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Major Link Soccer: USMNT Face Crucial World Cup Qualifier versus Honduras

With their World Cup Qualifying fate still in the balance, the USMNT face a crucial test in Honduras today.

Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Seattle:

If you’re planning on attending the Sounders match versus FC Dallas on October 15, you might want to also check out the pre-match pub crawl featuring 5 local breweries.

MLS:

Another year, another expansion team comparison to the 2009 Sounders team, Awith Dirty South Soccer arguing that the 2017 Atlanta United team is the best expansion team in league history. This writer’s editorial response can be found here.

While some of the MLS expansion focus has moved away from the gateway to the west, the money for a St. Louis expansion side remains very much on the table.

United States:

The U.S. Men’s National team face a crucial step in their road to the Russia 2018 versus Honduras today. Take a look at where their qualifying fate will become clearer via this photo essay of Honduras' Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano. Given the significance of the match, debate on who should start is understandable, and Stars and Stripes FC highlights Clint Dempsey as a playmaker up to the task for such a crucial match.

A road victory for the USMNT would keep them in third place while pressuring Honduras to produce away from home, but their match versus Panama remains a must-win.

With the tension of each result ratcheting up, every facet of the USMNT’s games comes under scrutiny, including how the federation should approach scheduling home qualifying matches and wunderkind Christian Pulisic’s treatment from CONCACAF officials.

Kenn.com’s Blog took attendance for all NASL/USL teams (with S2 ranking 5th from bottom).

The World:

England is on the brink of qualifying for the World Cup after Marcus Rashford’s heroics versus Slovakia. The result obviously rules everything, but the signs of character this team is exhibiting are also encouraging for England fans. The one negative mark against this sign of maturity comes from Dele Alli’s middle finger, which could put the star in hot water with FIFA.

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