stoke City in their 2-2 home draw with Manchester United. Cameron should miss two weeks with a right hamstring injury. Maxim Choupo-Moting put Stoke up in the 43rd with United equalizing in first-half stoppage time.

MLS Week 27: Altidore steps up for Toronto, shutouts for Howard and Guzan

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Jozy Altidore had no issues in adding to the Toronto offense in week 27 of the 2017 MLS season. Toronto shutout San Jose 4-0 at home. Victor Vasquez opened the scoring in the 26th minute, assisting on Altidore's goal in the 48th. Altidore scored again in the 64th. Jonathan Osorio finished off the goals two minutes later with Alex Bono making three saves for the clean sheet.

Qualifying rarely tells the World Cup story for the USMNT

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT's performances in this month's two highly stressful World Cup qualifiers have prompted plenty of consternation among fans and media. Why has this edition of the Hexagonal been such a hard slog? What's leading this team to underperform relative to the level most of us thought it was at?

Soccer TV: Atlanta United vs FC Dallas

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The weekend soccer TV schedule has Atlanta opening their new stadium on Sunday on FS1. There are two more MLS games available on national cable on Sunday. Geoff Cameron's Stoke City gets the national TV coverage, hosting Manchester United on NBC on Saturday.

Atlanta United vs FC Dallas at 3:30pm on Sunday on FS1.

What makes for a big weekend in MLS?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - Not all games are equal, especially in the stretch run to the MLS Cup playoffs. While most of the attention should rightly be on matches that will determine who does or does not make the postseason, the month of September is also a time to focus on playoff seeding.

The present of Financial Fair Play

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Friday's soccer news starts with shocked looks all around. Arsenal, one of the only clubs to fully embrace the spirit of Financial Fair Play, has reconsidered. BBC Sport has Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying, "I'm convinced that at the moment the rules are not strong enough to make them respected.

Shutout for NYCFC

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Thursday's soccer news starts with NYCFC shutting out Sporting KC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium. Jack Harrison scored the game's only goal in the 84th minute. NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson needed one save for the clean sheet.

"I think at the end of 90 minutes, they competed with more intensity than we did," Sporting coach Peter Vermes said.

Gio Dos Santos reaches a century with Mexico amid questions

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Mexico played at Costa Rica in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, the match itself was a bit anticlimactic for the visitors. Mexico had already wrapped up a berth in Russia 2018 the match prior and a lopsided result either way would not have made a difference.

Bobby Wood’s goal

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - In the 85th minute of an ugly CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, substitute forward Bobby Wood flicked the ball past Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez from a goalmouth scramble. The goal brought the score line level at 1-1.

That point is the point for the USMNT

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Win on the road and draw on the road is the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying strategy. It's in play for all teams, from the early rounds to the Hexagonal. The USMNT got it half right in September, losing at home and picking up a desperate point on the road. That second part is nothing new in CONCACAF.

WCQ: Honduras 1 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT picked up a point in San Pedro Sula, drawing Honduras 1-1 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Honduras took advantage at home, dictating pace and taking the lead through Romell Quioto in the 27th minute. It took time and substitutions for the USMNT to find an equalizer. Bobby Wood scored in the 85th, taking advantage of a scramble in front of goal.

Match day for Honduras vs USMNT

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Tuesday's soccer news focuses on the obvious, with the USMNT in action later today against Honduras (5:30pm ET - beIN Sport). It's a waste of words to stress that a World Cup qualifier for two teams tied on points for 3rd-place is important. For the USMNT, we've had various riffs on what "crucial" and "must win" mean.

Soccer TV: Honduras vs USMNT

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The next must win CONCACAF World Cup qualifier for the USMNT is on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. The USMNT is on the road in Honduras with an early start and a pressing need for three points. Also on the schedule, the rest of the CONCACAF qualifiers along with afternoon games from Europe.

Honduras vs USMNT in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying at 5:30pm on beIN Sport.

The USMNT’s latest path to World Cup qualification

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT continues to break new ground, both for better and for worse, in World Cup qualifying. After struggling at Estadio Azteca for decades, the US have earned draws on their last two qualifying visits to Mexico.

Remembering Soccer Bowl ’77

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 4, 2017) US Soccer Players – While the history of American soccer stretches back more than a century, it was 40 years ago that the game experienced unprecedented growth and the pinnacle of its mainstream popularity. It was 1977 and the North American Soccer League, which was entering its 10th year of existence, dazzled crowds nationwide with franchises stretching from New York to as far west as Hawaii.

MLS Week 26: Red cards and shutouts

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Some MLS teams took advantage of the international break and others didn't. That meant a shorter MLS weekend than usual with only four games on Saturday. The scores start with New England shutting out Orlando 4-0 at Gillette Stadium. Kei Kamara had a hat trick with goals in the 26th, 75th and 89th minutes.

WCQ: USMNT 0 – Costa Rica 2

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The USMNT picked up their first loss since the return of Bruce Arena as head coach, losing 2-0 to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena. Marcos Urena scored in the 30th and 82nd minutes with Keylor Navas keeping the clean sheet. The USMNT now shifts focus to Honduras on Tuesday (5:30pm ET - beIN Sport).

"Our back line made some mistakes," Arena said in his postgame press conference.

Soccer TV: Spain vs Italy

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A big game at the top of their group in UEFA World Cup qualifying. Spain hosts Italy with NYCFC player David Villa back in Spain's squad for the first time since the 2014 World Cup. Also on the schedule, MLS plays through the international window with Saturday's Dallas vs Red Bulls game available nationally.

Preview: USMNT vs Costa Rica

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - If there's a theme for the USMNT's meeting with Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena on Friday night (7pm ET - ESPN), it's one of needed consolidation. Under Bruce Arena in his second tenure at the helm of the team, the USMNT hasn't lost, edging closer to World Cup qualification for Russia 2018.

Match day for the USMNT vs Costa Rica

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Friday's soccer news has the USMNT preparing to play for three World Cup qualifying points against Costa Rica tonight at Red Bull Arena (7pm ET - ESPN). It's not the easiest scenario for the USMNT, needing to readjust to their European-based players after a domestic summer with a Gold Cup win.

Most of the media focus has been on one of those European-based players.