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2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.



13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of five. 


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U.S. star Christian Pulisic: American soccer has 'so much potential'

The guys discuss the Liga MX final and salary difference in MLS, and Derek Rae discusses Americans' success in Germany.
Herculez Gomez and Mark Donaldson delve into why American players find homes in the Bundesliga more so than other leagues in Europe.
Herculez Gomez doesn't buy the idea that Christian Pulisic is the future of world football.

United States international Christian Pulisic believes the future is bright for American soccer.

Borussia Dortmund winger Pulisic, 18, told The Guardian he is encouraged by the sport's progress in his nation, who reached the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup but face a fight to qualify for 2018, and is predicting that Bruce Arena's side will be a force in years to come.

"It's been big flaw of ours in the soccer department that a lot of our best athletes go and play other sports," he said. "But I...

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Jozy Altidore 'itching' to represent the United States at Russia 2018

Taylor Twellman raises his concerns about the stability and longevity of Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones in midfield.

Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore is "itching" to represent the United States in another World Cup after a hamstring injury cut short his time at Brazil 2014.

The former Sunderland player entered the competition as his nation's leading goal-scorer in 2013, but only lasted 20 minutes in the U.S.'s opening group game versus Ghana after pulling up short chasing down a loose ball.

The Americans currently sit fourth in the CONCACAF Hexagonal table, six points behind first-placed Mexico and one behind Panama...

 By Tom Marshall

Rafa Marquez included in 32-man Mexico squad for upcoming friendlies

Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio discusses the 2026 World Cup, his goals for the Confederations Cup and facing the U.S. on June 11th.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has included 38-year-old Rafa Marquez in an expanded 32-player squad for friendlies against Croatia and Ireland.

Marquez hasn't played in the Liga MX since March 19 and has been sidelined after back surgery, although Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said the former Barcelona defender is nearing a return.

Mexico will face Croatia in Los Angeles on May 27 and Ireland in New Jersey on June 1.

There were no major surprises in Mexico's squad, with 13 Europe-based players...

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U.S.'s Jermaine Jones out 3-4 weeks with knee injury, doubt to face Mexico

Gio Dos Santos scored the equalizer as LA Galaxy overcame an early 2-0 deficit to earn a point against Chicago.

United States midfielder Jermaine Jones is a doubt to face Mexico next month after suffering a knee injury with the LA Galaxy.

Jones was hurt in the first half of the Galaxy's draw with Chicago on Saturday night when he fell awkwardly after the ball struck him in the head.

The Galaxy said he will miss the next three to four weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee, the same one the 35-year-old injured last year that caused him to miss three and a half months of the MLS season.

The injury will...