Panama: Heartbreak & Hope | The Hex

March 29, 2017

Panama are still in search of their first-ever trip to the World Cup. But on Oct. 15, 2013, the team and their supporters briefly felt what it was like to qualify for the World Cup — until Graham Zusi’s famous goal in the 92nd minute dashed those feelings. Over three years later, the emotional scars from that heartbreaking game are still present, and after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Trinidad & Tobago…

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Watch: MLS Commissioner Don Garber visits expansion candidate St. Louis

March 29, 2017

MLS Commissioner Don Garber visited St. Louis on Monday, March 27, attending a rally and news conference to discuss the city’s expansion bid. A prospective ownership group from the city is one of 12 applicants contending for an MLS expansion club. Joining the Commissioner on the panel was ESPN analyst and former MLS star forward Taylor Twellman, who is also a native of St. Louis. Source:www.mlssoccer.com

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The story behind US Men’s National Team supporters’ ‘Hamilton’-themed tifo

March 28, 2017

You might say that American soccer fans, looking to inspire the Yanks in a crucial home World Cup qualifier this past Friday night, didn’t throw away their shot. A contingent of fans from the three main Bay Area chapters of American Outlaws — many of whom also back the San Jose Earthquakes — prepared a tifo inspired by the wildly popular musical Hamilton for the match. It was a match,…

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ExtraTime Radio: Previewing the US-Panama showdown | MNUFC misery

March 28, 2017

Want to be a part of the show? Call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio! OK, now that that’s out of the way… Everyone wants to talk about the US national team’s big win, but first Ben ‘The Research’ Baer steps into the starting lineup to drop some knowledge that’s downright painful…

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Armchair Analyst: Tactical preview of Panama vs. USMNT

March 28, 2017

Bruce Arena might have to make four changes to the starting lineup for the USMNT ahead of Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier in Panama (10 pm ET; BeIN Sports). He might have to make five. He might have to give at least a couple of players their full national team debuts, and he might have to go down the depth chart in a couple of spots. He may have to…

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Crew SC “send message” to MLS with win over Timbers: “We can hurt teams”

March 27, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a disappointing start to 2017, Columbus Crew SC have arrived. The club’s first victory of the season came last week. But a visit from the previously unblemished Portland Timbers – playing in Columbus for the first time since their 2015 MLS Cup win – provided a chance to make more of a statement than dominating a goalless D.C. United side. “The idea was to send a…

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Revolution call their “triangle partnership” a force to be reckoned with

March 27, 2017

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Heading into the New England Revolution’s home opener on Saturday against Minnesota United FC, head coach Jay Heaps made a simple tactical adjustment. He dropped Lee Nguyen into his customary No. 10 spot and shifted Juan Agudelo to striker, reigniting his partnership with Kei Kamara. The move paid major dividends, as the trio exploded for a combined four goals and one assist in a 5-2 win at Gillette…

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Panama vs. USA | CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Preview

March 27, 2017

Panama vs. USA Tuesday, March 28, 10 pm ET Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City, Panama Two Hexagonal contenders in urgent need of points lock horns in muggy Panama City on Tuesday night, a rematch that harks back to their Hex meeting in the last World Cup cycle, one of the most unforgettable occasions in recent CONCACAF history. On Oct. 15, 2013, the final day of qualifying for Brazil 2014, a passionate…

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Armchair Analyst: Deluge of goals continues vs. MNUFC & more from Week 4

March 27, 2017

Thanks to the international date Week 4 was an abbreviated, limited week. There was still, however, enough happening for us to divine a few truths from 270 minutes of MLS action. Let’s go in chronological order: Minnesota United has set an MLS record by allowing 18 goals through the first six games of a season. They’ve played four games. — Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) March 25, 2017 MNUFC went to New…

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