U.S. Soccer announces sellout for USMNT vs. Mexico in Columbus

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Columbus' MAPFRE Stadium will be packed for a U.S. Men's National Team qualifier yet again.

U.S. Soccer announced that the USMNT's opening match of the hexagonal phase of World Cup qualifying against Mexico on Nov. 11 is sold out. This is the fifth time that the game has been a sellout since Columbus hosted this fixture.

Episode 130 – Dos a Cero

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Join the guys as they review DC United's past two matches against bot LA Teams, including the 1-0 loss at Chivas USA and the 2-2 draw vs. LA at RFK Stadium. The boys also take a look at the US Men's National team and yet another 2-0 win against Arch Rival Mexico in Columbus...

Dos a Cero: My unique view from the capo stand at USA-Mexico

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My voice is still scratchy. My headache has gone down but when I try to test my voice it comes back. I'm still dead tired...but the good kind. As I sit back and bask in the ambience that is our confirmed qualification for World Cup 2014 in Brazil, I can't help but look back and realize the magical night that was Tuesday, September 10th.

A ticket to the World Cup, in Columbus The United States...

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A ticket to the World Cup, in Columbus

The United States defeated Mexico on Tuesday night. It was the fourth consecutive 2-0 win for the Americans against their continental rivals in Columbus, supplying an almost eerie sense of invulnerability at home.

The SBI Show: Episode 68 (Looking back at USA-Mexico, and more)

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With the latest U.S. Men's National Team victory over Mexico in the books, it is time to look back at Tuesday's 2-0 victory in detail as The SBI Show makes its return.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I discuss the U.

“We are going to Brazil!”: Reactions, replays and relief as USMNT qualifies for WC2014

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Columbus was the place to be last night as the United States men's soccer team fought through a rough first half hour to overcome Mexico and qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

U.S. beat Mexico 2-0 in Columbus for the fourth time in a row

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They did it again. For the fourth time in four matches dating back to 2001, the United States beat Mexico 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. It took a missed penalty from Clint Dempsey during injury time to keep the eerily consistent scoreline, but that didn't do anything to sour a jubilant night in front of 24,584 fans in Columbus.

TSG’s Official USA v. Mexico Preview: Knights Of Columbus

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USA Mexico. Bravado and bad blood abounds...

Let's this out of the way. TSG hasbeen authoring in-depth USMNT previews since 2010. The least confidence in this one.

The drama has returned to CONCACAF. The Hex, vexing.

Torrential downpours blanketed North and Central American CONCACAF games this past Friday somewhat fitting as the World Cup hopes for a few nations were left in muddy waters.

U.S. vs. Mexico World Cup Qualifying Preview: 4 Talking Points and 3 Keys to Victory

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After disappointing losses on Friday for both the United States and Mexico, the two sworn enemies come face to face Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio in a FIFA World Cup Qualifying game where both teams will want to win for very different reasons.

Here's what has changed since last week:


New England Revolution

Some Soccer News for May 12, 2016

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It's Day 133 of 2016.

Kei Kamara is a Rev. And I bet he is not very happy about it!
That didn't take long. He blew up the Crew on Saturday and so they shipped him North in a matter of days. New England gives up salary cap money, a couple draft picks and 1 international roster spot, AKA a big pile of assets, to get Kamara.

SKC & NY Losses Give Revs 2nd Seed

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The New England Revolution are assured of the second playoff seed in the Eastern Conference after Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls both suffered losses over the weekend. The second seedensures the Revolution will host the second leg of the conference semifinals.

Stoppage Time Shocker

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Ninety minutes of ugly, scoreless soccer were capped off with an incredible four minutes of stoppage time as the New England Revolution grabbed a 2-0 victory in Columbus behind last minute strikes from Jose Goncalves and Diego Fagundez.

The Crew seemed to have the upper hand for most of the night, but were unable to make their offensive pressure count as the Revolution escaped with all three points from a late victory.

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USMNT embracing Columbus aura ahead of Guatemala clash

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With the team's World Cup qualifying status all but on the line, the U.S. Men's National Team returns to a familiar fortressfor what is certainly a must-win matchup.

Following a 2-0 loss in Guatemala City, the USMNT is set to host the Central American nation on Tuesday in Columbus' MAPFRE Stadium.

A work of football art - Columbus 0 Toronto FC 2

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A pic from those who travelled - envy from this end

Within the first minutes of today's televised TFC game it was clear that something special was being delivered by the visitors in grey. This was not a squad hollowed out by the many players missing, but shaped by the skill and determination of those on the field.

Major League Soccer

Three questions with Massive Report

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We spoke with Pat Murphy from Massive Report, SB Nation's Columbus Crew SC blog, about what to expect from the Crew in tomorrow's match against the Philadelphia Union.

tBG) Columbus was within a goal of winning the MLS Cup last season. The club made quite a few moves during the offseason - can you tell us about the comings and goings and whether you think it'll be enough to put Columbus over the top.

2015 MLS attendance up 12% compared to 2014

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A third of the 2015 MLS season has flown by, and attendances for this season are still ahead of 2014 by 11.9%.

In Columbus, Montreal and New England, there were soft showings.

The rest of the clubs did well, including San Jose who played in Levi's Stadium for Kaka's visit (with Orlando City SC).

2015 MLS attendance up 12% compared to 2014

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A third of the 2015 MLS season has flown by, and attendances for this season are still ahead of 2014 by 11.9%.

In Columbus, Montreal and New England, there were soft showings.

The rest of the clubs did well, including San Jose who played in Levi's Stadium for Kaka's visit (with Orlando City SC).

Soccer Capital of America?

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The advertisements for the all star game coming up on Wednesday have been advertising Kansas City as the "Soccer Capital of America." Over the last three years, Kansas City has turned from an afterthought in the soccer community to one of the centers of attention when it comes to MLS and the US national team.

Philadelphia Union

Match Preview: Union vs Toronto FC

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Coming off a beat-down in Columbus, the Union return home to try and right the ship while adding to Toronto FC's high-priced woes.

Game: Philadelphia Union vs Toronto FC

Date: Saturday, May 2

Time: 4 p.m.

Venue: PPL Park

Television: ABC Channel 6

Nine games into the season is still a little early to start talking about must-win scenarios, but a Union team coming home from a thorough shellacking on the road to Columbus last week sure could use a victory on Saturday.

Monday (Tuesday) After

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I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend as the transfer market came to a close overseas. The coming week promises significant excitement with the next round of qualifying, including a long awaited game in Columbus.

Weekend attendance saw highs and lows. Friday night got started with matches in Toronto and Salt Lake City.

Eastern Conference

Where KC Stands With One Game Left

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There's just one week left in the season for the Eastern Conference and there's still quite a bit to play for in the East. While DC United has wrapped up the top seed and New England has wrapped up the second seed, the other three playoff teams can still finish anywhere between third and fifth depending on the final results.

Tie Breakers - How the Union measure up.

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This years MLS season is so balanced, that it could get very complicated in terms of who qualifies for the playoffs. If teams finish on the same number of points - there is a list of tie-breakers the league uses to decide who gets a playoff spot. In the East - assuming SKC and NY are already in the playoffs (NY have qualified), there are currently 6 teams within 7 points of each other, and only 2 (3 for Montreal) games left.

Columbus Crew

Monday Morning Game Changers analyzes what went wrong in the collapse to Columbus

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Every week we "Monday Morning Manage" every game with our fellow Union faithful. What could have been done better? What were the missed opportunities? Did that sub really need to happen? We bring all the talking points to you each week right here.

Everyone that is old enough to legally drink (and I am sure some of us not old enough) have their own hangover cures.

Columbus Crew Reveal New Badge and Visual Identity

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COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew today unveiled its new brand and visual identity at an [...]

AFTER 90: Big Gulp

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1' - A beautiful evening in Central Ohio as the rivalry between Crew and TFC continues. What better way to celebrate the Trillium Cup glory than with a big jug of refreshing imported Ohio drinking water!

Match Day 19 - Travel Woes Done, Time to Continue a Busy Stretch

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Sporting KC had quite a bit of trouble getting to Columbus for tomorrow's game against the Crew. After a flight delay to DC, the team split up and headed to Chicago and New York. The Chicago crew, including the coaches made it to Columbus later in the day Monday. The group that went to New York though weren't so lucky.

MLS Week 14: A Look Ahead

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One of Major League Soccer's youngest rivalries steps back into the spotlight this weekend as Real Salt Lake host the Portland Timbers in a likely sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium.

It's the eighth time in the last 12 months that these two clubs are facing off, and with the Timbers beginning to turn their season around, it should make for a great match.

THE STARTING 11: Trillium Cup privileges

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Take that, Budweiser FA Cup!
We have banged on for years now how the Trillium Cup is a farcical corporate faux trophy. Despite TFC's exciting comeback victory on Saturday, the reward for winning the annual series of matches between Columbus Crew and The Reds is still lame-o. To watch a player like Jermain Defoe look at the local tin-cup and sort of lift it in sort of victory is all a bit cringe.

Ernest Hemingway’s Game Recap: The Battle of Columbus

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It doesn't look good from here. (photo:

Columbus was all hell. OTF's Nick Fox has the latest dispatch from our correspondent in the field, Ernest Hemingway...

That night we lay under the green fly of the medical tent and listened to the cannons outside, for the Argentine mercenary Higuain was attacking again and the column was close to breaking.

Early Battle at the Top of the East

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Sporting Kansas City welcome the Columbus Crew to Sporting Park tomorrow for a Sunday afternoon game in a battle at the top of the Eastern Conference. Columbus sits on top of the East with 12 points while Sporting is one point back, sitting on 11.

Columbus comes into the game on the back of a their third straight 1-1 draw at home against the New York Red Bulls.

Crew vs Red Bulls: The Wright-Phillips Stuff (again)

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Bradley Wright-Phillips just cannot stop scorin' mates! SWP bailed us out again, scoring the tying goal at Columbus and allowing the NY Red Bulls to get out of Cow Town with a 1-1 draw and a precious road point. This

It was a frustrating game as the Red Bulls should have had (at least) 2 goals at the break.

MLS Disciplinary Committee wastes no time: D.C. United's Luis Silva fined for simulation

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United's attacking midfielder went to ground without much in the way of contact during the second half against Columbus, and now he'll feel that fall in his checkbook.

MLS announced today that the league's infamous Disciplinary Committee has decided to fine Luis Silva for simulation that occurred in the second half against the Columbus Crew on Saturday.

Entering the Final Month

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Sporting Kansas City enter the final month of the regular season tomorrow in Columbus when they take on the Crew. Clinching a playoff birth is in sight right now for KC, but they have to have their goals aimed higher. Sitting second in the East right now KC is only 4 points clear of fourth place Houston.

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Know Your Enemy: Columbus Crew

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Young man, are you listening to me?

OTF's Stephen Mangat doesn't like the smell...

Back in the days when men were men, this fine site had a phenomenal weekly feature in which the city of the Fire's upcoming opponent was very fairly slandered. In the spirit of those "Trash Talk Fridays", let's kickoff this post with some choicethoughts about Columbus from a site about "the best places to live, work, or retire.

D.C. United Scouting Report: FC Dallas

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D.C. United exceeded expectations in last week's big test in Columbus, but things aren't any easier this week. FC Dallas is sitting atop the MLS standings and is comfortably the highest-scoring team in the league. Can United short-circuit the electric Hoops attack?

This time last week, I was telling you that D.

Match Review - Philadelphia Union at Columbus Crew

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Union falter on a brace by Bernardo Anor, lose 2-1.

Columbus has still never lost a home opener. Brian Carroll returned from injury, but even that wasn't enough to help the Union, as they lost 2-1 to the Crew in Columbus off of a brace by Bernardo Anor.

Jack McInerney was almost gifted a goal at 6 minutes off of a sloppy pass by the Crew defense, but the Columbus center backs did well to pinch it off.

The Rest

News Roundup: Union offseason needs, continuing Columbus drama Columbus, an important discussion about net quality

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The headlines you missed if you weren't paying attention this weekend.

Stumptown Roundup: Viewing Party Locations

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Not in Columbus? Check out this list of places all over where you can find a viewing party to enjoy MLS Cup

Quite possibly one of the largest away contingents has been steadily streaming into Columbus, Ohio. But if you can't here is a list of watch party locations and maybe one is near you.

Preview: Union play for pride on the road against the Crew in season finale

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Let's finally put this miserable season to bed.

The Union travel to Columbus for a game less meaningful than a Harrisburg City Islanders friendly.

The Union play the Crew onSunday because the schedule says so (and for absolutely no other reason).

Enjoy your last 90 minutes of goalkeeper intrigue, Philadelphia!

Schellas Hyndman talks left back

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Left back is a position that appears to be in somewhat of a state of flux right now for FC Dallas. Zach Loyd started there in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Columbus with Jair Benitez unavailable due to an injury but Michel has also seen time there this season.

This writer asked FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman a few questions about his current left back situation earlier in the week and here's what he had to say:

Did you think Loyd showed some rust in the loss to the Crew?