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CONCACAF 2018 World Cup showing 'par for the course' - Victor Montagliani

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez assess Mexico's World Cup after a last 16 exit and discuss why Liga MX could be a hindrance on El Tri's future.

MOSCOW -- The head of North American soccer says the region's teams need until 2026 at a home World Cup to reach their full potential.

Mexico's traditional round-of-16 loss this week left the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football [CONCACAF] without the quarterfinals place it got four years ago from Costa Rica.

"All in all, I think it's par for the course," CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said Tuesday of the region's performance in Russia.

With just three teams at...

 By Reuters

Panama don't deserve to be called World Cup's 'worst team' - coach

SARANSK, Russia -- Proud Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez reacted angrily to a suggestion his World Cup debutants were the "worst team" in Russia, insisting the 55th-ranked Central Americans had competed valiantly despite big disadvantages.

Panama fly home licking their wounds as one of only two nations to lose all three games, and also leave as the team with the most goals conceded and joint-fewest scored.

Speaking after his side's 2-1 loss to Tunisia on Thursday, Gomez rebuked a journalist...

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World Cup LIVE: England, Belgium eye top spot; Colombia, Japan through; Senegal out on fair play

England and Belgium face off in Group G for top spot, with the other two teams already out. Earlier, Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 and finish top of Group H, sending the African side crashing out. Japan lost 1-0 to already-eliminated Poland, but went through by having a better disciplinary record.

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Ex-U.S. coach Bruce Arena: Panama's penalties never called in CONCACAF qualifying

Former U.S. head coach Bruce Arena explains why he believes the United States missed the World Cup and the changes he'd like to see in U.S. Soccer.

Former United States coach Bruce Arena believes the two penalties that England earned in their 6-1 World Cup rout of Panama on Sunday would not have been given in CONCACAF qualifying.

Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha awarded England a pair of penalties when Fidel Escobar and Roman Torres knocked over Jesse Lingard, and when Anibal Godoy wrestled Harry Kane to the ground. That led to two successful spot kicks by Kane as England built a 5-0 lead.

But Arena, who took over midway through the U.S.'s World...