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USMNT draw Honduras in World Cup qualifying, NASL loses Division 2 status, and more: Freedom Kicks for 9/6/2017

A wild day in San Pedro Sula for the Americans.

Happy Wednesday folks...have you calmed down from yesterday’s World Cup qualifying matches? I certainly haven’t, but let’s jump into the news anyway:

USA 1-1 Honduras, recap: The U.S. does just enough to take a point | Stars & Stripes FC
The United States escape from San Pedro Sula with a point after a 1-1 draw in Honduras. Panama destroyed Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 and Costa Rica drew Mexico 1-1, which means the USMNT currently sit 4th in the Hex with 2 matches to go. Oh boy.

U.S. Soccer denies NASL Division 2 status for 2018 | ESPNFC
Is this the final nail in the coffin for the NASL? No Division 2 status means its teams are free to leave the league without an exit fee. And, by the sounds of it, almost all the teams are starting to look elsewhere.

Hackworth calls 25 to Bradenton as FIFA U-17 World Cup approaches | U.S. Soccer
D.C. United homegrown player Chris Durkin and academy goalkeeper Quantrell Jones both make the U-17 roster for a training camp ahead of the U-17 World Cup.

South Korea, Saudi Arabia qualify for World Cup; Syria earn Australia playoff | ESPNFC
In a wild finish to the third round of AFC World Cup qualifying, South Korea and Saudi Arabia clinched a spot in the 2018 World Cup today. Australia will have to settle for the AFC playoff against Syria, whose stoppage time goal against Iran bumped them into the playoff spot and crushed Uzbekistan’s hopes of making it to Russia 2018.

There and back again: An immigrant’s dream of being a soccer player | SB Nation
A great story by SB Nation’s Zito Madu about how he achieved his dream of becoming a soccer player and the lengths he had to go from Nigeria to the United States to achieve that dream for him and his family.

That’s all I got today. What news do you have to share?