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Subtle changes allow United States to close 2011 with win over Slovenia.

France capitalizes on defensive error to send U.S. down to defeat.

U.S. men play Ecuador well, but are undone by late defensive failure.

Klinsmann gets first victory at U.S. helm, helped by Dempsey strike.

U.S. creates little attack, falls meekly to Belgium 1-0.

As Klinsmann evaluates talent, U.S. suffers disjointed loss to Costa Rica.

Trio of reserves spark U.S. comeback to draw with Mexico.

Ahead by two goals, U.S. defense collapses and Mexico cruises to capture Gold Cup.

Dempsey goal sends U.S. past Panama and into Gold Cup final.

Americans dominate Jamaica and earn Gold Cup rematch with Panama in semifinals.

U.S. advances to Gold Cup quarters, but win over Guadaloupe lacks finish.

Americans can't come back from slow start, fall to Panama in Gold Cup.

U.S. opens Gold Cup with convincing 2-0 win over Canada.

Spain sends U.S. off to Gold Cup with bad beating.

Next up for the U.S. will be a contest June 4 with Spain in Foxborough, Mass.

U.S. earns respectable 1-1 draw with Argentina though effort lacked.

U.S. displays little in unexciting 0-0 draw with Colombia before small crowd.

After twice relinquishing leads, U.S. settles for 2-2 draw with Poland.

Facing one deficit too many, U.S. exits World Cup 2-1 to Ghana.

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U.S. men

CONCACAF semifinal qualifying beigins for Americans in June.

By Robert Wagman
SoccerTimes

(Monday, November 21, 2011) -- CONCACAF, the region for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, last week released the schedule for its third round of qualifying for World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

To be competed between June and October, there are three groups and the top two teams in each group will advance to the final round. From that six-team group, the top three finishers will earn spots in Brazil and the fourth team will have to play a two-match series against the fifth-place finisher from South America.

With the U.S. in Group A are Jamaica, Guatemala and the small Caribbean island nation of Antigua & Barbuda.

The most interesting dates on the schedule for the U.S. are a two match series against Jamaica over a four-day period in September. The U.S. goes to Kingston on September 7, then hosts the Reggae Boyz on September 11.

Sites for the U.S. home matches have yet to be determined.

The most competitive group seems to be Group B with Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guyana.


CONCACAF 2012 Third-round Qualifying Schedule
(home team listed first)

Matchday 1 - Friday, June 8

Group A
United States vs. Antigua & Barbuda
Jamaica vs. Guatemala

Group B
Mexico vs. Guyana
Costa Rica vs. El Salvador

Group C
Honduras vs. Panama
Cuba vs. Canada


Matchday 2 - Tuesday, June 12

Group A
Guatemala vs. United States
Antigua & Barbuda vs. Jamaica

Group B
El Salvador vs. Mexico
Guyana vs. Costa Rica

Group C
Canada vs. Honduras
Panama vs. Cuba


Matchday 3 - Friday, September 7

Group A
Jamaica vs. United States
Guatemala vs. Antigua & Barbuda

Group B
Costa Rica vs. Mexico
El Salvador vs. Guyana

Group C
Cuba vs. Honduras
Canada vs. Panama


Matchday 4 - Tuesday, September 11

Group A
United States vs. Jamaica
Antigua and Barbuda vs. Guatemala

Group B
Mexico vs. Costa Rica
Guyana vs. El Salvador

Group C
Honduras vs. Cuba
Panama vs. Canada


Matchday 5 - Friday, October 12

Group A
Guatemala vs. Jamaica
Antigua & Barbuda vs. United States

Group B
El Salvador vs. Costa Rica
Guyana vs. Mexico

Group C
Canada vs. Cuba
Panama vs. Honduras


Matchday 6 - Tuesday, October 16

Group A
United States vs. Guatemala
Jamaica vs. Antigua & Barbuda

Group B
Mexico vs. El Salvador
Costa Rica vs. Guyana

Group C
Honduras vs. Canada
Cuba vs. Panama


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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