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US defeats Canada 4:1 and that last goal from Zardes was ice cold. US still needs to beat Cuba, but the +3 from the US tonight puts the US in the driver's seat with a +8 to +6 GD advantage over Canada.
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Mexico reached the U17 World Cup Final, but were defeated 2:1 by hosts Brazil. Netherlands were defeated by France 3:1 in the third place game.
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US defeats Cuba 4:0. 2 goals apiece by Sargent and Morris.

They advance to the 4 team knockout stage that will take place next summer, joining Honduras, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

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The match-ups in that knockout stage will be as follows:

Mexico vs. Costa Rica
Honduras vs. USA

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US Soccer has appointed Brian McBride as GM for the USMNT:



Upcoming stuff for the US program:

They'll host Costa Rica during the upcoming international break bridging January into February, and will face the Netherlands in Eindhoven in March.


The qualifying draw for the Olympics soccer tournament was held yesterday. The US and Mexico will be in the same group, but that leaves it open for them both to qualify. There are 2 groups of 4 teams, and the top 2 in each group advance to the semifinals. The two semifinal winners earn Olympic bids.


Group A
Mexico
USA
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic

Group B
Honduras
Canada
El Salvador
Haiti


The tournament takes place March 20-April 1, 2020 and is in Mexico. The US opens against Costa Rica on March 20, and faces Mexico on the final group match day, March 26.

(March 20 is the first Friday of this year's NCAA Tournament)
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AFC is in the process of holding ongoing emergency meetings regarding how to handle China and the coronavirus outbreak.

For their Champions League, all matches against Chinese clubs have been put on hold and postponed. Further complicating rescheduling matches is the fact that a number of countries have imposed travel bans on China.

In March, China is slated to host Maldives and visit Guam (who, through the US, has a travel ban in place) for World Cup qualifiers.

Beyond soccer, this year's Indoor Athletics World Championships have been canceled and rescheduled for 2021. And Formula One holds a grand prix race in Shanghai in April.
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Paul Arriola tore his ACL and is expected to miss the 2020 MLS season and at 6 of the USMNT's 2020 WC Qualifiers.

China will play their 2 Asia zone qualifiers scheduled for March 26 and 31 in Thailand, due to concerns over Coronavirus. The March 31 match is actually a home match for Guam, but with the US travel ban and Guam being a US territory, that match was included in the relocated package.
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CONCACAF president says the confederation may have to alter their qualifying schedule for the 2022 World Cup as they still want to complete the final stages of the Nations League and qualifying for the 2021 Gold Cup as well as Olympic qualifying: https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-stat ... oronavirus

Where this leads to a problem is that many of those matches will have to be played in international break windows that would have previously been used for friendlies that would have aided in improving FIFA rankings. This is especially the case in the 6th and 7th place spots in the Confederation which are currently held by El Salvador and Canada with El Salvador currently having the advantage that would have them playing in the hex rather than the tournament with the remaining CONCACAF sides.

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Unbelievably, a winter World Cup is going to work out brilliantly. They're going to need those extra months in hand to play catch-up with qualifying.
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Wasn't sure where else to put this...

Mexican federation president today said El Tri will play no games in the U.S. until fans are allowed back in the stands. El Tri were originally scheduled to play the Czech Republic and Greece in March and Colombia in June but all those matches have been cancelled.

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30 years ago today, the US played their first World Cup match in nearly 40 years, as part of Italia '90. The self-proclaimed "tourists" were throttled 5:1 by Czechoslovakia. They rebounded though, and battled one of the tourney favorites and host Italy to a hard-fought 1:0 match in Rome, with Italy scoring early on, the the US holding them the rest of the way, a performance that earned them a standing ovation by the Italians in attendance and plaudits in the Italian press.

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10 years ago today:



After being a solid #1 for Norwich and West Ham, Green's career rapidly deteriorated after this incident, and by 2012 Joe Hart had become England's first-choice keeper for most of the decade, although he was not selected for the FIFA 2018 World Cup roster, and last made an appearance in the net for England in November 2017. Hart's 75 appearances for England are tied for 2nd most with David Seaman (1988-2002) and only behind the marvel, Peter Shilton, whose NT tenure spanned 2 full decades and 125 matches, from 1970-1990.
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Today would have been the 11th day of Euro 2020. 34 years ago today, Maradona scored arguably the 2 most famous goals in history just 10 minutes apart with the "Hand of God" and then scurrying down the entire pitch past nearly every England player to put the future champions Argentina up 2-nil in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals.
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Maradona eliminated the English single handedly..

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Crazy to think this was 10 years ago tonight:





I'm sure we all remember where we were when this happened.

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Here's a history of the 1990 team that US Soccer has been writing, 30 years later:

Part 1: How the qualified https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2020/0 ... -world-cup
Part 2: The tournament https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2020/0 ... p-in-italy
Part 3: Where are they now? https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2020/0 ... r-capsules


Speaking of 1990, there's a great documentary called "One Night in Turin" (appears to be available on YouTube at the moment, not likely for long) that follow's England's journey from a team of "donkeys" (as their own press referred them) in the wake of Heysel and Hillsborough and banishment from European play, to uniting the nation behind their play, even as the dream fell short.
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32 years ago today, Netherlands won Euro 1988. . .




It was an interesting journey for the Oranje. Both they and England lost their opening matches 1-nil. The Dutch to the Soviet Union, England to Ireland. In the second match they faced each other, both desperately needing a win. Marco Van Basten scored a magnificent hat trick for the Oranje in that match. But they still needed a late winner in a tight game against the Irish in their next match, which with a draw, it would have been Ireland going through to the semis.

Trailing West Germany 1-nil in the final third of the match, the Oranje were handed a PK which was converted by Koeman, and then in the 88th minute Van Basten put them up on top.

In the final, Ruud Gullit had given the Dutch a 1-nil lead in the first half, and it was still that score when Van Basten scored the above goal early in the second half, which ended up being all that was needed to win the title 2-nil.
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70 years ago today. . .Joe Gaetjens leads the US to arguably the biggest upset in World Cup history with the only goal in a 1-0 final.

It was considered so outside the realm of possibility, some papers in England printed England 10-0 over US score lines, assuming an error.



Gaetjans, Haitian by birth, had returned to Haiti, but during the 1964 episode where Papa Doc Duvalier declared himself president for life, most of his family fled back to the US, but Gaetjens did not join them thinking he would be safe as a public sports figure. Instead, he was arrested, and presumed to be beaten and murdered at the age of 40. His body has never been found.
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The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations has been postponed to 2022 which could result in shifting of qualification dates for the third round of African qualifying. Currently the second round wraps up in October 2021, with the playoffs scheduled for sometime in early 2022.
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:42 am
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations has been postponed to 2022 which could result in shifting of qualification dates for the third round of African qualifying. Currently the second round wraps up in October 2021, with the playoffs scheduled for sometime in early 2022.
This is actually the third time it's been moved. It was originally supposed to be in June/July 2021 but then was moved up due to unfavorable climate conditions during this period so it was then moved up to January/February 2021 and so now it looks like it will take place in January/February 2022. The tournament is still scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon.

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Also, the Biennial CONIFA World Cup (for non-sanctioned national teams, minority teams, and stateless peoples and regions has been canceled, but the organization is planning to expand their regional event portfolio in the meantime.

Some non-sanctioned national teams involved in the organization include Greenland and Vatican City (and previously Gibraltar and Kosova, before UEFA admittance), although it does not look like either qualified.

There was a team from the Cascadia region of the Pacific NW (both US and Canada) that was slated to participate in this year's event.
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14 years ago, Zidane lost his mind and inexplicably headbutted Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final.
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Lalas ranks Africa, Asia and North America in their likelihood of becoming the first to break through and win a World Cup.

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Jack Charlton, who was part of England's only World Cup winning side in 1966, has passed away at the age of 85 from lymphoma and dementia. He was also Ireland's manager when they made their first ever appearances in the European Championships (1988) and the World Cup (1990). The Ireland team in 1990 made it to the quarterfinals before losing to the host Italians.

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RIP Jackie. . .great manager. Ireland hasn't been able to get back to the level they were at under him.

Just missed the semis of Euro '88, quarterfinals of Italia '90, highest-ever FIFA rank in 1993, and knockout round of USA '94. . .
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