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Hex projections; what U.S.-Mexico means

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Confederations Cup draw: Portugal drawn with Mexico and Russia

Joachim Low says despite their Confederations Cup draw, there are no easy fixtures in football.

The draw for the 2017 Confederations Cup has seen Euro 2016 champions Portugal put into a group with Mexico, New Zealand and 2018 World Cup hosts Russia.

Meanwhile, World Cup winners Germany take on the Copa America champions Chile, Australia and the team that wins the African Nations Cup.





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TBD (African Nations Cup winners)

The draw (which features winners of all six Confederations' titles) took place in Kazan, Russia...

 By Tom Marshall

Klinsmann firing highlights importance of Mexico-U.S. match - Osorio

Jurgen Klinsmann posted a heartfelt thank you to the U.S. National Team following the appointment of Bruce Arena as coach.
Taylor Twellman says Bruce Arena taking over the U.S. head coaching job is 'all about qualifying for the World Cup'.
Gab Marcotti joins OTL to discuss how too much power led to Jurgen Klinsmann's ultimate demise.
Taylor Twellman and Kasey Keller join the FC crew to sound off on the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann by U.S. Soccer.
Raphael Honigstein discusses Jurgen Klinsmann's rift with U.S. Soccer, and where he could potentially end up next.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio says Jurgen Klinsmann's firing on Monday has highlighted the importance of El Tri's 2-1 victory over the United States on Nov. 11.

It was Mexico's first stateside win in World Cup Qualifying since 1972 and ended a series of four consecutive 2-0 losses against the United States in Columbus, Ohio.

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"The only thing I think [about Klinsmann's firing] is that their play or ours was so important as to generate an initial message about what their qualifying could be...

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Liga MX officially opts out of 2017 Copa Libertadores

The FC crew answer your tweets on Jose Mourinho, MLS vs. Liga MX, and Sebastian Giovinco's chances of playing for Italy.

The Mexico Football Federation (FMF) announced on Friday that Liga MX clubs will not participate in Copa Libertadores 2017.

Liga MX sides have participated in the South American tournament for the past 19 editions by invitation, but planned new nearly all-year formats expanding the Copa Libertadores from 27 to 42 weeks mean Mexico can no longer take part, officials told ESPN.

CONMEBOL and FMF tried to reach a late scheduling solution, but could not agree on shifts to either calendar. 


 By Tom Marshall

Marquez hails Mexico's 'four important points' in World Cup qualifiers

PANAMA CITY -- Four points from a possible six represents an excellent return for Mexico in the early stages of the hexagonal phase of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, according to El Tri captain Rafa Marquez.

"It's a positive balance," Marquez said after Mexico's 0-0 draw against Panama on Wednesday. "They are four important points on a difficult pitch against an uncomfortable opponent."

Panama had the better of the chances against Mexico in Estadio Rommel Fernandez in a game punctuated regularly...