CONCACAF

United States Men's National Team

Your USMNT Line-Up v Costa Rica

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First off, please forgive my silence that past week or so - been battling a lovely case of acute tonsillitis and trying to avoid surgery. Now to tonight's man event a ka the "ish gets real" semifinal match against a nearly-full strength Ticos side. We have a few back line changes and a couple on the flanks.

Worst Gold Cup ever?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - Like many readers, your correspondent has grown up in a sustained era of soccer's growth in North America. Every year the game grows bigger and more popular than the last, it seems, leading us to take for granted that the future will be brighter than the past.

I guess we needed the safe word.

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Was it just me or was the USMNT's win over El Salvador like attending some strange fetish party? I've never seen such a coordinated team effort to be freakin' bizarre. And then there's Tim Howard's facetious take (courtesy of Ives Galarcep): Don't give 'em any ideas, Tim. - Greg Seltzer

Your USMNT LIne-Up v El Salvador

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Considering the way our man Deuce likes to drop deep for the ball and run off Jozy Altidore, I suppose we're back in a 4-2-3-1 (and that goes even if it's intended to be the empty bucket). You'll hear no gripes with the XI from me. Tonight, I think we'll finally get the comfy win we've all been waiting on.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Nicaragua

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Can't say for sure, but it seems as though we are switching to a 4-3-3. What I can promise is that it's time for a cruise. There's no reason we should be biting nails toward the end of this one.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Martinique

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As promised by Da Bruce, we have seven field player changes, most of which I'm cool with. Christian Roldan gets his debut and Justin Morrow his first cap in four-and-a-half years, while Eric Lichaj gets his first USMNT start in over six years (how that's possible, I'll never understand). And it looks like we'll switch to the empty bucket, which kinda bums me out, but oh well.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Panama

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Pardon my tardiness, but we just arrived in Helsinki (the lady kidnapped me for a quick birthday trip). At first glance, this USMNT formation and XI selection has me skeptical. I would have kept Acosta in the line-up, I'd have kept he 4-2-3-1 and I definitely would have made sure to get at least one defense-stretching presence (read: Arriola or Morris) on one of the flanks.

Much to gain, little to lose for USMNT in July

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Many of us who watch soccer often try to remind ourselves that it's just a game. Normally, that's met with limited success, but at its core soccer is a source of recreation and joy. At its uppermost levels we do tend to pile it high with meaning and intensity and consequence.

Arena makes his Gold Cup picks*

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I added an asterisk to the title, because of course the USMNT boss can make up to six changes after the group stage. So actually, here is your team for the first three games of the Gold Cup, when all of these guys will fight to make the knockout squad that will battle to bring the crown home.So... the netminders are the same exact ones I wished for, I have no problem with the defense stable (even

The Golden Boys

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In goal: Brad Guzan, Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson Yeah, Guzan will be about to become eligible for Atlanta, but it would be nice (and probably good for his initial club form) if he could start against Panama. The other two can fight over the remaining group starts, and Tim Howard can come in for the knockouts.

World Cup qualifying: Mexico 1 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT got the start they wanted against Mexico on Sunday night in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Michael Bradley chipped Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 6th minute to put the USMNT up at Estadio Azteca. That lead held until the 23rd when Carlos Vela equalized for El Tri. Both teams played for the three points with Mexico hitting the bar in the 71st minute and Bradley clipping the outside of the post from distance in the 74th.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Mexico

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I really did not expect to see quite so much turnover. And I'm not sure what formation this group will take up (3-6-1??). Oh, and I can't stand these new line-up reveal GIFs they are suddenly using. ⌚ It's that time!Your #USMNT starting XI for #USAvMEX. #Get3More pic.twitter.com/MRtrTPinxB — U.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's an international weekend in the soccer calendar. World Cup Qualifying takes center stage as UEFA and CONCACAF continue to pave their roads to Russia. Meanwhile, only three games are scheduled in MLS next to a full slate of NASL and USL matches.

Preview: USMNT heads to Mexico City with points, confidence, rhythm

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT continue to shift through the gears under Bruce Arena. Thursday night's 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago set the team up well for Sunday's much anticipated grudge match against Mexico at Estadio Azteca.

World Cup Qualifying: USMNT 2 – Trinidad & Tobago 0

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Christian Pulisic was the big story from the USMNT's World Cup qualifying win, but the bigger takeaway was the team effort in Commerce City. The USMNT won 2-0 with Pulisic scoring both goals. Pulisic opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, knocking in a DeAndre Yedlin pass that left Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams with no chance.

Your USMNT LIne-Up v. Trindad & Tobago

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This group will almost certainly fill out one of four different formations (4-3-3, empty bucket, 4-4-2 diamond & 4-2-3-1). You all know my preferences. See you all later with player ratings at MLSS. Squad up. Here's our Starting XI for #USAvTRI, presented by @LibertyMutual.Lineup Notes: https://t.

I surely won't get it, but...

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... this is what I'd love to see against Trinidad & Tobago tonight. A few notes: Yes, I'm back to pushing Cameron into midfield. If it's good enough for a Prem club... in all seriousness, though, I'd like to see him negate Kevin Molino's lane through the middle and allow Bradley to work the #8 role, thank you very much.

The situation for the USMNT

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By J Hutcherson (Jun 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - For those of you that aren't into the stories of old bands, you might have skipped Amazon's new Grateful Dead documentary. There's a line in it that resonates for what's happening later tonight in Denver. In response to "who's in charge?

Golden Boys

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I'm sure you have all seen Da Bruce's provisional squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and I don't have a great deal to say about it, but there are a few surprises worth noting.The mian pleasant surprise is the inclusion of Kenny Saief. And he's apparently now filed a FIFA switch, so I added him to the Americans Abroad scoring charts on the right to give an idea of his season over in Belgium.

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.

News Update

Officiating in CONCACAF

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Thursday's soccer news starts with referee Drew Fischer and his assistants not exactly having the best time of it in last night's USMNT vs El Salvador game. Hesitance to show cards caught up with the officiating, leading to odd moments even by CONCACAF standards. Namely, two incidents where USMNT players were bitten by their El Salvadoran counterparts.

It’s Gold Cup time

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Thursday's soccer news starts with MLS ending, at least in the short term. It's Gold Cup time, where even Major League Soccer takes a break for the group stage. As the constant reminders from CONCACAF over social media and the countdown billboards in cities hosting games will tell you, there's not much time left.

Gold Cup

Gold Cup: Jozy Altidore Gets His Nipple Tweaked As USA Given Rough Ride By El Salvador (Videos)

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The USA registered a 2-0 win over El Salvador in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday night, but they did so while suffering casualties... namely Jozy Altidore's nipples.

Indeed, El Salvador resorted to some pretty ugly tactics to try and upset the Yanks, with defenderHenry Romero caught attempting to put Altidore off his stride by giving his teats a sneaky tweak.

Gold Cup Rewind: Mexico settles for scoreless draw with Jamaica, El Salvador tops Curacao

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With Pompilio Paiz directing Mexico on the bench, El Tri delivered a lackluster performance in the Mile-High City.

After both sides kicked off their Gold Cup journeys with three points, Mexico and Jamaica settled to a monotonous, 0-0, draw at Sports Authority Field on Thursday night.

What can Canada do at the 2017 Gold Cup?

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By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (July 10, 2017) US Soccer Players – For better or worse, the fortunes of Canada's National Team program rest with MLS. Nine players on the Gold Cup roster play their club ball in Major League Soccer. That's the second-most in the tournament behind the USMNT.

Lozano, Peralta, Torres headline Mexico provisional 40-man Gold Cup roster

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With only 30 days until the 2017 Gold Cup kicks off here, another CONCACAF nation recently announced their preliminary 40-man roster for the competition.

Juan Carlos Osorio's Mexico squad may look a little different from expected, with the nation also taking place in the FIFA Confederations Cup later in Russia.

FIFA

Garcia fallout and the 2026 World Cup

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With little on the field to get excited about, my thoughts turn to football politics.

The Michael Garcia report on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup awarding decisions has finally been published, but sadly did not provide enough ammunition to charge Russia and Qatar or strip them of their World Cup hosting.

CONCACAF has a French Guiana problem

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If anything could make what turned out to be a scoreless draw that much worse, it's that French Guiana might have made it irrelevant as soon as the whistle blew to start the game. That's CONCACAF's conundrum following French Guiana's use of an ineligible player. Ineligible according to CONCACAF's rules and common sense, but technically not FIFA's.

Honduras

Concacaf Gold Cup 2017

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Se está disputando en los Estados Unidos la 14ª edición de la Copa Oro de la Concacaf, el máximo torneo de selecciones organizado por la Confederación de Fútbol Asociación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe.
El fixture y todos los resultados:
GRUPO A
Canadá - Costa Rica - Guyana Francesa - Honduras
7/7 - Harrison: Canadá 4-2 Guyana Francesa
7/7 - Harrison: Costa Rica 1-0 Honduras
11/7 - Houston: Costa Rica - Canadá
11/7 - Houston: Honduras - Guyana Francesa
14/7 - Dallas: Guyana Francesa - Costa Rica
14/7 - Dallas: Canadá - Honduras
Posiciones:.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Ticos host T&T, Honduras visits Panama

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The current batch of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches didn't end on Sunday in Mexico City. The other four countries involved in the Hexagonal round will take to the field around the same time on Tuesday night in Panama City and San Jose.

Costa Rica can move into sole possession of second place with a win or draw against bottom feeders Trinidad and Tobago.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: The Gold Cup begins

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Power rankings, news and more about the CONCACAF tournament. LA Galaxy's worst week of all time? Lap dances in Italian stadiums?

Seattle

Buy your tickets now for the Reign's July 15th match against the Boston Breakers, because you'll be entered for a chance to win a team-signed Reign jersey.

Spot Checks

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After sticking my usual summer breather in between the latest round of World Cup qualifiers and the Gold Cup, I am now back. Later, I will offer up my picks for that CONCACAF championship tourney roster and a preferred group phase starting line-up, but for now we go back to the ol' abacus. Instead of tallying up stats for Americans who play overseas, I focused on some MLS stuff and things.

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.

World Cup qualifying

USMNT stays 3rd in the Hexagonal

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The rest of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers played out on Tuesday night, with the USMNT remaining in 3rd-place in the Hexagonal. World Cup qualifying resumes in September.

Panama and Honduras drew 2-2 at Estadio Rommel Fernandez. Romell Quioto put Honduras up on the road in the 6th minute with Blas Perez equalizing in the 41st.

Bruce Arena’s game plan

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The soccer news starts with USMNT coach Bruce Arena not keeping it a secret that he had his plan for Mexico worked out weeks ago. "We told the team on day one of this camp that we would play that way in this game," Arena said of a strategy that required shuffling the starting eleven and giving up a lot of possession.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico eases past Honduras, Costa Rica shares points with Panama

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Mexico remains on cruise control heading into Sunday's match with the U.S. Men's National team.

El Tri continued the team's unbeaten run in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying by easing past Honduras, 3-0, on Thursday evening. In preparation to face the rival USMNT at the Estadio Azteca on Sunday night, Juan Carlos Osorio's side were looking for a positive result to stay on top of the group.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago

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The USMNT returns to World Cup qualifying along with the rest of CONCACAF on Thursday's soccer TV schedule. The US Women are also in action, at Sweden in a friendly. The FIFA U-20 World Cup is at the semifinal stage, with early morning start times from Korea.

USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on FS1 at 8pm.

El Tri in qualifying, the Confederations Cup, and the Gold Cup

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - Busy summers are part and parcel for national teams. For Mexico though this summer will be busy and historic, with long-lasting effects that could set El Tri up well for the next few years. Whether or not all that comes to fruition depends on how coach Juan Carlos Osorio and the players respond and what they prioritize.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Mexico faces Honduras, Costa Rica takes on Panama

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The fifth matchday in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying is upon us. As the Hex reaches its halfway point, the top of the table looks to extend their lead on automatic qualification, while the cluttered third through sixth place positions try to separate themselves.

The Rest

New-look Canada prepares for Gold Cup, Curaçao friendly in Montreal

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It will be a different Canadian men's national team that will walk into the 2017 Gold Cup. A new face in head coach Octavio Zambrano and a younger squad show a shift in the national team, which is training in Laval, on Montreal's north shore. But before this, Canada will have a rendez-vous with Curaçao at Stade Saputo on June 13.