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Canada recharged for U-20 showdown with Mexico

Canada will face Mexico in an all-important Monday showdown at the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship. Canada will look to build on their positive play from the first half of their Friday opener, but will need to get points after that 0:1 loss to Honduras that has Canada in third place in their four-nation group.

"Our football in the first half was some of the best that we had played in awhile," said Liam Fraser, Canadian midfielder. "I think we as a team recognise that and that we can implement that into the next match. I think staying committed to our game plan and staying committed as a group, more than anything, will be most important to our match against Mexico."


2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship: USA stunned 1-0 by Panama

The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team pushed heavily for a second half equalizer before falling 1-0 to Panama by virtue of Leandro Ávila's deflected effort in the 37th minute in its opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

The first half largely lacked opportunities for both sides until Ávila collected the ball in the area, turned inside and saw his shot deflect off Marlon Fossey before floating inside the top right corner to give Los Canaleros a 1-0 half-time advantage.


Honduras beat Canada 1-0 in CONCACAF Men's U-20 Championship opener

Canada are in third place in Group A after an opening day 0:1 loss to Honduras at the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship. Canada will need to rebound in three days when they face Mexico in their second of three matches in Costa Rica.

"We have to take heart from the way we played with the ball, especially in the first half, but we have to adjust now and rally the troops for the second match," said Rob Gale, Canada Soccer's Men's National U-20 Coach. "It's a challenge, but we know it's a three-match series so we have to respond on Monday and Thursday."


Soto Calls 12 Players for 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team head coach Eddie Soto has named a 12-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, which will run from Feb. 20-27 in Nassau, Bahamas. The tournament will serve as CONCACAF's regional qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, set to kick off on April 27 also in Nassau.

The 12-player qualifying roster includes eight players who took part in the team's last major tournament, the 2016 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup, held in Dubai last December.


Canada faces rivals Honduras at CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship

Canada will kick off the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship with a tough Friday test against rivals Honduras. The two sides will meet in the competition's opening match as CONCACAF's 12 remaining nations fight for four berths to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017.

All of the competition matches are scheduled to be broadcast live on CONCACAF's Facebook channel, with the 17 February Canada-Honduras opener kicking off at 18.30 ET / 15.30 PT. Canada Soccer will provide in-match coverage from Estadio Saprissa via Canada Soccer's digital channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Flickr.


Canada Soccer picks squad for CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship

Canada Soccer has announced their 11-player squad for the upcoming 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in Nassau, Bahamas. The Canadian squad will participate in the seventh edition of the continental championship from 20-26 February.

"The guys know the importance of this competition and they understand the effort that we are all putting behind this team," said Kyt Selaidopoulos, Canada Soccer's National Beach Soccer Coach. "We will be very organised and structured and we will represent Canada very well."


U.S. Soccer to Honor Christie Rampone for Legendary Career on March 4 Before USA vs. ENG

Christie Rampone, the second-most capped player in the history of international women's soccer, will be honored by U.S. Soccer for her legendary career before the USA faces England on March 4 in the SheBelieves Cup.

The pre-game ceremony for Rampone, who hails from Point Pleasant, N.J., will take place at Red Bull Arena, just 60 miles north of the small town on the Jersey Shore where she was a three-sport star in high school.


USA names 20-Player Roster for 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named the 20-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which doubles as the team's 2017 World Cup qualifying tournament, running Feb. 17-March 5 in Costa Rica.

The USA has been drawn into Group B along with Panama, Haiti and Saint Kitts and Nevis. The U.S. opens against Panama at 4 p.m. ET on Feb. 18, followed by Haiti at 5:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 21 and Saint Kitts and Nevis at 5:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 24. All three of the USA's matches will be broadcast in the United States on Univision networks.


Brazil to face Argentina in an International Friendly at the MCG

Brazil and Argentina will meet in an international football friendly in Australia on June 9, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has said.

The match will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has the capacity to seat more than 1,00,000 spectators, reports Xinhua news agency.


Diego Maradona to join FIFA

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has announced he will take up an official post with the world governing body FIFA.

Maradona made the announcement on his Facebook account along with a photo of him with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, reports Efe. Maradona declared: "Now it's official. Finally I can fulfill one of the lifelong dreams; to work for a clean and transparent FIFA alongside people who really love football. Thanks to all who have encouraged me to face this new challenge!"

The 1986 World Cup winner has said he will join FIFA as a sporting ambassador and that his aim is to clean up the Argentine Football Association.

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