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 By Tom Marshall

Mexico's steady improvement continues on the road to Russia 2018

FC's Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar highlight Mexico's new swagger and stability after its win over Costa Rica.
FC's Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar highlight Mexico's new swagger and stability after its win over Costa Rica.

MEXICO CITY -- No team ever wants to be inflicted with a 7-0 loss, but such a shattering defeat forces a collective to stare into the mirror and search within for answers.

That was the situation in which Mexico found itself last summer after the historic low against Chile in the quarterfinal of the Copa America Centenario. Javier Hernandez said the defeat "hurt Mexico's soul," while El Tri coach Juan Carlos Osorio went to South America to seek advice from figures like Marcelo Bielsa, as well as...

Dempsey, Pulisic and Altidore impress; U.S. boosts World Cup qualifying hopes

In dire need of a win, the United States scored goal after goal in a World Cup qualifying rout of Honduras in California.
Herculez Gomez attributes Clint Dempsey's fighting spirit as the reason for his success for both club and country.
Taylor Twellman feels Pulisic is better than Donovan was at 18 years old in the United States' 6-0 win over Honduras.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A day before the United States systematically annihilated Honduras 6-0 in Friday's high-stakes World Cup qualifying match, coach Bruce Arena was asked to describe the mood of his squad.

"The mood is we'd like to be playing right now," he responded.

It showed. The hosts were relentless from the opening whistle, taking an early lead on Sebastian Lletget's first international goal and going on to triple their advantage to make the outcome a formality with almost an hour still left...

U.S. can breathe easy after impressive World Cup qualifying win vs. Honduras

Taylor Twellman feels Pulisic is better than Donovan was at 18 years old in the United States' 6-0 win over Honduras.
In dire need of a win, the United States scored goal after goal in a World Cup qualifying rout of Honduras in California.
Clint Dempsey marked his return to the USMNT after a heart issue with a hat trick, sealed by a stunning free kick.
Julie Stewart-Binks and Kasey Keller recap the United States' dominant victory over Honduras in World Cup Qualifying.
Clint Dempsey tells Julie Stewart-Binks that his hat trick in his national team return will help him build confidence.
Julie Stewart-Binks catches up with captain Michael Bradley after the U.S. stormed past Honduras in World Cup Qualifying.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The U.S. men's national team got its World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 6-0 shellacking of Honduras on Friday night. Clint Dempsey led the way with a hat trick, while the U.S. also received goals from Sebastian Lletget, Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic.

Here are three thoughts on a massive performance from the U.S.:

1. U.S. gets some relief after big win

This was a night when just about everything went right for Bruce Arena's side. The U.S. scored...

 By Tom Marshall

'Chicharito' makes history as Mexico goes top of Hex with Costa Rica victory

'Chicharito' Hernandez equaled Jared Borgetti's goal record, but where does he stack up among the Mexico greats?
FC's Herculez Gomez and Sebastian Salazar highlight Mexico's new swagger and stability after its win over Costa Rica.

MEXICO CITY -- Three thoughts from an historic night for Mexican football, as Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez levels Jared Borgetti's Mexico scoring record in El Tri's 2-0 victory over Costa Rica. The win moves Mexico into first place in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

1. Hernandez's historic night

Hernandez hadn't scored a goal for the Mexico national team in nine months, but Friday was was the perfect opportunity. Borgetti struck 46 times for El Tri in 89 appearances,...

Lukas Podolski steals the show as Germany defeat promising England

Lukas Podolski went out in style in his final match for the national team, hitting a rocket of a goal to sink England 1-0.
After signing off from international football with a stunning winner against England, Lukas Podolski reveals a special gift.
With his international career coming to a close, the FC crew shower Lukas Podolski with praise for his stellar career.
Lukas Podolski leaves the pitch in his final game for Germany, having scored 49 goals in 130 appearances.

DORTMUND, Germany -- Three quick thoughts from Germany's 1-0 win over England in an international friendly.

1. Podolski claims spotlight against positive England

It probably did not need Lukas Podolski's stunning goal on his final performance for Germany to remind England of the old adage that form is temporary and class is permanent, but a promising display by Gareth Southgate's players was put into proper context by the 31-year-old's spectacular, match-winning strike.

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Liverpool must conquer late-game fatigue to claim top-four finish

Steve Nicol wraps up all of Sunday's Premier League action, with United and Spurs getting much-needed wins and Liverpool and City battling to a breathless 1-1 draw.
Steve Nicol wraps up all of Sunday's Premier League action, with United and Spurs getting much-needed wins and Liverpool and City battling to a breathless 1-1 draw.
Manchester City and Liverpool ran rampant on each other for 90 minutes as penalty decisions and missed chances meant a 1-1 draw.
Manchester City and Liverpool ran rampant on each other for 90 minutes as penalty decisions and missed chances meant a 1-1 draw.
Jurgen Klopp is highly satisfied with Liverpool's showing against Man City, and the expected nature of high-profile games.
Pep Guardiola covers lots of ground, touching on their showing against Liverpool, his hopes for the future, and John Stones.

MANCHESTER, England -- Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool players were breathing hard as the final whistle blew in their 1-1 draw at Manchester City. With the point they gained at the Etihad Stadium, Klopp's team move four clear of fifth-placed Manchester United in the race for Champions League qualification.

(For the record, Pep Guardiola's home side were similarly drained, but given that they arrived back in Manchester on Thursday from a draining Champions League defeat against Monaco the previous evening,...