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Fuel Soccer Talk: U.S. vs. Canada heading to Orlando; 49 shots and no goals?; US Youth Soccer news in the Great Lakes

Orlando to host U.S. vs. Canada in Concacaf Nations League match

U.S. Soccer has selected Orlando to host the U.S. Men’s National Team’s critical Concacaf Nations League home match on Nov. 15 against Canada. Kickoff at Exploria Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, UniMas and TUDN. With the participants for the final round of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be determined based on FIFA rankings at the conclusion of this tournament, Nations League’s matches have added significance for their impact on the rankings.

“Winning at home is critical in these tournaments, so finding a home-field advantage is important,” U.S. MNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “When you talk about great environments, the atmosphere in this stadium is one of the best in the country. Like we’ve seen in previous visits, the fans in Orlando are there when you need them and we look forward to their support.”

The USA is joined by Canada and Cuba in Group A of the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League A. Only the winner of the group will advance to the knockout stage, and Canada opened play with consecutive victories against Cuba by an aggregate score of 7-0.

READ: Five Things to Know About the Concacaf Nations League

Timbers, Loons break MLS record by combining for 49 shots without a goal

There were no goals between the Portland Timbers and Minnesota United on Sunday, but it wasn’t for a lack of chances.

The Timbers and Loons combined for a whopping 49 shots in the match, with none of them finding the net. That’s the most shots ever taken in a MLS match with neither team finding the back of the net. That total is tied for the third most in MLS history.

Many of the shots weren’t very substantive, with the Timbers putting 11 of their 29 on target and the Loons putting just four of their 20 on frame. Still, two clubs combining for a shot barrage that almost hit the half-century mark and not seeing any find the net is a remarkable stat.

For the Timbers, it was a particularly maddening result, as Portland have now failed to score in three straight games and gone 0-2-1 on their home pitch over that stretch. The Loons may have been fortunate to escape Providence Park with the draw, but in the end it’s a valuable road point as they temporarily climbed within a single point of the Seattle Sounders for the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference.

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US Youth Soccer: Field set in Club vs. Club Divisions of the Great Lakes Conference

The US Youth Soccer Great Lakes Conference, one of the 13 Conferences within the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program, recently announced the addition of Javanon FC (KY) and Lexington FC (KY) to list of boys clubs in the Club vs. Club Divisions. The standards-based Club vs. Club Divisions in the Great Lakes Conference are available to top clubs in the 15U-19U age groups, with play beginning in the Spring 2020 season for boys and girls teams in the Great Lakes Conference.

The Club vs. Club Divisions and initial lists of participating clubs were announced last month. The addition of Javanon FC and Lexington FC completes the field of eight clubs for the inaugural season of boys competition in the Club vs. Club Divisions of the Great Lakes Conference, to go along with eight clubs in the girls competition.

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