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Angels Links: One year until the World Cup

Also, U.S. Open Cup overload.

Germany v Argentina: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

World Cup Qualifying, where are we now?

With exactly a year to go until Russia 2018, its crunch time in World Cup qualifying. Brazil has already qualified, and Mexico are basically a lock to make it in CONCACAF. The U.S. has rebounded from a bad start to WCQ to put themselves in a good spot, and in Europe most of the major teams are on course to qualify, though Portugal and France may be forced into the playoff. In Africa, Nigeria look to be in a good spot, but perennial giants Ghana and the Ivory Coast need to pick up points to ensure qualification. ESPNFC has a look at what each qualifying group looks like one year from the World Cup.

Top USMNT goals

Michael Bradley’s chip against Mexico was sublime, and many people have been talking about where it ranks among the best USMNT goals of all time. There have been some great and timely ones, Benny Feilhaber’s goal in the Gold Cup Final, John Brooks’ header against Ghana, Landon’s last-minute winner against Algeria, just to name a few. Andrew Wiebe of MLSSoccer.com gives his list of best USMNT goals.

Manchester United sign Victor Lindelof

Manchester United have made their first signing of the season, signing Swedish Defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica. He has signed a four year contract. This has been a signing that has been rumored for months. United had a strong defense last year in the Premier League, and they look to strengthen it even more with this signing.

The year Thierry Henry came into his own

Thierry Henry was one of the greatest players of his generation, arguably the greatest player in Premier League history. But when he first played as a professional, he struggled. He was just OK at Monaco, had one year that wasn’t great at Juventus playing as a winger, and then struggled initially at Arsenal. In their recurring series Year Zero, FourFourTwo looks at the year everything clicked for Thierry Henry.

U.S. Open Cup Fourth round

This week was the latest round of the US Open Cup, and it did not disappoint. Notable results include FC Cincinnati knocking off Columbus Crew SC 1-0, the New York Red Bulls defeating New York City FC 1-0, and Miami FC stunning Orlando SC 3-1. Locally, the LA Galaxy defeated Orange County SC 3-1. USSoccer.com has all the scores and you can replay each match if you missed it or would just like to watch again.

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