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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.

Who won the 2017 summer of soccer?

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 31, 2017) US Soccer Players – You would never think we were in the midst of any sort of a summer break with all the soccer played in July. Europe's major domestic competitions may be in the midst of preseason, but friendlies between top clubs kept interest going.

United States Men's National Team

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?

Bobby Wood’s goal

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - In the 85th minute of an ugly CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, substitute forward Bobby Wood flicked the ball past Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez from a goalmouth scramble. The goal brought the score line level at 1-1.

WCQ: Honduras 1 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT picked up a point in San Pedro Sula, drawing Honduras 1-1 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Honduras took advantage at home, dictating pace and taking the lead through Romell Quioto in the 27th minute. It took time and substitutions for the USMNT to find an equalizer. Bobby Wood scored in the 85th, taking advantage of a scramble in front of goal.

Late Bobby Wood goal saves USMNT in draw with Honduras

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With just minutes remaining in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, the U.S. Men's National Team saw their World Cup hopes slipping away. Then, Bobby Wood struck.

Wood joined the match as a second half substitute and fired an 85th minute goal, sealing a 1-1 draw with Honduras on Tuesday in San Pedro Sula.

Your Line-Up v Honduras

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Looks like we're going back to the 4-2-3-1... at least I hope so. Back at it!

USMNT falls flat in home World Cup qualifying loss to Costa Rica

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For most of the 2017 calendar year, the U.S. Men's National Team found ways to frustrate opponents and grind out results. On Friday, they did neither, and their World Cup qualifying hopes took a shot because of it.

The USMNT fell to a second home loss in the Hexagonal, losing again to Costa Rica time by a scoreline of 2-0 at Red Bull Arena.

WCQ: USMNT 0 – Costa Rica 2

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The USMNT picked up their first loss since the return of Bruce Arena as head coach, losing 2-0 to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena. Marcos Urena scored in the 30th and 82nd minutes with Keylor Navas keeping the clean sheet. The USMNT now shifts focus to Honduras on Tuesday (5:30pm ET - beIN Sport).

"Our back line made some mistakes," Arena said in his postgame press conference.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Costa Rica

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A few surprises (if not concerns) for me in this group: Ream over Besler, what looks to be either the underwhelming empty bucket or a risky 4-1-3-2, and most of all, Johnson starting when he's played just 10 minutes of competitive soccer since May. I hope none of this ends in regret. Go time in Harrison

Arena calls 26 to WCQ camp

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In a few days, the USMNT boys will get back to the business of qualifying for their eighth straight World Cup. They can likely move to the brink of clinching their spot with a pair of wins against Costa Rica and at Honduras (where they finished the hex job in 2009, mind you). Here are the guys Bruce Arena has selected to grab those six points.

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.

Your USMNT Line-Up v Jamaica

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The answer to the $64,000 question? Yep, Clint Dempsey will remain a super-sub for this one. Frankly, considering Jamaica's strengths and how the USMNT struggled to mount a real final third attack before he entered the semifinal, I don't get it. Or Graham Zusi starting, for that matter. These two decisions concern me a bit, but I still think the boys should be able to pull this one out in the

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.

MLS promotes the Gold Cup by promoting itself

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer has always ALWAYS tied its identity to the United States Men's National Team. This goes back to the earliest days of the league. Much of its early star power came from the American heroes of 1994. MLS has made the most of the involvement of players from its ranks in the international fortunes of the USA.

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.

Preview: USMNT vs Jamaica

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 24, 2017) US Soccer Players – This summer's edition of the Gold Cup has been a strange one. Favorites such as the United States and Mexico, who fielded a B team, had struggled big time during much of the tournament. CONCACAF had egg on its face following the incident with French Guiana fielding Florent Malouda knowing he was ineligible.

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

World Cup qualifying

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.

Gio Dos Santos reaches a century with Mexico amid questions

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - When Mexico played at Costa Rica in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, the match itself was a bit anticlimactic for the visitors. Mexico had already wrapped up a berth in Russia 2018 the match prior and a lopsided result either way would not have made a difference.

That point is the point for the USMNT

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Win on the road and draw on the road is the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying strategy. It's in play for all teams, from the early rounds to the Hexagonal. The USMNT got it half right in September, losing at home and picking up a desperate point on the road. That second part is nothing new in CONCACAF.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico holds Costa Rica to draw, Panama cruises into third

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After the USMNT salvaged a draw in Honduras, two other CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers went down in Central America.

Costa Rica hosted Mexico where a win would secure a spot in next summer's World Cup while Panama looked to get a jump on the U.S. and Honduras with a win at home against Trinidad and Tobago.

Soccer TV: Honduras vs USMNT

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The next must win CONCACAF World Cup qualifier for the USMNT is on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. The USMNT is on the road in Honduras with an early start and a pressing need for three points. Also on the schedule, the rest of the CONCACAF qualifiers along with afternoon games from Europe.

Honduras vs USMNT in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying at 5:30pm on beIN Sport.

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

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One CONCACAF team has booked a spot to the World Cup on Friday. Tuesday's matches may or may not officially confirm who joins Mexico, but they will go a long way towards clarifying what the picture looks like ahead of Russia 2018.

While the U.S. Men's National Team visits Honduras, Costa Rica can lock up a spot alongside Mexico with a win over El Tri.

Match day for the USMNT vs Costa Rica

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Friday's soccer news has the USMNT preparing to play for three World Cup qualifying points against Costa Rica tonight at Red Bull Arena (7pm ET - ESPN). It's not the easiest scenario for the USMNT, needing to readjust to their European-based players after a domestic summer with a Gold Cup win.

Most of the media focus has been on one of those European-based players.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Costa Rica

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World Cup qualifying continues on Friday's soccer TV schedule with the USMNT in action on ESPN. There are plenty of games on the schedule with qualifying in UEFA, CAF, and CONCACAF.

USMNT vs Costa Rica at 7pm on ESPN. The USMNT returns to Hexagonal round action in CONCACAF in 3rd-place, trailing 2nd-place Costa Rica by three points and two goals for the first tiebreaker.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Mexico hosts Panama, Trinidad & Tobago takes on Honduras

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With the European transfer window coming to a ruckus ending, CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers are gaining steam heading into its final stages. With only four games remaining for each team within the Hex, a team or two can officially punch their ticket to Russia's big party.

The U.S. Men's National Team focus to keep separating itself from playoff contention and into direct qualification as they host Costa Rica.

The September CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers

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Thursday's soccer news puts the focus on World Cup qualifying. CONCACAF resumes the Hexagonal schedule tomorrow with a familiar set of questions. Can the USMNT put any indication of trouble behind them with a home win over Costa Rica? Can Mexico claim a spot in the World Cup? Can Trinidad & Tobago manage to disrupt the table from the bottom?

Mexico isn’t sweating World Cup qualifying and neither or their fans

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Aug 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - There's something to say for tranquility. For once, Mexico is not flailing about in World Cup qualifying. There are no imminent sackings or roster shake-ups. Mexico only needs one positive result in the next few days to book passage to Russia 2018.

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Moggio: 2026 World Cup in North America can showcase 'unified region'

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Apr 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montaglian, left United States Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, center and, Mexican Football Federation president Decio de Maria, center hold the agreement at a press conference at World Trade Center. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

For CONCACAF secretary generalPhilippe Moggio, the proposed 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico, and Canada can showcase a "diversified, unified region.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico clinches World Cup spot, Honduras tops T&T

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In 2013 Mexico left it late, requiring the help of San Zusi to reach the 2014 World Cup. This time around, El Tri didn't waste any time, becoming the first team from CONCACAF to book a spot in Russia.

A Hirving Lozano goal was all Mexico needed in a 1-0 win over Panama. With the win, Mexico seals a World Cut berth while Panama remains on the outside looking in with three games remaining.

News Update

Match day for Honduras vs USMNT

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Tuesday's soccer news focuses on the obvious, with the USMNT in action later today against Honduras (5:30pm ET - beIN Sport). It's a waste of words to stress that a World Cup qualifier for two teams tied on points for 3rd-place is important. For the USMNT, we've had various riffs on what "crucial" and "must win" mean.

Game day for USMNT vs Jamaica

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It's a simple scenario for the USMNT in Wednesday's soccer news. Deny Jamaica width on the defensive end and break down the standard attempts to clog the direct routes on the offensive end. Do that, and the balance should tilt in the USMNT's favor. In other words, it's standard CONCACAF soccer for tonight's Gold Cup final (9:30pm ET - FS1).

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.

Costa Rica

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.

Jamaica

United States vs. Jamaica , Gold Cup 2017: Time, TV schedule, and live stream

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Who will be crowned kings of CONCACAF?

Game: United States vs. Jamaica

Date: Wednesday, July 26th

Time: 9:30 p.m. Eastern, 8:30 p.m. Central, 6:30 p.m. Pacific, 1:30 a.m. UTC

Venue: Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara, Calif.

Jamaica’s Gold Cup run partially due to youth movement

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Jamaica is younger - and better - than they have been in years.

Over a year ago I wrote an article that predicted the end of Jamaica being a CONCACAF power due to the aging out of some of the team's regular players.

I'm happy to report that rumors of Jamaica's death have been greatly exaggerated.