World Cup qualifying

United States Men's National Team

Old and new in the Arena era of the USMNT

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Bruce Arena talks about the immediate future of the USMNT with a focus reminiscent of what we saw the last time he was coach.

Bruce Arena returns as USMNT coach

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Bruce Arena is the new coach of the USMNT the US Soccer Federation announced on Tuesday. Arena returns to the job he last held in 2006.

Gulati says discussions will be had before deciding Klinsmann's USMNT future

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Onequestion popped into everybody's mind following the U.S. Men's National Team's putrid loss to Costa Rica: Is this the end of the road for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann?

The U.S. suffered an embarrassing 4-0 road defeat to Costa Rica on Tuesday night, prompting media members and fans across the United States to wonder afterwards if this was it for Klinsmann.

World Cup Qualifying recap: Costa Rica 4–0 USMNT

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Costa Rica embarrassed the US on Tuesday night, beating them by four goals to none, the worst World Cup Qualifying defeat for the US since 1980.

USMNT, Pulisic, and youth

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The USMNT formation and tactical shift cost them against Mexico, but it's important not to lose sight of the bigger picture.

Injured Tim Howard likely to miss USMNT's meeting with Costa Rica

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When the U.S. Men's National Team takes on Costa Rica on Tuesday, it is likely that Jurgen Klinsmann willhave to count on someone other than Tim Howard in goal.

Howard was substituted late in the first half of the U.S.'s historic2-1 loss to Mexico on Friday after suffering a groin injury while taking a goal kick.

World Cup Qualifying recap: USMNT 1–2 Mexico

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Mexico vanquished their Dos a Cero demons, defeating the USMNT 2–1 in Columbus.

CONCACAF

CONCACAF tinkers with tournament formats

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CONCACAF may be using the U-20 Championship to test different ways to qualify teams and Bruce Arena speaks with the media in the soccer news.

Klinsmann has to show his work

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann's positive outlook and insistence that his formation and tactics are the way forward are working against him.

Mexico sets an easier path through the Hex

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Mexico can rely on a late run of home games in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, but they're already doing enough.

What now for the USMNT?

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The USMNT needs to regroup and US Soccer has given no indication that reversing the course in World Cup qualifying requires a new coach.

Is there an appropriate 4-0 reaction?

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The USMNT lost by four goals in Costa Rica, putting pressure on the Jurgen Klinsmann era for the US National Team in the soccer news.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: El Tri draws Panama, Honduras tops T&T

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While the U.S. Men's National Team was getting pummeled by Costa Rica on Tuesday night, four other CONCACAF teams were also in action, hoping to keep pace with theTicosatop the Hexagonal standings.

Mexico and Panama,both of whom picked up victories in their Hex openers last Friday, squared off in Panama City to a scoreless draw.

Costa Rica 4 – USMNT 0

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Costa Rica once again held up at home against the USMNT in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with two goals from Joel Campbell.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Preview: Mexico looks to stay on track, Honduras faces T&T

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After El Tri ended a futile run on United States soil, the Mexican national team turns south to Panama and will look to stay on track against a Hexagonal hopeful. Meanwhile, a struggling Honduras team hosts Trinidad and Tobago tonight in an effort to make the Hex a little more competitive.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The international week continueson Tuesday, with qualifying in CONCACAF and CONMEBOL highlighting the day's action.

The U.S. Men's National Team is in tough against Costa Rica on the road in CONCACAF qualifiers. Elsewhere, Mexico and Panama square off, while Honduras faces Trinidad & Tobago.

The USMNT in Costa Rica

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It's game day in Costa Rica for the USMNT with the previews focusing on the losing streak in San Jose in the soccer news.

Soccer TV: Costa Rica vs USMNT

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The USMNT plays Costa Rica in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with qualifying also on the schedule in South America.

The last point in Costa Rica

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A look back at the only time the USMNT took a qualifying point in Costa Rica and a look ahead at what the current team faces at Estadio Nacional.

On USMNT: Bradley, Klinsmann not on same page

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The relationship between a head coach and a captain is important. The captain is supposed to serve as the link between the coach and the players, to say nothing of being the de factoleader on the field and motivator in the locker room.

It is certainly not a good sign for the U.

Rafael Marquez fittingly ends Mexico's misery vs. USMNT in Columbus

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If there was ever going to be a player to end Mexico's nightmare in Columbus, Ohio, it was going to be Rafael Marquez of course.

An original member of theDos a Cerochronicles that began to be written in 2001, Marquez had suffered plenty in the quadrennial matchat Mapfre Stadium between Mexico and the U.

USMNT 1 – Mexico 2

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The USMNT opened the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a 2-1 loss to Mexico at MAPFRE Stadium.

Pulisic, personnel, and politics

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Christian Pulisic emerged as the face of the USMNT in a week where personnel questions and politics were also of interest for USMNT vs Mexico.

Game day for the USMNT vs Mexico in Columbus

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The rest of the previews for USMNT vs Mexico as the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying beings in Friday's soccer news update.

Preview: Big questions for USMNT vs Mexico

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Previewing the USMNT vs Mexico World Cup qualifier means looking at what both teams are likely to do rather than what they're saying.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Mexico

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The USMNT plays Mexico on Fox Sports 1 on Friday in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying while England hosts Scotland.

CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Preview: Panama visits Honduras, T&T faces Costa Rica

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Friday's action in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is focused on the United States-Mexico clash in Columbus, Ohio, but there are two other matches set for Friday that will begin to shape the race for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Mexico’s Hexagonal needs to change

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Mexico starts the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying needing to address issues and show they can avoid another crisis.

Klinsmann vs Osorio

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USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann and Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio face different scenarios over 90 minutes of World Cup qualifying in Columbus.

CONMEBOL

Must-See Goal: Lionel Messi

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CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Argentina attempts to stop skid, and more

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A place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia is off in the distance and fuzzy right now for Argentina, but can be brought back into focus with a slump-busting win at home vs. one of the teams that sits above in the standings.

Matchday 12 of CONMEBOL's World Cup Qualifying campaign takes place on Tuesday, and arguably the biggest match in this round will be held in Argentina whenLa Albicelestewelcome Colombia.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Brazil rout adds to Argentina's woes, and more

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Losing to Brazil is toughunder any circumstances when you are Argentina, butdoing so by a lopsided margin when you are fighting for your World Cup life is about as bad as it gets.

Brazil pummeled a lackluster Argentina to the tune of 3-0 on Thursday in the latest chapter of their South American rivalry, leavingLa Albicelestefurther woundedin its World Cup Qualifying campaign.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Messi and Neymar resume rivalry, and more

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One of the the world's biggest rivalries is set to write its latest chapter, and this one comes with an interesting twist that comes as a result of a controversial decision from FIFA.

South American giants Argentina and Brazil are ready to lock horns once again in a CONMEBOLWorld Cup Qualifier on Thursday, and leading the way respectively will be Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar.

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Ecuador rout Venezuela, Paraguay stunned in World Cup qualifying

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Montevideo (AFP) Ecuador romped to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Venezuela to reignite their 2018 World Cup qualifying challenge on Tuesday as Paraguay's bid suffered a setback with a defeat to struggling Bolivia.

Ecuador, who had taken only a point from their previous two games, proved too strong for a Venezuela side buoyed by a 5-0 win over Bolivia last week.

I don’t fear England job, says Southgate

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London (AFP) Gareth Southgate has declared he would not be afraid to take on the England manager's job on a permanent basis when his four-game stint as interim head coach ends.

Southgate was installed following Sam Allardyce's abrupt departure in September and Friday's 3-0 win over Scotland in World Cup qualifying left him with two wins and one draw from his first three games.

I don’t fear England job, says Southgate

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London (AFP) Gareth Southgate has declared he would not be afraid to take on the England manager's job on a permanent basis when his four-game stint as interim head coach ends.

Southgate was installed following Sam Allardyce's abrupt departure in September and Friday's 3-0 win over Scotland in World Cup qualifying left him with two wins and one draw from his first three games.

Marquez sinks US as Mexico snatch thriller

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Columbus (AFP) Mexico skipper Rafael Marquez scored an 89th-minute winner as the United States crashed to their first World Cup qualifying defeat on home soil in 15 years with a 2-1 loss.

Marquez, 37, headed home a Miguel Layun corner in the dying minutes of a pulsating battle to end the USA's long record of dominance at Columbus's Mapfre Stadium, where they had beaten Mexico in the past four World Cup cycles.

Marquez sinks US as Mexico snatch thriller

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Columbus (AFP) Mexico skipper Rafael Marquez scored an 89th-minute winner as the United States crashed to their first World Cup qualifying defeat on home soil in 15 years with a 2-1 loss.

Marquez, 37, headed home a Miguel Layun corner in the dying minutes of a pulsating battle to end the USA's long record of dominance at Columbus's Mapfre Stadium, where they had beaten Mexico in the past four World Cup cycles.

The Rest

US Soccer fires Jurgen Klinsmann

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World Cup Qualifying losses to Mexico and Costa Rica ended the German's five year tenure

US Soccer announced on Monday afternoon that Jurgen Klinsmann, manager and technical director of the US men's national team, has been fired from his positions. Klinsmann, in charge since July 2011, was let go after the USMNT made their worst-ever start in the World Cup Qualifying hexagonal stage, in which they lost their first two games by a combined 6-0.

USA v. Mexico: Late goal seals El Tri win

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This was the first U.S. home loss 15 years in World Cup qualifying play.

The U.S. Men's National Team was in its fortress: Columbus, Ohio. Home of "Dos a Cero." A place of dominance. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and they did in heartbreaking fashion tonight, with the U.