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Will The United States qualify for the World Cup?

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Bruce Arena and the United States men’s national team have struggled heavily in recent World Cup qualification matches. They are now, essentially, in a must-win scenario after picking up a measly point during this international break.

The United States faced off in a crucial game against Costa Rica on September 1st.

USMNT versus Honduras disaster review, plus D.C. United and Orlando City: Filibuster

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This weekend was all about the US men's national team, so Jason, Adam, and Ben have to start with the two disastrous qualifiers. We start with the man on the sideline, Bruce Arena, and try to assess how much of the blame for these games is on him (hint: a lot). We talk about Bruce trying Darlington Nagbe in a central role against Costa Rica, and whether or not Christian Pulisic should have been in the middle instead of out wide.

USMNT vs. Honduras disaster review, plus D.C. United vs. Orlando City: Filibuster

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World Cup qualifying has us feeling some kind of way

This weekend was all about the USMNT, so Jason, Adam, and Ben have to start with the two disastrous qualifiers. We start with the man on the sideline, Bruce Arena, and try to assess how much of the blame for these games is on him (hint: a lot).

Player ratings for US Men’s National Team after 0-2 loss to Costa Rica

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The United States’ World Cup qualification campaign suffered a massive blow on Friday night, as Costa Rica ended the Americans’ fourteen-game unbeaten run under Bruce Arena with a comprehensive 2-0 win at Red Bull Arena. Here are the player ratings.

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US in peril as Urena double delivers for Costa Rica

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Harrison (United States) (AFP) – Costa Rica striker Marco Urena scored twice to leave the United States’ World Cup qualification hopes in jeopardy here Friday as the 2014 quarter-finalists grabbed a 2-0 away victory.

San Jose Earthquakes forward Urena exposed slack defending in the US back four in the 30th minute to fire Costa Rica ahead at the Red Bull Arena.

US in peril as Urena double delivers for Costa Rica

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Harrison (United States) (AFP) – Costa Rica striker Marco Urena scored twice to leave the United States’ World Cup qualification hopes in jeopardy here Friday as the 2014 quarter-finalists grabbed a 2-0 away victory.

San Jose Earthquakes forward Urena exposed slack defending in the US back four in the 30th minute to fire Costa Rica ahead at the Red Bull Arena.

US look to finish job with World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica

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New York (AFP) – United States captain Michael Bradley has called on his team-mates to finish the job as they aim to take a giant stride towards the 2018 World Cup with victory over Costa Rica on Friday.

The Americans have gradually hauled themselves back into the CONCACAF qualifying fray after a rocky start which included a 4-0 drubbing by the Costa Ricans in San Jose last November.

US look to finish job with World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica

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New York (AFP) – United States captain Michael Bradley has called on his team-mates to finish the job as they aim to take a giant stride towards the 2018 World Cup with victory over Costa Rica on Friday.

The Americans have gradually hauled themselves back into the CONCACAF qualifying fray after a rocky start which included a 4-0 drubbing by the Costa Ricans in San Jose last November.

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After surviving Honduras scare, USMNT still has work to do in World Cup qualifying

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Tuesday's point wasn't enough to send the U.S. Men's National Team to Russia. It wasn't even truly enough to fully get feet back on firm ground. However, it was just enough for the USMNT to help their case in just the slightest bit.

Down a goal with time ticking away, Bobby Wood fired a vital goal in the 85th minute, sealing a 1-1 draw with Honduras in San Pedro Sula.

USMNT 1, Honduras 1: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Men's National Team wasn't very good on Tuesday. There's no secret to it. Tuesday's performance wasn't a good one, and the USMNT looked like they were well on their way towards being punished for it yet again.

Until they weren't, thanks to a Bobby Wood goal. Call it luck, call it timing, call it whatever you want.

World Cup qualifying match report: Honduras 1-1 USMNT

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Bobby Wood's late goal earned a point for the US even as Honduras once again exposed an unprotected and jittery back line.

Bruce Arena hints at addition of MLS players to USMNT lineup against Honduras

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Friday's lineup against Costa Rica did not work for the U.S. Men's National Team. The 2-0 loss is more than enough evidence of that, and one would expect changes heading into Tuesday's clash with Honduras.

Bruce Arena knows he'll have to make at least one swap for the suspended Jozy Altidore.

What went wrong for USMNT Friday night

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Analysis and thoughts on the World Cup Qualifier between the USMNT and Costa Rica.

Loss to Costa Rica puts USMNT on more difficult road to Russia

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Bruce Arena and the U.S. Men's National Team knew the stakes of Friday's match. A win would all but put the USMNT on the road to Russia. A loss? Well, that would change the perception and certainly bring in a whole new line of questioning.

"We know that all hell breaks loose when you lose a game," Arena said on Thursday ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.

Shorthanded USMNT defense doesn't pass test against Costa Rica

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Bruce Arena was forced into making some big decisions on Friday night. His starting right back, DeAndre Yedlin, didn't recover in time to join the U.S. Men's National Team squad. His starting centerback, John Brooks, will miss the remainder of qualifying with an injury of his own.

Knowing that, two changes were required in the USMNT backline.

Confident Bobby Wood back in the mix as part of in-form USMNT forward pool

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Form is vital when it comes to the international game. Given the nature of international soccer, chemistry is always tough to come by, and that extra little bit of personal confidence can go a long way. Team cohesion is always great, but there's always so many moving parts. Sometimes, it's up to an in-form individual player to make an individual play or make an individual difference.

USMNT Notes: Tim Howard's future; Michael Bradley, Bruce Arena reflect on transfer madness; and more

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Tim Howard is 38 years old, and it's not a stretch to say he's nearing the end of his U.S. Men's National Team career. The man himself admits it. Time waits for no man, even at the goalkeeper position.

For now, though, Howard remains a vital part of the USMNT.

Bruce Arena confident in USMNT centerback group despite absence of John Brooks

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The U.S. Men's National Team is missing a key piece in the heart of the defense, but Bruce Arena is plenty confident with the group he has assembled to anchor the backline heading into two difficult World Cup qualifiers.

John Brooks' injury is certainly a big one for the USMNT.

DaMarcus Beasley competing for chance at fifth World Cup with USMNT

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"It's like having grandpa around, really," said Tim Ream

"He brings experience," said Bruce Arena.

DeMarcus Beasley is far from the qualifying age for AARP but in soccer years he is unique. The 35-year-old U.S. Men's National Team fullback is a candidate to start on Friday against Costa Rica in the World Cup qualifier at Red Bull Arena.

The USMNT at Red Bull Arena

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 28, 2017) US Soccer Players – The list of cities that have hosted US World Cup qualifiers is a long one. It famously features Columbus, Ohio, site of several epic 2-0 wins versus Mexico. There's the obvious places like Washington, DC and the less so like Tampa.

Bruce Arena looks to continuity ahead of vital matches for USMNT

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The next few weeks will determine whether or not the U.S. Men's National Team books a spot in the 2018 World Cup. There are just four games remaining in this qualifying cycle and, currently in third place, the U.S. will need to take care of business over the next month or so to lock up a spot in Russia.

USMNT roster for September 2017 World Cup qualifiers

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena named 26 players to his roster for the September 2017 World Cup qualifiers. The USMNT plays Costa Rica on September 1 at Red Bull Arena and Honduras in San Pedro Sula on September 5.

"I think we have a good roster," Arena said. "The decisions are simply based on the fact that we need our best roster possible in order to achieve what we want to achieve here, and that's to earn points in both games.

Bruce Arena not expecting to have DeAndre Yedlin for September World Cup Qualifiers

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Bruce Arena is not expected to have DeAndre Yedlin in his side for the next slate of World Cup Qualifiers.

The U.S. Men's National Team manager told CBCSports.com that Yedlin will not be available for selection when the Americans face Costa Rica and Honduras over Labor Day weekend.

Yedlin injured his hamstring during Newcastle United's preseason and he missed out on their first two Premier League matches.

Projecting the USMNT September World Cup qualifying roster

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Following this summer's Gold Cup triumph, the U.S. Men's National Team now looks ahead to World Cup qualifying, and Bruce Arena faces some decisions due to some injury issues.

The U.S. is set to face off against Costa Rica on Sept. 1 in the return of World Cup qualifying before visiting Honduras four days later.

Defensive questions return as USMNT enters stretch run

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - A familiar sinking feeling returned for many USMNT fans this week. Defender John Brooks is out with injury and will miss the September World Cup qualifiers. The commanding young center back made a major move earlier this year with a transfer – via the largest fee ever paid for an American player – from Hertha BSC to their Bundesliga counterparts Wolfsburg.

The tenacious simplicity of Bruce Arena wins again

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 28, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT are Gold Cup champions for a sixth time. It's an accomplishment to celebrate, regardless of the misgivings surrounding this tournament. That much was clear to see on the faces of US players young and old as they hoisted CONCACAF's hulking hardware at Levi's Stadium late Wednesday night.

Bruce Arena relishes another Gold Cup win while looking ahead to next USMNT challenge

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Bruce Arena is no stranger to lifting trophies. He's lifted five MLS Cups, three Supporters' Shields, a U.S. Open Cup and a CONCACAF Champions Cup. Even before Wednesday night's finale, he'd lifted a pair of Gold Cup trophies during his first stint as U.

Jozy Altidore a big winner after leaving USMNT demons behind with first trophy

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. Heading into Wednesday night, Jozy Altidore had only one thing on his mind.

The USMNT forward simply wanted to lift a first, and overdue, trophy while representing his country at Levi's Stadium after what has been an up and down 10-year international journey.

Video: USMNT celebrates Gold Cup title with locker room celebration

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Go inside the #USA locker room as Bruce Arena addresses his victorious #GoldCup2017 squad.

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Michael Bradley empowering USMNT on ahead of Gold Cup final

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. The USMNT have relied on Michael Bradley as their talisman in the midfield for the last number of years with his success eventually leading him to a permanent captain role from 2015 onwards.

That specific role has fit 29-year-old to perfect size. There is an apparent elevation in his level of play, more so in his manner of leading as a captain, which has all parts of the USMNT side reaping in benefits.

USMNT and Jamaica final displays ongoing CONCACAF growth

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SAN JOSE, Calif. CONCACAF has been notoriously known for continuously dishing a Gold Cup final headlined by its two giants: Mexico and the United States. Two years ago, the story was stolen by an unexpected Jamaican team that found a way to take down the U.

Confidence in Bruce Arena propels USMNT to Gold Cup success

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. When Bruce Arena took over the U.S. Men's National Team for the second time in November after a decade in MLS, the team had been stripped of reasons to aspire for trophies and was in desperate need help. The lifting of CONCACAF's highest trophy in Chicago in 2013 had become a distant memory, only a blurred television recollection for a handful of Arena's current players.

USMNT not selling unexpected finalist Jamaica short ahead of Gold Cup final

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SAN JOSE, Calif. It was apparent from the get-go that the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico shared the title as heavy favorites to reach CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Levis' Stadium come Wednesday.

But thanks to Kemar Lawrence's stunning free-kick strike in the dying minutes of Jamaica's semifinal victory over Mexico, the narrative has taken a major turn, making Bruce Arena and his men clear cut favorites to win a sixth Gold Cup.

USMNT looking to challenge in-form Blake in Gold Cup final

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SAN JOSE, Calif. Andre Blake continued his rise as one of the top goalkeepers in MLS throughout 2016, with his impressive performances earning him a spot in last year's All-Star game in San Jose. Fast forward 11 months, and the Jamaican remains a dominant topic in the Silicon Valley.

USMNT vs. Costa Rica: Live Commentary

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Just one step away from the Gold Cup final, the U.S. Men's National Team faces off with a familiar CONCACAF powerhouse in Saturday's semifinal.

The USMNT takes on Costa Rica on Saturday with a spot in the Gold Cup finale on the line. The U.S.

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US rivals motivated by immigration stance – Arena

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena believes his team’s World Cup qualification rivals have been given extra motivation by the US government’s hardline immigration stance, it was reported Tuesday.

Arena, whose team faces Honduras later Tuesday in a crucial World Cup qualifier, said a crackdown on illegal immigration by President Donald Trump’s administration was fuelling opponents in CONCACAF.

US rivals motivated by immigration stance – Arena

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Los Angeles (AFP) – United States coach Bruce Arena believes his team’s World Cup qualification rivals have been given extra motivation by the US government’s hardline immigration stance, it was reported Tuesday.

Arena, whose team faces Honduras later Tuesday in a crucial World Cup qualifier, said a crackdown on illegal immigration by President Donald Trump’s administration was fuelling opponents in CONCACAF.

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USMNT roster, D.C. United scores (and wins!), and more: Freedom Kicks for August 28

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It wasn't all good news, as the Spirit lost, but still a busy weekend

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In Paul Arriola, D.C. United have their new star man

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The USMNT midfielder told the press Thursday that he looks forward to the challenge of dragging United up the table

Back in July, Paul Arriola was with the United States men's national team, making waves as the team won the Gold Cup. The winger, who current USMNT manager Bruce Arena had told years before would only have a bit part to play if he signed with the LA Galaxy in 2013, played his part as the US eventually wound up as CONCACAF's champions.

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USMNT claim 6th Gold Cup title with late 2-1 win over Jamaica

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Jordan Morris scored a 88th minute winner for USA

After plenty of recent late game heroics during the 2017 edition of the Gold Cup, the final between the USA and Jamaica proved no different, with Jordan Morris scoring the winner in the 88th minute, as the USA defeated Jamaica 2-1. Jozy Altidore's free kick to end the first half was canceled out by Je-Vaughn Watson five minutes into the second half.