LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 11: Eric Dier of England applauds the crowd after the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying match between England and Scotland at Wembley Stadium on November 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

World Cup Qualifying: Rounding up the situation in every confederation

International breaks come hard and fast at the start of the league Calendar. There has been one every month as the World Cup Qualifying landscape has begun to take shape. Now that November is halfway done, and qualifying is now taking a break until March, it’s worth looking at some of the major storylines from […]

PASADENA, CA – OCTOBER 10: Brad Guzan #1 of the United States reacts after allowing Mexico to score the game winning goal during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Qualifier at Rose Bowl on October 10, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

USMNT gets embarrassed in 4-0 loss to Costa Rica

It was never supposed to be easy when the United States traveled to Costa Rica, but it wasn’t supposed to go like this either. The US travelled to San Jose, Costa Rica having never won a World Cup qualifier there, posting an 0-8-1 record in nine previous attempts. Nevertheless optimism was high that on the […]

BERLIN, GERMANY – MARCH 26: Eric Dier (2nd L) of England celebrates scoring his team’s third goal with his team mates Jordan Henderson (1st L), Ross Barkley (2nd R) and Chris Smalling (1st R) during the International Friendly match between Germany and England at Olympiastadion on March 26, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Is this the start of a new era for England?

Today, England will take on Spain in World Cup Qualifying. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is expected to take the armband off of Wayne Rooney, who will be out due to injury. This move was anticipated, however, England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed that Rooney would have started from the bench even if he was fit. With […]

COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 11: Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States dribbles the ball against Diego Reyes #5 and Carlos Salcedo #3 of Mexico in the first half during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at MAPFRE Stadium on November 11, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

USA vs. Mexico isn’t as one sided as it used to be

For the last 20 years, the CONCACAF region has been owned by the Untied States and Mexico. When discussing the best teams in the region, those two are in a class of their own. Even though the two teams haven’t met in a Gold Cup final since 2011, it still comes as a surprise when one […]

Watch: Rafael Marquez scores late winner for Mexico

At the very end of the game in Columbus, Ohio the Mexican National Team secured three points against the USMNT. The USMNT had a good second half but it wasn’t enough as Mexico grabbed a late winner following a corner in the 89th minute. Rafael Marquez ran to the near post and flicked the ball […]

Watch: Bobby Wood levels the score for the USMNT against Mexico

Bobby Wood continued his fine form at the start of the second half when he brought the USMNT back level with Mexico. The Hamburg striker equalized just minutes after the restart and seems to have cemented his place as the USMNT’s number one striker. Wood took advantage of some sloppy defending when he split the […]

Watch: Miguel Layun gives Mexico a 1-0 lead over the USMNT

The Start to the Hex hasn’t gone as well as the USMNT might have hoped and a Mexico goal in the 20th minute meant the American fans would have to wait until next time to see their favorite scoreline. Miguel Layun of Mexico took the ball off Michael Bradley about 3o yards from goal before […]

JACKSONVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 06: Sacha Kljestan #16 of the United States (R) is congratulated by Christian Pulisic #10 and Fabian Johnson #23 following a goal during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Trinidad &Tobago at EverBank Field on September 6, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Three keys for the US in crucial World Cup qualifier against Mexico

The first game of the Hex is coming on Friday, and the United States will face Mexico at Columbus’s MAPFRE Stadium, the traditional hosting site for these crucial rivalry games. Perhaps this match can serve as a respite from the hateful and divisive talk that has emanated from this year’s, um, interesting presidential election. Hopefully, […]

COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 10: Fernando Arce #5 of the Mexico Men’s National Team and Jermaine Jones #13 of the United States Men’s National Team battle for control of the ball in the second half at Columbus Crew Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. The United States defeated Mexico 2-0. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

CONCACAF ruined this years Hex schedule

On Friday, the eyes of all USMNT and El Tri fans will be on Columbus, Ohio as the US gets set to open up the final hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, or as it’s better known, the Hex. The World Cup qualifier against Mexico is considered the biggest “home” USMNT match that gets […]

COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 10: Omar Gonzalez #3 of the United States Men’s National Team celebrates a victory over Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Let’s forget about ‘Dos a Cero’

Dos a Cero. The Spanish phrase that means “two to zero.” I’m assuming that if you clicked on this post, and are therefore a visitor of 32 Flags, the phrase has meaning to you. It’s the magical phrase signifying the scoreline for the last four US home World Cup qualifying matches against Mexico as well […]

COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 10: Fans cheer for the U.S. Men’s National Team during a game against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Looking back at past USA-Mexico World Cup Qualifiers in Columbus

Columbus has a special place among U.S. Soccer. Since 2001, every home World Cup Qualifier against Mexico has been played at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. On Friday, the USMNT and Mexico will kick off the Hex and face off for the fifth consecutive time in Columbus. The previous four times, the United States won by […]

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA – OCTOBER 11: Jan Oblak of Slovenia dives for the ball under pressure from Daniel Sturridge of England during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Group F match between Slovenia and England at Stadion Stozice on October 11, 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

European World Cup Qualifiers: England struggle, Germany cruise and Pogba scores

The International break is over, and players are headed back to their clubs, but over the past week many of Europe’s top players spent time trying to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. With countries divided into nine groups of six teams, each group winner will automatically qualify, while the 8 best runners […]

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – OCTOBER 07: Quincy Promes #11 of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Netherlands and Belarus held at De Kuip on October 7, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

WATCH: Netherlands score on a triple nutmeg against Belarus

I can confidently say that I have never seen anything like this until today. In their World Cup Qualifying match, Dutch striker Vincent Janssen simply flat out embarrassed Belarus with not one, not two but three nutmegs as the ball went into the back of the net to give the Netherlands a 1-0 lead. The Netherlands […]

JACKSONVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 06: Jozy Altidore #17 of the United States in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago at EverBank Field on September 6, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

United States pounds Trinidad and Tobago, advances to final round of qualifying

The United States came in to Tuesday night’s game with Trinidad and Tobago needing a win to claim first place in Group C on its way to CONCACAF’s final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, better known as “the Hex.” It was mission accomplished at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. The United States broke […]

KANSAS CITY, KS – MAY 28: Christian Pulisic #17 of USA attempts to chip a pass past Guillermo Viscarra #23 of Bolivia late in the second half of an international friendly match between Bolivia and the United States on May 28, 2016 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

U.S. men look to lock up spot in Hex against Trinidad & Tobago tonight

Barring something ridiculous, the United States in through to the next round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Whether or not it advances as a group winner or as runners-up depends on how it fares tonight in Jacksonville against Trinidad & Tobago (8 p.m. ET, FS1). Looking at the table, it would take a […]