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Columbus to host U.S. World Cup qualifier against Guatemala

ESPN FC's Brian McBride agrees with Jurgen Klinsmann that a draw away to Trinidad & Tobago was a fair result.

The United States will play its March 29 World Cup qualifier against Guatemala at Columbus, Ohio.

The U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Monday the match was set for Columbus Crew SC's MAPFRE Stadium.

The Americans are 7-0-3 at the venue, including 6-0-2 in qualifiers.

The U.S. has played four straight home qualifiers...

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Copa America Centenario confirms 10 U.S. cities for event

The ESPN FC panel discuss reports confirming the Copa America Centenario will go ahead in the United States in 2016.

New York, Orlando, Seattle and San Francisco are among the 10 cities that will host the Copa America Centenario next year in the United States, the event organising committee announced on Thursday.

Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Phoenix are the remaining cities for the tournament, a joint effort between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL set for June 3-26 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Copa America.

Event organisers chose the 10 cities from 24 candidates but did not reveal...

USMNT Russia Board 7.0: New names, positions as 2015 comes to close

Gyasi Zardes, Jozy Altidore and Bobby Wood all figure to play a prominent role in the U.S. attack in 2018.
Gyasi Zardes, Jozy Altidore and Bobby Wood all figure to play a prominent role in the U.S. attack in 2018.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - With 2015 now officially in the books for the U.S. national team following Tuesday's scoreless World Cup qualifying match here against Trinidad and Tobago, this is the opportune time to trot out the year's final Russia Board, our evolving projection of the USMNT starting lineup and roster for the 2018 World Cup.

We've learned quite a bit about the American squad over these turbulent past 11 months, even if there's still far more questions than answers with the 2018 tournament still well over two years away.

We will be wrong. In some cases, maybe very wrong. The truth is, if more than two-thirds of those listed below do end up on the final roster, assuming the U.S. qualifies, of course, it will be a celebrated as a triumph. But based on what we know right now, this is our best educated guess at what the last 23 will look like.

There are a several notable changes since July (our previous Russia Board), most notably the absence of Clint Dempsey, whose future with the program is uncertain after he wasn't included in Jurgen Klinsmann's most recent roster. U.S. U-20 standouts Cameron Carter-Vickers and Emerson Hyndman (and others) are out, too; both blue-chippers have bright futures but neither is playing first-team games with his club at the moment, and the feeling these days is that the next World Cup will come a little too soon for both.

Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga are in; the pair made their senior-team debuts over the past week. Also included are 28-year-old defender Tim Ream and young striker Bobby Wood, both of whom make their Russia Board debuts, and as starters no less.

The 25-year-old Nagbe was particularly impressive, coming off the bench against the Soca Warriors and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He looked sharp in both matches, the first qualifiers of the 2018 cycle.

"It was huge coming in here and getting accustomed to how things run," Nagbe told ESPN after Tuesday's tilt.

Only time will tell how much of a role the soft-footed Portland Timbers midfielder will play going forward, but then that's true for just about everybody at this point. Uncertainty reigns right now for the Yanks; eagle-eyed readers will notice that we're giving just three players on this list a better-than-even chance to be in the starting lineup when the next World Cup kicks off.

Given that this was a year of transition for the U.S. squad, that's normal. Now 2015 is over. But the fun of trying to figure out who'll represent the United States during the next edition of the planet's biggest event still has a long way to go.

Here's our latest projection of the U.S. starting lineup and roster for the 2018 World Cup, including scouting notes, analysis and a confidence ranking for each starter. (Ages and experience as of Nov. 18.)

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