World Cup Qualifiers

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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Jonathan Gonzalez, Alfredo Morales and more

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Facing short rest following two quickfire matches, several members of the U.S. Men's National Team were limited over the weekend, but several other players not included in recent World Cup qualifiers stepped up in a big way.

Alfredo Morales provided the lone goal scored by an American Abroad over the weekend by scoring in a 2-2 draw with Dynamo Dresden.

USMNT World Cup Qualifying, Christian Pulisic, Nashville in MLS: Freedom Kicks for 10/3/17

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Some Soccer News for Jun 6, 2017

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It's Day 157 of 2017.


My new article for 1500ESPN: Former NASL players having big impact on MNUFC MLS roster.

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Twin Cities viewing parties for the 2 USMNT World Cup qualifiers, Thurs & Sun, is at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners, Minneapolis.

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John Brooks trained with the USA today.

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Rudy stunner helps Germany ease into World Cup finals

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Belfast (AFP) – Sebastian Rudy, Sandro Wagner and Joshua Kimmich secured defending champions Germany’s place at the 2018 World Cup on Thursday with a clinical 3-1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Rudy and Wagner’s glorious first-half strikes had their place all but wrapped up before Kimmich scored late on to extend Germany’s remarkable unbeaten away record to 47 World Cup qualifiers dating back to 1934.

Rudy stunner helps Germany ease into World Cup finals

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Belfast (AFP) – Sebastian Rudy, Sandro Wagner and Joshua Kimmich secured defending champions Germany’s place at the 2018 World Cup on Thursday with a clinical 3-1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Rudy and Wagner’s glorious first-half strikes had their place all but wrapped up before Kimmich scored late on to extend Germany’s remarkable unbeaten away record to 47 World Cup qualifiers dating back to 1934.

Italy’s Belotti out for four weeks

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Milan (AFP) – Italian international striker Andrea Belotti has been ruled out for four weeks after damaging ligaments in his right knee, his Serie A club Torino confirmed on Monday.

The 23-year-old will miss Italy’s two remaining World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania this month, and possibly the play-offs in mid-November.

Italy’s Belotti out for four weeks

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Milan (AFP) – Italian international striker Andrea Belotti has been ruled out for four weeks after damaging ligaments in his right knee, his Serie A club Torino confirmed on Monday.

The 23-year-old will miss Italy’s two remaining World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania this month, and possibly the play-offs in mid-November.

Versatile Mbappe in Deschamps’s thoughts

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Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – France coach Didier Deschamps enthused over the attacking versatility of teenage starlet Kylian Mbappe as Les Bleus look to secure World Cup qualification this weekend.

Deschamps’s team face Bulgaria and Belarus in their final two World Cup qualifiers, knowing a pair of victories would book France’s ticket to Russia.

France lose Koscielny for World Cup ties

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Paris (AFP) – Didier Deschamps has called up Marseille central defender Adil Rami, who was a succesful last minute draft for Euro 2016, after Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny pulled out of two upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

In their final two qualifiers for Russia 2018, France play in Bulgaria on October 7 and then host Belarus three days later, knowing six points would qualify them for the finals.

France lose Koscielny for World Cup ties

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Paris (AFP) – Didier Deschamps has called up Marseille central defender Adil Rami, who was a succesful last minute draft for Euro 2016, after Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny pulled out of two upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

In their final two qualifiers for Russia 2018, France play in Bulgaria on October 7 and then host Belarus three days later, knowing six points would qualify them for the finals.

Italy call up Verdi as play-offs loom

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Rome (AFP) – Italy’s under-pressure coach Giampiero Ventura on Saturday recalled Bologna midfielder Simone Verdi to his squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania.

After losing 3-0 to Spain in Madrid earlier this month, Ventura’s squad has given up hope of winning Group G and automatic qualification for next summer’s finals in Russia.

Draw secures Oceania World Cup berth for New Zealand

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Wellington (AFP) – New Zealand wrapped up the Oceania World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday with a 2-2 draw with the Solomon Islands and now face an intercontinental play-off.

If they are to make the World Cup in Russia next year, New Zealand must now win a home-and-away series in November against the fifth-ranked South American side - which is currently the Lionel Messi-led Argentina.

Draw secures Oceania World Cup berth for New Zealand

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Wellington (AFP) – New Zealand wrapped up the Oceania World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday with a 2-2 draw with the Solomon Islands and now face an intercontinental play-off.

If they are to make the World Cup in Russia next year, New Zealand must now win a home-and-away series in November against the fifth-ranked South American side - which is currently the Lionel Messi-led Argentina.

Werner double helps Leipzig floor Freiburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany striker Timo Werner netted twice as RB Leipzig came from behind to floor Freiburg 4-1 on Sunday and get their Bundesliga season on track.

All four Leipzig goals came after the break as they roared back after a poor first half on the back of losing their opening match of the season 2-0 at Schalke last weekend.

Werner double helps Leipzig floor Freiburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany striker Timo Werner netted twice as RB Leipzig came from behind to floor Freiburg 4-1 on Sunday and get their Bundesliga season on track.

All four Leipzig goals came after the break as they roared back after a poor first half on the back of losing their opening match of the season 2-0 at Schalke last weekend.

Mbappe in, Dembele out for France

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, reportedly on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, was on Thursday named in France’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

While 18-year-old Monaco star Mbappe has been picked, coach Didier Deschamps has omitted Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, who is embroiled in his own transfer saga after attracting the interest of Barcelona as they seek to replace Neymar.

Mbappe in, Dembele out for France

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Paris (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, reportedly on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, was on Thursday named in France’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

While 18-year-old Monaco star Mbappe has been picked, coach Didier Deschamps has omitted Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, who is embroiled in his own transfer saga after attracting the interest of Barcelona as they seek to replace Neymar.

USA opens football training camp in Colorado

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Chicago (AFP) – Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore highlight a group of 27 players invited to USA Soccer’s training camp as the national team prepares to play two World Cup qualifiers in June.

Dempsey and Altidore are two of 11 players on the invite list who have played in 10 or more FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

USA opens football training camp in Colorado

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Chicago (AFP) – Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore highlight a group of 27 players invited to USA Soccer’s training camp as the national team prepares to play two World Cup qualifiers in June.

Dempsey and Altidore are two of 11 players on the invite list who have played in 10 or more FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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Where to find Venezuela vs. Uruguay World Cup qualifier on US TV and streaming

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

Uruguay needs to get four points from the next two World Cup qualifiers in order to guarantee qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With Venezuela bottom of the CONMEBOL group, they have nothing to play for so they may give Uruguay more trouble than usual.

USMNT vs. Venezuela: Your Live Commentary

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Before facing two vital World Cup qualifiers, the U.S. Men's National Team faces off with Venezuela to prepare for the task ahead.

The U.S. takes on Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday in a pre-qualifying friendly, allowing Bruce Arena a look at his first-choice squad before facing Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.

USA vs. Venezuela preview, TV times and team news

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June is an extremely critical month for the USMNT. Bruce Arena has come in for his second stint as manager and settled things down after a disastrous start to World Cup Qualifying that resulted in the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann. Arena got a win and a draw in the January Camp and managed to grab four out of a possible six points in the last two World Cup Qualifiers to move the US out of last place in the Hex.

USA vs. Venezuela preview, TV times and team news

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June is an extremely critical month for the USMNT. Bruce Arena has come in for his second stint as manager and settled things down after a disastrous start to World Cup Qualifying that resulted in the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann. Arena got a win and a draw in the January Camp and managed to grab four out of a possible six points in the last two World Cup Qualifiers to move the US out of last place in the Hex.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Venezuela?

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It's an important period for the U.S. Men's National Team. Vital World Cup qualifiers are suddenly set to begin as the U.S. looks ahead to matches against Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.

But first, the U.S. faces off with Venezuela in Saturday's friendly, a match that gives Bruce Arena to integrate and experiment a bit while utilizing his first-choice lineup for the very first time.

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Darlington Nagbe called up to USMNT for World Cup Qualifiers

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It comes down to the last two matches in the Hex to see if the USMNT advances to the World Cup.

It's time for another international break where we root on our country and hope no one comes back with an injury. As is normal now, Darlington Nagbe has been called up to participate in the last round of World Cup Qualifying.

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.

Roman Torres helping Panama try to qualify for first-ever World Cup

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Sounders center back called in for pair of upcoming qualifiers.

Roman Torres will be joining Panama for two decisive World Cup qualifiers. The centerback's call-up was officially announced on Wednesday, meaning he'll be joining Los Canaleros for their matches on Oct. 5 (at the United States) and 10 (vs.

Roster announced for USMNT’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers

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Christian Pulisic headlines the team with games against Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico

Bruce Arena named his roster for the United States' upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, and there were no real surprises in the names that he brought in. With four points from their first four qualifying games, the US is currently in 4th place in the Hexagonal, which would put them in a playoff game against an Asian team for a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

T&T names 17-player squad for camp ahead of WCQ against USMNT

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The Trinidad &Tobago national team chose 17 players for an upcoming camp ahead of World Cup qualifiers against the U.S. Men's National Teamand Costa Rica.

The 17 players were brought into the team to start training in Boulder, Colorado, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago's June 8 World Cup qualifier against the United States.

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World Cup Qualifiers: Chris Brunt Nets Cracking Free-Kick As Northern Ireland Beat Czech Republic At Windsor Park (Video)

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Northern Ireland secured second spot in Group C on Monday night after an impressive 2-0 win over Czech Republic at Windsor Park.

The hosts took the lead just before the half-hour mark, with Jonny Evans heading home after a corner.

Things got even better for the Irish on 41 minutes, with Chris Brunt scoring a fantastic free-kick.

USSF Should Forsake Participation in Qatar World Cup Qualifiers

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It's a queasy feeling to think about the 2022 World Cup host government supporting ISIS. However, this is a reality. There are multiple Arab countries claiming Qatar is plotting terrorism, funding it, and harboring terrorists. Arab Gulf countries are now claiming foe status.

This World Cup should never have been scheduled for Qatar in the first place.

4-2-3-1 v Scotland: Tottenham duo could be key to England's performance at Hampden Park; Stats & Predicted Lineups

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Scotland vs England Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s World Cup Qualifiers fixture.

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World Cup 2018 Qualifiers
10th June, 17:00 pm BST
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Scotland face England in the World Cup qualifiers this Saturday and the home team are in desperate need of a win.

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Jordan Morris disappointed at lack of playing time with USMNT

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The forward admits that with the team's quality at forward, it was understandable

Jordan Morris is back with the Seattle Sounders, prepping for the team's away match against New York City FC on Saturday. He, along with Clint Dempsey, had been called up to the US national team earlier in preparation for his country's two 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, missing two Sounders matches that he probably didn't need to miss.

Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris called up for World Cup qualifiers

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Seattle's attacking depth will be tested in June.

U.S. Soccer today announced that Seattle Sounders attackers Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris have been named to Bruce Arena's 27-player U.S. Men's National Team roster for three June matches, including two World Cup Qualifiers.

Both players flew to Denver today to join the team in preparation for its first qualifying match against Trinidad & Tobago (T&T).

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Footy On The Telly November 3-10

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With Premier League, Bundesliga, MLS Cup Playoffs and even NASL Championship, you could watch great footy from dawn to midnight this Sunday. Also this week: the FA Cup, Copa MX, Copa Argentina, a dash of WC 2018 Qualifiers, some notable Friendlies including USWNT, and League fixtures elsewhere.

Cristian Roldan pleased with USA call-up even if he didn’t play

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Sounders midfielder was the least-capped player to be brought up during World Cup qualifiers.

TUKWILA, Wash. — Don't tell Cristian Roldan that his recent call-up to the United States men's national team for a pair of World Cup qualifiers was a waste of time.

Like a runner-up for an Oscar, Roldan said was simply an honor to be called in, even if he didn't so much as make the bench in either game.

Four more Sounders called up to international duty

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Two are for World Cup qualifiers, two are for the Caribbean Cup

Seattle Sounders FC announced on Tuesday that four more players would be called up to international duty during the Sounders' two-week MLS break. In addition to Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris' USMNT call-ups, Roman Torres (Panama) and Joevin Jones (Trinidad & Tobago) have been called up for CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Tim Howard

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Heading into camp, Tim Howard was confirmed as the U.S. Men's National Team's No. 1, and on Saturday night, the veteran goalkeeper showed exactly why.

Howard made a number of big saves on Saturday, helping the U.S. earn a 1-1 draw in a friendly match against Venezuela.

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.