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 By Tim Vickery

48-team World Cup could negatively affect South American qualifying

Gab Marcotti and Shaka Hislop join Outside the Lines and have their say at FIFA expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.
Gab Marcotti joins Outside the Lines to discuss the reasons behind moving the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.
Shaka Hislop expresses his disapproval at FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams.

On the website of CONMEBOL, the South American Confederation, there is an article entitled: "From 13 teams in Uruguay 1930 to 48 in the 2026 World Cup."

It is a neat way of reminding everyone of one of the great trump cards of the South American game: its fabulous tradition. This is the continent where the World Cup began and which has won nine versions of the tournament, divided between Brazil (five wins) and Uruguay and Argentina (two apiece).

The big three has provided Barcelona with the "MSN"...

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Luis Suarez helped Seattle Sounders get Nicolas Lodeiro - Garth Lagerway

MLS Cup tickets sold out in less than three minutes, plus Marquinhos is the worst workout buddy ever in The Sweeper.
Take a look back at the best goals of the 2016 season from MLS Cup finalist Seattle Sounders.
SNL's Leslie Jones officially backs the Seattle Sounders and Marouane Fellaini may be an undercover agent in The Sweeper.
Take a look back at the best goals of the 2016 season from MLS Cup finalist Seattle Sounders.

Seattle Sounders attacking midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro credits Barcelona forward Luis Suarez with getting him to the Major League Soccer club.

When the two were playing together for Uruguay at the Copa America Centenario last summer, Lodeiro would be in the Uruguay dressing room in telephone conversations with Sounders GM Garth Lagerway, but Lodeiro told MLS Soccer that he would sometimes struggle to understand Lagerway's English.

Suarez, exasperated by watching Lodeiro's language struggle, hopped...

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Alexis Sanchez scores twice as Chile rally to beat Uruguay

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Chile turned in a three-goal fightback to beat Uruguay 3-1 as the South American rivals met for the second time in qualifying, this time in Santiago.

Edinson Cavani opened the scoring for the visitors in the 17th minute, firing home a right-footed shot from a Luis Suarez pass to put Uruguay up early on.

Chile levelled through Eduardo Vargas in first-half injury time, heading home from a Jean Beausejour cross to make it 1-1 at the break.

Alexis Sanchez found the winner in the 60th minute, Beausejour...

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Alexis Sanchez available for Chile qualifier vs. Uruguay - Juan Antonio Pizzi

Alexis Sanchez is available for Chile's World Cup qualifier against Uruguay after returning from injury, La Roja coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has confirmed.

The Arsenal striker missed last Thursday's goalless draw in Colombia after suffering what the Chile Football Association described as a ''low-grade muscle injury'' during training.

Sanchez's recovery was being monitored ahead of Tuesday's visit of Uruguay to Santiago but, after returning to full training with his team-mates, the 27-year-old is now...