It’s World Cup qualifying gameday for the U.S., and this one feels more tense than most. The U.S. is in real need of a win at home against Honduras (FS1, pregame 9:30 p.m. ET, kickoff 10:55 p.m.) after losing the first two games of the Hex in November and falling into last place in the six-team, 10-game CONCACAF qualifying tournament. A rash of injuries and suspensions have taken away a number of lineup permutations for manager Bruce Arena, leaving him with a 26-man squad and a number of questions to answer.
Brazil topped Uruguay 4-1 to move on the verge of World Cup qualification, but there was much more to the first half of this match than meets the eye. Uruguay went ahead 1-0 on a 9th-minute penalty won and scored by Edinson Cavani, and for a moment it seemed like the home side might find its way to pull within a point of Brazil at the top of the CONMEBOL standings. That would not last very long. Just 10 minutes later, a bad giveaway near the midfield stripe saw Neymar casually feed Paulinho a good 50 yards from goal. The former Spurs man took matters into his own hands, charging forward and unleashing a vicious strike that continued to rise until it ripped the chords in the top-right corner.
today and get the latest scores, standings and schedules from the most popular soccer leagues around the world! Despite scoring the winning goal for Argentina against Chile on Thursday night in World Cup Qualifying, Lionel Messi didn’t end the night very content. He was livid, actually. The star attacker was upset with assistant referee Marcelo Vangasse for what Messi felt was a poorly officiated match by the assistant, especially late. It was late in the clash when Messi went down the right and was called for a foul as he tried to escape a defender and waste time, and Messi didn’t agree with the call. It actually happened twice in the final five minutes. He yelled insults at the ref that involved