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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.

2026 World Cup

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.

FIFA announces rules for 2026 World Cup hosting bid process

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With the 2018 and 2022 World Cups firmly set for Russia and Qatar, 2026 is the next target for potential hosts, andthe chances of a USA World Cup received a big boost from the new guidelines set out for FIFA's new bid process.

The FIFA Council held meetings in Switzerland this week, and chief among the subjects covered was the process and guidelines that will determine the host the 2026 World Cup, guidelineswhich appear tobe very favorable for a U.

European Soccer

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.

Tuesday Kickoff: Mexico, Rodriguez, de Bruyne and more

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Mexico did just enough to slip past Panama on Tuesday night, while a European star could be healed in time to feature over the weekend.

An Oribe Peralta goal was enough to lead Mexico past Panama, 1-0. Giovani dos Santos assisted the finish.

Kevin de Bruyne has an outside chance of playing this Saturday against Everton as his hamstring injury has healed faster than expected.

Evening Ticker: Modric, Marseille, Mustafi and more

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The new captain of the Croatian National Team has been named following Darijo Srna's retirement, the early-season shuffle of players continues as the transfer window winds down, while a massive club in France has been sold.

Croatia coachAnte Cacic has named Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric captain as a successor to Darijo Srna, who retired in the wake of this summer's European Championship.

World Cup qualifying

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.

UEFA WCQ Rewind: France edges Netherlands, Andre Silva shines, and more

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Home has not been sweet for the Netherlands over the past 16 months, especially in qualifying.

The Dutch lost, 1-0, to France in UEFA World Cup qualifying, which marked the fifth loss in their last six games at home in all competitions. This latest defeat has knocked Holland out of the top two.

Soccer Monday: Your Running Commentary

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Two European heavyweights will collide on Monday in World Cup qualifying.

The Netherlands and France square off in the marquee match of the day in Group A. The top-four teams are separated by one point, with both the French and Dutch level on four points entering the game.

Over in Group B, Portugal will face the Faroe Islands, who have been a huge surprise so far.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Uruguay faces Venezuela, Brazil takes on Peru and more

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While the top four all avoid one another,plenty of intriguing matches remain on the schedule for match day nine in 2018 CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying.

Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal, and Chile lead Thursday's schedule as they try to rebound from their recent form against Enner and Antonio Valencia and Ecuador, currently sitting in fifth,two places and two points above their CONMEBOL rivals.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Neymar, Rodriguez collide in Brazil-Colombia, and more

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Two of the world's biggest superstars will face off on Tuesday night, and they will do so in amouthwatering showdown that many fans around the globe will be tuning in to watch.

Neymar and James Rodriguez are set to do battle when Brazil welcomes Colombia for a World Cup qualifier that highlights CONMEBOL's eight round of action.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Messi scores winner in return, and more

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Drama, excitement, and golazos. World Cup Qualifying in South America returnedwith a bang.

So too did Lionel Messi.

The seventhround of CONMEBOL's qualifying campaign took place on Thursday, and it was Messi who stole a healthy portion of the headlines around the world. A 10-man Argentina side edged Uruguay, 1-0, at home, and it was none other than the superstar forward who scored the winner in his first game for his country since ending his brief international retirement.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Costa Rica eyes Hex berth, and more

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Mexico was the first team to reach CONCACAF's final round of World Cup Qualifying. Costa Rica is hoping to be the second.

The road to Russia 2018 resumes for the remaining North American, Central American, and Caribbean nations on Friday when Matchday 5 takes place, and a few could lock up spots in the Hexagonal with victories in their respective matches.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Neymar attempts to lift Brazil, and more

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South America's nations shifted gears from World Cup Qualifying to the Copa America Centenario this summer. Now, it is time to shift back.

CONMEBOL's action-packed qualifying campaign is set to resume on Thursday with the seventh round of games, and there is no shortage of intriguing storylines to follow.

United States Men's National Team

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.

Julian Green shows maturity, confidence in USMNT's draw with New Zealand

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WASHINGTON Highs and lowsare part of every player's career, especially young ones.

Right now, in this moment, Julian Green is enjoying a high.

Four days after scoring a winner and helping set up a goal for the U.S. Men's National Team, Green found the back of the net again in a 1-1 draw with New Zealand on Tuesday night.

Goalkeeping gaffes leave USMNT, New Zealand deadlocked

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WASHINGTON A goalkeeping error helped give the U.S. Men's National Team the lead. A goalkeeping error helped take it away.

The U.S. and New Zealand played to a 1-1 draw in a friendly at RFK Stadium on Tuesday night after a pair of mistakes at the back led to the two goals.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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This month's UEFA and CONMEBOL qualifiers conclude on Tuesday with a few intriguing matches on tap, while the U.S. Men's National team is in action.

In Europe, England will face Slovenia in a pivotal game without captain Wayne Rooney in the starting XI. The Three Lions' bitter rivals, Scotland, will try to rebound in Group F when it battles Slovakia.

Report: USMNT to play New Zealand in October friendly

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Previous reports linked the U.S. Men's National Team to an October friendly with Ghana, but after some difficulties, it appears a new opponent has been locked down for a match at RFK Stadium.

According to the Washington Post, the USMNTwill play a friendly against New Zealand on October 11 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.

Olympic Soccer

Brazil blasts Honduras to book spot in Olympic gold medal game

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Scoring problem? What scoring problem?

After dismantling Denmark, 4-0, in their final group stage match and subsequently defeating Colombia, 2-0, in the quarterfinals, a lightning start devolved into an utter beatdownin the Olympic semifinals as Brazil laid waste to Honduras by a final scoreline of 6-0.

Solo delivers bitter rant after USWNT's Olympic loss

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To say Hope Solo was upset following the U.S. Women's National Team's 4-3 loss in a penalty shootout to Sweden in the Olympic quarterfinals would be an understatement.

The U.S. goalkeeper sounded off when asked about her thoughts on the game, saying that the defending gold medalists "played a bunch ofcowards,":

Full Hope Solo quote on Sweden after US was eliminated from the Olympics today.

USWNT vs. New Zealand: Your Running Commentary

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The U.S. Women's National Team are the reigning World Cup champions, and Wednesday night presents the start on what could be a historic Olympic run.

Jill Ellis will again lead the USWNT into an international tournament, this time with the team gunning for Olympic gold.

Copa America 2016

Gerardo Martino resigns following 'serious problems' with Argentina

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While Lionel Messi has made headlines recently over his sudden retirement from international soccer, Argentina head coach Gerardo Martino is reportedly following the star attacker's lead.

The Argentine Football Association released a statement on Tuesday revealing Martino's decision.

"The national team's technical staff have decided to hand in their resignation on this day [Tuesday].

Lionel Messi says he's done playing for Argentina after latest championship loss

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As if losing a third straight major tournament final wasn't painful enough for fans of Argentina's national team, the big news after Sunday's Copa America Centenario final may have hurt even more.

A dejected Lionel Messi said he is done playing for Argentina, making the statement in the wake of Argentina's 4-2 penalty shootout loss to Chile on Sunday night.

Chile tops Argentina in PKs again to win second straight Copa America crown

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. For the second straight year, Chile and Argentina could not be separated through 120 minutes and, for the second straight year, Lionel Messi and co. saw their trophy hopes dashed in a penalty shootout.

Chile defeated Argentina, 4-2, in penalty kicks after a scoreless 120 minutesin Sunday's Copa America Centenario final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.

CONMEBOL, CONCACAF presidents open to future joint tournaments

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NEW YORK The Copa America Centenario might only be the start of joint-competitions between CONMEBOL and CONCACAF teams.

CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez and CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani both stated during a press conference in Manhattan on Friday that they are not opposed to havingfuture tournaments that would include nations from both confederations.

The Rest

NBC Sports ready for huge weekend of Premier League games after international break

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For most soccer fans, time seems to slow down during international breaks as the lengthy qualification process of international soccer drags on at a tedious pace. Thankfully, club soccer returns this weekend to rescue us from the boredom. And for fans of English soccer, NBC Sports has a bumper weekend of matches in store.

Enner Valencia dodges police via ambulance during Ecuador match

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Ecuador vs. Chile was all lined up to be an exciting match and it was, though maybe not exactly as expected.In an incredibly entertaining twist, though likely not to him, Enner Valencia provided the biggest story of the night not on the pitch, but by escaping it.

It all began as the Ecuadorian forward was nearly detained by lawyers at a training session at the Atahualpa stadium in Quito, Ecuadorahead of Thursday's match.

Soccer Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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World Cup qualifying resumes on Thursday as nations from Europe and South America jockey for positioning in their respective groups.

A jam-packed day begins with UEFA World Cup qualifying, highlighted by Italy and Spain in a rematch of their round of 16 meeting at Euro 2016 this past summer.

Giovani dos Santos rejoins Mexican national team

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After an extended absence from the Mexican National Team, Gio dos Santos is back in the fold.

The LA Galaxy star joined several familiar faces brought in by head coach Juan Carlos Osorio after extended absences, with 'El Tri' set to play friendlies against Panama and New Zealand.

Reports: Klinsmann in discussions with FA over England vacancy

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It seemed unlikely when reports recently surfaced linking U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to England's vacant coaching position. However, the German could now be a candidate for the job after all.

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff is making claimsthat Klinsmann is in discussions with England's Football Association over the job left open by outgoing coach Roy Hodgson.