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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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

USMNT World Cup qualifying roster – October 2017

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US Soccer released the roster for the October 2017 World Cup qualifiers on Sunday. USMNT coach Bruce Arena called in 26 players to prepare for Friday's game against Panama (7:30pm - ESPN2). The USMNT travels to Trinidad & Tobago for the final CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on October 10 (8pm ET - beIN Sport).

The USMNT’s latest path to World Cup qualification

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT continues to break new ground, both for better and for worse, in World Cup qualifying. After struggling at Estadio Azteca for decades, the US have earned draws on their last two qualifying visits to Mexico.

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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.

From Shield to Cup

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It's not lost on anybody in MLS that the US Open Cup and the Supporters' Shield are secondary to the MLS Cup. You can go ahead and add the CONCACAF Champions League title in as well. Winning the MLS title is what counts most, and that requires navigating the playoffs. It's also not lost on anybody in MLS that the playoffs often aren't reflective of regular season performance.

Win for Gladbach, exits in the League Cup

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with games in the Bundesliga. Fabian Johnson subbed on in the 70th minute for Gladbach's 2-0 shutout of Stuttgart. Gladbach's goals came from Raffael, scoring in the 57th and converting a 74th minute penalty. Aron Johannsson wasn't in the squad for Werder Bremen's 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg.

Match day for Honduras vs USMNT

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Tuesday's soccer news focuses on the obvious, with the USMNT in action later today against Honduras (5:30pm ET - beIN Sport). It's a waste of words to stress that a World Cup qualifier for two teams tied on points for 3rd-place is important. For the USMNT, we've had various riffs on what "crucial" and "must win" mean.

Dealing in the transfer market

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with another round of the absurdity of the current transfer window. We're now in the era of super clubs and the bulk of the Premier League with significant amounts of money to spend but no one willing to accept a price. Why sell now when you could get more in the next window?

World Cup qualifying

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

One more do-or-die as the Hex concludes: How’d we get here?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - After their club matches this weekend, the USMNT will gather again, this time in Orlando, Florida, for one more pair of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. The 2018 Hexagonal concludes with games against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.

Qualifying rarely tells the World Cup story for the USMNT

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT's performances in this month's two highly stressful World Cup qualifiers have prompted plenty of consternation among fans and media. Why has this edition of the Hexagonal been such a hard slog? What's leading this team to underperform relative to the level most of us thought it was at?

Bobby Wood’s goal

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - In the 85th minute of an ugly CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, substitute forward Bobby Wood flicked the ball past Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez from a goalmouth scramble. The goal brought the score line level at 1-1.

That point is the point for the USMNT

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Win on the road and draw on the road is the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying strategy. It's in play for all teams, from the early rounds to the Hexagonal. The USMNT got it half right in September, losing at home and picking up a desperate point on the road. That second part is nothing new in CONCACAF.

WCQ: Honduras 1 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT picked up a point in San Pedro Sula, drawing Honduras 1-1 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Honduras took advantage at home, dictating pace and taking the lead through Romell Quioto in the 27th minute. It took time and substitutions for the USMNT to find an equalizer. Bobby Wood scored in the 85th, taking advantage of a scramble in front of goal.

Soccer TV: Honduras vs USMNT

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The next must win CONCACAF World Cup qualifier for the USMNT is on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. The USMNT is on the road in Honduras with an early start and a pressing need for three points. Also on the schedule, the rest of the CONCACAF qualifiers along with afternoon games from Europe.

Honduras vs USMNT in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying at 5:30pm on beIN Sport.

WCQ: USMNT 0 – Costa Rica 2

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The USMNT picked up their first loss since the return of Bruce Arena as head coach, losing 2-0 to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena. Marcos Urena scored in the 30th and 82nd minutes with Keylor Navas keeping the clean sheet. The USMNT now shifts focus to Honduras on Tuesday (5:30pm ET - beIN Sport).

"Our back line made some mistakes," Arena said in his postgame press conference.

Preview: USMNT vs Costa Rica

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - If there's a theme for the USMNT's meeting with Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena on Friday night (7pm ET - ESPN), it's one of needed consolidation. Under Bruce Arena in his second tenure at the helm of the team, the USMNT hasn't lost, edging closer to World Cup qualification for Russia 2018.

Match day for the USMNT vs Costa Rica

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Friday's soccer news has the USMNT preparing to play for three World Cup qualifying points against Costa Rica tonight at Red Bull Arena (7pm ET - ESPN). It's not the easiest scenario for the USMNT, needing to readjust to their European-based players after a domestic summer with a Gold Cup win.

Most of the media focus has been on one of those European-based players.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Costa Rica

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World Cup qualifying continues on Friday's soccer TV schedule with the USMNT in action on ESPN. There are plenty of games on the schedule with qualifying in UEFA, CAF, and CONCACAF.

USMNT vs Costa Rica at 7pm on ESPN. The USMNT returns to Hexagonal round action in CONCACAF in 3rd-place, trailing 2nd-place Costa Rica by three points and two goals for the first tiebreaker.

The September CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers

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Thursday's soccer news puts the focus on World Cup qualifying. CONCACAF resumes the Hexagonal schedule tomorrow with a familiar set of questions. Can the USMNT put any indication of trouble behind them with a home win over Costa Rica? Can Mexico claim a spot in the World Cup? Can Trinidad & Tobago manage to disrupt the table from the bottom?