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Panama hold USA in CONCACAF Gold Cup opener

The U.S. Men's National Team used Dom Dwyer's first-time effort in the 50th minute to earn a 1-1 draw with Panama in front of a Tennesse-state record crowd of 47,622 in its opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The USA moves on to its second Group B encounter where it will face Martinique on Wednesday, July 12 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (9 p.m. ET on FS1, UniMas and UDN).

Despite hot and humid mid-day conditions in the Music City, the U.S. collected numerous first-half chances from Kelyn Rowe, Kellyn Acosta and Dwyer, but went into halftime locked 0-0 with Los Canaleros.

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FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 draw throws up intriguing ties

The Official Draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be played in six venues across India between 6 and 28 October 2017, took place on Friday in Mumbai.

The draw revealed that hosts India will take on USA in their opening match of the competition in New Delhi. Group A also includes Colombia and Ghana, who will also clash as part of the first day's action.

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Canada off to strong start with 4-2 win in CONCACAF Gold Cup opener

Canada scored four goals to kick off the 2017 CONCACAF Gup in a big 4:2 victory over French Guiana. Man of the match Alphonso Davies scored a pair including the winner as Canada Soccer opened the confederation championship with a win at Red Bull Arena.

Three Canadians scored their first international goals, with Dejan Jakovic and Scott Arfield scoring in the first half before Davies scored his first to make it 3-0 at the hour mark making him the youngest goal scorer in Men’s National Team history. After French Guiana fought back with a pair of quick goals by Roy Contout and Sloan Privat, Davies put the game away with the decisive 4-2 goal in the 85th minute.

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USA Draws India, Colombia and Ghana in Group A for 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup in India

The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team has been drawn into Group A with host India, Colombia and Ghana for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup which runs from Oct. 6-28 in India.

The USA opens group play against India on Oct. 6, followed by Colombia on Oct. 9 and Ghana on Oct. 12. The first two games will be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, while the third will be played at Dr. DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

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Germany displace Brazil from top spot in FIFA Rankings

Germany have returned to the top of FIFA's world rankings, released on Thursday, for the first time in two years, knocking Brazil into second place. Germany's victory in the FIFA Confederations Cup against Chile on Sunday helped the team of coach Joachim Low to climb ahead of Brazil, Argentina and Portugal.

Additionally, Chile are down three places in seventh place ahead of Colombia. Portugal, Switzerland and Poland all jumped up to reach fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively.

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Pepe leaves Real Madrid for Besiktas

Portugal international defender Pepe has signed a two-year contract with Turkey's top division football league champions Besiktas.

The Turkish Super League champions said in a statement on their website that Pepe, a member the Portugal squad that won the Euro 2016 title, joined them for 9.5 million euros (around $10 million) apart from other variables on Wednesday.

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India rise to two decade best FIFA ranking of 96

India's football team has achieved its best FIFA ranking since February 1996 - it has been placed 96th in the July rankings released on Thursday. India's best ranking till date was 94, which was attained in February 1996, while 99 was India's second-best (November 1993).

India have risen by four spots in the past month after their impressive showing during the international break in June when they notched up a 2-0 friendly win over Nepal and a 1-0 win over Kyrgyzstan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers group match.

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