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Germany fires early to cruise past Mexico, into Confederations Cup final

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It only took 10 minutes for Germany to outclass Mexico for a spot in the Confederations Cup final.

Joachim Low's men continued their impressive unbeaten form in Russia by dominating Mexico, 4-1, at Fisht Olympic Stadium to advance to Sunday's final against South American reigning champions, Chile.

SBI's 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Preview

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We may still have one more year until the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but that doesn't mean a boring summer is approaching.

Beginning Saturday, Russia will host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. This will be a debut for the hosts in this competition, as well for Chile and Portugal.

In Group A, hosts Russia will look to bounce back from a disappointing exit in last year's Euro 2016 tournament.

U.S. Women's National Team

USWNT to play Canada WNT in home-and-home series

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It'll be an exciting week in November as the U.S. Women's National Team and Canadian Women's National Team are set for a pair of friendlies later this year.

The two teams will play a home-and-home pair of friendly matches in an all-CONCACAF showdown near the top of the FIFA women's rankings.

Lavelle, USWNT earn revenge against Sweden

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The U.S. Women's National Team earned a measure of revenge on Thursday afternoon, as they managed to topple Sweden for the first time in four tries, and in the first meeting between the two since the American's shocking Olympics exit.

It was relative newcomer Rose Lavelle who proved the difference maker, as the midfielder scored her second goal in her fifth cap to break the deadlock in the 56th minute after a scoreless first half.

European Soccer

Report: Marseille interested in signing Hope Solo

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Hope Solo may be on the move to France for a second time in her career.

The 35-year-old, who last featured for the U.S. Women's National Team at last summer's Rio Olympics, is on the wish list for Ligue 1 outfit Marseille, according to L'Equipe.

Thursday Kickoff: Salcedo out for Mexico, Oscar handed big suspension and more

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A key player is set to miss time for Mexico while a Brazilian star was punished in a big way.

Mexico's Carlos Salcedo will miss the rest of the Confederations Cup due to injury. (REPORT)

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has been given an eight-match ban due to his role in instigating a massive brawlin Shanghai SIPG's draw with Guangzhou R&F on Sunday.

Wednesday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Lozano, Man City and more

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One current star continues to hint at his future while a future star says he's ready for his big move.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says the Premier League is "begging me to stay" as his one-year deal nears its expiration. (REPORT)

Pachuca's Hirving Lozano says he is "prepared to get better and play in a more competitive league.

Friday Kickoff: Coutinho, Nainggolan, Everton and more

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One Barcelona star is looking to recruit his international teammate to the club while one of the world's most well-rounded midfielders could be bound for the Premier League.

Neymar says Phillipe Coutinho would be a wonderful fit at Barcelona. (REPORT)

Radja Nainggolan says he was in contact with Chelsea over a potential move last summer and would be interested in resuming talks again.

Wednesday Kickoff: Mexico, Costa, Lacazette and more

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Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio stated one of his preferences for the national team while Atletico Madrid saw links to two strikers shut down.

Osorio says the national team would benefit from more players moving to Europe. (REPORT)

Diego Costa says he is open to a move to China while also adding that he attempted to seal a return to Atletico Madrid.

Tuesday Kickoff: Guardado, Simeone, Nainggolan and more

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One of Mexico's biggest stars is set to miss vital matches due to injury while a top head coach stated he will never coach at Real Madrid.

Andres Guardado is set to miss Mexico's World Cup qualifiers due to a leg injury. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he could one day coach another Spanish team but also added that he will never manage Real Madrid.

Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar, Bale, Sturridge and more

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One La Liga star remains the target of local authorities, while another is in danger of missing his team's biggest game due to injury.

Prosecutors in Spain are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a hefty fine for Neymar as punishment for the Brazilian star's allegedly corrupt transfer from Santos to Barcelona.

World Cup qualifying

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Panama draws Honduras, Ticos down T&T

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For most of the second-half in Panama City, it looked like Honduras were going to earn their first qualifying victory over Panama since 2000.

However, Roman Torres had other ideas as the Seattle Sounders defender scored a 90th-minute equalizer to earn the hosts a point, in Tuesday's 2-2 home draw.

Friday WCQ Rewind: Sweden shocks France, Belgium eases past Estonia, and more

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The sixth round of UEFA World Cup Qualifiers kicked off with a bang on Friday as two favorites to win Group A squared off in Stockholm.

Sweden used a late blunder by French keeper Hugo Lloris, to defeat the visitors 2-1 at Friends Arena. A poorclearance by the Tottenham keeper allowed Ola Toivonen to score the game winner from 35+ yards out in stoppage time.

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.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Bolivia shocks Argentina, Brazil seals WC berth and more

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After a 1-0 victory over Chile last Thursday, Argentina slumped to a disappointing road defeat to Bolivia on Tuesday. Edgardo Barza's side came into the match without star forward Lionel Messi, who was serving the first of a four-match suspension.

The Barcelona star was handed the ban by FIFA on Tuesday morning after negative comments made about Thursday's refereeing crew.

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.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Colombia visits Ecuador, Peru hosts Uruguay, and more

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After several teams earned crucial victories just five days ago, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying returns on Tuesday with all ten South American sides looking for points to close March'sinternational break.

The premier showdown on Matchday 14 takes place between Colombia and Ecuador, in a battle of fourth vs.

UEFA WCQ Rewind: Spain dominates Israel, Bulgaria shocks Netherlands, and more.

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With domestic leaguesoff this weekend, the fifth roundof UEFA World Cup Qualifiers kicked off on Friday with nine matches across Europe.

Group D, H, and I all took center-stage on Friday while the remaining six groups kicked off their fifth round qualifiers on Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of countries were looking for important results this weekend, while others were looking to hold on their leads at the top of their respective groups.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: El Tri draws Panama, Honduras tops T&T

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While the U.S. Men's National Team was getting pummeled by Costa Rica on Tuesday night, four other CONCACAF teams were also in action, hoping to keep pace with theTicosatop the Hexagonal standings.

Mexico and Panama,both of whom picked up victories in their Hex openers last Friday, squared off in Panama City to a scoreless draw.

Must-See Goal: Lionel Messi

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Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The international week continueson Tuesday, with qualifying in CONCACAF and CONMEBOL highlighting the day's action.

The U.S. Men's National Team is in tough against Costa Rica on the road in CONCACAF qualifiers. Elsewhere, Mexico and Panama square off, while Honduras faces Trinidad & Tobago.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Argentina attempts to stop skid, and more

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A place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia is off in the distance and fuzzy right now for Argentina, but can be brought back into focus with a slump-busting win at home vs. one of the teams that sits above in the standings.

Matchday 12 of CONMEBOL's World Cup Qualifying campaign takes place on Tuesday, and arguably the biggest match in this round will be held in Argentina whenLa Albicelestewelcome Colombia.

On USMNT: Bradley, Klinsmann not on same page

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The relationship between a head coach and a captain is important. The captain is supposed to serve as the link between the coach and the players, to say nothing of being the de factoleader on the field and motivator in the locker room.

It is certainly not a good sign for the U.

Rafael Marquez fittingly ends Mexico's misery vs. USMNT in Columbus

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If there was ever going to be a player to end Mexico's nightmare in Columbus, Ohio, it was going to be Rafael Marquez of course.

An original member of theDos a Cerochronicles that began to be written in 2001, Marquez had suffered plenty in the quadrennial matchat Mapfre Stadium between Mexico and the U.

Injured Tim Howard likely to miss USMNT's meeting with Costa Rica

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When the U.S. Men's National Team takes on Costa Rica on Tuesday, it is likely that Jurgen Klinsmann willhave to count on someone other than Tim Howard in goal.

Howard was substituted late in the first half of the U.S.'s historic2-1 loss to Mexico on Friday after suffering a groin injury while taking a goal kick.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Brazil rout adds to Argentina's woes, and more

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Losing to Brazil is toughunder any circumstances when you are Argentina, butdoing so by a lopsided margin when you are fighting for your World Cup life is about as bad as it gets.

Brazil pummeled a lackluster Argentina to the tune of 3-0 on Thursday in the latest chapter of their South American rivalry, leavingLa Albicelestefurther woundedin its World Cup Qualifying campaign.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Messi and Neymar resume rivalry, and more

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One of the the world's biggest rivalries is set to write its latest chapter, and this one comes with an interesting twist that comes as a result of a controversial decision from FIFA.

South American giants Argentina and Brazil are ready to lock horns once again in a CONMEBOLWorld Cup Qualifier on Thursday, and leading the way respectively will be Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar.

CONCACAF

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.

Honduran federation president accuses U.S. Soccer of gamesmanship

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A controversy-free week during CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers doesn't seem right. Good thing the Honduran federation stepped in to provide some drama leading up to Friday's match with the United States at Avaya Stadium.

Jorge Salomon, the president of the Honduran federation, toldDiezin Honduras that the Catrachoswere training across the country in Fort Myers, Florida because U.

Infantino: Travel ban could hurt U.S. 2026 World Cup bid

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino hasn't outright stated the Trump administration's travel ban on Muslim countries would stop the U.S. from winning a 2026 World Cup bid, but the implication of his statements are fairly heavy.

Speaking in London on Thursday, Infantino made clear that a country wishing to host the World Cup must be accessible for all participating nations.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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The UEFA Europa League takes center stage on Thursday, as the majority of the round of 32 contestswill be decided across Europe in two time windows. Manchester United, Schalke and Krasnodar all secured spots in the next round during a rare trio of Wednesday games.

Tottenham Hotspur will try to become the second Premier League side to reach the round of 16 with a win over Gent at White Hart Lane.

CONCACAF general secretary favors joint 2026 WC bid but not combined qualifying with CONMEBOL

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With the 2026 World Cup set to feature 48 teams for the first time, a joint World Cup bid may be exactly what's required to have enough available hosting sites, a prospectwelcomed by CONCACAF leadership.

CONCACAFgeneral secretary Philippe Moggio talked up a potential joint bid from the United States, Mexico, and Canada for the 2026 World Cup while speaking to ESPN Deportes,stating that a pooling of resources may be what's needed to make hosting the tournament a reality.

Bundesliga

Commentator Derek Rae announces return to United States

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Commentator Derek Rae has announced that this season will be his last for BT Sport, and that he’ll be returning to the United States this summer.

The accomplished professional, who has commentated on international soccer for more than twenty years including calling the World Cup, Champions League, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Europa League, is one of the leading commentators in world soccer.

Commentator Derek Rae announces return to United States

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Commentator Derek Rae has announced that this season will be his last for BT Sport, and that he’ll be returning to the United States this summer.

The accomplished professional, who has commentated on international soccer for more than twenty years including calling the World Cup, Champions League, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Europa League, is one of the leading commentators in world soccer.

Major League Soccer

MLS Week 3: Your Running Commentary

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While international soccer dominates the weekend's schedule, MLS returns on Saturday with a trio of interesting matches.

The day starts at Gillette Stadium as the New England Revolution host Minnesota United. The Loons return to action after sealing their first ever point last time out.

Navas, Waston, Matarrita headline Costa Rica roster ahead of matches against T&T, USMNT

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While all attention is currently on the big game against Mexico in Columbus to open the Hex round, the U.S. Men's National Team can't overlook their second match against Costa Rica.

When the USMNT visitstheir CONCACAF rivals on November 15, they'll need to be careful to avoid falling victim to a deep, strong squad featuring big name players from abroad and a few familiar names from MLS.

The Rest

Cristian Roldan credits national team experience for epic performance against San Jose

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The Sounders and USA midfielder said that adapting to the speed of international soccer boosted his confidence

SEATTLE — Thanks to international duty (and Osvaldo Alonso's injury), the last two Seattle Sounders matches looked rather dire as Brian Schmetzer was forced to experiment with his starting XI to compensate for the lack of players.

U.S. U-18s open Slovakia Cup with draw against Hungary

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After seeing the U.S. Under-19 Men's National Team win a trophy at the tournament last year, the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team kicked off the 2017 Slovakia Cup on Monday in Trnava.

Omid Namazi's side earned a 1-1 draw against Hungary in their opening match in Group B. Despite being down, 1-0, at halftime, the U.

Roma-Juventus Set for Gillette This Summer

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Italian Serie A giants Juventus and AS Roma will meet at Gillette Stadium on Jul. 30 at 4:00pm as part of the 2017 International Champions Cup series, which will be played in 11 cities across the U.S. this summer.

The mid-summer match will mark the first time Roma has visited the region since 2014 when the club played an international friendly against Liverpool at Fenway Park.

Infantino: 2026 World Cup could be joint-hosted by up to 'four countries'

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has made no secret his desire for a massively expanded World Cup, including hosting duties being shared by as many as four countries.

Infantino, who championed the now expanded 48-team World Cup starting in 2026, has stated that not only is he comfortable with the concept of a joint-hosted World Cup, but envisions as many as four countries joining their efforts to host at once.