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U.S. victory crucial to World Cup hopes

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

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. 


U.S. victory against Honduras crucial to 2018 World Cup qualification hopes

Alejandro Moreno says the USMNT have no option but to view their World Cup qualifier against Honduras as a must-win.
The last five must-win matches the United States found themselves in they've come out on top.
Tim Howard is amazed with Clint Dempsey's recovery and happy to once again play under Bruce Arena.

If the United States hope to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, a victory against visiting Honduras on Friday is crucial.

Only once has a team lost the first two games of the last round of qualifying and advanced to the final tournament, since CONCACAF adopted the Hexagonal format in 1998.

That was in 2006, when Trinidad & Tobago lost to the United States and Guatemala, went unbeaten over the final eight games and then won a playoff against Bahrain to advance.

Two losses have put the U.S. at the bottom of the Hexagonal table.

The U.S. lost to Mexico and Costa Rica...

Next man up as U.S. deals with injuries, suspensions for Honduras match

ESPN FC's Herculez Gomez joins SportsCenter to chat Clint Dempsey's return to the USMNT as World Cup qualifying resumes.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The obstacles are lining up Spartan race-style for the U.S. men's national team.

A rash of injuries has eaten into the team's depth ahead of Friday's crunch World Cup qualifier against Honduras, one in which the U.S. will attempt to leave the Hexagonal cellar in which it currently resides. Forward Bobby Wood, midfielder Fabian Johnson and defenders Erich Lichaj and DeAndre Yedlin are among those rendered unavailable. Both Jermaine Jones and Timmy Chandler are suspended. Forward...