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USMNT players in Gold Cup camp

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We start the soccer news with the USMNT players joining up in Nashville in advance of the 2017 Gold Cup. Bruce Arena's roster has some interesting names, the result of his choice to give the regulars playing club soccer in Europe a break. That doesn't mean a squad without European-based talent, with several players trying to break in.

USMNT stays 3rd in the Hexagonal

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The rest of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers played out on Tuesday night, with the USMNT remaining in 3rd-place in the Hexagonal. World Cup qualifying resumes in September.

Panama and Honduras drew 2-2 at Estadio Rommel Fernandez. Romell Quioto put Honduras up on the road in the 6th minute with Blas Perez equalizing in the 41st.

Bruce Arena’s game plan

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The soccer news starts with USMNT coach Bruce Arena not keeping it a secret that he had his plan for Mexico worked out weeks ago. "We told the team on day one of this camp that we would play that way in this game," Arena said of a strategy that required shuffling the starting eleven and giving up a lot of possession.

Three points for the USMNT

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT shutting out Trinidad & Tobago for three points in the Hexagonal table. The USMNT had the early game, waiting on the two later results to learn what those three points would mean. Costa Rica did the USMNT no favors, playing out a scoreless draw at home to Panama.

Borussia Dortmund wants more under Peter Bosz

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the details on Peter Bosz's transfer from Ajax to Borussia Dortmund. It's always interesting when there's a transfer fee for a coach. Dortmund paid Ajax €5m euros for the pleasure of Bosz's company. Setting aside Ajax not doing a lot to shirk their reputation as a selling club by selling their coach, Borussia Dortmund comes complete with significant expectations.

Playing the youth World Cups

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Tuesday's soccer news wonders if it's really worth the trouble trying to draw overarching conclusions from the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. There's an argument that FIFA doesn't do the teams much of a favor by selling international broadcast rights to what used to be the youth championships. In terms of relative obscurity, it might be worthwhile to let these tournaments enjoy them.

Real Madrid adds another Champions League trophy

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Real Madrid did as expected in the Champions League final, though nobody could've predicted the one goal they allowed. Trailing 1-0, Juventus's Mario Mandzukic scored one of the best goals in the history of the final in the 27th minute. It was video game stuff, but that was it. Real Madrid took over, taking the title 4-1 to close out the 2016-17 European season.

Borussia Dortmund makes a change

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The DFB Pokal celebrations didn't last long for Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga club made a coaching announcement in Tuesday's soccer news, parting ways with Thomas Tuchel.

"We would like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his coaching staff for the sporting success they have brought to BVB...." read Borussia Dortmund's official statement.

The Premier League problem

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The soccer news starts with an open question about the 2016-17 Premier League season. Has it been any good? Chelsea's prolonged slog to the title continues later today against Middlesbrough (3pm ET - NBCSN) with the feeling that at least one team should've been able to press them if not overtake them.

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2017 USMNT Gold Cup squad

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena cut his provisional Gold Cup squad to 23 players on Sunday. Gold Cup camp begins on June 25 in Nashville, TN. The USMNT opens group play against Panama on July 8 in Nashville (4:30pm ET - Fox Sports). Arena will be able to alter his roster should the USMNT advance to the knockout round.

Jurgen and Bruce: The American soccer rift that’s here to stay

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - Sunday's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Mexico at Estadio Azteca is a great result by any measure, regardless of the circumstances or personnel involved. While there's ample work still ahead, the USMNT can now consider itself to be back on course for Russia 2018 after last fall's queasy wobbles.

World Cup qualifying: Mexico 1 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT got the start they wanted against Mexico on Sunday night in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Michael Bradley chipped Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 6th minute to put the USMNT up at Estadio Azteca. That lead held until the 23rd when Carlos Vela equalized for El Tri. Both teams played for the three points with Mexico hitting the bar in the 71st minute and Bradley clipping the outside of the post from distance in the 74th.

Preview: USMNT heads to Mexico City with points, confidence, rhythm

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT continue to shift through the gears under Bruce Arena. Thursday night's 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago set the team up well for Sunday's much anticipated grudge match against Mexico at Estadio Azteca.

World Cup Qualifying: USMNT 2 – Trinidad & Tobago 0

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Christian Pulisic was the big story from the USMNT's World Cup qualifying win, but the bigger takeaway was the team effort in Commerce City. The USMNT won 2-0 with Pulisic scoring both goals. Pulisic opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, knocking in a DeAndre Yedlin pass that left Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams with no chance.

The situation for the USMNT

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By J Hutcherson (Jun 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - For those of you that aren't into the stories of old bands, you might have skipped Amazon's new Grateful Dead documentary. There's a line in it that resonates for what's happening later tonight in Denver. In response to "who's in charge?

Bruce Arena and the previous USMNT coach

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena is not Jurgen Klinsmann. If their considerably different builds, accents, and attitudes weren't evidence enough, there's the distinctly divergent ways the two men see American soccer and their respective custodianship of the United States Men's National Team.

Juan Agudelo for club and country

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 5, 2017) US Soccer Players – Juan Agudelo scores goals. That's what he does. Agudelo has been doing that on a regular basis since starting his pro career with the New York Red Bulls seven years ago. Just 24, it often seems as if the New England Revolution star has been around forever.

U-20 World Cup: USMNT 1 – Venezuela 2

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It took extra time to settle the USMNT vs Venezuela U-20 World Cup quarterfinal. Venezuela advanced 2-1 in a game where they had the better chances. Venezuela will play Uruguay in the semifinals. Uruguay knocked out Portugal 5-4 on penalties after drawing 2-2. The other half of the quarterfinal bracket plays on Monday morning.

USMNT 1 – Venezuela 1

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The USMNT and Venezuela met in an international friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Saturday. The game is a warmup for the USMNT, returning to World Cup qualifying on Thursday against Trinidad & Tobago at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado (7:50pm ET - FS1).

Venezuela went up in the 29th minute with a goal from Jose Velazquez.

USMNT 40-man 2017 Gold Cup provisional roster

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CONCACAF requires a 40-man provisional roster for the Gold Cup and the USMNT complied. Releasing the roster during the friendly against Venezuela, the USMNT has plenty of options for this summer's tournament. That includes players new to the USMNT setup. Under tournament rules, the final 23-man Gold Cup roster has to come from the 40-man provisional roster.

Preview: USMNT vs Venezuela at senior and U-20 level

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 2, 2017) US Soccer Players - A solid spring for the US youth national team system got even better on Thursday morning, The USMNT Under-20s spanked New Zealand 6-0 in their first knockout round match at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea.

The victory sets up an intriguing weekend doubleheader of sorts.

U-20 World Cup: USMNT 6 – New Zealand 0

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The USMNT advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup with a 6-0 shutout of New Zealand on Thursday in Korea. The USMNT will play Venezuela on June 4 in Jeonju (2am ET - FS2). Mexico is the other remaining CONCACAF team in the tournament. They play England on June 5 in Cheonan.

USMNT roster for June 2017 games

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The USMNT has three games on the June 2017 schedule, a friendly and two World Cup qualifiers. The USMNT plays Venezuela on June 3 at Rio Tinto Stadium (10pm ET - FS1) in an international friendly. The USMNT returns to World Cup qualifying on June 9 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against Trinidad & Tobago (7:50pm - FS1) and is away to Mexico on June 13 (8:30pm - FS1).

New stars rising as USMNT U-20s find their feet at the World Cup

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 25, 2017) US Soccer Players - They've got a diverse, battle-tested squad. They've got a hotshot striker surging towards stardom. They've got four points from their first two group-stage games, and increasingly euphoric fans waking up early or staying up late to watch them.

FIFA U-20 World Cup: Senegal 0 – USMNT 1

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A Josh Sargent goal was the difference in three points for the USMNT at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Sargent scored in the 34th minute for the 1-0 win over Senegal in Group F. Jonathan Klinsmann picked up the shutout for the Americans.

The USMNT now leads Group F with four points to Senegal's three.

The USMNT and the summer of 2017

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 22, 2017) US Soccer Players – Another busy summer is starting Amid the scores of MLS matches and international friendlies on the soccer schedule, the USMNT will play some of their most important games of the year. Bruce Arena's team will have to play at least nine matches over the course of two months.

U-20 World Cup: Ecuador 3 – USMNT 3

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The USMNT needed a stoppage time equalizer to split the point with Ecuador in their Group F opener at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The game kicked off at 5pm ET local time, 4am East Coast time.

Ecuador took the early lead at Incheon Stadium with Herlin Lino scoring in the 5th minute. Bryan Cabezas doubling the lead two minutes later.

Arena’s decisions for the next round of World Cup qualifying

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - Two weeks from Saturday, the USMNT will return to match play with a friendly vs Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. It's a warm-up before pivotal World Cup qualifiers vs. Trinidad & Tobago on June 8 and at Mexico on the 11.

Will there be a rival candidate for the US Soccer presidency?

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - Sunil Gulati won election as US Soccer Federation president for the first time in 2006 by unanimous vote, just a few months ahead of the USMNT's underwhelming World Cup campaign in Germany. Gulati ran unopposed, a clear indication of his popularity and ability to drive a large support base after years of serving as an executive in the organization.

USMNT roster for 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup

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USMNT coach Tab Ramos named 21 players to the roster for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The tournament begins on May 20 in Korea.

"We are very excited to once again provi

de a great competitive opportunity to our players and are looking forward to heading to Korea Republic," Ramos said.

US Soccer’s $100 million problem

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - This week Grant Wahl delivered major news that should reverberate across the American soccer scene for months, likely years, to come.

The Sports Illustrated and FOX correspondent revealed on Tuesday that the US Soccer Federation is sitting on a whopping $100 million in surplus cash.

Bruce Arena takes an uncharacteristic flyer: Why?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena held a conference call with select members of the media on Thursday. Surprisingly enough, the man put in charge of the USMNT as the proverbial "safe set of hands" managed to make headlines for an unexpected reason.

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Soccer TV: Mexico vs USMNT

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It's a weekend of World Cup qualifiers in Europe and CONCACAF. UEFA has Scotland hosting England on Saturday alongside a lengthy schedule of games. On Sunday, the U-20 World Cup concludes on FS1. There's also a US Women's friendly on Fox on Sunday afternoon.

Mexico vs USMNT in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on FS1 at 8:30pm on Sunday.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago

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The USMNT returns to World Cup qualifying along with the rest of CONCACAF on Thursday's soccer TV schedule. The US Women are also in action, at Sweden in a friendly. The FIFA U-20 World Cup is at the semifinal stage, with early morning start times from Korea.

USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on FS1 at 8pm.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Venezuela

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The USMNT returns to action on Saturday in an international friendly against Venezuela. Also on the weekend soccer TV schedule, the USMNT plays Venezuela in the U-20 World Cup in Korea. There's also the not at all small matter of Saturday's Champions League final.

USMNT vs Venezuela in an international friendly on Saturday at 10pm ET on FS1.

Soccer TV: Arsenal vs Chelsea

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It's the FA Cup final on the weekend soccer TV schedule with Arsenal playing Chelsea on Saturday. The FA Cup final gets national TV coverage on Fox along with the Seattle vs Portland MLS game. Also on the schedule, the Scottish Cup final, the DFB Pokal final, the Copa del Rey final, the French Cup final, and the Portuguese Cup final.

Soccer TV: West Ham United vs Spurs

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There's a London derby on Friday's soccer TV schedule, with West Ham hosting Spurs at the stadium both teams wanted. Also on the schedule, Cologne plays Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga and the USMNT is in action in the CONCACAF U-17 Championships.

West Ham United vs Spurs at 3pm on NBCSN.

World Cup

“This is who we are” – The USMNT U-20s aim for identity

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 11, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT U-20s have gathered in Japan for their final preparations for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The tournament kicks off for the Yanks on May 22 with a tricky-looking matchup against Ecuador (4am ET - FS1).

CONCACAF offers FIFA a financial win

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - The World Cup is coming to America. Maybe. Mostly, America... maybe. If you widen the definition of "America" beyond its usual connotation of the United States, to include the North American nations of Canada and Mexico, than the World Cup is still coming to America.

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American soccer as the family business

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jun 26, 2017) US Soccer Players – Soccer can often be a family affair. Parents pass down the love for the game to their sons and daughters in a variety of forms. From coaching their child's teams on Saturday morning to watching the World Cup on television, soccer's widespread popularity builds on these rituals.