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Unfounded arrogance cost US Soccer place at World Cup

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In the aftermath of the United States’ stunning failure to quality for the World Cup for the first time in more than thirty years, it’s clear that U.S. Soccer has serious structural problems that need fixing.

We need to lower costs and remove barriers to entry for young players across the country – especially in lower-income, urban areas.

Unfounded arrogance cost US Soccer place at World Cup

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In the aftermath of the United States’ stunning failure to quality for the World Cup for the first time in more than thirty years, it’s clear that U.S. Soccer has serious structural problems that need fixing.

We need to lower costs and remove barriers to entry for young players across the country – especially in lower-income, urban areas.

FOX Sports suffers $200 million hangover after US fails to qualify for World Cup

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The worst nightmare has come true for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The United States has failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time in 32 years.

Earlier this year, FOX Sports President Eric Shanks joked that if the US Men’s National Team didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup “that would [be] like $200 million flushed down the toilet [for FOX Sports].

FOX Sports suffers $200 million hangover after US fails to qualify for World Cup

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The worst nightmare has come true for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The United States has failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time in 32 years.

Earlier this year, FOX Sports President Eric Shanks joked that if the US Men’s National Team didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup “that would [be] like $200 million flushed down the toilet [for FOX Sports].

beIN SPORTS will broadcast all of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday

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The race to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will go down to the wire on Tuesday night in South America as an incredible six teams still have a chance to qualify for the final three automatic qualification spots. Plus one team will end in a playoff place.

The good news for soccer fans in the United States is that all of the final World Cup qualifiers will be available for viewing.

beIN SPORTS will broadcast all of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday

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The race to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will go down to the wire on Tuesday night in South America as an incredible six teams still have a chance to qualify for the final three automatic qualification spots. Plus one team will end in a playoff place.

The good news for soccer fans in the United States is that all of the final World Cup qualifiers will be available for viewing.

Preview of World Cup 2018 qualifiers: 80 broadcasts in six days (October 5-10)

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Over the next week, nearly twenty teams from around the globe will punch their tickets to Russia as 2018 World Cup qualifying builds to a grand finale some three years in the making.

Here’s what to watch for in the coming days, broken down by region.

EUROPE (UEFA)

Group A: Despite being held to a 0-0 draw Luxembourg in Toulouse in their last qualifier, France controls its destiny – needing only to beat Bulgaria and Belarus to clinch the group.

Preview of World Cup 2018 qualifiers: 80 broadcasts in six days (October 5-10)

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Over the next week, nearly twenty teams from around the globe will punch their tickets to Russia as 2018 World Cup qualifying builds to a grand finale some three years in the making.

Here’s what to watch for in the coming days, broken down by region.

EUROPE (UEFA)

Group A: Despite being held to a 0-0 draw Luxembourg in Toulouse in their last qualifier, France controls its destiny – needing only to beat Bulgaria and Belarus to clinch the group.

Schedule of World Cup qualifiers on US TV and streaming for October 5-10

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During the next week, soccer fans in the United States will have an incredible choice of 81 World Cup qualifiers to watch on television and/or streaming.

We’re coming down to the matches where the tire meets the road. Those include USA’s must-win games against Panama as well as Trinidad and Tobago.

Schedule of World Cup qualifiers on US TV and streaming for October 5-10

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During the next week, soccer fans in the United States will have an incredible choice of 81 World Cup qualifiers to watch on television and/or streaming.

We’re coming down to the matches where the tire meets the road. Those include USA’s must-win games against Panama as well as Trinidad and Tobago.

FOX Sports to air more than 32 World Cup games on FOX network

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FOX Sports revealed today that it will air more than half of the 2018 World Cup games on the over-the-air FOX network.

During an invitation-only presentation to media in New York City Tuesday night, FOX Sports announced that more than 32 of the 64 World Cup matches will be on the FOX over-the-air network, which will make the 2018 FIFA World Cup the most accessible ever to viewers in the United States.

FOX Sports to air more than 32 World Cup games on FOX network

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FOX Sports revealed today that it will air more than half of the 2018 World Cup games on the over-the-air FOX network.

During an invitation-only presentation to media in New York City Tuesday night, FOX Sports announced that more than 32 of the 64 World Cup matches will be on the FOX over-the-air network, which will make the 2018 FIFA World Cup the most accessible ever to viewers in the United States.

FIFA Organizing Committee approves new World Cup draw procedure

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The Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions has approved a new procedure for the 2018 World Cup draw.

Instead of the 32 teams being grouped by confederation, all 32 teams will be sorted into four pots of eight teams based on the October 2017 FIFA rankings. The hosts, Russia, and the top seven of the qualified nations will form the first pot.

Where to find France vs. Netherlands World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch France vs. Netherlands in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

France sits in second place in Group A of UEFA qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while the Netherlands is in third, three points behind France.

Where to find France vs. Netherlands World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch France vs. Netherlands in the World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

France sits in second place in Group A of UEFA qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while the Netherlands is in third, three points behind France.

Preview of World Cup 2018 qualifiers: 83 broadcasts during six days

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With 83 broadcasts during six days of World Cup qualifying, soccer fans in the United States will have plenty of games to choose from.

Here’s our preview of many of the games to keep an eye out for during the next week:

EUROPE (UEFA)

Group A: It’s a cracking race in Group A, where the French – thanks to that incredible Hugo Lloris mistake in Solna in June – have lost their grip on the top spot to Sweden, with the Netherlands trailing just behind.

Preview of World Cup 2018 qualifiers: 83 broadcasts during six days

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With 83 broadcasts during six days of World Cup qualifying, soccer fans in the United States will have plenty of games to choose from.

Here’s our preview of many of the games to keep an eye out for during the next week:

EUROPE (UEFA)

Group A: It’s a cracking race in Group A, where the French – thanks to that incredible Hugo Lloris mistake in Solna in June – have lost their grip on the top spot to Sweden, with the Netherlands trailing just behind.

World Cup qualifying

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers: Who's in after this international window

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The field for the 2018 World Cup is almost complete. We know 23 of the 32 teams that will be competing in Russia next summer, but there are still nine spots left to be filled.

Here's the rundown of how each confederation stands after this latest round of qualifiers:

CONCACAF

Qualified: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama

Playoffs: Honduras will play a home and home series with Australia.

World Cup 2018 Qualifiers: Who's in and scenarios ahead of final stages

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With December's official 2018 World Cup draw around the corner, the road to qualification keeps narrowing for those with aspirations intact while those that have booked their ticket join hosts Russia in a state of joy.

Throughout the board, the last stages of qualification are ongoing, and sooner rather than later, all 32 sides will be known.

Video: Mohamed Salah sends Egypt to first World Cup since 1990 with late penalty kick

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Impossible not to get chills listening to the commentary of Mohamed Salah's game-winning penalty that sent Egypt to the 2018 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/YFquwbgCpB

- Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) October 8, 2017


CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Argentina draws at home, Peru scores big away win

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South American World Cup Qualifying continues to be as wild as ever. Only two matches remain in their marathon qualifying campaign and only Brazil remains locked into a spot for next summer's tournament in Russia. A trio of World Cup regulars currently sit outside the automatic qualifying positions as Argentina, Chile, and Ecuador are all struggling to put a solid campaign together.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico holds Costa Rica to draw, Panama cruises into third

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After the USMNT salvaged a draw in Honduras, two other CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers went down in Central America.

Costa Rica hosted Mexico where a win would secure a spot in next summer's World Cup while Panama looked to get a jump on the U.S. and Honduras with a win at home against Trinidad and Tobago.

Serbia Coach Takes A Dig At Rafa Benitez

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The Republic of Ireland will play Serbia in Dublin tonight in World Cup qualifying, and it looks like Ciaran Clark could even be marking hisNewcastle team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic. Mitro is in the [...]

David Villa makes Spain cameo, leaves camp with training injury

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David Villa came on near the end of Spain's 3-0 thumping of Italy in Madrid to roaring applause from the Spanish faithful, but will not feature in their upcoming match in Vaduz against Liechtenstein.

The once World Cup champion came on for Isco in the 89th minute of Saturday's match. He didn't do much aside from make a couple passes, but the fans were happy to see their nation's all time leading goal scorer make brief cameo anyway.

U.S. National Team

Blame Sunil Gulati for USA’s failure, not the players nor Bruce Arena

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An era of arrogance and excess at US Soccer has yielded what in hindsight was a predictable result. The United States have missed the FIFA World Cup for the first time in over thirty years.

Despite the good fortune the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) received with the weakness of CONCACAF opposition – Honduras is going through a rebuilding phase and Panama’s aging “Golden Generation” seemed to have missed their best shot at qualifying for the World Cup or winning continental silverware in the last cycle – the USMNT still managed to miss qualification.

Blame Sunil Gulati for USA’s failure, not the players nor Bruce Arena

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An era of arrogance and excess at US Soccer has yielded what in hindsight was a predictable result. The United States have missed the FIFA World Cup for the first time in over thirty years.

Despite the good fortune the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) received with the weakness of CONCACAF opposition – Honduras is going through a rebuilding phase and Panama’s aging “Golden Generation” seemed to have missed their best shot at qualifying for the World Cup or winning continental silverware in the last cycle – the USMNT still managed to miss qualification.

USA’s World Cup qualifier against Honduras will be on beIN SPORTS and Universo on Tuesday

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It’s time to start making plans of how you’ll watch the United States in their World Cup qualifying game on Tuesday night against Honduras.

After a disappointing 0-2 loss to Costa Rica, Tuesday’s game for the USA will be televised live on beIN SPORTS and Universo. The English-language broadcast will be on beIN SPORTS, while Universo will have the Spanish-language broadcast.

USA’s World Cup qualifier against Honduras will be on beIN SPORTS and Universo on Tuesday

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It’s time to start making plans of how you’ll watch the United States in their World Cup qualifying game on Tuesday night against Honduras.

After a disappointing 0-2 loss to Costa Rica, Tuesday’s game for the USA will be televised live on beIN SPORTS and Universo. The English-language broadcast will be on beIN SPORTS, while Universo will have the Spanish-language broadcast.

US Men’s National Team can come full circle with win over Costa Rica in World Cup qualifier

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The start of the World Cup in Russia is less than ten months away, and the U.S. has a new lease on life.

Since Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann at the helm of the national team last November, the U.S. has gone unbeaten in fourteen straight games – winning the Gold Cup, taking a point out of the Azteca, and jumping from last to third place in the Hex in the process.

US Men’s National Team can come full circle with win over Costa Rica in World Cup qualifier

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The start of the World Cup in Russia is less than ten months away, and the U.S. has a new lease on life.

Since Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann at the helm of the national team last November, the U.S. has gone unbeaten in fourteen straight games – winning the Gold Cup, taking a point out of the Azteca, and jumping from last to third place in the Hex in the process.

United States Men's National Team

Your USMNT Line-up v. Trinidad & Tobago

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The answer to your first question? Yes, Christian Pulisic is fit to start. The answer to your second question? No changes from the XI that schooled Panama the other night. The answer to your third question? Sure, I suppose I'm alright with this set-up... for tonight. I still don't believe we should get married to it.

Arena calls 26 for do-or-die mission

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There are a few happy return to the fold and a coupla surprises as the USMNT prepares for their most important matches of the cycle. I'm delighted to see Benny Feilhaber (or even just one of the three big American playmakers in MLS) added to the selection; it's better to have one around and not need than.

Your Line-Up v Honduras

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Looks like we're going back to the 4-2-3-1... at least I hope so. Back at it!

Newcastle United

This Is One Player Rafa Is Improving All The Time

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RafaBenitezhas already improved a lot of players at Newcastle, and an excellent example of one of them is 24-year-old American International DeAndre Yedlin. We rememberwatching Yedlin in the World Cup when he [...]

DeAndre Yedlin Talks About Rafa Benitez And Newcastle In America

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There's a good report in Soccer America today about our American right-back DeAndre Yedlin who has made a good start to the season, and we thought he had one of his best [...]

More Injury Woe For Rafa Benitez And Newcastle

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Newcastle now have at least one new injury concern after last night's World Cup qualifying games as defender Chancel Mbemba had to leave the field limping after 59 minutes. Chancel was captain [...]

Germany

Where to find Czech Republic vs. Germany World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Czech Republic vs. Germany World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

A win for Germany will guarantee them at least a play-off place with three further matches to play. The Czechs, meanwhile, sit third in the table and are nine points behind Germany.

Where to find Czech Republic vs. Germany World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Czech Republic vs. Germany World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

A win for Germany will guarantee them at least a play-off place with three further matches to play. The Czechs, meanwhile, sit third in the table and are nine points behind Germany.

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Where to find Brazil vs. Ecuador World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Brazil vs. Ecuador World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Brazil has the opportunity to finish top of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group with a win against Ecuador. Brazil has already qualified for World Cup 2018, but Ecuador - meanwhile - are in danger of failing to qualify.

Where to find Brazil vs. Ecuador World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Brazil vs. Ecuador World Cup qualifier, you’ve come to the right place.

Brazil has the opportunity to finish top of the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying group with a win against Ecuador. Brazil has already qualified for World Cup 2018, but Ecuador - meanwhile - are in danger of failing to qualify.