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USMNT fall six places to No. 23 in latest FIFA rankings

Due to qualification matches elsewhere in the world and a pair of 1-1 draws in October, the USMNT fell six places to No. 23 in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

Late Red Bulls equalizer deprives Impact top CCL seed with draw

The New York Red Bulls spoiled a perfect group run for the Montreal Impact, equalizing late to draw.

Soccer: Friendly-USA vs Honduras

U.S. Soccer confirms Nov. 14 friendly with Colombia

The U.S. Men’s National Team will take on Colombia in a friendly in London on Nov. 14

USMNT fall six places to No. 23 in latest FIFA rankings

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By DAN KARELL

The U.S. Men’s National Team woke up this morning outside of the top 20 ranked teams in the world.

FIFA released their latest world rankings on Thursday as the USMNT fell six places to No. 23, following a pair of 1-1 draws to Ecuador and Honduras in October. The U.S. now sit one place behind the Czech Republic and one place ahead of the Czech’s neighbors, Slovakia. The last time the U.S. was ranked outside the top 20 in the world was in July 2013.

Much of the reason for the precipitous fall has to do with the fact that other nations are currently playing qualifying matches, either for Euro 2016, the 2015 African Cup of Nations, or the 2015 Gold Cup. In CONCACAF, the U.S. remain behind top ranked Costa Rica, who are ranked 16th in the world, and Mexico, who are 17th. Trinidad and Tobago, who are now the fourth-best ranked team in CONCACAF, jumped 37 places to No. 49 following three wins in October.

There was plenty of movement in the world top ten as well. Germany, Argentina, and Colombia remain the top three ranked teams, in that order, but Belgium jumped over the Netherlands into fourth place, with the Dutch following in fifth. Brazil checks in at sixth place, France moved up two places to seventh, Uruguay fell one spot to eighth, and Portugal moved up to ninth in front of tenth place Spain.

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What do you think of this development? Worried about the USMNT’s fall? Think they can move back up with wins over Colombia and Ireland next month?

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Late Red Bulls equalizer deprives Impact top CCL seed with draw

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The New York Red Bulls weren’t playing for much Wednesday. After all, they had already been eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League. And so, they fielded a young, inexperienced side against Montreal Impact’s veterans.

But the Red Bulls bowed out holding onto some dignity at home as they spoiled the Impact’s hopes for perfection, equalizing late for a 1-1 draw to finish group play.

The Red Bulls’ Connor Lade, who has been on loan with the New York Cosmos since July, scored the equalizer and ruined the party for the Impact, who were looking to secure an all-important top-four seed with a win.

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UCL Rewind: Real Madrid overwhelm Liverpool; Najar goal not enough against Arsenal; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In the club’s toughest Champions League test in five years, Liverpool were issued a swift lesson on just how hard it is to match up with the world’s best.

Karim Benzema scored a pair of first-half goals to lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over Liverpool on Wednesday at Anfield. Benzema’s finishes were preceded by a 23rd minute goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, whose goal was the Portuguese star’s 70th of his Champions League career, leaving Ronaldo just one goal behind Real Madrid legend and recent New York Cosmos signing Raul for the all-time mark.

Arsenal also emerged from Wednesday’s action victorious, albeit in much more stressful fashion, due to a 2-1 victory over Belgium’s Anderlecht due to late goals from Keiran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski. Anderlecht opened the scoring through former D.C. United winger Andy Najar before Arsenal snatched the three points via Gibbs’ and Podolski’s finishes in the 89th and 91st minutes, respectively.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid swarmed Sweden’s Malmo FF, 5-0, and Olympiakos stunned Juventus with a 1-0 victory.

Check out the rest of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League scores below:

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MLS Ticker: Galaxy sign DeLaGarza to multi-year contract; Parkhurst survives injury scare; and more

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By DAN KARELL

On the verge of making a deep playoff run, the LA Galaxy have locked down one of their top defenders to a long-term deal.

The Galaxy announced on Wednesday that they’ve signed A.J. DeLaGarza to a new multi-year contract, the third new contract he’s signed with the club since being drafted in 2009.

“We’re thrilled to sign A.J. to a multi-year contract,” LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “He is one of the most versatile defenders in MLS and has been an important part of our organization’s success both on and off the field over the past six years. We look forward to A.J.’s continued leadership as an LA Galaxy member.”

Since joining the Galaxy, DeLaGarza has made 155 appearances and 150 starts, the most of any defender selected in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. This season, DeLaGarza has dished out two assists in 28 games, with 27 starts.

Here are some more stories from around MLS:

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U.S. Soccer confirms Nov. 14 friendly with Colombia

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It appears that U.S. Soccer has no problem working on the fly.

U.S. Soccer confirmed Wednesday that World Cup quarterfinalist Colombia will take on the U.S. Men’s National Team in a friendly at Craven Cottage on Nov. 14. The U.S. opponent originally considered for the game at the London venue was Croatia, but plans for that proposed match fell through before an official deal could be finalized.

The November friendly will mark the first time the U.S. plays Colombia since 2010. The Americans hosted the South American nation at PPL Park in Philadelphia back in October of that year, with the exhibition ending in a scoreless draw.

“Colombia showed in the World Cup that they are one of the top teams in the world,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “They have some tremendous attacking talent like Radamel Falcao at Manchester United, James Rodriguez who won the Golden Boot at the World Cup and now plays at Real Madrid, Arian Ramos from Dortmund who was one of the top scorers in the Bundesliga, and Carlos Bacca who won the Europa League with Sevilla. Continue reading »

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U.S. U-18 coach Perez names 36-player roster for week-long training camp

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team is set to convene for a camp this week with a roster full of new faces.

Head coach Javier Perez has called in a 36-player roster ahead of the camp, which is set to take place from Oct. 23-31 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California. Every player selected by Perez is born in 1997, signaling a focus on the upcoming qualification for the 2017 U-20 World Cup.

Among the players selected, all but one player is registered with Development Academy clubs, while every player currently has ties to an academy club. Headlining the roster are five players with ties to the LA Galaxy, as well as four players affiliated with each of Real Salt Lake AZ and Chicago Magic PSG.

The nine-day camp will see the players participate in an intra-squad contest on Oct. 26 and a potential match against a local club team that is yet to be announced.

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