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Costa Rica stun USA 2-0 in FIFA World Cup Qualifier

The U.S. Men's National Team fell 2-0 to Costa Rica on Matchday 7 of the Final Round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,600 at Red Bull Arena. The U.S. will look to rebound quickly with a fast approaching Matchday 8 encounter at Honduras on Tuesday.

A tight opening to the match included a legitimate penalty shout from Jozy Altidore in the 24th minute. A good bit of possession led to Christian Pulisic finding space on the right, before he centered looking for Altidore in stride. With his body between the goal and Kendall Waston, Altidore was set to receive the pass and was hauled down from behind by the Costa Rica defender before the following appeals went begging.

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Record-High 108 Teams Enter Local Qualifying for 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

With the notoriety of amateur and lower division clubs in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, U.S. Soccer's National Championship, still fresh in the memory, a record-high 108 amateur teams have entered local qualifying for the 2018 edition, obliterating the previous record of 64 set last year.

Nearly all of the 108 entrants will see action in the first qualifying round, set for Sept. 23-24, with the match-ups announced today by U.S. Soccer. The history-filled annual tournament, entering its 105th year, is perhaps the only high-profile competition in American team sports where amateur sides, should they advance far enough, have the opportunity to face professionals in meaningful competition.

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Canada Soccer match in Toronto will feature Paul Stalteri Hall of Fame induction

CONCACAF champion and Canadian soccer legend Paul Stalteri will be inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame ahead of a Men’s International Soccer match in Toronto this 2 September. The two-time Canadian Player of the Year and German Bundesliga winner will be honoured in front of the home crowd before kick off to the Canada-Jamaica match at BMO Field.

Stalteri was a CONCACAF champion, helping Canada win the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States. He represented Canada at the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001 and took part in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. At the club level, he won both a Bundesliga title and a German Cup (DPF-Pokal) with Werder Breman in 2004.

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FC Goa signs Manuel Lanzarote

FC Goa has confirmed the signing of Spanish winger Manuel Lanzarote for the upcoming season of the Hero Indian Super League. The winger who was last plying his trade for Real Zaragoza in the second division of Spain becomes Sergio Lobera’s sixth foreign recruit.

A product of the La Masia, Lanzarote largely operates from the right wing but can also play in a more central attacking midfield position and on the wide left. With over 35 goals in the top two divisions of Spanish football, Lanzarote brings a wealth of experience with him and is expected to play a vital part in the Gaurs’ charge for the title. Having spent a majority of his career in Spain with the likes of Zaragoza, Espanyol, Deportivo Alaves and Eibar among a few, this will be Lanzarote’s second foray outside of Spain having previously turned out for Asteras Tripolis in Greece where he was a part of their Europa League campaign.

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Spanish defender Rafael López Gómez joins FC Pune City

Spanish defender Rafael López Gómez will ply his trade for The Rajesh Wadhawan Group-owned Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City in the 2017-18 season. The Spanish central defender who played top-flight football in Spain and Germany will fortify the defence line of the Antonio Habas-managed side.

Announcing the signing of the central defender, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Rafa has played a decade of top-flight football in Spain against some of the best players in the world. As a captain of Real Valladolid, his leadership and experience as a defender will add strength to our line-up. I am excited to see Rafa in Orange & Purple.” 

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Arsene Wenger hits out at match officials after defeat at Stoke

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Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger hit out at match officials yesterday after the Gunners' latest defeat at the hands of Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Arsenal, who have a terrible away record against Stoke, dominated the game, but were denied by the brilliance of young Jack Butland in the Stoke goal, who made a clutch of key saves, especially in the first half.

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Canada Soccer builds strong squad for home match against Jamaica at BMO Field

Canada Soccer have added both experience and youth to their Men’s National Team squad coming off a strong performance at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Coach Octavio Zambrano has selected a pair of former Players of the Year and called in two debutants to the “A” squad for Canada’s return to BMO Field in Toronto this 2 September.

Midfielders Atiba Hutchinson and Will Johnson are both included in the September squad after missing this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup run to the quarter-finals. Hutchinson of Brampton, Ontario is making his first appearance with head coach Octavio Zambrano. The five-time Canadian Player of the Year has led Beşiktaş JK to back-to-back Turkish Süper Lig titles and consecutive qualifications to UEFA Champions League.

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