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CONCACAF announces ‘League of Nations’ shake-up

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Miami (AFP) – The governing body for football in North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) confirmed a radical overhaul of international soccer in the region on Thursday, announcing plans for a competitive “League of Nations” tournament aimed at replacing friendlies.

The new competition would see 41 CONCACAF members split into three divisions, playing each other on a home-and-away basis, with promotion and relegation between the three leagues.

CONCACAF announces ‘League of Nations’ shake-up

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Miami (AFP) – The governing body for football in North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) confirmed a radical overhaul of international soccer in the region on Thursday, announcing plans for a competitive “League of Nations” tournament aimed at replacing friendlies.

The new competition would see 41 CONCACAF members split into three divisions, playing each other on a home-and-away basis, with promotion and relegation between the three leagues.

Football: 2018 World Cup CONCACAF qualifying results

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Results from 2018 World Cup qualifying games in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) on Tuesday:

At Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago 2 (Gonzalez 17-og, Jones 37) United States 1 (Pulisic 47)

At Panama City

Panama 2 (Torres 52, 88) Costa Rica 1 (Venegas 36)

At San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Honduras 3 (Elis 34, Ochoa 53-og, Quioto 60) Mexico 2 (Peralta 17, Vela 37)

Football: 2018 World Cup CONCACAF qualifying results

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Results from 2018 World Cup qualifying games in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) on Tuesday:

At Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago 2 (Gonzalez 17-og, Jones 37) United States 1 (Pulisic 47)

At Panama City

Panama 2 (Torres 52, 88) Costa Rica 1 (Venegas 36)

At San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Honduras 3 (Elis 34, Ochoa 53-og, Quioto 60) Mexico 2 (Peralta 17, Vela 37)

United States Men's National Team

CONCACAF introduces League of Nations

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CONCACAF officially announced the new League of Nations competition, set to begin in September, 2018. The press release confirmed an earlier report that the confederation was set to follow UEFA's example and form a league structure for their national teams.

Though the specifics won't be released until early 2018, CONCACAF confirmed that all 41 nations in the region will play across three leagues with promotion and relegation.

Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner: USMNT elimination was 'happiest day of my life'

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Former CONCACAF president Jack Warner wasn't among those that felt bad for the U.S. Men's National Team. Rather, he was more than ready to dance on their grave.

The T&T native said Tuesday was the "happiest day of my life" because of the USMNT's elimination at the hands of his home country.

Your USMNT Line-up v. Trinidad & Tobago

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The answer to your first question? Yes, Christian Pulisic is fit to start. The answer to your second question? No changes from the XI that schooled Panama the other night. The answer to your third question? Sure, I suppose I'm alright with this set-up... for tonight. I still don't believe we should get married to it.

USMNT World Cup qualifying roster – October 2017

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US Soccer released the roster for the October 2017 World Cup qualifiers on Sunday. USMNT coach Bruce Arena called in 26 players to prepare for Friday's game against Panama (7:30pm - ESPN2). The USMNT travels to Trinidad & Tobago for the final CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on October 10 (8pm ET - beIN Sport).

Arena calls 26 for do-or-die mission

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There are a few happy return to the fold and a coupla surprises as the USMNT prepares for their most important matches of the cycle. I'm delighted to see Benny Feilhaber (or even just one of the three big American playmakers in MLS) added to the selection; it's better to have one around and not need than.

World Cup qualifying

Moving past friendlies in UEFA and CONCACAF

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By J Hutcherson (Nov 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - Peru finally gave the World Cup playoffs what it needed, a game worth watching. With all due respect to Australia's win over Honduras much earlier in the day on Wednesday, that game quickly became an obvious conclusion.

Quakes locker room encapsulates the aftermath of CONCACAF's craziest night

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SAN JOSE, Calif. On Friday, the San Jose Earthquakes traveled to Vancouver as one. On the same bus, on the same plane and with the same intention: winning against the Whitecaps on Sunday to remain in contention for a first playoff appearance in five years.

But just 48 hours earlier, on Wednesday, Chris Wondolowski and Anibal Godoy, separately, traveled back to San Jose from the depths of North America.

T&T's Leston Paul: U.S. 'learned their lesson' on Tuesday night

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Much ado was made about the pitch conditions heading into Tuesday night's World Cup Qualifying finale that ended in the U.S. Men's National Team missing the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Torrential rain flooded the pitch at Ato Boldon Stadium, causing a social media uproar as videos of American players being ferried across the moat surrounding the playing surface made their way around the internet.

Does Mexico have a momentum problem?

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - With World Cup qualifying now complete for Mexico, the attention will soon focus on the future. The World Cup draw, tune-ups against European foes before and after FIFA draws teams into groups. The endless debate on what the 23-man roster for Russia should look like.

The day after the Hexagonal

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the responses to the USMNT missing out on the 2018 World Cup. The USMNT lost their final game in the Hexagonal 2-1 at Trinidad & Tobago, giving Panama and Honduras the gap in the table that both needed to advance. Panama advanced directly with Honduras now playing Australia over two legs to see if a fourth CONCACAF team can qualify for Russia 2018.

‘One For The Legend Books!’ – Alvin Jones Scores Superb 30-Yard Humper As Trinidad & Tobago Quash USA World Cup Aspirations (Photos & Video)

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The USA's farcical quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup ended with a stout fart on Tuesday evening, terminating with a 2-1 defeat against Trinidad & Tobago.

Bruce Arena's side went a goal behind early on when US defender Omar Gonzalez awkwardly shanked a cross into his own goal.

WCQ: Trinidad & Tobago 2 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT lost 2-1 to Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, finishing in 5th-place and missing the 2018 World Cup. Trinidad & Tobago took the early lead from a 17th-minute own-goal at Ato Boldon Stadium. They doubled it when Alvin Jones scored in the 37th minute. Christian Pulisic pulled a goal back in the 47th minute.

Christian Pulisic prepared for physical play

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Christian Pulisic is no stranger to the physical abuse he's taken at the hands of opposing defenders.

The young U.S Men's National Team star has taken plenty of it during World Cup Qualifying so far, and is expecting more tonight when he takes on Trinidad and Tobago. This is nothing he isn't used to, and nothing he can't handle, even if it's disrespectful.

Despite conditions, USMNT ready to seize World Cup chance with win in T&T

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Everyone knows what's at stake for the U.S. Men's National Team on Tuesday night. It's been discussed for months and, with a win, they will finally be able to grasp a ticket to Russia.

Before the U.S. can escape CONCACAF, though, they must first handle one final challenge, and it's one very befitting of a World Cup decider in the region.

Game day for Trinidad & Tobago vs USMNT

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It's time to say goodbye to the 2017 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying cycle one way or the other. Sure, one team will end up in 4th-place and have to play Australia in a November playoff, but for everybody else tonight is it. No more wondering if the old "win at home, draw on the road" script is flipped.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Preview: Panama hosts Costa Rica, Mexico faces Honduras

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Two of CONCACAF's three and a half spots in Russia next summer are claimed, and the race is on for that final automatic place and a date with either Australia or Syria in a last-chance playoff for finishing fourth.

Costa Rica and Mexico are in for sure, and, as the U.S. Men's National Team looks to brush Trinidad and Tobago aside to earn the third qualifying spot, two more matches with implications for that crucial fourth place position will go down.

Poor training conditions among many obstacles USMNT face in T&T

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We all know the pitfalls of playing CONCACAF away matches in World Cup Qualifying.

Whether it's rowdy fans launching fireworks outside the team hotel in the dead of night or playing big matches on bumpy pitches in the blazing afternoon heat and humidity, this confederation is always throwing obstacles in the path of success for road teams.

Late Waston goal sends Costa Rica to Russia, eases pressure on USMNT

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It took until the 95th minute of action on Saturday night, but Costa Rica found the point it needed to officially earn a spot in next summer's World Cup.

Eddie Hernandez gave Honduras the lead in the 66th minute, but that was cancelled out by Kendall Waston's stoppage-time header. That put the Ticos through while making Honduras's road to qualification much tougher.

WCQ: USMNT 4 – Panama 0

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The USMNT had few issues with Panama in pursuit of a crucial three World Cup qualifying points. Tim Howard picked up the shutout in a game marked by a standout performance from Christian Pulisic. It was Pulisic opening the scoring in the 8th minute. He had the assist on Jozy Altidore's goal in the 19th.

USMNT vs. Panama: The Pregame Tailgate

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The end of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying is near, which means its do-or-die time for the U.S. Men's National Team.Nothing short of two wins this week will do for them, and they look for their first tonight against Panama at Orlando City Stadium down in sunny Florida.

A loss tonight would, at best, put the USMNT in a two-legged playoff against either Australia or Syria, who are tied at one after one leg of their own Asian playoff.

Preview: USMNT vs Panama

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - A day ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Panama (7pm ET - ESPN2) that could make or break his team's chances of making next year's tournament in Russia, USMNT coach Bruce Arena exuded the kind of casual confidence that has come to define his coaching style in a long and successful career.

Game day for USMNT vs Panama

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Friday's soccer news starts with the obvious. The USMNT plays Panama tonight in Orlando in another game with three crucial World Cup qualifying points on the line. Plenty of people with plenty of opinions have already let us know about the potential pitfalls and scenarios should those three points not end up with the USMNT.

USMNT: “We understand what’s at stake”

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By Charles Boehm – ORLANDO, FL (Oct 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - Even in a palpable stressful situation, with the World Cup dreams of millions riding on his team's next 90 minutes of play, Bruce Arena found a way to summon his trademark droll sarcasm.

"Good morning everyone," he said to a jam-packed press conference room at Orlando City Stadium on Thursday, on the eve of the USMNT's massive World Cup qualifier vs.

Playing up the opponent in CONCACAF

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The USMNT is a day away from the next game that counts in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. It's the next must-win scenario in a schedule full of them. Obviously, all of those must-win games didn't turn into three points.

Given the stakes, there's a tendency to build up the state of CONCACAF. Is this region more difficult than most outside observers might expect?

The last week of the Hexagonal

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Oct 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - The CONCACAF Hexagonal will culminate over the next week. Come Tuesday evening, three national teams will be making plans for Russian accommodations. Another team will eye Asia for their own passage. Two will be left wondering what could have been.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Mexico hosts T&T, Honduras heads to Costa Rica

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The penultimate round of the Hex is upon us and all three of these matches carry some sort of meaning.

With one team, Mexico, already guaranteed a spot in Russia next summer, another two sides look to punch their tickets beginning on Friday night. After the U.S. Men's National Team takes on Panama in Orlando on Friday night, Trinidad and Tobago looks to delay their official elimination from World Cup Qualifying and Costa Rica looks to finish their automatic qualifying bid.

One more do-or-die as the Hex concludes: How’d we get here?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - After their club matches this weekend, the USMNT will gather again, this time in Orlando, Florida, for one more pair of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. The 2018 Hexagonal concludes with games against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.

Qualifying rarely tells the World Cup story for the USMNT

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT's performances in this month's two highly stressful World Cup qualifiers have prompted plenty of consternation among fans and media. Why has this edition of the Hexagonal been such a hard slog? What's leading this team to underperform relative to the level most of us thought it was at?

International Soccer

Report: CONCACAF agrees to launch new Nations League, starting September 2018

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CONCACAF appears to be adding a new tournament for North American, Central American, and Caribbean countries.

Reuters reports that the competition will be called the Nations League and will feature all 41 member countries of the confederation.

The tournament, slated to begin in September 2018, will see those nations split into three divisions, based on their "sporting level" with promotion and relegation to occur.

Tuesday Kickoff: 'Chicharito' to miss Honduras match, Thomas Tuchel still linked with Bayern job and more

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Mexico will be without two big stars on Tuesday night.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez received permission to miss Mexico's World Cup qualifier against Honduras. Hirving Lozano will also miss out due to injury. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel could still takeover as the club's manager next season.

FIFA

Todas las selecciones del mundo - All national teams in the world

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Todas las selecciones del mundo - All national teams in the world

Toutes les sélections dans le monde - Tutte le nazionali del mondo

Alle nationalen Teams der Welt - Все сборные в мире

Todas as seleções do mundo - 世界中のあらゆる代表チー

Alla landslag i världen - 所有的国家队世界

جميع المنتخبات الوطنية في العالم - Dünyadaki tüm milli takımlar

Բոլոր հավաքականները աշխարհում - Alle nationale teams in de wereld

כל הבחרות הלאומיות בעולם - Wszystkie drużyny narodowe świata

Όλες οι εθνικές ομάδες στον κόσμο - oate echipele naționale din lume

ทั้งหมดทีมชาติในโลก - Minden nemzeti csapat a világon

세계의 모 국가 대표팀 - Všechny národní týmy na světě

تمام تیم های ملی در جهان - Timu zote kitaifa katika dunia

Seguir a @arogeraldes Todas mis notas en Periodismo de fútbol mundial

The Nations League concept spreads

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We start the soccer news with Reuters' Simon Evans reporting that CONCACAF is planning for their version of a Nations League potentially starting in the September international window. The Nations League is a UEFA concept, put in place to replace friendlies with games that count. It's a multiple league structure for national teams with promotion and relegation and playoffs for a champion.

UEFA goes ahead with the Nations League

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By J Hutcherson (Sep 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - UEFA is pushing ahead with the Nations League, officially announcing the competition. It's a concept to make friendlies count... or something. It's tough to judge what UEFA really wants from their new competition, except maybe a good enough reason to keep scheduling international games during the club season.

Honduras

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Panama, Honduras win to knock USMNT out of World Cup

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The Hexagonal's final day saw plenty of drama, with results that sent the U.S. Men's National Team to the fifth place spot after their loss to Trinidad and Tobago.

Honduras and Panama hosted CONCACAF powers Mexico and Costa Rica, both already qualified for Russia.

Here's how those matches played out:

Honduras 3-2 Mexico

Honduras needed a result against the already qualified Mexico to have any shot at going to the World Cup next summer, and though they eventually got it, it did not start so well for the home side.

Costa Rica-Honduras pushed to Saturday due to tropical storm Nate

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Weather has caused a change ahead of an upcoming World Cup qualifier.

Friday's World Cup qualifiers between Costa Rica and Honduras has been pushed back to Saturday due to severe rainfall from tropical storm Nate, which has produced flooding throughout Costa Rica as well as six storm-related deaths.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Caleb Porter out in Portland

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The departure takes everyone by surprise. Also, CONCACAF announces new Nation's League, and Messi wishes Nelson Valdez's son a happy birthday.

Seattle

Many of you know Atlantic Crossing as a bar that's been at the center of the soccer renaissance in Seattle over the last 10 years. It's also at the center of a changing neighborhood, as rampant construction and different demographics present serious challenges for many small businesses in that section of Roosevelt.