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World Cup 2026 bid explainer

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - You've probably already heard about the US, Canada, and Mexico partnering to launch a sprawling bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The three nations have submitted an ambitious plan for the first edition of FIFA's expanded 48-team tournament.

Soccer TV: Portugal vs USMNT

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The USMNT returns to action against Portugal in an international friendly on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. ESPN2 has Germany playing France, England vs Brazil is on Fox Deportes, and there are World Cup qualifiers in Africa and Europe.

Portugal vs USMNT at 3:45pm on FS1. A transitional version of the USMNT under interim coach Dave Sarachan have spent just over a week training in Lisbon.

U-17 World Cup: USMNT 1 – England 4

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Plenty of chances for both teams in the U-17 World Cup quarterfinal between the USMNT vs England on Saturday, but it was England moving on 4-1. The score line betrayed the opportunities with both teams taking 20 shots at Pandit Nehru Stadiumin Goa. England had the noticeable edge on accuracy, putting 12 on frame to the USMNT's four.

Soccer TV: Trinidad & Tobago vs USMNT

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It's the final match day for CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with one automatic place left. The USMNT sits in 3rd-place and controls their own World Cup destiny at Trinidad & Tobago. That game is on beIN Sport and NBC Universo.

Trinidad & Tobago vs USMNT at 8pm on beIN Sport. The USMNT knows that a win will advance them to the World Cup.

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REPORT: Sunil Gulati will not run for another term as US Soccer president

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Sunil Gulati announced through an interview with ESPN's Sam Borden that he will not run for another term in the upcoming US Soccer Federation presidential election. Gulati was eligible for one more four-year term under the US Soccer Federation's term limits. He became US Soccer president in 2006 and was twice re-elected unopposed.

Is our American soccer culture in worse shape than we thought?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - I've experienced a wide range of emotions during USMNT games over the past few years, both as a journalistic observer and from the perspective of a soccer-enamored American. Tuesday's friendly draw with Portugal handed me a new one.

The USMNT plays a unique friendly

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Nov 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - The last time the USMNT played a game under circumstances similar to those of their 1-1 draw with Portugal in Leiria, no single player on the gameday roster was alive. The last time the USMNT played a game like this, the man who coached the team on Tuesday was a 32-year old assistant coach under Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia.

Portugal 1 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT returned to action on Tuesday, drawing 1-1 with Portugal in Leiria. In a game that served as a fundraiser for victims of the recent forest fires in the region, it was the visitors taking advantage early. Weston McKennie opened the scoring in the 21st minute with CJ Sapong assisting.

Preview: USMNT vs Portugal

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We're all well aware of the circumstances. Not qualifying for the 2017 World Cup. USMNT coach Bruce Arena resigning. His assistant Dave Sarachan taking over on an interim basis. The US Soccer presidential election cyle delaying a quick decision. Availability of coaching candidates perhaps carrying that into this World Cup summer.

A beginning, and an end, for the USMNT in Portugal

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - Fifteen years and five months after the shock World Cup win over Portugal that launched the program into a bold new century, a dramatically revamped USMNT squad has gathered in Lisbon this week ahead of a rematch that marks both the beginning and end of an era.

Interim coach Dave Sarachan calls in 21 USMNT players

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Interim USMNT coach Dave Sarachan released his roster for the international friendly against Portugal on November 14 (3:45pm ET - FS1). Sarachan called in a mix of European-based and MLS players, focusing on a younger team. This is the only game scheduled for the USMNT during the November international window.

Report: Tata Martino turns down USMNT switch, remains keen on Atlanta United job

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It hasn't taken long for Gerardo "Tata" Martino to embrace his relatively new home in Atlanta.

According to TyC Sports' Cesar Luis Merlo, the Argentine and former Barcelona boss, has reportedly turned down an offer to manage the U.S. Men's National Team as he remains committed to return to Atlanta United for his and the club's second year in MLS.

U-17 World Cup: USMNT 5 – Paraguay 0

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A closely contested first-half turned into a rout for the USMNT, advancing to the quarterfinals of the U-17 World Cup. The USMNT beat Paraguay 5-0 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Dehli. They now await the winner of tomorrow's England vs Japan game.

Tim Weah opened the scoring for the USMNT in the 19th minute.

Arena exits USMNT

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena announced on Friday that he is stepping down following the World Cup qualifying exit at Trinidad & Tobago. Arena was brought in as Jurgen Klinsmann's replacement to qualify the team for the 2018 World Cup. Instead, the USMNT finished in 5th-place and will miss the tournament.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: USMNT 1 – Colombia 3

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The USMNT finished Group A play in 3rd-place following a 3-1 los to Colombia at the U-17 World Cup. With Ghana, Colombia, and the USMNT tied on points at six, Ghana won the group on the goal difference tiebreaker. Colombia took 2nd-place on the fourth tiebreaker, points obtained in the group matches between the tied teams.

WCQ: Trinidad & Tobago 2 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT lost 2-1 to Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, finishing in 5th-place and missing the 2018 World Cup. Trinidad & Tobago took the early lead from a 17th-minute own-goal at Ato Boldon Stadium. They doubled it when Alvin Jones scored in the 37th minute. Christian Pulisic pulled a goal back in the 47th minute.

Preview: Trinidad & Tobago vs USMNT

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The USMNT plays Trinidad & Tobago at Ato Boldon Stadium (8pm ET - beIN Sport) in the final game of the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. For the USMNT, the stakes are clear. 3rd-place and avoiding an intercontinental playoff against Australia.

We learned earlier on Tuesday that it will be Australia waiting on the CONCACAF 4th-place finisher.

What the 1989 USMNT can teach the 2017 version

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By Clemente Lisi – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 9, 2017) US Soccer Players – Halloween may be just a few weeks away, but signs of the holiday are all around us. Pumpkins and skeletons adorn the outside of homes and stores have stocked the shelves with candy and costumes. Given this bewitching time of year, it seems fitting then that the USMNT has given a fright to everyone from soccer officials right on down to the fans.

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP: USMNT 1 – Ghana 0

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The USMNT advanced to the knockout round at the U-17 World Cup with a 1-0 shutout of Ghana in Group A. The USMNT finishes out the group against Colombia on Thursday (10:30am ET - FS2). Ayo Akinola subbed on for the USMNT in the 63rd minute, scoring the game's only goal in the 75th. Justin Garces kept the clean sheet for the USMNT.

WCQ: USMNT 4 – Panama 0

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The USMNT had few issues with Panama in pursuit of a crucial three World Cup qualifying points. Tim Howard picked up the shutout in a game marked by a standout performance from Christian Pulisic. It was Pulisic opening the scoring in the 8th minute. He had the assist on Jozy Altidore's goal in the 19th.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: India 0 – USMNT 3

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The USMNT U-17s opened the World Cup with a 3-0 shutout of hosts India at Jawaharal Nehru Stadium in New Dehli. Josh Sargent opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 30th minute. Chris Durkin doubled the lead in the 51st, capitalizing on a USMNT corner kick. Andrew Carleton finished off the goals in the 84th minute.

Preview: USMNT vs Panama

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - A day ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Panama (7pm ET - ESPN2) that could make or break his team's chances of making next year's tournament in Russia, USMNT coach Bruce Arena exuded the kind of casual confidence that has come to define his coaching style in a long and successful career.

USMNT: “We understand what’s at stake”

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By Charles Boehm – ORLANDO, FL (Oct 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - Even in a palpable stressful situation, with the World Cup dreams of millions riding on his team's next 90 minutes of play, Bruce Arena found a way to summon his trademark droll sarcasm.

"Good morning everyone," he said to a jam-packed press conference room at Orlando City Stadium on Thursday, on the eve of the USMNT's massive World Cup qualifier vs.

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Focusing on North America’s other soccer leagues

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Nov 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - To say that Major League Soccer is in a better place than it was in 2011 would be a massive understatement. MLS has seen its talent pool become far more impressive, with roster rule changes and advanced metrics and scouting partly to thank.

Don’t miss Kartik Krishnaiyer’s ‘US Soccer In Crisis’ video broadcast

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On the topic of the current US soccer crisis, Kartik Krishnaiyer will be presenting a special video broadcast at 3pm ET/Noon PT today (Monday, October 23, 2017) on Facebook Live.

The video broadcast will be streamed live on this webpage as well as on Facebook at facebook.com/worldsoccertalk.

Don’t miss Kartik Krishnaiyer’s ‘US Soccer In Crisis’ video broadcast

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On the topic of the current US soccer crisis, Kartik Krishnaiyer will be presenting a special video broadcast at 3pm ET/Noon PT today (Monday, October 23, 2017) on Facebook Live.

The video broadcast will be streamed live on this webpage as well as on Facebook at facebook.com/worldsoccertalk.

MLS and the way(s) forward

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - American soccer suddenly finds itself talking about things that are tough to pin down. Systems, structures, and cultural nuances can be slippery and difficult. Still, there's no time for it like the end of a three-decade run of consecutive World Cup qualifications.

News Update

The USMNT’s draw

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The USMNT didn't lose in Portugal on Tuesday, drawing 1-1 in a game that asked plenty of questions from a transitional roster. For the most part, interim coach Dave Sarachan and the players had answers. CJ Sapong showed he could convert a strong MLS season into quality play at international level.

Game day for Portugal vs USMNT

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The USMNT is in action later today at Portugal (3:45pm ET - FS1). The pressure on this transitional group of USMNT players may be as much internal as external. All involved know the stakes as the program pushes forward after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Interim coach Dave Sarachan has made it clear that he understands his situation, looking at this window as an opportunity to put some space between the qualifying campaign and what happens next.

The USMNT in Portugal

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The new look version of the USMNT currently training in Lisbon has plenty of time before playing Portugal on November 14. That's a luxury for a group that needs to get to know each other quickly.

"So each day we'll be out training, trying to build up a little bit more in terms of the team aspect of things," USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan said in a video US Soccer provided to the media.

The knockout round at the U-17 World Cup

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Friday's soccer news starts with the USMNT finishing in 3rd-place in Group A at the U-17 World Cup and drawing Paraguay in the Round of 16. That game is set for Monday in New Dehli. A point for the USMNT against Colombia would have won Group A, but there's an argument that depending on how Group D finishes this is a good matchup.

The day after the Hexagonal

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the responses to the USMNT missing out on the 2018 World Cup. The USMNT lost their final game in the Hexagonal 2-1 at Trinidad & Tobago, giving Panama and Honduras the gap in the table that both needed to advance. Panama advanced directly with Honduras now playing Australia over two legs to see if a fourth CONCACAF team can qualify for Russia 2018.

Game day for Trinidad & Tobago vs USMNT

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It's time to say goodbye to the 2017 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying cycle one way or the other. Sure, one team will end up in 4th-place and have to play Australia in a November playoff, but for everybody else tonight is it. No more wondering if the old "win at home, draw on the road" script is flipped.

Return to normal for the USMNT

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We start the soccer news with the quick takeaway from the USMNT's 4-0 shutout of Panama on Friday. This is how it's supposed to go at home in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The visiting team tries something that doesn't work and is unable to make the adjustments necessary to salvage a point. Only making things worse is when the home team turns the game into a major statement.

Game day for USMNT vs Panama

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Friday's soccer news starts with the obvious. The USMNT plays Panama tonight in Orlando in another game with three crucial World Cup qualifying points on the line. Plenty of people with plenty of opinions have already let us know about the potential pitfalls and scenarios should those three points not end up with the USMNT.

Playing up the opponent in CONCACAF

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The USMNT is a day away from the next game that counts in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. It's the next must-win scenario in a schedule full of them. Obviously, all of those must-win games didn't turn into three points.

Given the stakes, there's a tendency to build up the state of CONCACAF. Is this region more difficult than most outside observers might expect?

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Assistant Sarachan to coach US team at Portugal friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – US national team assistant coach Dave Sarachan will guide an American squad still reeling after missing out on the World Cup in a November friendly in Portugal, US Soccer announced Tuesday.

Bruce Arena resigned as coach on October 13 after the Americans lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago in their qualifying finale and failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Assistant Sarachan to coach US team at Portugal friendly

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Chicago (AFP) – US national team assistant coach Dave Sarachan will guide an American squad still reeling after missing out on the World Cup in a November friendly in Portugal, US Soccer announced Tuesday.

Bruce Arena resigned as coach on October 13 after the Americans lost 2-1 at Trinidad and Tobago in their qualifying finale and failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

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Tom Byer and “Soccer Starts at Home” arrive in US

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - He's a household name in Japan, and increasingly so across East Asia as he's spread his particular gospel of youth development to China and points further afield. Yet in his native land, Tom Byer is the soccer equivalent of a rare import record, or perhaps a bootleg mixtape.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Panama

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World Cup qualifying resumes in CONCACAF on Friday's soccer TV schedule with the USMNT looking for three points at home against Panama. Costa Rica hosts Honduras and Mexico is at home against Trinidad & Tobago. There are also World Cup qualifiers on the schedule from Europe and Africa and the U-17 World Cup begins in India.