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  • Nagbe's year: Citizenship, playoffs and the US national team

    Things couldn't be better for Darlington Nagbe. The 25-year-old midfielder became an American citizen in September, he just returned from his first call-up with the U.S. national team, and his Portland Timbers are in the MLS Cup playoffs. To top it off, Nagbe and his wife are expecting a son next…

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  • US hits crossbar twice, ties Trinidad 0-0 in WCup qualifier

    After two games on the long path to the 2018 World Cup, the United States has four points. The Americans and coach Jurgen Klinsmann followed a miserable four-month stretch with a decent start in qualifying. Gyasi Zardes and Jermaine Jones hit the crossbar, and the U.S. was held to a 0-0 with…

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  • Stalemate as USA held by Trinidad in World Cup qualifier

    The United States ground out a lacklustre 0-0 draw against Trinidad & Tobago to keep their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign on track. Jurgen Klinsmann's side neutralised a physical Trinidad team in hot and humid conditions at the 27,000-seat Hasely Crawford Stadium but despite dominating…

  • Veterans help U.S. shake off poor start and other takeaways from opening win

    An early goal from the heavy underdog provided a wake-up call the U.S. needed as several veterans keyed a six-goal rally in Friday's World Cup qualifying romp
  • Altidore scores twice as US routs St Vincent 6-1

    Entering on its first three-game home losing streak since 1997, the United States stumbled at the start of its first qualifier for the 2018 World Cup when St. Vincent and the Grenadines went ahead in the fifth minute. ''You thought it was going to be 'Here we go again,''' Jozy Altidore admitted. …

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  • US open World Cup qualifying with 6-1 win over St. Vincent

    The United States shook off a nightmare start to launch their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 6-1 rout of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday. Jurgen Klinsmann's men were rocked when Oalex Anderson put the Caribbean visitors ahead in the fifth minute at the Busch Stadium in St.…

  • After early shock, U.S. hit St.Vincent for six

    (Reuters) - The United States recovered from conceding a surprise early goal to crush Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6-1 in their CONCACAF region, World Cup fourth round qualifying game in St Louis on Friday. The Caribbean side, made up mainly of semi-professional and amateur players, stunned…

  • Ream, Yedlin, Wood, Zardes start 1st US WCup qualifier

    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tim Ream, DeAndre Yedlin, Bobby Wood and Gyasi Zardes were set to make their first World Cup qualifying starts for the United States, which began the road to Russia against St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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  • US likely to get new players involved in qualifying opener

    Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga could make their national-team debuts when the U.S. opens World Cup qualifying Friday against 129th-ranked St. Vincent and the Grenadines. ''It's important to get some new blood in, some new faces,'' captain Michael Bradley said before practice Friday in a…

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  • Loew calls for detailed explanation for Niersbach departure

    Boulogne-Billancourt (France) (AFP) - Germany coach Joachim Loew has called for a detailed explanation to be provided quickly into the 2006 World Cup scandal that forced German Football Association (DFB) chief Wolfgang Niersbach to quit. Niersbach stepped down earlier this week in the wake of…

  • US coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he accepts criticism

    The U.S. starts World Cup qualifying while on its first three-game home losing streak since 1997, which has restarted complaints about coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinsmann brought the team to Barry University, wanting two days of training in heat and humidity ahead of next week's game in…

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  • Dempsey out as Klinsmann mulls US strikers

    United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann omitted veteran striker Clint Dempsey from his squad for upcoming World Cup qualifying matches, saying he wanted to test younger attacking options as the road to Russia 2018 gets under way. "At this point in time, I want to give the younger strikers a chance to…

  • Dempsey dropped for US WCup qualifiers; Nagbe, Miazga on

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Seattle forward Clint Dempsey was left off the U.S. roster for its opening qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann included a pair of players who could make their national team debuts: Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe and New York Red Bulls…

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  • Bob Bradley leaves Norway yearning for a bigger job

    At another career crossroads, Bob Bradley is leaving Norway on a high. The American coach not only re-established Stabaek in the top division during his two seasons in charge, but he has also qualified the tiny club for next season's Europa League. Now, the 57-year-old Bradley is preparing for a…

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  • Germany coach Loew backs Niersbach in cash-for-votes claims

    Germany coach Joachim Loew has given his full backing to German Football Federation (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach in the face of corruption allegations surrounding the attribution of the 2006 World Cup. "His word is 100 percent reliable," declared Loew in a DFB statement, as he said…

  • With Howard back in goal, US loses to Costa Rica 1-0

    The Americans finished fourth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, their poorest performance since 2000. Not even Tim Howard's first game in goal in 15 months stopped the slump. Joel Campbell's 70th-minute goal led Costa Rica over the overwhelmed U.S. 1-0 in an exhibition Tuesday night, the Americans' fifth…

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  • USA home skid worst since '97 as Costa Rica wins 1-0

    Harrison (United States) (AFP) - Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell scored in the 70th minute in a 1-0 victory over the struggling United States, whose three-game home losing streak is their longest since 1997.