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Fabian Johnson may quit United States team after 2018 World Cup

From opposite ends of the U.S., Max and Herc react to the Gold Cup so far, discuss Osorio's future and preview the final.
Will Fabian Johnson play in a fullback position or a midfield role against Argentina?
Fabian Johnson has won 56 caps for the U.S. since making his debut in November 2011.

United States international Fabian Johnson has indicated that he could opt to retire from national team duty after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Johnson, 29, has won 56 caps for the U.S. since making his debut under former coach Jurgen Klinsmann in November 2011.

However, the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder, who can also operate in defence, said his priorities had changed since the birth of his son Sean in March.

"I still really enjoy playing for my country, but there is an agreement with head...

14 nations interested in Sochi base during 2018 World Cup - sources

Mark Ogden discusses the uncertainties surrounding stadiums such as Fisht Stadium in Sochi ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Russia's deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko says hooliganism will not happen at next year's World Cup like it did in Marseille.
Russia's deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko defends the attendance at the Confederations Cup.

Fourteen potential World Cup qualifiers have expressed to FIFA their desire to be based in Sochi during Russia 2018 -- despite only two bases being available in the Black Sea resort city, sources have told ESPN FC.

Sochi, which staged the 2014 Winter Olympics, has hosted four games during the Confederations Cup, including Thursday's semifinal between Mexico and Germany at the Fisht Stadium.

World champions Germany have played three games in the city during the tournament, with coach Joachim Low...

Major nations want to avoid Moscow as World Cup base due to traffic -- sources

Portugal midfielder Pizzi is confident Portugal will beat Chile to progress to the final of the Confederations Cup.
Russia's deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko says hooliganism will not happen at next year's World Cup like it did in Marseille.
John Sutcliffe says there's plenty of lineup decisions to be made with Mexico's depleted squad as they prepare to face Germany.
Several of Germany's star players speak about their win over Cameroon and praise head coach Joachim Low.
Arturo Vidal plays down Chile's lack of scoring against Australia and looks ahead to their semifinal clash with Portugal.

SOCHI -- A number of leading nations are planning to avoid choosing Moscow as a World Cup base in 2018 because of the traffic problems that plague the Russian capital, sources have told ESPN FC.

FIFA has identified 65 potential bases and hotels for the 32 competing nations next summer, from Kaliningrad and Ekaterinburg in the west and east and St Petersburg and Sochi in the north and south.

There are 23 bases being offered by the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee in Moscow, including the training...

Chechnyan city Grozny shortlisted as potential 2018 World Cup team base

At the 2010 World Cup we had Paul the psychic octopus. For the 2017 Confederations Cup, it's Achilles the Russian cat.
Secretary General Fatma Samoura discusses the new anti-discrimination protocols ahead of the Confederations Cup in Russia.
Mark Ogden reports from Saint Petersburg Stadium on the eve of the opening match of the Confederations Cup.

Grozny, the capital city of Chechnya, has been shortlisted by FIFA as a potential team base camp for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, despite some governments warning against travel to the North Caucusus republic.

FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have produced a catalogue containing 65 possible bases, within five geographical "clusters," for the 32 teams competing in next year's tournament.

And the Hotel Grozny City is one of 19 locations offered by FIFA and the LOC in the Southern...

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.

Qualified nations: Brazil, Iran

EUROPE:

13 places

• European qualifying home page

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