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CONCACAF

The end of the Azteca advantage?

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If Mexico is serious about playing World Cup qualifiers in other stadiums, there are enough reasons for leaving Estadio Azteca.

Is Canada failing CONCACAF?

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Once again, Canada is out of world Cup qualifying before the final round, something that has to be a problem for the region.

Mexico tries to forget their last Hex

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Before penciling in Mexico as the favorite in the Hexagonal, it's worth considering how their form has slipped since the Copa Centenario.

Match day for USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville

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The USMNT plays Trinidad & Tobago to finish out their Group C schedule in Tuesday's soccer news update.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: USMNT, Honduras look to seal spots in the Hex

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Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago joined Mexico in the hexagonal phase of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The U.S. Men's National Team is very close to joining them.

The fourth round of qualifying culminates on Tuesday, when the final three spots in the Hex will be confirmed.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Panama eliminates Jamaica, Mexico rebounds, and more

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The Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is just two months away and the picture of which six teams will be participating got much more clear on Friday night.

Panama booked its place in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying by handing Jamaica a 2-0 defeat in Panama City. Gabriel Torres' 28th-minute strike proved to be enough, with Abdiel Arroyo netting one in the final moments to start the party at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

USMNT in St Vincent

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In Friday's soccer news update, we ask a question about the level of difficulty in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and let UEFA answer it.

Soccer TV: St Vincent and the Grenadines vs USMNT

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The USMNT plays St Vincent and the Grenadines in a World Cup qualifier that starts at 3:30pm ET on Friday's soccer TV schedule.

Another round of World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF

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CONCACAF World Cup qualifying continues with the 2018 cycle shaping up to look a lot like last time and the time before that.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Costa Rica eyes Hex berth, and more

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Mexico was the first team to reach CONCACAF's final round of World Cup Qualifying. Costa Rica is hoping to be the second.

The road to Russia 2018 resumes for the remaining North American, Central American, and Caribbean nations on Friday when Matchday 5 takes place, and a few could lock up spots in the Hexagonal with victories in their respective matches.

United States Men's National Team

Columbus confirmed as host city for USMNT's first Hex match against Mexico

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The U.S.Men's National Team and Mexicowill return to a familiar venue for their upcoming World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal round match-up.

U.S. Soccer confirmed via press releasethat the November 11 contest between the CONCACAF favoriteswould take place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, a city with massive historical significance in the rivalry between the two sides.

The Hex cometh, and perhaps a more assertive USMNT style does too

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The USMNT faces the Hexagonal schedule with momentum, but will Jurgen Klinsmann stick with his attacking options?

Klinsmann choses to start the Pulisic era

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Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to rely on Sacha Kljestan and Christian Pulisic in the group C finale could be sending a bigger message.

World Cup Qualifying recap: USMNT 4–0 Trinidad and Tobago

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Led by Hershey, PA's, own Christian Pulisic, the US ran out 4–0 winners over Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night, in the process winning Group C and punching their ticket for the Hex.

Altidore, Pulisic lead USMNT to dominant win over T&T

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Christian Pulisic is among the newest faces with the U.S. Men's National Team, while Jozy Altidore is one of the moreexperienced. On Tuesday night, the two combined masterfully to lead the U.S. to a dominant win over Trinidad & Tobago.

Led by Altidore and Pulisic, the USMNT cruised past T&T, 4-0, on Tuesday night in Jacksonville.

USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: What to watch for

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Trindad & Tobago has proven to be a tricky opponent throughout World Cup qualifying, which sets up Tuesday's clash with the U.S. Men's National Team to be one of the more intriguing heading into the Hexagonal phase.

The USMNT's spot in the Hex is not yet secure but, barring a miraculous comeback from Guatemala, the U.

With spot in Hex still not sealed, Klinsmann, USMNT taking T&T challenge seriously

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It was a bit more of a roller-coaster than many expected, but the U.S. Men's National Team's ride through the fourth round of World Cup qualifyingis all but guaranteed for success. The only things standing in the USMNT's way are Trinidad & Tobago and, in some ways, themselves.

The U.S.

World Cup Qualifying preview: USMNT v Trinidad and Tobago

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The US plays its final game before the Hexagonal round of World Cup 2018 qualifying play on Tuesday night. A win will see them top the group.

Preview: USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago

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CONCACAF World Cup qualifying semifinal group C concludes tonight with the USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago (8pm ET - Fox Sports 1). With all due respect to Guatemala, only the wildest of scenarios have them replacing the USMNT in the Hexagonal. Closer to reality, we already know that Trinidad & Tobago and the USMNT will [.

Who Should the USMNT start vs. Trinidad & Tobago?

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The U.S. Men's National Team's spot in the Hexagonal is all but sealed, but Jurgen Klinsmann faces several lineup decisions heading into the team's final match of the current World Cup qualifying round.

Barring an epic collapse that would require the teamto throw away a +12 goal differential, the U.

USMNT cruises to lopsided win over St. Vincent & The Grenadines

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The U.S. Men's National Team needed three points from Friday's match against St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Mission accomplished, and in emphatic fashion.

Goals from five different players, including two from Christian Pulisic, ensured a lopsided victory on Friday as the U.

St Vincent and the Grenadines 0 – USMNT 6

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Second-half substitute Christian Pulisic scored twice as the USMNT advances to the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF world Cup qualifying.

USMNT vs. St. Vincent & The Grenadines: Your Running Commentary

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Just two games stand between the U.S. Men's National Team and the next stage of World Cup qualifying, andJurgen Klinsmann's men must start that two-game schedule by navigating a tricky trip to St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

The Caribbean minnow is by far the lowest-ranked side in group play, but an early Oalex Anderson goal put a scare into the U.

Preview: St Vincent and the Grenadines vs USMNT

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The USMNT can qualify for the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a group C win against St Vincent and the Grenadines.

USMNT vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines: What to watch for

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Given some of the titans that the U.S. Men's National Team tangled with at this summer's Copa America, it would be easy to dismiss a trip to St. Vincent & The Grenadines as little more than a nuisance. However, given what will be at stake, Friday afternoon's clash with the small Caribbean nation will be one of the more important clashes of the World Cup qualifying cycle.

Who should the USMNT start vs. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines?

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Just two games stand between the U.S. Men's National Team and the next round of World Cup qualifying, and the process of getting there begins Friday with what could be a bit of a trap game.

St. Vincent & The Grenadines are far and away the least dangerous opponentin Group C play, but the USMNT cannot take Friday's task lightly.

World Cup Qualifying preview: St Vincent and the Grenadines v USMNT

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On Friday, the USMNT plays St Vincent and the Grenadines, to be followed by Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, with qualification for the Hexagonal round of qualifying for World Cup 2018 on the line.

CONMEBOL

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Brazil impresses, Uruguay goes top, and more

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Tuesday provided another drama-filled evening in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

The eighth round was highlighted by Brazil, who won for the second time in as many games under new coach Tite. The Selecao won, 2-1, over Colombia thanks to Neymar's strike in the 74th minute, following up on its huge 3-0 win in Ecuador last Thursday.

CONMEBOL WCQ Preview: Neymar, Rodriguez collide in Brazil-Colombia, and more

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Two of the world's biggest superstars will face off on Tuesday night, and they will do so in amouthwatering showdown that many fans around the globe will be tuning in to watch.

Neymar and James Rodriguez are set to do battle when Brazil welcomes Colombia for a World Cup qualifier that highlights CONMEBOL's eight round of action.

CONMEBOL WCQ Rewind: Messi scores winner in return, and more

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Drama, excitement, and golazos. World Cup Qualifying in South America returnedwith a bang.

So too did Lionel Messi.

The seventhround of CONMEBOL's qualifying campaign took place on Thursday, and it was Messi who stole a healthy portion of the headlines around the world. A 10-man Argentina side edged Uruguay, 1-0, at home, and it was none other than the superstar forward who scored the winner in his first game for his country since ending his brief international retirement.

Iran

China hold Iran to earn first point in World Cup qualifying

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Shenyang (China) (AFP) China held heavyweights Iran to a gritty 0-0 draw to lift their hopes of reaching just their second World Cup in Asian qualifying on Tuesday.

Asia's sleeping giants lacked ambition in the first half but they went for broke in the second in a performance that was good enough to earn their first point of the third round.

China hold Iran to earn first point in World Cup qualifying

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Shenyang (China) (AFP) China held heavyweights Iran to a gritty 0-0 draw to lift their hopes of reaching just their second World Cup in Asian qualifying on Tuesday.

Asia's sleeping giants lacked ambition in the first half but they went for broke in the second in a performance that was good enough to earn their first point of the third round.

China looking for Korea bounce against Iran in Asian qualifying

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Beijing (AFP) China are hoping to reproduce the form that gave South Korea palpitations last week as they take on heavyweights Iran in another big World Cup qualifying test on Tuesday.

China fought back from 3-0 down to make it 3-2 with 14 minutes left in Seoul, ensuring a tense finale to a game which South Korea had looked like wrapping up with ease.

China looking for Korea bounce against Iran in Asian qualifying

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Beijing (AFP) China are hoping to reproduce the form that gave South Korea palpitations last week as they take on heavyweights Iran in another big World Cup qualifying test on Tuesday.

China fought back from 3-0 down to make it 3-2 with 14 minutes left in Seoul, ensuring a tense finale to a game which South Korea had looked like wrapping up with ease.

US Soccer

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago

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The semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying concludes with the USMNT playing for first-place in Group C against Trinidad & Tobago.

U.S. Romps in Win Over St. Vincent

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Bobby Wood scored and set up a penalty before halftime to steer the U.S. to an emphatic 6-0 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines in Friday's World Cup Qualifier at Arnos Vale Stadium in St. Vincent.

Wood hit paydirt on a brilliant 28th minute shot from the edge of the box and used his speed to elude a pair of home defenders before he was hauled down inside the area in the 42nd minute, setting up Jozy Altidore's 43rd minute penalty strike.

Matt Besler

United States at St. Vincent and the Grenadines World Cup Qualifying, recap: Americans dominate in 6-nil rout

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Pulisic launches his hype-train into space.

Away trips in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying can be unusually tough. Travel to the smaller nations in the Caribbean is atypical for athletes used to large jets or custom buses. The fields, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines case a cricket field without adequate lights for night play, have odd patches, or turf, or other quirks.

Some Soccer News for Sep 2, 2016

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It's Day 246 of 2016.


I love World Cup qualifying! It's been out of my life for way too long.

USMNT with 2 World Cup qualifiers on the docket:
-Fri Sep 2
St Vincent + The Grenadines v USA - Arnos Vale Stadium, St. Vincent - 2:30pm CT on beIN SPORTS
-Tue Sep 6
USA v Trinidad + Tobago - EverBank Field, Jacksonville FL - 7:00pm CT on FS1 + Univision

Some things to know about the team referred to as the Vincy Heat.

The Rest

Some Soccer News for Sep 6, 2016

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It's Day 250 of 2016.


USMNT Final World Cup qualifying semifinal round game:
-Tue Sep 6
USA v Trinidad + Tobago - EverBank Field, Jacksonville FL - 7:00pm CT on FS1 + Univision

Technically the USA has not qualified for the Hex yet. A win tonight will do the trick and give USA first place in the group.

Germany: DFB Produce Strange (But Apt) Description Of Thomas Muller’s Match-Winning Performance Against Norway

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Defending WeltmeistersGermany got their qualification for the 2018 World Cup off to a winning start with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Norway in Oslo on Sunday evening.

Thomas Muller played a starring role in the routine victory, scoring twice and laying on a third for Joshua Kimmich with all the silken finesseand ballet dancer's poise we've come to expect from the Bayern Munich forward i.