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USMNT-Mexico to renew rivalry on Sept. 11

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The USMNT will renew its rivalry with Mexico for the first time since World Cup qualifying when El Tri pays a September 11 visit to Nashville.

Mexico will be coming off its World Cup run, while the U.S. summer consists of friendlies against Bolivia, Ireland, and France.

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The federation did not announce when tickets would go on sale, or how they would be allotted, saying that information will come at a later date.

The U.S. is winless in its last three matches against Mexico, with two losses to go with the 1-1 draw at Estadio Azteca in June 2017.

Theoretically, the Yanks will be facing the Mexico test with a new permanent coach. Dave Sarachan has been running the ship since Bruce Arena resigned after an embarrassing loss at Trinidad and Tobago which kept the U.S. from reaching the World Cup.

Mexico is in tricky World Cup Group F with Germany, South Korea, and Sweden.

Joe Gomez exits Holland match after 10 minutes with injury

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Joe Gomez‘s World Cup hopes may have taken a major hit on Friday after the Liverpool defender exited England’s match against Holland after just 10 minutes.

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The extent of the 20-year-old’s injury is unknown at this point, but the Reds defender was in noticeable pain as he limped off the pitch at the Amsterdam Arena.

Gomez was replaced by Leicester City center back Harry McGuire following the stoppage.

USWNT to face Canada twice in November

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The U.S. Women’s National Team has added to its 2017 calendar with a pair of friendlies against a familiar North American foe.

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U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday that Jill Ellis and Co. will face off with Canada in a home-and-home series in November, with the two nations first meeting at BC Place in Vancouver on Nov. 9.

The two squads will then meet for a second time three days later at a venue to be determined in the United States.

The USWNT will compete in the brand-new Tournament of Nations this summer, which features Australia, Brazil and Japan.

Ellis’ side is 5-2-0 during 2017, which includes a pair of 1-0 victories over Norway and Sweden as their most recent competition earlier in the month.

How will the USMNT line up versus Ghana?

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The United States players have a lot to gain from this summer’s Gold Cup, as Bruce Arena has left a wealth of star players home for the group stage and beyond.

Many of Arena’s Europe-based stars won’t hit the pitch for the Yanks in the tournament, and mainstays like Michael Bradley, Tim Howard, and Clint Dempsey made the 40-man pool but not the 23-men called up for the group stage (Arena can make changes between the group stage and the knockout rounds).

We’ve shown how many lineup questions are unanswered for the group stage, but how will Arena line ’em up for Saturday’s friendly against Ghana in East Hartford? With Panama, Martinique, and Nicaragua in its group, Saturday’s test is tougher than anything the Yanks will face in the following week.

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Here are some ways Arena could go against Ghana.

Let ’em play XI — If Arena wants to throw caution to the wind, he can use a batch of players who have rarely if ever repped their country, and see who shines:

Johnson

Lichaj — Miazga — Hedges — Morrow

Rowe — Roldan — McCarty — Saief

Agudelo — Dwyer

Healthy mix — Arena only included a few players with a number of caps, and he could use them as a safety net for the “unknowns”:

Guzan

Zusi — Hedges — Gonzalez — Villafana

McCarty — Acosta

Arriola — Agudelo — Bedoya

Morris

Writer’s choice — Here’s a personal XI from this lowly writer:

Johnson

Lichaj — Hedges — Miazga — Morrow

McCarty — Roldan — Acosta

Arriola — Morris — Saief

Russia holds Chile to draw ahead of Confederations Cup

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MOSCOW (AP) Chile was held to a 1-1 draw by Russia in a friendly on Friday ahead of the Confederations Cup.

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Alexis Sanchez came on as a substitute and used his first touch of the ball to send Mauricio Isla behind the Russian defense and put Chile in front in the 56th minute at CSKA Moscow’s VEB Arena.

Russia responded in the 67th when center-back Viktor Vasin scored with a powerful header off Dmitry Kombarov’s corner.

The draw against the South American champions will lift Russian morale following mixed recent form and a series of injuries.

Russia starts its Confederations Cup campaign against New Zealand on June 17, while Chile takes on Cameroon a day later in the warmup tournament for the 2018 World Cup.