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Thursday Kickoff: Sanchez, FIFA, Subotic and more

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A South American star is set to miss a key World Cup qualifier, headlining Thursday’s news.

Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Chile’s latest World Cup qualifier against Colombia with a calf injury. (REPORT)

According to FIFA, 30,000 tickets for next year’s Confederations Cup were purchased on the first day of availability. (REPORT)

Neven Subotic returned to Borussia Dortmund training for the first time in five months. (REPORT)

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois insists that his eye injury isn’t serious after remaining on the bench for Belgium’s most recent match. (REPORT)

Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn is set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. (REPORT)

Las Palmas striker Sergio Araujo has been sentenced to nine months in prison after refusing a breathalyzer test, although the forward may never actually serve time in jail. (REPORT)

Soloman Rondon has withdrawn from the latest Venezuela squad due to injury. (REPORT)

WEDNESDAY REWIND

Michael Bradley and Tim Howard are hoping politics are put aside ahead of Friday’s clash between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Mexico. (READ)

Omar Gonzalez may be the answer the USMNT needs at centerback in the absence of Geoff Cameron. (READ)

SBI takes a look at what to watch for when the U.S. takes on Mexico. (READ)

Mexican-Americans Omar Gonzalez and William Yarbrough find a different meaning in Friday’s match. (READ)

RSL has retained head coach Jeff Cassar for the 2017 season. (READ)

The first year of free agency provided mixed results for MLS teams. (READ)

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