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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (May 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer and Mexico's World Cup rosters have had little to do with one another over the years. In the coming weeks that history could change three times over.

Three MLS players are part of Mexico's 28-man provisional World Cup 2018 roster.

FIFA: Manuel Negrete’s Sensational Scissor Volley Against Bulgaria In 1986 Voted Best World Cup Goal Ever (Video)

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It's hardly an understatement to say that there have been some truly exquisite goals knocked in at World Cups down through the years.

We've seen all manner of audacious volley, curler and pearler hit the back of the net over the course of 20 tournaments, though thanks to a FIFA vote, we can now officially laud one over all others.

World Cup: Adidas Release Drop-Dead Gorgeous Away Kits For Germany, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, Mexico And Russia (Photos)

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With less than 12 weeks to go until it all kicks off in Russia, Adidas have rolled out a plethora of World Cup away kits for their competing nations.

It's fair to say that Adidas have scored some major, major points, with each and every kit a retro-tinged stunner in its own right.

Anyway, less talky-talky, more gawpy-gawpy.

Mexican Soccer

Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama announce preliminary World Cup rosters

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With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just a month away from kicking off, qualified teams all around the globe are preparing their preliminary rosters ahead of their final friendlies.

CONCACAF representatives Costa Rica, Mexico, and Panama all announced their respective 28-man rosters on Monday.

Headlining Juan Carlos Osorio's side is all-time leading scorer Javier Hernandez, in-form forward Carlos Vela, and both Giovani and Jonathan Dos Santos.

With promotion off the table, Mexican second division sides left feeling 'sad' ahead of meaningless playoff final

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The upcoming two-legged final in the Mexican second division was supposed to be a celebration but, due to circumstances that prevent promotion, those involved are finding little reason for excitement.

Cafetaleros de Tapachula, champions ofAscensoClausura, are set to collide with Apertura championsAlebrijes de Oaxaca on Sunday for the first leg of a two-legged final to determine the winner of the second division.

Monday Kickoff: Porto frustrated with El Tri, Pardew leaves West Brom and more

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While on European manager took aim at El Tri, another saw his time end at a club destined for relegation.

Porto manager SergioConceicao says he is frustrated with Juan Carlos Osorio and Mexico after Hector Herrera, Diego Reyes and Jesus Corona all returned to the club with injuries. (REPORT)

West Brom has parted ways wit manager Alan Pardew, who was hired by the club in November.

Monday Kickoff: Mexico frustrated with Croatia squad, Lewandowski to remain at Bayern and more

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Mexico has been left frustrated ahead of a big friendly while the transfer rumor mill continues to push on.

Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic, Danijel Subasic and Nikola Kalinic have departed Croatia's squad ahead of a friendly against Mexico, leaving El Tri boss Juan Carlos Osorio frustrated.

Giovani, Jonathan Dos Santos out for upcoming Mexico friendlies

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Mexico will be without the services of both Giovani and Jonathan Dos Santos for their upcoming friendlies against Iceland and Croatia.

The team announced Sunday night that both of the Galaxy players will miss out on the friendlies, which take place on March 23rd and 27th.

Giovani had already been excluded from the Mexico squad due to an injury suffered in the Galaxy's 2-1 loss to New York City FC back on March 11th.

Friday Kickoff: Osorio turns down Mexico extension, Tottenham eyes Reus and more

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Mexico's manager remains undecided on his future ahead of the World Cup.

Juan Carlos Osorio says he has turned down offers to extend his contract with Mexico as his future with El Tri will depend on the team's results at the World Cup as well as what other offers he receives. (REPORT)

While the Borussia Dortmund star has been linked with a new contract, Marco Reus has reportedly emerged as a target for Tottenham.

Jonathan Gonzalez named to Mexico roster for upcoming friendly

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Following the approval of his change of association with FIFA, Jonathan Gonzalez is jumping right in with the Mexican national team.

Gonzalez is one of 23 players called up to Mexico's squad to face Bosnia & Herzegovina on Jan. 31. The Monterrey midfielder is joined by LAFC's Carlos Vela as well as the LA Galaxy duo of Jonathan and Gio dos Santos.

Jonathan Gonzalez cleared to represent Mexico

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Jonathan Gonzalez's one-time switch to Mexico is officially complete.

According to ESPN,Jonathan Gonzalez received his finalized one-time switch approval from FIFA on Wednesday, officially tying the midfielder to the Mexico national team. The news makes Gonzalez eligible to join El Tri as soon as the team's friendlyagainst Bosnia & Herzegovina in San Antonio on Jan.

Mexico's te Kloese: Jonathan Gonzalez will not be the last

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Jonathan Gonzalez is just the latest high-profile player to choose between the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico, and an El Tri executive insists that the midfielder's situation is one that will repeat itself in the future.

Mexican federation (FMF) director of national teams Dennis te Kloese says he doesn't expect Gonzalez to be the last Mexican-American to opt to represent El Tri on the international level.

Videos

Retro Football: All Hail The BBC’s Classic, Synth-Fuelled Opening Preview For 1986 World Cup In Mexico (Video)

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ITV may have pulled a bloody decent 2018 World Cup whistle-wetter out of the bag today but it pales, pales once compared to the greatest of all time.

We are of course talking about the BBC's pre-tournament preview for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, which featured exquisite RP diction, a pulsing power synth soundtrack, sombreros, sweaty Glenn Hoddle, excited Mexican children running through the street and oodles of futbol, futbol, futbol.

Friday night lamp-lights

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We had a trio of goals from our ex-pats last night, including Rubio Rubin's debut strike for Tijuana. It capped an 3-0 important win for the playoff-hunting hosts (and perhaps tenderized Chivas for Toronto FC a little). Elsewhere, Jann George hopped off the bench at halftime to strike a decisive double in Jahn Regensburg's win at Greuther Fürth.

Pop A Corona

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Been dealing with a bit of illness in the home this week, and so I've fallen behind here again. Anyhooo, Wednesday night saw Joe Corona hit a cracking opener in Club América's quarterfinal first leg rout of Tauro FC. - Greg Seltzer

CONCACAF Champions League: Club America Goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin Pulls Off Superhuman Last Ditch Save To Keep Clean Sheet (Video)

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Club America of Mexico sounded thrashed Tauro FC by four unanswered goals in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday evening.

However, the Panamanian side did come perilously close to grabbing themselves an away goal in the final minute of the first half only to be thwarted by the superhuman efforts of America goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin.

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Football: Mexican factory churning out Messi, Neymar masks

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Jiutepec (Mexico) (AFP) – A Mexican factory is churning out rubber Neymars, Messis and Ronaldos ahead of the World Cup, racing to meet demand for life-like masks of a dream team of football giants.

An eclectic lineup rounds out the roster of 12 famous football faces being immortalized in latex at the Grupo Rev factory in the city of Jiutepec, in central Mexico: retired legends Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, current stars Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Franck Ribery, and Mexican favorites Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Hirving “Chucky” Lozano and Jorge Campos.

Europa League trophy stolen — and recovered — in Mexico

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Mexico City (AFP) – The Europa League trophy was stolen after being displayed at a publicity event in Mexico, only to be recovered a few hours later, authorities in the state of Guanajuato said on Saturday.

The trophy had been on display at the football stadium in the city of Leon on Friday night, only to be taken from a car after the event.

Shedding weight, scoring goals in Mexico’s obese football league

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Monterrey (Mexico) (AFP) – Dripping with sweat, the burly footballers sprint across the pitch seeking to score in Mexico’s Heavyweight Football league, where points are awarded not just for goals but for shedding weight.

Mexico is the second-most obese country in the world, after its neighbor the United States.

Shedding weight, scoring goals in Mexico’s obese football league

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Monterrey (Mexico) (AFP) – Dripping with sweat, the burly footballers sprint across the pitch seeking to score in Mexico’s Heavyweight Football league, where points are awarded not just for goals but for shedding weight.

Mexico is the second-most obese country in the world, after its neighbor the United States.

CONCACAF 2026 World Cup bid reshuffles leadership

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The joint Canada-Mexico-US bid for the 2026 World Cup announced a reshuffle of its leadership on Tuesday, emphasising diversity as they seek to woo voters at a key FIFA vote in just over three months’ time.

A statement on the “United 2026” bid website said the leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico federations would now serve as co-chairs of the bid, replacing former United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati, who steps down.

CONCACAF 2026 World Cup bid reshuffles leadership

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The joint Canada-Mexico-US bid for the 2026 World Cup announced a reshuffle of its leadership on Tuesday, emphasising diversity as they seek to woo voters at a key FIFA vote in just over three months’ time.

A statement on the “United 2026” bid website said the leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico federations would now serve as co-chairs of the bid, replacing former United States Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati, who steps down.

U.S. Women's National Team

USWNT April Friendlies: SBI Player Grades

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At the end of another set of friendlies, the U.S. Women's National Team has recorded another two victories to continue its undefeated start to 2018.

The matches against Mexico this month saw some of the same for the U.S., with an offense that simply will not stop scoring. The USWNT managed to score ten goals over the course of the two games as some members of the team continue to enjoy some of the greatest form of their national team careers.

USWNT 6, Mexico 2: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Women's National Team recorded their second victory against Mexico in four days, and in thrilling fashion.

The U.S. was up after three minutes, but after some errors in defending, were down, 2-1, before the half hour mark. They rallied back and scored three more to end the first half on top.

SBI USWNT Woman of the Match: Megan Rapinoe

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As the U.S. Women's National Team and Mexico scored eight goals between them, Megan Rapinoe stood out amongst the rest, as she was directly involved in five of them.

The midfielder assisted four of her team's goals, getting close to Tiffeny Milbrett's record of five in one match. She got started early, assisting Mallory Pugh's second minute goal, and frequently helped out her teammates on the day.

Morgan, Pugh score as USWNT beats Mexico 4-1

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The U.S. Women's National Team continued their undefeated start to 2018, beating regional rivals Mexico 4-1 at EverBank Field on Thursday.

The U.S. got on the boardearly, as Mallory Pugh scored after six minutes. The play involved the front three, and started with Alex Morgan's weighted ball to Megan Rapinoe in the box.

Sauerbrunn returns to the fold ahead of friendlies against Mexico

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The U.S. Women's National Team is set to face Mexico in a pair of friendlies in April with the same group of standouts, plus a few notable changes.

The biggest headline from Jill Ellis's 22 player roster is that team co-captain Becky Sauerbrunn is set to make her USWNT return. The center back missed all of this year's matches, including the SheBelieves Cup, with a foot injury.

News roundup: Curtin’s conference call, Edu leaves LAFC, Liga MX may 86 pro/rel

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Plus Union + Chicago scrimmage today, Union U19 player going to Penn State, TAM/GAM economy, Portugal VAR controversy, more.

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Preview + TV/Streaming info: USWNT vs. Mexico, round 2

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Can the U.S. defense start to follow the lead of the attack?

If you start from the front, the USWNT's win last week over Mexico was good. Mallory Pugh keeps slicing up defenses, Alex Morgan keeps scoring all sorts of goals, and Megan Rapinoe looks creative as ever. It's just that things get rockier the further back you go, with the midfield unable to get pressure around the ball whenever Mexico tried to counter giving way to some hesitant defending and confused goalkeeping.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: USWNT vs. Mexico, Liverpool vs. Man City, and more

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A little local news, and a lot of Champions League talk

Good morning! Tonight, the USWNT face Mexico at 7pm in Jacksonville, and there are a lot of Champions League things to discuss. There's also still

USA vs Mexico friendly: preview and TV schedule | Stars and Stripes FC
Here's the obligatory preview.

CONCACAF

Preview + TV/Streaming info: USWNT vs. Mexico

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Another international window means another friendly series, this time against a CONCACAF foe that isn't Canada

World Cup qualifying is just six months away for the United States, which likely informs tonight's friendly against Mexico. While the USWNT manages to play Canada three or four times a year every year, they often don't get to see the rest of their opponents in CONCACAF.

CONCACAF changes the Gold Cup

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 28, 2018) US Soccer Players - Every two years, CONCACAF trots out the Gold Cup tournament and tries to showcase the best the confederation has to offer. And every two years, the showcase comes short as the tournament always leaves room for improvement.

Jill Ellis

Three Washington Spirit players on USWNT roster for Mexico friendlies

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Taylor Smith has been surprisingly dropped by Jill Ellis, while Ashley Hatch has earned a second consecutive call-up

United States head coach Jill Ellis has named a 22-player roster for the USWNT's upcoming pair of friendlies against Mexico, and the list includes three Washington Spirit players.

Thursday Freedom Kicks: USA jersey leak, USWNT roster released, and more

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First snow of winter... er, spring?

Hey guys! Hope your snow day was good whether or not it was an actual snow day off for you! Or maybe you're not in D.C. and you missed all the chaos.

2018 USA jerseys leaked - Stars and Stripes FC
More detail on what are apparently US Soccer's 2018 jerseys!

European Soccer

Tuesday Kickoff: Man City complete club-record deal for Laporte, Layun signs with Sevilla and more

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Two defenders completed moves to big clubs to headline Tuesday's news.

Manchester City confirmed the signing of Aymeric Laporte fro Athletic Bilbao for a club-record fee. (REPORT)

Sevilla announced the signing of Mexico international Miguel Layun. (REPORT)

Karim Benzema has reportedly turned down two new contract offers from Real Madrid.

Tuesday Kickoff: 'Chicharito' open to move, Wenger admits Aubameyang interest and more

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While a Mexican star looks to work out his future, Arsenal looks to reload in the wake of Alexis Sanchez's move.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is open to leaving West Ham in search of more playing time before the World Cup, according toagent Eduardo Hernandez. (REPORT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the club is looking to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, adding "you never know how close you are".

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: US Women play Mexico tonight, expect domination

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Seattle

When your single game is better than most of the league playing two games.
Seattle Reign FC forward Megan Rapinoe voted March Player of the Month

This list includes Sounders Academy great Marlon Vargas.

Mexico falls to shorthanded Croatia

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Facing off with a Croatian team missing a number of stars, Mexico came out flat on Tuesday night.

A second half penalty proved enough for shorthanded Croatia, who toppled Mexico, 1-0, at AT&T Stadium. The result comes just days after Mexico cruised past Iceland, 3-0.

While the loss will sting, the main takeaway for Mexico involved injuries.

Landon Donovan’s Leon move gets real

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Feb 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - After a month in Mexico, Landon Donovan made his first appearance for Club Leon in Liga MX on Saturday. The 35-year old entered in the 84th minute of a game Leon led 2-1 against Puebla and touched the ball a handful of times before the final whistle blew.

Medunjanin, Bosnia & Herzegovina fall to Mexico

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Philadelphia Union midfielder played 90 minutes

Mexico eased past Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1-0, in a friendly at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Wednesday night.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Haris Medunjanin captained the Bosnians for the second straight match and finished with just one shot in a rather uneventful 90-minute performance.