2014 World Cup Qualifying

Jurgen Klinsmann

Time Will Vindicate Klinsmann's Decision to Omit Donovan from World CupRoster

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Juergen Klinsmann sent shockwaves through the world of U.S. soccer this week by deciding to exclude Landon Donovan from the team's roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The ramifications have been felt far and wide, on social and traditional media, water coolers and elsewhere, making the U.S....

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Commanding Performance, Veteran Leadership Have US Back On 2014 Track

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Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon As is custom around these parts, three final thoughts on the Americans 1-0 victory in front of a raucous Columbus crowd last night (one Klinsmann very much appreciated) and then player ratings as the Yanks head back to their respective clubs and wait for the critical October qualifiers.

United States Men's National Team

US Clinches World Cup Berth

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Jurgen Klinsmann has all the reason to celebrate after last night's World Cup clinching win. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

There really is nothing better than betting a rival. There is also nothing better than having a true psychological advantage over that said rival in a game too. And when beating that rival helps you clinch a spot in the next World Cup, well, that makes it all sweeter.

US Roster Announced For Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers

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Jurgen Klinsmann has announced his 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica.

The team will begin gatheringSept. 1in Miami and will departSept. 3for San Jose, three days ahead of the match against Costa Rica where it will seek its first ever away win in qualifying against theTicos.

CONCACAF Hexagonal Reaction

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CONCACAF Hexagonal (Image via USSoccer)

As the summer approaches and the Confederations Cup inches closer, World Cup qualifying heats up and the CONCACAF hexagonal fourth round standings get tighter and tighter.

After the recent June matches, Costa Rica, The United States, and Mexico are tied at the top with seven points with Costa Rica leading the tiebreak with a plus two goal differential.

Klinsmann Calls 26 Players To USMNT Camp

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Hang on to your hats folks, this one is about to get interesting.

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 26 playersto begin training camp in Cleveland in advance of the five-game stretch in May and June that includes three FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and the Centennial Celebration Match against Germany.

US-Mexico: What We Learned

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Matt Besler and the US defense were all over Mexico last night. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

What else can you say about last night's 0-0 draw for the US National Team against Mexico? Was it pretty? No all the time? But was it effective? Absolutely.

Jurgen Klinsmann and the US squad had a game plan and stuck with it.

Keys To US-Mexico Game

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Can the US keep Mexico winless in 2013? (Photo by Miguel Tovar/Getty Images)

Let me just say, all the pressure is on Mexico. Yep. All of it. After the US Men's National team victory in the SnowClasico last Friday over Costa Rica, the pressure went south to Mexico.

I'm not making this up either.

US World Cup Qualifying Venues Announced

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The remaining four home 2014 World Cup Qualifying games venues have been announced.

  • Seattle will host the June 11 qualifier against Panama
  • Salt Lake City will host the June 18 qualifier against Honduras
  • Columbus will host the September 10 qualifier against Mexico
  • Kansas City will host the October 11 qualifier against Jamaica

The announcement also included the confirmation of the Centennial Celebration Match between the Men's National Team and Germany that will be played on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.

Columbus To Get US-Mexico Game

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In what could possibly be the least surprising news of the weekend, reports are coming out that Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH, will be the host of the US-Mexico game later this fall.

That report comes from ESPN's John Sutcliffe, who tweeted out the news on Saturday. Crew Stadium has been the frontrunner since day one for hosting this game.

US-Honduras Highlights

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Okay it wasn't that much to be happy with but those first two goals in the game are certainly worth re-living.

I won't go back into the specifics of the game here. But the more I watch out of this the more I keep getting impressed with Roger Espinoza. I think somewhere in secret the folks at Sporting Kansas City are proud of themselves after seeing him play yesterday.

US Gets Off On The Wrong Foot In Honduras

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Oh boy. This could be rough for the US.

We knew it wouldn't be an easy game for the United States Men's national team. Going on the road to kick off the final stage of World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF is never easy but the US has seen results in the past on the road. Yesterday's game against Honduras was just different in the end.

The Hexagonal Is Here! US Takes On Honduras

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US has a big battle in Honduras today. (Getty Images)

The time has come, the Hexagonal stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying for CONCACAF is here.

The US Men's National team kicks off their final path to Brazil with a big road test in Honduras this afternoon. The test is huge for the US considering how it is on the road and there is a game in Mexico looming on the horizon.

Klinsmann Names 24 To First World Cup Qualifier Match

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U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 24 players into training camp to prepare for its opening match against Honduras in the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.

The game against Honduraskicks off February 6 in San Pedro Sula at 3 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT.

Denver To Host March World Cup Qualifier

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The wait is finally over, US Men's National team fans can finally begin planning where they will go to cheer on the Red, White and Blue as they hope to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Today the USSF announced that Dick's Sporting Good Park outside of Denver will host the first qualifier of the Hexagonal stage against Costa Rica on March 22.

Three Cities In Running For Costa Rica Game

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The announcement of theUS national team's first home 2014 World Cup qualifier in the CONCACAF Hexagonal stage is only a few days away.

SI.com's Grant Wahl reported over the weekend that three cities are in the running for the March 22 game against Costa Rica.

"A high-ranking US Soccer [Federation] source is telling me that the three finalists are Salt Lake City, Denver and Kansas City," Wahl said on Fox Soccer's Goals on Sunday.

For the 2012 USMNT Performance, Klinsmann Deserves Great Praise

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Sean McElroy As 2012 winds to a close, any review of the USMNT needs to begin with an examination of the manager, Jurgen Klinsmann. More "progress report" than definitive report card, the examination is necessary because Klinsmann finally managed meaningful matches, with reasonable results. In between those fixtures, Klinsmann managed a team that delivered a [.

Projecting the World Cup Qualifying Venues (Updated)

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Kansas City is a lock to host a game but will it be the Mexico game? (Getty Images)

A month ago after the US Men's National team qualified for the Hexagonal stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in 2013, I projected the five venues for hosting. After yesterday's draw to release the schedule, it is time to update those projections now that we know the when and who of it all.

USMNT: Hexagonal Schedule Released

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Let the fun begin. I'll have more on this tomorrow.Here is the USA game schedule for The Hexagonal in 2013:

Feb 6 -Honduras v USA
Mar 22 -USA v Costa Rica
Mar 26 -Mexico v USA
Jun 7 -Jamaica v USA
Jun 11 -USA v Panama
Jun 18 -USA v Honduras
Sep 6 -Costa Rica v USA
Sep 10 -USA v Mexico
Oct 11 -USA v Jamaica

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US Moves On To The Hex

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Clint Dempsey and the US are moving on. (Getty Images)

At times it wasn't pretty or even worth watching but the US Men's National Team got it done when it mattered most last night in Kansas City. The US downed Guatemala 3-1 in route to claiming a group win in the CONCACAF semifinal qualifying round.

Tie, Or More than Likely, Go Home: USA-Guatemala Preview

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Jon Levy Tuesday night could become one of the two or three best moments of Jurgen Klinsmann's time in charge of the national team. It could also become debatably the worst night in the history of the United States Men's National Team. Not qualifying for a World Cup the first time in the modern era [.

2014 World Cup Qualifying: Eddie Johnson leads USMNT past Antigua & Barbuda

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Eddie Johnson scores twice in his first national team appearance in two years.

Eddie Johnson came a long way in the last two years. But today it culminates. He's back. The Grown Ass Man and Duke of Cascadia returns to the starting lineup for the United States in their match against Antigua & Barbuda.

Thoughts From Columbus: US Over Jamaica

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I have to say I feel a little weird about the way I watched last night's US-Jamaica game. For starters, I watched it on my DVR, two hours after it ended. I had a family engagement that I had to go to yesterday (for short, as some of you know yesterday was also the anniversary [.

Crunch Time In Columbus: US-Jamaica Redo Packed With Storylines

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Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon "If we don't win on Tuesday, it gets pretty scary." - Jozy Altidore Jurgen Klinsmann says "we won't lose" but Jozy Altidore captures the moment better. Tonight's Jamaica-USA match, the second such encounter in five days, is the most critical USMNT qualifying match since 2001.

Thoughts Going Into Jamaica Rematch

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Last Friday did not go well. That may be one of the biggest understatements of the day/week/month/year for US Soccer. Losing a 2-1 decision in Jamaica on Friday in the early stages of the 2014 World Cup qualifying was not how the script was suppose to play out for Jurgen Klinsmann.

World Cup Qualifying: Loss At Jamaica Means Klinsmann’s Feeling Out Process Over

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Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon Call it thirty-seven seconds of bliss and an evening of agony if you're into the poetic. Credit an improved Jamaica side that exploited an American group that was missing two of its finer players and curiously omitted its longtime captain from a competitive matchstarting lineup for the first time [.

Scotland

Scotland: Kenny Miller retires

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Croatia v Scotland: Gord almighty

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It was a result predicted only by the deluded and Scottish Sun sage Kenny Millar.

Gordon Strachan conceded at full time that a win for Croatia was 90 percent certain.

Somehow Scotland made the most of their ten percent chance.

Percentages figured highly. It was, said captain James Morrison, a victory earned by players giving 110 percent to the cause.

Croatia v Scotland: Gord help us

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A two week build up to a Scotland qualifying match. Mounting excitement, ballooning optimism.

Not quite. More a growing sense of foreboding, a lengthening injury list, the challenge posed by Croatia looming ever larger.

That fortnight between the end of the domestic season and tonight's game always looked like it might prove problematic.

Belgium v Scotland: Levein leaving?

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Scotland's road to Rio. A dismal football journey.

We got about as far as the five year old who runs away from home and sits down under the whirligig on the back green to wait for the bus.

The five year old might have shown more sophistication.

It's hardly a surprise that we looked so adrift against an impressive Belgium.

Belgium v Scotland: Defying the odds

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In one of the many radio discussions in the aftermath of Scotland's damaging defeat against Wales it was suggested that we usually pull off one big result in each qualifying game.

A trip to Belgium to play the group leaders would be that sort of game.

It would also chime perfectly with the idea of Scottish football that still just about survives in the popular imagination, of a national team that fails when they're expected to thrive and thrives when they're expected to fail.

Wales v Scotland: It's over

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Another day, another Scotland game. Another night spent wailing "why us" into a pint glass.

If two home draws left our dreams of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in ruins, defeat in Wales left a barren wasteland where those dreams used to be.

But we were unlucky.

Gareth Bale dived and Steven Fletcher's perfectly legitimate goal should have stood and would have knocked the stuffing out of Wales.

Wales v Scotland: On a mission

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Rarely in his footballing life would Craig Levein have persuaded PG Wodehouse that he was wrong about Scotsmen and rays of sunshine.

There's nothing wrong with that.

A thrawn prickliness might even be a good thing in a job where expectation so often finds an enemy in reality.

U.S. National Team

Seattle Brings The Tifo For The United States Game

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Hat tip once again to the Seattle fans last night who brought it. Seriously well done.

(Also hat tip to @bdooma for the photo)

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Four World Cup Qualifying Venues Named?

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It sounds like we'll soon know the rest of the World Cup qualifying venues here soon. Earlier this weekend it was reported that Crew Stadium in Columbus would get the Mexico game but what about the other three? Well, Grant Wahl has you covered.

Source: USSF aiming for home WCQ venues June 11 (PAN) Seattle; June 18 (HON) Salt Lake; Sept 10 (MEX) Columbus; Oct 11 (JAM) Kansas City.

Gulati Discusses World Cup Qualifying Venues

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Yeah...this could easily work for the USMNT. (Getty Images)

Yes, this is from yesterday but it is still a worthy discussion point.

Yesterday,U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati shared a few bits of information to reporters in Honduras about upcoming plans for the year for the US National team.

Time To Figure Out The Five Venues For The Hex

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There is no need to move the Mexico game from Crew Stadium. (Getty Images)

The final round of qualifying is set for the United States men's national team. Jurgen Klinsmann has a couple of months before things will really kick off as the schedule isn't even set yet for the 10 game slate. But even as early as it may seem, it is always a good time to talk venues for the five home games for the US.

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FIFA punish Africans for World Cup offences

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Johannesburg (AFP) – FIFA have punished numerous African nations for offences during 2018 World Cup qualifiers last month, the world football body said Tuesday.

Gabon forfeited by a mandatory 3-0 scoreline a match against Ivory Coast in Libreville for fielding suspended midfielder Merlin Tandjigora.

2014 World Cup Qualifying: Eddie Johnson scores two goals to lead United States past Antigua & Barbuda

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Playing as bad as they have in recent memory, the United States needed a spark. Of course, it would be the two most controversial selections to the team that provided it. Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson scored the game-winner in stoppage time off an assist from Alan Gordon as the U.S. escaped with a 2-1 win over Antigua and Barbuda in 2014 World Cup Qualifying on Friday.

Ranking the World's Soccer Meccas: No. 2 Estadio do Maracana

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 3-rated stadiums, Old Trafford and Anfield Road. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here. No. 2 Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho (Estádio do Maracanã), Rio de...

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