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Around The Forest: The United States fails to qualify for the World Cup

Jack Harrison making his mark, Aaron Jones in a case of mistaken identity, Atlanta United promote Bocanegra and more!

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Major League Soccer:

Not the right Aaron Jones: Union rookie mixed up with NFL player on Twitter |
Philadelphia Union rookie Aaron Jones had a breakout performance Sunday, rushing for 125 yards and a touchdown to help the Green Bay Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 35-31. Wait, that doesn’t sound right.

Harrison helps England U-21s to UEFA qualifying victory over Andorra |
New York City FC winger Jack Harrison made his first start and went 70 minutes to help the England U-21 national team stay undefeated in its qualifying bid for the UEFA Under 21 Championships with a 1-0 away win at Andorra on Tuesday.

Jozy Altidore, Sloane Stephens make it work as sports power couple
ozy Altidore’s most nerve-wracking moments this year haven’t been as part of the United States’ roller-coaster ride through World Cup qualifying, one that looks set to come to a successful conclusion on Tuesday night.

Chicago Fire fans throw 20th anniversary party for team
Twenty years ago, then-Chicago Fire general manager Peter Wilt wasn't looking very far into the future. He just hoped the fledgling club had a future. "No, at that point you're thinking, what's going to happen tomorrow?" Wilt said Sunday night. "Honestly, that day we were panicking about ticket sales."

Former Dynamo players see promise in current team - Houston Chronicle
Corey Ashe saw a lot during his decade as a professional soccer player. This season, however, the former Dynamo left back sees something he did not see from afar as he finished his career in Orlando and Columbus. The Dynamo finally have an identity again.

Atlanta United promotes Bocanegra
Atlanta United Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra received a contract extension and promotion, according to a statement from the team on Monday. Bocanegra’s new contract runs until March 2022. His new title will be technical director and vice president.

United States:

Warshaw: The World Cup is gone; now American soccer needs us more than ever |
I have no words. It’s 9:56 pm EST. The USMNT has just lost. They are eliminated from the World Cup. My dad emailed me, “This sucks.” He’s right. I’m not sure there’s anything to say other than that. If you close this article right now, I will not blame you.

Things we learned from 2018 World Cup qualifying - Stars and Stripes FC
The US had a 3% probability of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup according to ESPN’s SPI. However, Honduras defeated Mexico. Panama defeated Costa Rica. And finally, the US let in two goals to a young and scrappy Trinidadian team who wanted the win more.

USA's Omar Gonzalez apologizes to fans: We let down an entire nation today |
US national team center back Omar Gonzalez was inconsolable after his 17th-minute own goal helped Trinidad and Tobago shock the USA in a 2-1 loss that eliminated the Americans from World Cup contention. "One of the most unlucky goals ever," he said postgame. "I think for myself, it's one that will haunt me forever.

What they're saying about the US failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup |
You can imagine the reaction around the American soccer landscape after the US failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup following a stunning 2-1 defeat at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night. And if you can't, well, here's a look.


Portugal win to earn World Cup berth over Switzerland; France also qualify - ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal confirmed their spot at the 2018 World Cup by beating Switzerland 2-0 in their final UEFA qualifier on Tuesday. Anything less than a victory would have seen Portugal forced to go through a two-legged playoff next month, but instead they top Group B on goal difference above the Swiss, who will drop into the playoffs, despite winning all nine of their previous qualifiers.

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners hold 'positive' Mesut Ozil contract talks as he targets Premier League stay |
Mesut Ozil's agent Erkut Sogut has revealed that contract talks with Arsenal are heading in a "positive direction". The Germany international's current deal at Emirates Stadium expires next summer, with Goal revealing that Manchester United and Barcelona are both interested in signing the playmaker.

Philippe Coutinho transfer news: 'We are ready to buy Coutinho' - Barcelona chief promises January move for Liverpool star |
Barcelona are ready to make another move for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, club CEO Oscar Grau has confirmed, though his arrival will come at a cost. The Camp Nou side were desperate to land the 25-year-old Brazil international in the summer window, with Coutinho himself attempting to force a deal through by telling the Reds he wanted to leave.