After a nasty 1-1 draw against Wales, this World Cup won’t get any easier for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT).
A promising first-half performance and a fine goal by Timothy Weah were canceled out by Gareth Bale’s late penalty on Monday as the USMNT youth team was denied victory at the start of the campaign in Qatar. .
Next up is England, who finished top of Group B which beat Iran 6-2 earlier this week – an ominous sign for Wales and the USMNT in their bid to qualify for the knockout stages.
But win or draw against England and USA coach Gregg Berhalter will know that a place in the next round could be within his grasp with the upcoming game against Iran.
This will be the biggest test the USMNT’s so-called “Golden Generation” has faced under Berhalter and is likely to be an epochal match for a side that has struggled for form in the past. throughout the qualifying rounds.
“We know what quality England will be. But again, we think we played them well,” USA captain Tyler Adams said earlier this week, according to ESPN.
“We have a sports team. We think that sometimes we are really dominant on the ball. Did you see that? [against Wales] with our counter-attack and how we were able to create many transitions.”
Friday’s match will be played at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, starting at 2 p.m. ET.
You have to go back to 2002, the last time the USMNT beat a European opponent at the World Cup, even though they managed to pull off a 1-1 draw against England at the 2010 edition of the tournament in South Africa.
On the other hand, the results tend to be in favor of England, winning eight of the sides’ 11 meetings and another victory that would ensure the 1966 World Cup winners progress to the knockout stages.
The good news for coach Gareth Southgate is that captain Harry Kane is fit enough to play after undergoing an ankle check earlier this week, while Berhalter can count on 20-year-old Giovanni Reyna for a boost. attack for his team.
Reyna was an unused substitute against Wales and said his fitness was “very good” after suffering injuries in recent months.
Wales and Iran play the remaining match of Group B on Friday when they meet at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.
Despite being equal in the FIFA rankings, Rob Page’s Wales team will be confident of a win after England exposed Iran’s defensive weaknesses on Monday. For both teams, this is like a must-win match to qualify for the knockout stages.
Hosts Qatar will also play again on Friday against Senegal, both nations having failed in their opening matches. Qatar was beaten 2-0 by Ecuador and Senegal lost to the Netherlands with the same score.
Those two winning teams will look to pick up two wins from two games when they meet at Khalifa International Stadium.
Wales vs Iran – 5am Eastern Time
Qatar vs Senegal – 8am ET
Netherlands vs Ecuador – 11am ET
UK vs USA – 2pm ET
United States: Fox Sports
UK: BBC or ITV
Germany: ARD, ZDF, Deutsche Telekom
Canada: Bell Media
South Africa: SABC