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Lionel Messi pledges ‘fight’ as Argentina eye World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi vowed to “keep fighting” as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year’s tournament in Russia.

The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying, with only the top four teams guaranteed a place in the 2018 World Cup.

Lionel Messi pledges ‘fight’ as Argentina eye World Cup

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Lionel Messi vowed to “keep fighting” as Argentina attempt to overcome their World Cup qualifying struggles and seal their place in next year’s tournament in Russia.

The two-time world champions are fifth in South American qualifying, with only the top four teams guaranteed a place in the 2018 World Cup.

Late blows jolt China, Japan in World Cup qualifying

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as Japan’s serene progress received a jolt from Iraq.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2.

Late blows jolt China, Japan in World Cup qualifying

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as Japan’s serene progress received a jolt from Iraq.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2.

Wales draw as Spain, Italy stay neck and neck in World Cup qualifying

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Paris (AFP) – Aaron Ramsey’s penalty helped Wales to a precious 1-1 draw in Serbia in World Cup qualifying on Sunday as they kept their hopes of a place at the finals in Russia alive.

Chris Coleman’s side were missing star man Gareth Bale due to suspension in Belgrade but Arsenal midfielder Ramsey inspired the visitors into a half-time lead when he floated in a 35th-minute penalty, sending goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic the wrong way.

England midfielder Lallana relishes ‘historic’ Scotland clash

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London (AFP) – Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana believes time has done nothing to wear away the lustre of the rivalry between England and Scotland ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifying match in Glasgow.

Beginning with their first encounter in November 1872, the two neighbours faced off almost every year until 1984, when the British Home Championship was abolished.

England midfielder Lallana relishes ‘historic’ Scotland clash

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London (AFP) – Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana believes time has done nothing to wear away the lustre of the rivalry between England and Scotland ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifying match in Glasgow.

Beginning with their first encounter in November 1872, the two neighbours faced off almost every year until 1984, when the British Home Championship was abolished.

US Soccer

USMNT stays 3rd in the Hexagonal

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The rest of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers played out on Tuesday night, with the USMNT remaining in 3rd-place in the Hexagonal. World Cup qualifying resumes in September.

Panama and Honduras drew 2-2 at Estadio Rommel Fernandez. Romell Quioto put Honduras up on the road in the 6th minute with Blas Perez equalizing in the 41st.

Three points for the USMNT

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT shutting out Trinidad & Tobago for three points in the Hexagonal table. The USMNT had the early game, waiting on the two later results to learn what those three points would mean. Costa Rica did the USMNT no favors, playing out a scoreless draw at home to Panama.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago

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The USMNT returns to World Cup qualifying along with the rest of CONCACAF on Thursday's soccer TV schedule. The US Women are also in action, at Sweden in a friendly. The FIFA U-20 World Cup is at the semifinal stage, with early morning start times from Korea.

USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on FS1 at 8pm.

Real Madrid adds another Champions League trophy

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Real Madrid did as expected in the Champions League final, though nobody could've predicted the one goal they allowed. Trailing 1-0, Juventus's Mario Mandzukic scored one of the best goals in the history of the final in the 27th minute. It was video game stuff, but that was it. Real Madrid took over, taking the title 4-1 to close out the 2016-17 European season.

International Soccer

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Panama draws Honduras, Ticos down T&T

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For most of the second-half in Panama City, it looked like Honduras were going to earn their first qualifying victory over Panama since 2000.

However, Roman Torres had other ideas as the Seattle Sounders defender scored a 90th-minute equalizer to earn the hosts a point, in Tuesday's 2-2 home draw.

CONCACAF WCQ Rewind: Mexico eases past Honduras, Costa Rica shares points with Panama

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Mexico remains on cruise control heading into Sunday's match with the U.S. Men's National team.

El Tri continued the team's unbeaten run in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying by easing past Honduras, 3-0, on Thursday evening. In preparation to face the rival USMNT at the Estadio Azteca on Sunday night, Juan Carlos Osorio's side were looking for a positive result to stay on top of the group.

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World Cup Qualifying: Michael Bradley Nets Spectacular 40-Yard Effort As USA Draw With Mexico (Video)

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Michael Bradley, son of ex-Swansea boss Bob, scored an incredible long-range goal during the USA's World Cup qualifying draw away to Mexico.

Bradley, who currently plies his trade with Toronto, latched onto a loose pass in the middle of the pitch before launching a 40-yard effort which sailed into the back of the Mexican net.

Bruce Arena’s game plan

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The soccer news starts with USMNT coach Bruce Arena not keeping it a secret that he had his plan for Mexico worked out weeks ago. "We told the team on day one of this camp that we would play that way in this game," Arena said of a strategy that required shuffling the starting eleven and giving up a lot of possession.

U.S. Earns Point at Azteca

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Michael Bradley scored from distance and the U.S. held on to squeeze a point from Sunday's World Cup Qualifier against Mexico at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Bradley opened the scoring when he blasted a shot from 40 yards that beat Guillermo Ochoa off his line to put the guests ahead inside of six minutes.

World Cup Qualifying recap: Mexico 1–1 USMNT

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The U.S. earned a vital and hard-fought point in Mexico City on Sunday night, drawing 1–1 with Mexico. Michael Bradley scored a worldy to get the result.

World Cup qualifying: Mexico 1 – USMNT 1

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The USMNT got the start they wanted against Mexico on Sunday night in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Michael Bradley chipped Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 6th minute to put the USMNT up at Estadio Azteca. That lead held until the 23rd when Carlos Vela equalized for El Tri. Both teams played for the three points with Mexico hitting the bar in the 71st minute and Bradley clipping the outside of the post from distance in the 74th.

Match preview: United States vs. Mexico - How to watch, time, and streaming

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The United States and Mexico renew their rivalry tonight.

Game: United States Men's National Team vs Mexico(World Cup Qualifier)

Date: Sunday, June 11

Time: 8:30 PM Eastern, 7:30 PM Central, 5:30 PM Pacific, 12:30 AM UTC

Venue: Estadio Azteco, Mexico City, Mexico

Television: FS1, Univision, UDN

Streaming: Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer 2Go, Univision Now

All-time record: 18-34-14 All time.

USA vs. Mexico, live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch World Cup qualifying online

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Before FIFA ruins World Cup Qualifying with a come one come all 48 team World Cup, we have the quadrennial USMNT travelling to Azteca game.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. The United States Men's National Team held serve at home on Thursday with a 2-0 home win over Trinidad and Tobago. Christian Pulisic was the Man of the Match with both goals and Clint Dempsey was upset after getting subbed out in the 61st minute.

Soccer TV: Mexico vs USMNT

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It's a weekend of World Cup qualifiers in Europe and CONCACAF. UEFA has Scotland hosting England on Saturday alongside a lengthy schedule of games. On Sunday, the U-20 World Cup concludes on FS1. There's also a US Women's friendly on Fox on Sunday afternoon.

Mexico vs USMNT in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on FS1 at 8:30pm on Sunday.

Preview: USMNT heads to Mexico City with points, confidence, rhythm

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT continue to shift through the gears under Bruce Arena. Thursday night's 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago set the team up well for Sunday's much anticipated grudge match against Mexico at Estadio Azteca.

USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago, live stream: Start time, TV channel, and how to watch World Cup qualifying online

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USA v Mexico from Azteca on Sunday is the big draw, but Thursday in Colorado is more important to the USMNT World Cup qualification hopes.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Make no mistake about it, this is a must win game for the United States Men's National Team. The USA has four points through four played in the Hex, putting them in fourth place out of six teams ahead of Honduras on goal differential and ahead of Trinidad and Tobago who have earned only three points via a home win over Panama in March.

El Tri in qualifying, the Confederations Cup, and the Gold Cup

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By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jun 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - Busy summers are part and parcel for national teams. For Mexico though this summer will be busy and historic, with long-lasting effects that could set El Tri up well for the next few years. Whether or not all that comes to fruition depends on how coach Juan Carlos Osorio and the players respond and what they prioritize.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Mexico faces Honduras, Costa Rica takes on Panama

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The fifth matchday in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying is upon us. As the Hex reaches its halfway point, the top of the table looks to extend their lead on automatic qualification, while the cluttered third through sixth place positions try to separate themselves.

United States Men's National Team

USMNT feeling confident, but not comfortable, after draw against Mexico

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Upon the departure of Jurgen Klinsmann, things seemed very bleak for the U.S. Men's National Team's hopes of a successful qualification campaign.

After qualifying for the Hex, Klinsmann's squad opened with a very tough pair of matches against Mexico in Columbus and on the road against Costa Rica.

Who Should the USMNT Start vs. Mexico?

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The U.S. Men's National Team took care of business against Trinidad & Tobago. They earned all three points and put themselves in a good position halfway through World Cup qualifying.

Any points earned in Mexico are a bonus, and, despite the team's history, the U.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's an international weekend in the soccer calendar. World Cup Qualifying takes center stage as UEFA and CONCACAF continue to pave their roads to Russia. Meanwhile, only three games are scheduled in MLS next to a full slate of NASL and USL matches.

World Cup Qualifying: USMNT 2 – Trinidad & Tobago 0

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Christian Pulisic was the big story from the USMNT's World Cup qualifying win, but the bigger takeaway was the team effort in Commerce City. The USMNT won 2-0 with Pulisic scoring both goals. Pulisic opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, knocking in a DeAndre Yedlin pass that left Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams with no chance.

World Cup Qualifying recap: USMNT 2–0 Trinidad & Tobago

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The U.S. downed Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday night, getting a vital win in their march toward qualification for Russia.

USMNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: What To Watch For

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There's a major focus on the big picture when it comes to the U.S. Men's National Team. The next two games are vital to World Cup qualifying hopes, and it's easy to get caught up in everything going on throughout CONCACAF's qualifying process.

But, before the U.

The situation for the USMNT

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By J Hutcherson (Jun 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - For those of you that aren't into the stories of old bands, you might have skipped Amazon's new Grateful Dead documentary. There's a line in it that resonates for what's happening later tonight in Denver. In response to "who's in charge?

Preview: USMNT vs Venezuela at senior and U-20 level

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 2, 2017) US Soccer Players - A solid spring for the US youth national team system got even better on Thursday morning, The USMNT Under-20s spanked New Zealand 6-0 in their first knockout round match at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea.

The victory sets up an intriguing weekend doubleheader of sorts.

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Sunday WCQ Rewind: Iceland edges Croatia, Spain tops Macedonia and more

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For most of Sunday's match in Reykjavik, it looked like Croatia and Iceland would have to settle for a point apiece.

Hordur Magnusson had other ideas prior to stoppage time, scoring the breakthrough for the hosts in a 1-0 victory. The wingback finished off Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross into the upper part of the goal, which drew the hosts level on points with group-leading Croatia.

Saturday WCQ Rewind: England salvages point at Scotland, Germany cruises, and more

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In the must-watch match of the day in UEFA World Cup Qualifying, England used a 93rd-minute equalizer from Harry Kane to salvage a point at Scotland.

Gareth Southgate's side saw a second-half lead slip in a matter of minutes thanks to a three-minute brace from Scottish striker Leigh Griffiths.

Friday WCQ Rewind: Sweden shocks France, Belgium eases past Estonia, and more

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The sixth round of UEFA World Cup Qualifiers kicked off with a bang on Friday as two favorites to win Group A squared off in Stockholm.

Sweden used a late blunder by French keeper Hugo Lloris, to defeat the visitors 2-1 at Friends Arena. A poorclearance by the Tottenham keeper allowed Ola Toivonen to score the game winner from 35+ yards out in stoppage time.

UEFA WCQ Preview: Iceland hosts Croatia, England travels to Scotland, and more

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UEFA World Cup Qualifying resumes this weekend with several nations looking for important results in their fight to stay alive.Two matches this weekend will feature the current group leaders against the second-place side, while rivalries will renew elsewhere.

Group I leaders Croatia faces a sneaky road match on Sunday at second-place Iceland in Reykjavik.

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Roman Torres grabs late equalizer for Panama

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Goal rescues a point in World Cup qualifying

Facing Honduras in a virtual can't-lose World Cup qualifier at home, Panama needed a goal. So naturally, they turned to Roman Torres.

The center back pushed forward and managed to get on the end of a ball in the box, scoring a 90th-minute equalizer that allowed Panama to rescue a point and keep them in fourth place in CONCACAF qualifying.

Don’t tread on Clint Dempsey’s hatred of Portland

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Nagbe almost tricks Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey is currently away on national team duty, preparing for the USMNT vs Mexico World Cup qualifying match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Also there? Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe. They are obviously professionals, friendly with each other as USMNT teammates.

United States 2, Trinidad 0 - Pulisic Brace Leads US to Win

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The US couldn't afford to look past T&T, and thanks to a second half brace from their resident wonderkid, the USA claimed three vital points in World Cup Qualifying

Back in 2016, the United States' first two World Cup qualifiers CONCACAF's Hexagonal left them at the bottom of the standings with zero points.