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All eyes on Tab Ramos as USMNT U-20s face World Cup qualifying

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - Tab Ramos and his USMNT U-20s step into the spotlight this weekend. On Saturday, they kick off what could be a perilous World Cup qualifying campaign in Costa Rica. As is often the case with big youth national team events, this tourament [.

Projecting the Hex: How a year of CONCACAF qualifying *might* play out

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Our look at the Hexagonal and the likeliest path for the USMNT to take one of CONCACAF's automatic qualifying spots for the 2018 World Cup.

Preview: USMNT vs Jamaica

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This is a different January camp for the USMNT and more pressure on a set of friendlies that need to point toward World Cup qualifying.

What happens to USMNT vs Mexico?

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FIFA's World Cup expansion dilutes qualifying, likely bringing an end to the two biggest games on the CONCACAF calendar.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. National Team

USA vs. Jamaica preview, TV times and team news

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The second coming of Bruce Arena as USMNT manager did not exactly get off to a great start as the US played to an incredibly dull 0-0 draw against Serbia on Sunday. The game itself was nothing to write home about and very few (if any) US players did anything to help or hurt their case for inclusion in the US squad moving forward.

USA vs. Jamaica preview, TV times and team news

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The second coming of Bruce Arena as USMNT manager did not exactly get off to a great start as the US played to an incredibly dull 0-0 draw against Serbia on Sunday. The game itself was nothing to write home about and very few (if any) US players did anything to help or hurt their case for inclusion in the US squad moving forward.

United States Men's National Team

USMNT to play WCQ vs. Honduras at San Jose's Avaya Stadium

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The U.S. Men's National Team will be returning to the Bay Area for World Cup qualifying for the first time since 1997.

U.S. Soccer announced that San Jose's Avaya Stadium will be the host venue for the USMNT's pivotal World Cup qualifier against Honduras on March 24.

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.

Mexico

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

International Soccer

Must-See Goal: Lionel Messi

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

The Rest

Sevilla midfielder still in play for Sounders

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Seattle convinced Hiroshi Kiyotake's agent that MLS is the right move, according to MLSItalia.com.

Despite indications from Seattle Sounders President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey that his club would wait for final word on Clint Dempsey's health before signing a Designated Player, that doesn't mean they've entirely stopped looking.