Australia qualifies for the World Cup, leaving one slot unclaimed
Thirty-one down, one to go.
Australia secured passage to the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday by thumping Honduras, Three-1, in Sydney to win the two-leg intercontinental playoff by the similar mixture margin.
Mile Jedinak, a 33-year-old midfielder from Aston Villa, scored three targets in the second half, together with two penalty kicks, earlier than Honduras claimed a late aim as the Aussies certified for the fourth consecutive cycle. Honduras had completed fourth in CONCACAF’s hexagonal, one slot forward of the United States.
So CONCACAF will ship three groups to Russia subsequent summer time: Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. The Asian confederation will boast 5: Iran, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Australia.
The closing World Cup berth shall be settled tonight as Peru welcomes New Zealand to Lima following a Zero-Zero attract Wellington final week. Kickoff is at 9:15 p.m. ET on beIN Sports, Universo, fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect, Universo Now, Telemundo Deportes en Vivo and telemundodeportes.com.
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>> While the World Cup countdown continues, notable groups that did not qualify may find yourself taking part in in the United States earlier than the large event commences.
Multiple sources informed the Insider that the U.S. Soccer Federation and Soccer United Marketing are, certainly, trying into “possibility” of bringing non-World Cup sides akin to Italy, Netherlands, Ghana and Chile over right here for a event or sequence of matches.
All of those groups, together with the United States, are going to finish up taking part in friendlies in late May or early June anyway, so the thought is to deliver them collectively. Rest assured, given the circumstances of lacking the World Cup, there can be no trophy.
The query is whether or not a few of these groups would wish to play one one other in one nation or face Russian-bound qualifiers tuning up for the World Cup. It looks as if a longshot to rearrange a multi-team occasion (scheduling, venues, logistics, and so on.) on six months’ discover, however American officers appear poised to attempt.
>> MLS will conduct the growth draft Dec. 12 for the function of supplying newcomer Los Angeles FC with present league gamers. LAFC will choose solely 5 in complete, and no present workforce can lose greater than one. [Additional particulars] Last yr, Atlanta and Minnesota selected 5 apiece. Current golf equipment will shield 11 gamers, however many others shall be exempt from choice due to their roster classification.
Meantime, the league has additionally set the dates of the re-entry drafts (Dec. 15 and 21) and named Orlando as the website of the scouting mix forward of the Jan. 19 school draft in Philadelphia. As traditional, the draft has been included into the annual United Soccer Coaches conference. Last yr, the mix and draft have been each in the Los Angeles space.
>> The Vancouver Whitecaps and Columbus Crew will go to Honolulu for the Pacific Rim Cup, a four-team preseason event at Aloha Stadium, Feb. Eight-10. The different golf equipment are Japan’s Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Iwaki FC.
>> Americans overseas as we speak:
Crystal Dunn and Chelsea go to Rosengard (Sweden) in the second leg of an UEFA Women’s Champions League round-of-16 matchup. The English membership gained the first assembly, Three-Zero.
>> NCAA males’s groups from the Washington area have set their kickoff instances for dwelling matches over the subsequent a number of days:
Virginia Tech vs. Air Force, 6 p.m.
Maryland vs. Albany, 7 p.m.
William and Mary vs. Columbia, 7 p.m.
Old Dominion vs. N.C. State, 7 p.m.
Georgetown vs. SMU or Central Arkansas, 1 p.m.
Virginia vs. Fordham or St. Francis (N.Y.), 5 p.m.
Virginia Commonwealth vs. Butler or Lipscomb, 5 p.m.