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This is not how match fixing usually gets handled.

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During a press conference on Monday, El Salvador players and coaches played a recording of a man who offered them incentive to fix a World Cup qualifier. El Salvador cannot advance to the next round of qualifying, while their opponents on Tuesday -- Canada -- can. The man who approached them was representing the interests of Honduras, who could potentially be eliminated if they lose to Mexico and Canada beats El Salvador.

This is a strange scenario for a few reasons. One, match fixers are generally weary of getting caught on tape for obvious reasons. Two, you generally don't approach a team that you want to win with a match fixing proposal. It's not like El Salvador was asked to throw a game. They were basically just offered a bribe to not quit on the game.

Back in 2013, numerous Salvadoran players were handed lifetime bans for fixing games. El Salvador is the exact type of team that attracts the attention of fixers because their games are low profile enough to fix, but high profile enough that there will be lots of normal betting action on them. They're good enough to get into matches against top teams, but poor enough that multiple-goal losses are believable. Most players also have low enough salaries that bribes from fixers can be tempting.

But it appears that this generation of Salvadoran players has learned something from the last, and isn't interesting in helping match fixers.

Skills of the day

In the news

Former USWNT player Lauren Holiday has a brain tumor. She'll have surgery to remove it approximately six weeks after she gives birth to her first child.

Megan Rapinoe kneeled during the national anthem to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

Martin Skrtel thinks he got a red card against England because refs are biased. (Guardian)

Lionel Messi will rest during Argentina's game on Tuesday, but Barcelona denies that they requested for him to sit out. (ESPN FC)

Cristiano Ronaldo will return this weekend, but will only play an hour. (Marca)

Real Madrid is taking Benfica to court over Ezequiel Garay's sell-on clause. (AS)

Barcelona might do the same thing to Santos over Gabigol. (Sport)

Do you feel like soccer fans are being more bigoted on social media? That's because they are! (Telegraph)

You should be reading

Olivia Aguiniga on US Soccer making it hard for Mexican-Americans to embrace the USMNT. (Unusual Efforts)

Alan Pattullo on the joy of relegating your rivals. (Guardian)

Doug McIntyre interviewed Christian Pulisic on his rise to stardom and Justin Bieber. (ESPN FC)

What happened this weekend

You can find a variety of World Cup qualifiers coverage at the Guardian.

Tables and schedules for all the qualifiers are here. (FIFA)

You can catch highlights of all this weekend's NWSL action here. (NWSL on YouTube)

What to watch on Tuesday (click for listings, all times ET)

World Cup qualifying: There's stuff on all day long. Most of the good European games kick off at 2:45 p.m., while North and South American games start at 7 p.m.


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