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The USMNT and the summer of 2017

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 22, 2017) US Soccer Players – Another busy summer is starting Amid the scores of MLS matches and international friendlies on the soccer schedule, the USMNT will play some of their most important games of the year. Bruce Arena's team will have to play at least nine matches over the course of two months.

USMNT vs. Panama: Your Live Commentary

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Following Friday's 6-0 destruction of Honduras, the U.S. Men's National Team turns its focus towards Panama as World Cup qualifying continues.

The U.S. travels to Panama for Tuesday night's clash, which could see Bruce Arena and co. jump all the way to third in the Hexagonal standings.

USMNT 6, Honduras 0: The SBI Breakdown

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Bruce Arena probably couldn't have drawn it up any better. The U.S. Men's National Team scored early and often on Friday night, thumping Honduras, 6-0, to leap back into the World Cup qualifying race.

From the opening moments of Friday's clash at Avaya Stadium, the U.

Dempsey's return sparks USMNT's return to form

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Clint Dempsey hasn't played in an international match for the U.S. in the last nine months due to an irregular heartbeat that sidelined him for the second half of the 2016 Major League Soccer season and the first two World Cup qualifiers – then with the national team under Jurgen Klinsmann.

USMNT bounces back from rough Hex start, crushes Honduras

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When it rains, it pours – literally.

The U.S. Men's National Team entered Friday night's World Cup qualifier needing a win against Honduras to keep their World Cup hopes alive. They got that and awhole lot more, routing the Hondurans 6-0 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

U.S. head coach Bruce Arena talked about his team's excitement for the match the day before during his press conference and his players put that enthusiasm on full display throughout the 90 minutes.

WCQ: USMNT 6 – Honduras 0

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The USMNT resumed World Cup qualifying on Friday night at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California in a big way. Shaking off two losses to start the Hexagonal round, the USMNT dominated Honduras in a 6-0 shutout.

The goals started early with Sebastian Lletget scoring in the 5th minute. Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 27th.

USMNT not thinking about past stumbles, focused on crucial qualifier against Honduras

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After two losses to start the final round of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. Men's national team enter Friday night's World Cup qualifier with one goal in mind: a desperately-needed three points.

"We understand the position we're in," Bradley said after training at Avaya Stadium on Tuesday. "Because we didn't start the Hex the right way, we put ourselves behind the eight ball.

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Arena’s decisions for the next round of World Cup qualifying

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - Two weeks from Saturday, the USMNT will return to match play with a friendly vs Venezuela at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. It's a warm-up before pivotal World Cup qualifiers vs. Trinidad & Tobago on June 8 and at Mexico on the 11.

Jurgen Klinsmann and US Soccer’s institutional memory

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - March's World Cup qualifiers are over. The USMNT have banked four points from a potential six this month, meeting the coach's stated goal. That's restored at least some measure of calm to the process of qualifying for Russia 2018 from the CONCACAF Hexagonal.

Mexico takes over the Hexagonal

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Mar 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Most years, CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is anything but routine for Mexico. More often than not, Mexico has struggled during the qualification phase, struggles that often necessitate a coaching change and roster overhaul.

This is not one of those years.

The USMNT’s point in Panama

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The biggest takeaway from the USMNT's 1-1 draw at Panama is nothing new to CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Win at home, get whatever you can on the road. The USMNT did that job plus a little more. In a testy game with a referee happy to let both teams play on, Christian Pulisic's weave through the Panama box made the difference.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico remains unbeaten, Honduras, Costa Rica share points

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Following their 2-0 home win on Friday against Costa Rica, Mexico remained unbeaten in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying thanks to a 1-0 road win at Trinidad & Tobagoon Tuesday.

Juan Carlos Osorio's side got a 58th-minute game-winner from midfielder Diego Reyes to earn all three points at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Honduras faces Costa Rica, Mexico visits Trinidad and Tobago

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With the top three teams set to take on the bottom three in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Tuesday's games could go a long way towards determining who makes it out of the Hex and into Russia.

While the U.S. Men's National Team battles it out with Panama in a third versus fourth clash, the top two teams go on the road to take on the bottom two as Mexico visits Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica visits Honduras.

The USMNT vs Panama and another game in the Hexagonal

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It's gameday for the USMNT in Panama City (10pm ET - beIN Sport). We're going to go ahead and assume that nobody needs a reminder that the USMNT would like three more World Cup qualifying points. It's a simple scenario for all the teams in CONCACAF's Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying. Winning means control.

Soccer TV: Panama vs USMNT

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The USMNT is back in action on Tuesday, trying for three more points in Panama. Coming off of their major statement against Honduras, the USMNT takes their newfound confidence on the road in Panama City. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Europe switches to friendlies while World Cup qualifying continues in CONMEBOL and CONCACAF.

The USMNT and the Hexagonal table

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Monday's soccer news starts with newly won confidence for the USMNT following a 6-0 shutout of Honduras. The rest of CONCACAF got a lesson in how not to play the USMNT in this cycle. How Panama responds on Tuesday (10pm ET - beIN Sport) will be on the minds of the rest of the region.

Panama has issues of their own, trying to turnaround a road loss to Trinidad & Tobago.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico ease past Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago shock Panama

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The U.S. Men's National Team may have garnered all the headlines on Matchday 3 of the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, but it was their biggest rival who rose to the top of the table by Friday's end.

Mexicomoved up to top spot in the Hex after a 2-0 victory at Estadio Azteca against Costa Rica.

The USMNT needs three points in San Jose

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT in action tonight against Honduras in San Jose (10:30pm ET - FS1). Is there going to be a pregame that pushes that start time closer to 11pm on the East Coast? Of course there is.

After months of concern, we're all well aware of what's at stake for the USMNT.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Honduras

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The games return in force on Friday's soccer TV schedule. World Cup qualifying resumes in CONCACAF with the USMNT in action against Honduras on Fox Sports 1. That follows Mexico playing Costa Rica. There are also qualifiers from UEFA.

USMNT vs Honduras at 10:30pm on Fox Sports 1. We all know the stakes for the USMNT.

USMNT roll up their sleeves by the Bay

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - Experience, aggression and commitment are the tools of choice for the USMNT as they wade into a pressure-packed World Cup qualifying encounter with Honduras at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California on Friday (10:30pm ET - FS1).

CONCACAF Friday Preview: Mexico welcomes Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago hosts Panama

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With domestic action taking a break, CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers resume on Friday with three matches taking place in the United States, Mexico, and Trinidad & Tobago.

All of a sudden there is a sense of urgency across the region, especially with the teams in the bottom of the table after slow starts in November.

USMNT vs Honduras – The History

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – The USMNT is no stranger when it comes to playing in must-win games. From the first round of the World Cup to the Gold Cup knockout stages and Hexagonal tournaments in between, the USMNT has found ways to win. It will need to channel some of those past victories when it plays Honduras on Friday evening at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

Bruce Arena picks his USMNT squad – now what?

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - The final countdown to this month's massive World Cup qualifying matches began in earnest on Wednesday. Bruce Arena unveiled his 24-man USMNT roster for the games against Honduras On March 24 and Panama on the 28.

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CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Bolivia shocks Argentina, Brazil seals WC berth and more

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After a 1-0 victory over Chile last Thursday, Argentina slumped to a disappointing road defeat to Bolivia on Tuesday. Edgardo Barza's side came into the match without star forward Lionel Messi, who was serving the first of a four-match suspension.

The Barcelona star was handed the ban by FIFA on Tuesday morning after negative comments made about Thursday's refereeing crew.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Colombia visits Ecuador, Peru hosts Uruguay, and more

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After several teams earned crucial victories just five days ago, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying returns on Tuesday with all ten South American sides looking for points to close March'sinternational break.

The premier showdown on Matchday 14 takes place between Colombia and Ecuador, in a battle of fourth vs.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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World Cup qualifying takes centerstage this weekend as teams all over Europe and North America look to make their push towards Russia 2018.

In European action, several heavy-hitters take the field throughout the weekend as the qualifying campaign continues.

UEFA WCQ Preview: Belgium hosts Greece, Wales face Ireland, and more.

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Matchday 5of UEFA World Cup Qualifying takes place Friday through Sunday, and should provide some intriguingmatches featuring some top competition.

Group D leader, the Republic of Ireland, will hostEuro 2016 surprise side Wales at Aviva Stadium on Friday. Martin O'Neill's side is coming off three consecutive victories in World Cup qualifying and would like to take another step towards winning its group.

Panama

USMNT draws with Panama in World Cup Qualifiers, Lionel Messi suspended and more: Wednesday Freedom Kicks

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Panama vs. USA, 2018 World Cup qualifiers (Stars and Stripes FC): It wasn't a pretty match, and Bruce Arena had to make due with a patchwork backline, and I don't think Jurgen Klinsmann would have walked away with 4 points in the last two games, so it wasn't a bad result.

U.S. Hammers Honduras in Qualifier

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Former Revolution midfielder Clint Dempsey put three in the back of the Honduras net to send the United States to an emphatic 6-0 victory in Friday's World Cup Qualifying match at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

Dempsey, who missed the U.

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USA vs. Panama, World Cup qualifying recap: Dempsey scores in draw.

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Christian Pulisic and Clint Dempsey continue their partnership in the 1-1 draw.

Drawing on the road in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is an adequate result. But the United States was capable of more. The 1-1 draw puts Panama at 3rd in the Hex with the United States a point behind with a 1-2-1 +1 record.

USMNT vs. Honduras 2017 live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch World Cup qualifier online

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The USMNT host Honduras in a virtual must win game, while two Sounders suit up against each other in From a Sounders Point of View. Here is your Sounder at Heart USMNT World Cup Qualifying Gamethread

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The United States is last in CONCACAF's six-team final round of World Cup qualifying, known as the Hex, with zero points from two played after a 2-1 home loss to Mexico and a 4-0 road defeat in Costa Rica.

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Australia beat UAE to boost World Cup hopes

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia boosted their World Cup qualifying hopes on Tuesday with a tense, 2-0 win over UAE, whose under-pressure coach Mahdi Ali announced his resignation after the match.

Goals from Jackson Irvine and Mathew Leckie handed Australia a crucial victory which kept them in touch with the top two spots in Group B and an automatic berth at Russia 2018.

Resurgent US face Panama test in CONCACAF qualifiers

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Los Angeles (AFP) – A revitalised United States face Panama on Tuesday brimming with confidence after a record World Cup qualifying victory inspired by teenage star Christian Pulisic and veteran forward Clint Dempsey.

The pall of gloom enveloping the US national team following defeats against Mexico and Costa Rica in November was blown away on Friday, with Pulisic and Dempsey helping to deliver a 6-0 thrashing of Honduras.

Resurgent US face Panama test in CONCACAF qualifiers

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Los Angeles (AFP) – A revitalised United States face Panama on Tuesday brimming with confidence after a record World Cup qualifying victory inspired by teenage star Christian Pulisic and veteran forward Clint Dempsey.

The pall of gloom enveloping the US national team following defeats against Mexico and Costa Rica in November was blown away on Friday, with Pulisic and Dempsey helping to deliver a 6-0 thrashing of Honduras.

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.

Belgium’s Marc Wilmots named new Ivory Coast coach

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Abidjan (AFP) – Former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has been appointed to lead Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifying bid, the country’s football authorities said on Tuesday.

Wilmots, 48, is one of an elite band of players to have played at four World Cups, and also led Belgium into the 2014 World Cup during his stint as coach with them between 2012-2016.

Belgium’s Marc Wilmots named new Ivory Coast coach

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Abidjan (AFP) – Former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has been appointed to lead Ivory Coast’s World Cup qualifying bid, the country’s football authorities said on Tuesday.

Wilmots, 48, is one of an elite band of players to have played at four World Cups, and also led Belgium into the 2014 World Cup during his stint as coach with them between 2012-2016.

European Soccer

UEFA WCQ Rewind: Spain dominates Israel, Bulgaria shocks Netherlands, and more.

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With domestic leaguesoff this weekend, the fifth roundof UEFA World Cup Qualifiers kicked off on Friday with nine matches across Europe.

Group D, H, and I all took center-stage on Friday while the remaining six groups kicked off their fifth round qualifiers on Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of countries were looking for important results this weekend, while others were looking to hold on their leads at the top of their respective groups.

Friday Kickoff: Mexico, Atletico Madrid, Toure and more

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Mexican soccer headlines the news on Friday morning as a one of the world's top clubs joins the fray by investing in a Liga MX team.

Giovani dos Santos, Jesus "Tecatito" Corona, Marco Fabian and Hirving Lozano all missed out on Mexico's World Cup qualifying roster.

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World Cup Qualifying: Jermain Defoe On Target As England Ease To Victory v Lithuania (Photos &

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Jermain Defoe justified his re-call to the England side with a goal against Lithuania on Sunday, with the Three Lions cruising to a 2-0 win against a mediocre opposition.

Defoe has been one bright spot in Sunderland's dismal Premier League campaign, with the 34-year-old scoring 14 goals for the Black Cats this season.