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How do the Hex standings look after Mexico-USA?

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The U.S. national team have dragged themselves back into a very good position in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

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Bruce Arena has picked up eight points in the first four qualifying games in charge, after the U.S. lost to Mexico and Costa Rica in its opening two qualifiers last fall which cost Jurgen Klinsmann his job.

Now the USMNT is in a much healthier position with the top three teams from the Hex qualifying automatically for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the fourth-place team playing a two-legged playoff against a nation from the Asian Football Confederation.

With Costa Rica hosting Trinidad & Tobago and Honduras heading to Panama on Tuesday (you can stream both those games live by clicking on the link above) the Hex will look a little different tomorrow evening.

But for the USMNT, they now know that wins against Costa Rica at home on Sept. 1 and at Honduras on Sept. 5. would be huge in all-but securing a top four finish, while victories for Costa Rica and Panama on Tuesday would mean that Honduras and T&T would be hard pressed to finish in the top four of qualifying.

The turnaround under Arena has been stark for the U.S. national team as they’ve clawed their way back into a good position after a horrendous start to qualifying.

Via U.S. Soccer, here’s a look at how the Hex standings look on Monday.


2018 FIFA World Cup QualifyingCONCACAF Final Round Standings
TEAM GP W L D Pts. GF GA GD
Mexico 6 4 0 2 14 9 2 +7
Costa Rica 5 2 1 2 8 7 3 +4
USA 6 2 2 2 8 11 8 +3
Panama 5 1 1 3 6 2 2 0
Honduras 5 1 3 1 4 4 12 -8
Trinidad & Tobago 5 1 4 0 3 2 8 -6

VIDEO: A sneak peek of Everton’s Europa League journey – Part 2

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In Part 2 of Everton Unseen, European football returns to Goodison Park as Everton host MFK Ruzomberok in the qualifying round of the Europa League.

Click play on the video below to get a feel for how Goodison Park will be in the second leg of the Europa League in Part 2 of this videos series.

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[ WATCH: Part 1 of Everton Unseen ] 

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FIFA to send in emergency team to run Cameroon football

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA says it is sending in an emergency management team to run the troubled Cameroon football federation.

The panel to be appointed by FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will oversee elections by next March to replace disputed polls in 2015 for the Cameroon federation board.

FIFA’s intervention comes amid speculation Cameroon could be stripped of hosting the next African Cup of Nations in June-July 2019.

CAF President Ahmad this month cast doubt on Cameroon’s ability to prepare for the expanded 24-team tournament.

FIFA says Wednesday it acted after “recent failed attempts … to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.”

Transfer Roundup: Tottenham complete signing of Sanchez, Clucas joins Swansea

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Tottenham reportedly broke the bank for its first transfer of the summer.

The North London club confirmed that it had completed a transfer with Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez after the Colombian international passed a medical. According to The Telegraph, the deal is worth around $54 million, a club record. The deal is subject to acquisition of Sanchez’s work permit but given the transfer fee and him being in Colombia’s squad, it’s likely a mere formality at this point.

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The 21-year-old defender brings speed and strength to Tottenham’s backline as well as a year of seasoning in the Eredivisie, which features plenty of attacking talent. Sanchez will battle with Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen for a place in Spurs’ three-man backline.

It’s a risk moving to a new club a year ahead of the World Cup, but Sanchez is hoping that with appearances in the UEFA Champions League and Premier League up for grabs, he can do well enough to keep his place in the Colombia National Team squad.

Here’s some more transfer news from across England:

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Liverpool bombard Hoffenheim with three-goal first half

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Liverpool got off to a flying start in the second leg of its UEFA Champions League tie with Hoffenheim.

With the loyal Anfield crowd behind the team, the Reds scored three goals in the first 21 minutes, two of them from Emre Can to put Liverpool well in control of the tie.

Can’s opener was followed by a goal from Mo Salah before the German international scored a wide-open goal at the back post to make it 3-0 and 5-1 on aggregate. Sadio Mane played a big role in both of Can’s goals.

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Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann went to the bench right after the third goal and brought on Mark Uth, who promptly scored to bright a little hope back to the German club.

Here’s a look at the flying first half of goals for Liverpool.

Emre Can 10′

Mohamed Salah 18′

Emre Can 21′

Mark Uth 28′