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The U.S. Might Be In Danger Of Missing Out On The 2018 World Cup After Draw With Honduras

The World Cup Qualifiers in South America (CONMEBOL) and North America & the Caribbean (CONCACAF) were lit. Let us show you how!


We’re less than a year away from the first kickoff in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and a number of teams, besides the hosts, have already qualified for the tournament. Joining the Russians are Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Mexico and Brazil. In Europe, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, and France are practically a victory away from direct qualification. Obviously, that leaves out a number of powerful teams — ahem, Lionel Messi’s Argentina — from the list that were expected to moonwalk into qualification.

The United States is suffering just like Mexico did in 2013.

Veteran coach Bruce Arena was called in as a firefighter to rescue Team USA’s chances of qualifying after his predecessor, Jurgen Klinsmann, lost two games in the first round of qualifying games last year. One of them was a historic loss to Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, usually known as the U.S. national team’s fortress. Unfortunately, Arena’s qualifying run hit a huge snag this past week.

First, Team USA lost to Costa Rica in New Jersey in a historic win for the Ticos thanks to two goals from San Jose Earthquakes attacker Marco Ureña.


In the second round, the US found themselves trailing by a goal for an hour in a match against Honduras, played in San Pedro Sula, until…

… Bobby Wood tied it up with just minutes to spare.

It would’ve have been a huge deal except for the fact that Panama put three past Trinidad & Tobago on the same night, which shot Panama up to third place, placed the US in the fourth place playoff spot and La H trailing in fifth place on goal differential.

The qualification spots create an intense scenario for the final two qualifying rounds in October, when the USA hosts Panama and Honduras faces a second-place Costa Rican team looking to cement its place in the World Cup with a victory. Panama will need at least a draw vs. the USA before facing Costa Rica at home in their final match to keep their hopes alive as the USMNT will be expected to run rampant over a Trinidadian squad with nothing to play for.

Peru: the little CONMEBOL team that might!

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Peru defeated its neighbor Bolivia at home in Lima and later flew to Quito, where they defeated their hosts, Ecuador, as well! It was the first time Peru captured three points in Ecuador during qualification and the first time they entered the direct qualification zone in 20 years!

Let Peruvian commentator Daniel Peredo show you the emotion behind these important victories!

Speaking of Ecuador… once the leader of CONMEBOL for months, they are now at risk of missing out on Russia 2018 as they languish in eighth place!

What happened to Argentina and Chile?


 


Argentina are currently sitting in the 5th place playoff spot while Chile is a point behind them in sixth and are in danger of missing out on Russia 2018 after La Roja lost to Paraguay and Bolivia, two teams with no hope at all of reaching the World Cup!

 El Tri Qualified With Three Games To Spare

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Mexico sealed its entry into the World Cup with a 1 – 0 win over Panama last week. Costa Rica snatched a draw at home versus Mexico in the final minutes, putting Los Ticos one more victory away from direct qualification.

However…


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Google Just Launched A Super Extensive Archive On Latino Culture

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Google Just Launched A Super Extensive Archive On Latino Culture

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Google has recently made a concerted effort to shine a spotlight on Latino culture. Last year, for National Hispanic Heritage Month, Google featured several historic Latino figures, including Lucha Libre icon El Santo (as a Google Doodle) and Peruvian singer Yma Sumac, as Google Doodles. The year before that, they highlighted the late Gustavo Cerati, frontman of legendary Argentine rock band Soda Stereo.

This year, Google is going all out for National Hispanic Heritage Month with a huge Arts & Culture digital catalog.

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Even though Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on September 15, Google is rolling it out now because there’s no time like the present.

According to Forbes, Google partnered up with 50 organizations nationwide to put together “the largest digital collection of U.S. Latino art, culture and history ever curated online.”

Sounds like a big project, right?

Jesús García, Head of Hispanic Communications at Google and YouTube, told Forbes about this massive undertaking: “The Google Arts & Culture: Latino Cultures in the U.S. collection is a labor of love for many Googlers and partner institutions. It was a project that was more than a year in the making and took a small army to help digitize the 2,500 new artworks and curate 69 new exhibits.”

So who’s featured on the site? Every Latino celebrity and historical figure you can think of.

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Aside from stars of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and Selena Quintanilla, the site also features big accomplishments from historical figures including Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina to go into space, to the late Tina Ramirez, a professional portrait ballet dancer.

The archive also features lots of Latino food porn.

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One of the coolest features about this section is that there are so many personal stories of how our food, and its preparation, is incorporated with quality family time.

The site features an impressive 4,300 archives on our history, and…

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Tons and tons of artwork!

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Looks like you’ll be able to spend hours upon hours on the site.

H/T Google Launches Massive Digital History, Culture And Arts Project For Hispanic Heritage Month

READ: Here’s The Impressive Way Google Is Providing Internet To Peru

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