World Cup Qualifiers

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Buffon reaches 1,000 as Italy and Spain cruise in World Cup qualifiers

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Paris (AFP) – Italy kept pace with Spain in European World Cup qualifying as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon played his 1,000th professional match in a 2-0 victory over Albania on Friday.

A first-half Daniele De Rossi penalty and late second from Ciro Immobile was enough to earn the Azzurri three points but they remain behind Spain on goal difference at the top of Group G after La Rioja downed Israel 4-1.

Australia keep faith with Cahill for World Cup qualifiers

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou kept faith with team talisman Tim Cahill Wednesday by including the veteran in his squad for two pivotal World Cup qualifiers despite a lack of match practice.

The 36-year-old record scorer now plays for Melbourne City after 18 years abroad but has been unable to string together a series of games due to suspension and not being picked.

Belgium rampant, Portugal survive scare in World Cup qualifiers

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Paris (AFP) Belgium hammered Estonia 8-1 to go clear in Group H, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Portugal survived a scare before overcoming Latvia 4-1 in World Cup qualifying on Sunday.

There were braces from Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens as Belgium ran rampant with further goals from Thomas Meunier, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco and an own goal to make it four wins from four.

Australia come back to secure draw in Japan World Cup qualifier

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Melbourne (AFP) Australia came from behind through a Mile Jedinak penalty to grab a 1-1 draw against Japan to remain unbeaten in Asian World Cup qualifiers in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The Blue Samurai rocked the Socceroos with a fifth-minute goal from midfielder Genki Haraguchi but skipper Jedinak retrieved a point in a tense game with his spot kick.

Australia come back to secure draw in Japan World Cup qualifier

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Melbourne (AFP) Australia came from behind through a Mile Jedinak penalty to grab a 1-1 draw against Japan to remain unbeaten in Asian World Cup qualifiers in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The Blue Samurai rocked the Socceroos with a fifth-minute goal from midfielder Genki Haraguchi but skipper Jedinak retrieved a point in a tense game with his spot kick.

Japan, Korea survive scares as China crash in World Cup qualifiers

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean sharpshooter Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son extended his electric club form with the winner in South Korea's 3-2 triumph over 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar, whose hopes of reaching Russia 2018 now look distant.

Japan, Korea survive scares as China crash in World Cup qualifiers

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean sharpshooter Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son extended his electric club form with the winner in South Korea's 3-2 triumph over 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar, whose hopes of reaching Russia 2018 now look distant.

Australia call up young guns for Saudi, Japan games

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Sydney (AFP) Austrian-based midfielder James Jeggo could earn his first cap for the Socceroos after being named on Tuesday in Australia's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Saudi Arabia and Japan next month.

Coach Ange Postecoglou has made three changes to the squad, calling up the uncapped Jeggo and Netherlands-basedCraig Goodwin, while defender Bailey Wright returns after missing the first two qualifiers through injury.

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USA vs. Honduras preview, TV times and team news

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November’s pair of World Cup qualifiers was an unmitigated disaster for the US Men’s National Team (USMNT), so much so that it cost Jurgen Klinsmann his job. The US saw their winning streak over Mexico in Columbus snapped and then got mauled 4-0 down in Costa Rica. Bruce Arena had an interesting January Camp and is ready for his third go round in the Hexagonal.

Cuba vs. US Men’s National Team preview

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The semi-final round of World Cup Qualifying is over and the final round of World Cup Qualifying is only a month away. The United States Men's National Team has a pair of friendlies to prepare for a tough pair of World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica in November. The first of these two friendlies is in a place where the US has only played once: on the road at Cuba.

Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey may have to start in must-win World Cup qualifier

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Bobby Wood's injury has left Bruce Arena with some tough choices.

Clint Dempsey's status within the United States national team has been on quite a roller-coaster over the past few months.

First we expected Dempsey to at least get invited to January camp. After it was revealed he'd stay with the Sounders, head coach Bruce Arena strongly hinted that the USMNT would be playing the upcoming World Cup qualifiers without their second-leading all-time scorer.

Dempsey, Howard, Cameron headline USMNT squad for World Cup qualifiers

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Facing a must-win scenario, Bruce Arena turned to a group of U.S. Men's National Team regulars for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Included in that group is a bit of a surprise: Clint Dempsey.

Dempsey joins Tim Howard, Geoff Cameron and Michael Bradley to headline a 23-man roster that includes 19 players with World Cup qualifying experience.

Clint Dempsey named to USMNT’s 2018 World Cup qualifying roster

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Bruce Arena makes announcement during appearance on Colin Cowherd's radio show.

Clint Dempsey will be part of the United States' upcoming World Cup qualifiers, after all. Head coach Bruce Arena made the announcement during an appearance on Colin Cowherd's radio show, about 45 minutes before the full roster was revealed.

Next two games could determine Clint Dempsey’s status for World Cup qualifiers

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So, Bruce hasn't decided what to do, after all.

Just a couple days after tamping down the likelihood that Clint Dempsey would participate in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, United States men's national team coach Bruce Arena left the door wide open for a quick return.

During a Facebook Live question-and-answer session, Arena seemed to indicate that Dempsey's performances in the next couple games could determine whether or not the veteran is called in for the March 24 and 28 matches.

Jordan Morris earns a USMNT call to play Mexico

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US-Mexico face off on November 11th, Jordan will be the lone Sounder on the roster this time.

MLS is giving clubs a week off between the conference semis and conference finals with FIFA holding World Cup qualifiers. Jordan Morris will join the list of players representing their national teams as non-US internationals Joevin Jones, Roman Torres, Nelson Valdez, Oniel Fisher, Damion Lowe and Nicholas Lodeiro received call-ups already.

Dempsey looks to help lift USMNT in World Cup qualifiers, Copa America

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At 33 years old, Clint Dempsey has seen and been a part of several pivotal moments in U.S. Men's National Team history. After several months away from the team, the Seattle Sounders forward is now looking to use his leadership and international experience to help the team create a few more.

Major Link Soccer: USMNT Prepares for World Cup Qualifying

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The USMNT starts World Cup qualifying Friday against Guatemala, but an even more important game will be played also on Friday between the U.S. U-23 team and Colombia's U-23 team for a spot in Rio this summer.

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Given the previous generation's failings (and even some of its own) the US Under-23 Men's National Team knows just how much pressure awaits them in the coming weeks.

Joevin Jones, Myron Samuel and Román Torres join list of Sounders called to National Team duty

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Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris, Oalex Anderson, Tyler Miller and Victor Mansaray are also gone during the bye week.

Seattle Sounders FC planned for this year's World Cup Qualifiers and most other demands by various national teams. That's a good thing, because a total of eight players will be away from Starfire representing their nations.

Fabian Johnson

SBI Question of the Day: Which position is biggest concern for USMNT heading into March qualifiers?

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Bruce Arena's roster has been ravaged by injuries as World Cup qualifiers loom. Several players, most of which were presumed starters, will not be joining camp as the U.S. Men's National Team faces a pair of vital World Cup qualifiers.

Naturally, there are some concerns.

Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin headline the notable injury absences for the U.

Fabian Johnson leaves Europa League match with apparent hamstring injury

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Bad news for U.S. Men's National Team fans, as one of the team's best players appears to have picked up ainjury ahead of World Cup qualifiers.

USMNT midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson was forced to leave Borussia Monchengladbach's UEFA Europa League match against Schalke 04 on Thursday, as he pulled up with an apparent right hamstring injury.

Americans Abroad Midweek Preview: Pulisic, Johnson, Gonzalez and more

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World Cup qualifiers are just around the corner as several Americans take the field for midweek action.

In Germany, Christian Pulisic and Fabian Johnson take the field as they look to advance their side in non-league competitions. Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund face DFB-Pokal action on Tuesday against Sportfreunde Lotte while Thursday brings Johnson's Europa League clash with Schalke.

Atletico Madrid

Tuesday Kickoff: Guardado, Simeone, Nainggolan and more

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One of Mexico's biggest stars is set to miss vital matches due to injury while a top head coach stated he will never coach at Real Madrid.

Andres Guardado is set to miss Mexico's World Cup qualifiers due to a leg injury. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he could one day coach another Spanish team but also added that he will never manage Real Madrid.

USMNT World Cup qualifying roster, Champions League, and more: Freedom Kicks for 3/16/2017

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Beats being a Coke bottler.

Good morning! I just found that JSTOR (online library of academic journals) sells merchandise and that's all I can really think about. They have a shirt that says "Sleep all day, JSTOR all night" which I think everyone knows about you before you even buy the shirt.

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Schedule of World Cup qualifiers and friendlies on US TV and streaming: March 22-28, 2017

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During the next 10 days, there will be more than 55 international games shown live to viewers in the United States on TV and/or streaming. Among those countries featured - some of whom will be playing World Cup qualifiers and friendlies - they include the United States, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, England and Argentina.

Steve Birnbaum makes United States roster for qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica

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Birnbaum rounds out an excellent year for him with a USMNT call-up for the start of the Hex

Jurgen Klinsmann announced on U.S. Soccer's Facebook page that D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum is on the United States roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. The USMNT will host Mexico on Friday in Columbus, then go on the road to play Costa Rica Tuesday at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

The Fight for Equal Pay, More Important Now than Ever Before

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On March 30th, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo, filed a federal complaint by means of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination. As a result of the collective bargaining agreement long ago negotiated between members of the U.

Why Not Playing in the Olympics Should Matter to the US Mens Team

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A few days ago, my colleague Seth Johnson wrote a great piece on the importance of the US Mens Team game against Guatemala last Tuesday. He made an excellent case for how important the game was to the US Men's hopes for World Cup qualification, but also how important the game was to... Read More »

Should He Stay or Should He Go: Is It Time to Fire Jurgen Klinsmann?

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Friday night in Guatemala City, the U.S. men's national team did something that it had not done since 1988—it lost to Guatemala. In a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on the road, the U.S. allowed the home squad to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead—one that it would not relinquish—and failed to find the back.

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Bolivia forfeits two World Cup qualifiers due to ineligible player

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South American World Cup qualifying received a major shakeup on Tuesday due to an ineligible player.

FIFA announced on Tuesday that Bolivia will forfeit two matches after fielding an ineligible player in a pair of September qualifiers against Chile and Peru. Bolivia defeated Peru, 2-0, while tying Chile, 0-0, but will no forfeit the two matches by identical 3-0 scorelines.

Revenge for Argentina against Chile while Ecuador leave it late in World Cup qualifiers

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Argentina avenged their Copa America final defeat to Chile with a 2-1 victory as Ecuador scrambled a late draw with Paraguay to preserve their unbeaten start to South America's 2018 World Cup qualifying competition.

Goals from Angel Di Maria and defender Gabriel Mercado secured a vital three points for Argentina in Santiago after Chile had taken an 11th-minute lead through Felipe Gutierrez at the National Stadium.

Revenge for Argentina against Chile while Ecuador leave it late in World Cup qualifiers

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Argentina avenged their Copa America final defeat to Chile with a 2-1 victory as Ecuador scrambled a late draw with Paraguay to preserve their unbeaten start to South America's 2018 World Cup qualifying competition.

Goals from Angel Di Maria and defender Gabriel Mercado secured a vital three points for Argentina in Santiago after Chile had taken an 11th-minute lead through Felipe Gutierrez at the National Stadium.

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Schedule of Asian and African Zone World Cup Qualifiers on US TV and streaming

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The top teams in Africa and Asiareturn to action this week with a slew of games that will be available on US TV and streaming.

Here's what to watch, when and where:

All times Eastern USA

ASIA

The 3rd Round of AFC qualifiers continue this International Break with Matchday's #3 and #4.

Schedule of Asian and African Zone World Cup Qualifiers on US TV and streaming

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The top teams in Africa and Asiareturn to action this week with a slew of games that will be available on US TV and streaming.

Here's what to watch, when and where:

All times Eastern USA

ASIA

The 3rd Round of AFC qualifiers continue this International Break with Matchday's #3 and #4.

Schedule of international break games on US TV and live streaming

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It's that time of the year when the vast majority of soccer leagues around the world (except MLS) take a break from competitive club soccer in order to focus on international matches. For the next 7 days, there are several hugely important matches taking place including World Cup qualifiers, qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, as well as key friendlies across Europe.

Schedule of international break games on US TV and live streaming

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It's that time of the year when the vast majority of soccer leagues around the world (except MLS) take a break from competitive club soccer in order to focus on international matches. For the next 7 days, there are several hugely important matches taking place including World Cup qualifiers, qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, as well as key friendlies across Europe.

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MLS needs to stop playing during the international windows

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By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (Mar 27, 2017) US Soccer Players – You may have spent the past few days enjoying the bevy of World Cup Qualifiers available during the international window. You may have even found your way to San Jose to witness the USA's 6-0 romp of Honduras Friday night.

Pulisic scores again, Bedoya gets call-up, Eric Ayuk’s whereabouts, more news

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Photo: Paul Rudderow Philadelphia Union The Union posts photos of indoor practice after the whole Delaware Valley is shrouded in snow. Alejandro Bedoya has been called up to the U.S. national team for upcoming World Cup qualifiers. More below. The Brotherly Game's Matt Ralph does some detective work on Eric [.

USMNT roster for March World Cup qualifiers

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena named 24 players to his squad in advance of the March 24 World Cup qualifiers against Honduras (10:30pm ET - Fox Sports 1) and Panama (10pm ET-beIN Sport). The USMNT players start camp on March 19 in San Jose.

"We put together a roster that we think has balance and one that gives us an option in playing a number of different ways," Arena said.

USA vs. Jamaica live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The USMNT's winter camp wraps up tonight against CONCACAF opposition

The US men's national team concludes their January (and, I suppose, February) camp tonight in Tennessee, facing Jamaica. It's probably no mistake that the USMNT is lining up a CONCACAF foe, what with crucial World Cup qualifiers looming on the horizon.

Alvaro Saborio called up to Costa Rica for March World Cup Qualifiers

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D.C. will be down a forward for their game against FC Dallas.

D.C. United forward Alvaro Saborio has been called up to the Costa Rica national team for two World Cup Qualifying matches later this month, both against Jamaica. The games are March 25 and 29, which will cause Saborio to miss D.