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Arena’s decisions for the next round of World Cup qualifying

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - Two weeks from Saturday, the USMNT will return to match play with a friendly vs Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. It's a warm-up before pivotal World Cup qualifiers vs. Trinidad & Tobago on June 8 and at Mexico on the 11.

Soccer TV: West Ham United vs Spurs

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There's a London derby on Friday's soccer TV schedule, with West Ham hosting Spurs at the stadium both teams wanted. Also on the schedule, Cologne plays Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga and the USMNT is in action in the CONCACAF U-17 Championships.

West Ham United vs Spurs at 3pm on NBCSN.

CONCACAF offers FIFA a financial win

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - The World Cup is coming to America. Maybe. Mostly, America... maybe. If you widen the definition of "America" beyond its usual connotation of the United States, to include the North American nations of Canada and Mexico, than the World Cup is still coming to America.

Ri. Dic. U. Lous.

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I can't even. This is so highly unnecessary. I already explained why it would be utterly lame to share a World Cup bid with Mexico... and now we've lumped Canada in, as well. Well, the 2026 tourney is well set up to be yet another ass-pain for fans (though, admittedly, it would likely be much more irksome for Mexicand, Europeans and Asians than it will be for Americans and Canadians).

Canada, Mexico, United States will joint bid for the 2026 World Cup

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The soccer governing bodies of Canada, Mexico, and the United States announced that they will submit a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. The three federations made the announcement at a media even in New York City. FIFA has yet to specify the requirements for bidding on the 2026 World Cup or a preference for single or joint bids.

CONCACAF’s World Cup bid

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The soccer news starts with CONCACAF's "historic announcement" coming out of their Congress held in Aruba on Saturday. The scene now shifts to New York City where Canada, Mexico, and the United States are set to announce a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The announcement comes before FIFA lays out the specifics for potential bidders.

Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer’s institutional memory

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - March's World Cup qualifiers are over. The USMNT have banked four points from a potential six this month, meeting the coach's stated goal. That's restored at least some measure of calm to the process of qualifying for Russia 2018 from the CONCACAF Hexagonal.

The USMNT’s point in Panama

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The biggest takeaway from the USMNT's 1-1 draw at Panama is nothing new to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Win at home, get whatever you can on the road. The USMNT did that job plus a little more. In a testy game with a referee happy to let both teams play on, Christian Pulisic's weave through the Panama box made the difference.

The USMNT vs Panama and another game in the Hexagonal

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It's gameday for the USMNT in Panama City (10pm ET - beIN Sport). We're going to go ahead and assume that nobody needs a reminder that the USMNT would like three more World Cup qualifying points. It's a simple scenario for all the teams in CONCACAF's Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying. Winning means control.

Soccer TV: Panama vs USMNT

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The USMNT is back in action on Tuesday, trying for three more points in Panama. Coming off of their major statement against Honduras, the USMNT takes their newfound confidence on the road in Panama City. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Europe switches to friendlies while World Cup qualifying continues in CONMEBOL and CONCACAF.

The USMNT and the Hexagonal table

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Monday's soccer news starts with newly won confidence for the USMNT following a 6-0 shutout of Honduras. The rest of CONCACAF got a lesson in how not to play the USMNT in this cycle. How Panama responds on Tuesday (10pm ET - beIN Sport) will be on the minds of the rest of the region.

Panama has issues of their own, trying to turnaround a road loss to Trinidad & Tobago.

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Not to be outdone...

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A couple months back the US Under-20 national team scored their first ever competitive win over arch rivals Mexico. Duly inspired, our U-17 boys followed suit on Wednesday night, outgunning El Tri in a 4-3 victory at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. As the tournament doubles as qualifying for the U-17 World Cup, the Baby Nats put themselves in great position to reach the finals in India this

U.S. U-17s thrash Jamaica in CONCACAF qualiying opener

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The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team opened up its CONCACAF qualifying campaign with a 5-0 thrashing of Jamaica on Saturday.

The U.S. looked strong out of the gate, pressing far up the pitch and putting numbers forward in the attacking third. The U.S. midfield looked strong as it controlled the tempo of the match, and did well to keep the shape of the 4-4-2 formation that coach John Hackworth deployed.

Your USMNT LIne-Up v Panama

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If my eyes do not deceive me, we get Ream in for Brooks (as some of you guessed), Zusi in for Cameron (oi vey) and Jones in for Lletget. So is this the same set as Friday, or does Jones slide Pulisic wide, giving us a 4-2-3-1 or an empty bucket? We shall see. Three points is nice, but how about we #Get3More?


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With all the missing regulars, am I being greedy to want a win in Panama? Four more players, including starting left center back John Anthony Brooks, have been released to their clubs. Only Paul Arriola has been added to the mix, so the USMNT now has 23 guys available for selection on Tuesday. You may know them as.

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Pachuca are CONCACAF champions, wins for Dortmund and the USMNT U-17s

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Big results for USMNT players in Mexico and Germany. CONCACAF crowned Pachuca champions in an all-Liga MX finale to the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League and there will be USMNT players in both teams for the 2016-17 DFB Pokal final.

This season's CONCACAF Champions League concluded with Pachuca lifting the trophy at Estadio Hidalgo.

CCL Final Preview: Tigres, Pachuca battle for CONCACAF crown

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A Mexican club will leave Wednesday night with the CONCACAF Champions league title, but which team it will be remains to be seen.

Club Pachuca and Tigres will square off in the second leg of the final at 10 p.m. ET inside the Estadio Hidalgo. The teams tied, 1-1, at the Estadio Universitario a week ago, with Pachuca earning a slight advantage heading into the second leg after earning an away goal.

New CCL rules keep the Sounders spot in 2018

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We have a little more clarity on the 2018 CONCACAF tournament.

We finally have a little clarity on when and how the Seattle Sounders will participate in CONCACAF Champions League. After winning MLS Cup, the Sounders received one of the four automatic bids. They will be joined by FC Dallas (US Open Cup), Colorado Rapids (Supporters' Shield runner-up) and the New York Red Bulls (best record in the East).

News Update

Eintracht takes their place in the DFB Pokal final

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with Timmy Chandler's Eintracht advancing to the DFB Pokal final. Eintracht knocked out Borussia Gladbach on penalties. Eintracht took the lead on the road when Taleb Tawatha scored in the 15th minute. Jonas Hofmann equalized for Gladbach in first-half stoppage time.


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CONCACAF officially announced that three of its members will bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup. Since the announcement comes before FIFA officially announces the bidding criteria, details are sketchy. ESPN's Sam Borden reports that CONCACAF's plan is to push FIFA to approve their bid by as early as the end of the year.

Changes in CONCACAF

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Friday's soccer news starts with CONCACAF following UEFA's lead. Like their European counterparts, CONCACAF wants it's own Nations League. Like their European counterparts, that Nations League would block out most friendly dates on the international calendar.

Reuters' Simon Evans reports that the CONCACAF Nations League is a done deal, with approval coming this weekend.

Champions League

Soccer TV: Pachuca vs Tigres

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Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca plays Jose Torres's Tigres in the second-leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule. One of those USMNT players will be winning a title. In Germany, Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund tries to advance past Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal semifinals.

Soccer TV: Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

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The Champions League quarterfinal second-legs begin on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. Real Madrid plays Bayern Munich on Fox Sports 1 and Leicester City hosts Atletico Madrid on Fox Sports 2. Also on the soccer TV schedule, it's the first-leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final on Univision Deportes.

The Galaxy in the 2000 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was 17 years ago that the Los Angeles Galaxy won the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. It's also the last time an MLS team lifted the trophy as the best club in the region. Since then, the tournament – rebranded the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008 – has seen 15 winners.

Lessons from another MLS failure in the Champion League

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - After Germany's 2014 World Cup triumph, much analysis centered on the program's long, methodical climb. It started after their humiliating three-and-out performance at Euro 2000. One cycle removed from winning the 1996 edition of the tournament, a proud soccer nation got a stinging slap.

All Liga MX for the Champions League final

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CONCACAF got what they've come to expect from the their Champions League. Pachuca will play Tigres in the 2016-17 final. Vancouver lost 2-1 at home to exit the tournament 4-1 on aggregate. Brek Shea scored for Vancouver in the 3rd minute, exiting in the 10th with an injury. Andre-Pierre Gignac equalized on the night in the 63rd and Damian Alvarez scored Tigres' winner in the 84th.

One MLS team left in the CONCACAF Champions League

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MLS added to a familiar story on Tuesday night. FC Dallas started the second-leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series against Pachuca 2-1 up and ended it knocked out of the tournament. Pachuca advanced 3-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate.

With USMNT player Omar Gonzalez getting the start for Pachuca, a Franco Jara goal put them up in the 38th minute.

Soccer TV: Chelsea vs Manchester City

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Another day with Premier League options on the soccer TV schedule. Wednesday brings us Chelsea hosting Manchester City with five additional games available through NBC Sports' online option. There's also more from La Liga and the Bundesliga. The CONCACAF Champions League semifinals continue with Vancouver hosting Tigres on Galavision.

Soccer TV: Pachuca vs FC Dallas

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Plenty of options on the Tuesday soccer TV schedule, but the focus for MLS fans is on the CONCACAF Champions League. FC Dallas tries to advance on the road in Mexico. There are also games from Europe with the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and the Bundesliga in action. Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund plays Bobby Wood's Hamburg on Fox Sports 2.

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USA, Mexico & Canada Announce Joint Bid for 2026 World Cup

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From the 102nd and top floor of the One World Trade Center in Manhattan, the soccer federations of United States, Canada and Mexico announced their intention to formally submit a unified bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Monday.

The three nations have hosted 13 FIFA World Cups combined (Men's, Women's and Youth), which is more than any other trio of geographically connected nations, and set attendance records for five of those events.

Major Link Soccer: CONCACAF close to approving new "League of Nations"

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Similar to the UEFA Nations league, it would pit national teams across the Caribbean and both North and Central America in a league competition format.

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CONCACAF is beginning to set plans for a league competition among North and Central America and Caribbean national teams in motion.

World Cup qualifying

Mexico takes over the Hexagonal

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Most years, CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is anything but routine for Mexico. More often than not, Mexico has struggled during the qualification phase, struggles that often necessitate a coaching change and roster overhaul.

This is not one of those years.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico remains unbeaten, Honduras, Costa Rica share points

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Following their 2-0 home win on Friday against Costa Rica, Mexico remained unbeaten in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying thanks to a 1-0 road win at Trinidad & Tobagoon Tuesday.

Juan Carlos Osorio's side got a 58th-minute game-winner from midfielder Diego Reyes to earn all three points at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Honduras faces Costa Rica, Mexico visits Trinidad and Tobago

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With the top three teams set to take on the bottom three in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Tuesday's games could go a long way towards determining who makes it out of the Hex and into Russia.

While the U.S. Men's National Team battles it out with Panama in a third versus fourth clash, the top two teams go on the road to take on the bottom two as Mexico visits Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica visits Honduras.

The Rest

Report: Liga MX vs. MLS competition to be approved this month

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Liga MX and MLS teams could be playing each other a lot more in the near future.

According to ESPN, Atlas president Gustavo Guzman says that Liga MX owners may approve a new competition between the two leagues this month. Both leaguescurrently play in the CONCACAF Champions League, but sinceMexican clubs cannot participate in the Copa Libertadores anymore, there is a hunger for more meaningful games.

Some Soccer News for Apr 18, 2017

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It's Day 108 of 2017.

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  • TONIGHT - Are you ready???
  • CONCACAF Champions League Final 1st Leg
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NEWS: The Loons Aug 13 road game in Atlanta will need to be rescheduled. New Atl stadium was supposed to open the week before that, but it will not be ready.

Carleton, Weah, Sargent headline U.S. U-17 roster for CONCACAF U-17 Championship

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With just under one week to go until the CONCACAF U-17 Championships kick off, head coach John Hackworth has named his 20-player roster that will join him in Panama.

The tournament, which doubles as qualification for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup taking place in India this October, sees the U.

Musket Rounds: CONCACAF trio to make “historic announcement,” plus more daily links

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Here's what we're reading today.

During a busy weekend of soccer, the U.S. women trounced Russia, Nicolas Lodeiro scored a mind-boggling volley and the Revs blanked Cubo Torres and the Houston Dynamo. Yet this morning, everyone's talking about the 2026 World Cup.

Join them, and check out these other stories worth reading:

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Revolution tame Dynamo in 2-0 win / The Bent Musket

Second-half goals from Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo helped the Revs stay undefeated in three straight.

Joint CONCACAF World Cup bid set to be announced on Monday

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CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani's recent comments regardinga three-nation bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup appears set to become reality.

On Monday afternoon, Montaglianiis set to be joined by U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati andMexican Football Federation President Decio de Maria in New York City for what is being billed as a "historic announcement".

Major Link Soccer: The end of the international friendly?

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New CONCACAF league would fill up the calendar with intra-confederation play. Also, the North American countries are banding together for a World Cup super-bid. Finally, one man's simple quest for nuggets of chicken.

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CONCACAF seems to be very close to adopting a League of Nations format similar to what UEFA has done, and it will dramatically change friendly competition to being almost exclusively in-confederation.