The USA has a young squad led by star players Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund) and Weston McKinnie (Juventus). There is no shortage of talent on head coach Gregg Berhalter's roster, but a lack of experience could prove to be a major hurdle. A matchup against a strong Welsh team that includes Bale — once the most expensive player in the world — will be a challenging start to the tournament.
Wales' form coming into the finals does not offer much optimism either, as they have not won since sealing their place in Qatar with that 1-0 success over Ukraine in the playoffs. A 1-1 draw with Belgium was the only point Rob Page's side managed in their recent Nations League campaign, as home and away defeats to Poland and the Netherlands saw them relegated from League A.
All eyes will be on the 33-year-old and whether he has been able to build up the relevant match fitness in the MLS to star for Wales at the World Cup. Christian Pulisic is in a similar situation for the USMNT given his lack of minutes for Chelsea this season. Putting his club frustrations behind him and performing for his country on the biggest stage could give the 2026 World Cup hosts the edge. This could be a decider for which of these two teams advances to the next round of the competition.
It will be a hard act to follow for both the USMNT and Wales... Recap England's win over Iran right here on The AthleticAnthony Hay·EPL Staff EditorNovember 21, 2022 at 10:19 AM ESTWhat about a prediction? All of our predictions for the 2022 World Cup are powered by Nielsen’s Gracenote, who have used a proprietary football ranking system to estimate the chances of different results for every possible match through extensive simulations, to assess the chances for each team to reach different stages of the tournament.
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Here's a reminder of the remaining Group B fixtures after today's games:Friday, November 25Wales vs IranEngland vs USATuesday, November 29Iran vs USAWales vs EnglandAnthony Hay·EPL Staff EditorNovember 21, 2022 at 9:02 AM ESTHello and welcome! Gregg Berhalter and his boys from across the United States are ready and fired up for the start of the World Cup. which begins today when they take on Wales.
As for Wales, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey carry most of the load when it comes to the hopes of the people of Wales. Meanwhile, fellow veteran Joe Allen is an injury doubt heading into the opener. Despite struggling to make a consistent impact in LAFC’s MLS Cup-winning campaign, Bale has still shown at international level that he is capable of the sublime. This World Cup provides the perfect opportunity for the youngsters in the squad, most notably Brennan Johnson, to prove that they can take over the mantle from Bale and Ramsey. Amitai Winehouse·Managing Editor, NewsNovember 21, 2022 at 9:11 AM ESTEngland 3-0 IranToday's other game in Group B has seen England storm into a 3-0 lead at half-time. Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling scored within 11 minutes of each other to give Gareth Southgate's side a comfortable lead in Qatar.
It's definitely worth tuning in and paying attention to The Athletic's live blog. Amitai Winehouse·Managing Editor, NewsNovember 21, 2022 at 9:28 AM ESTWhat's the latest team news? The USMNT’s strength in depth defensively will be put to the test in Qatar as both Chris Richards and Miles Robinson have been forced to miss the World Cup with injuries. That will only increase the pressure on the likes of Christian Pulisic, Giovanni Reyna and Brenden Aaronson to sustain a decent attacking output as they are the standout members of Gregg Berhalter’s squad. Sergino Dest and Weston McKennie should be involved for this one.
That was in major contrast to their form in qualifying for this World Cup, where despite losing their opener fixture with Belgium, Wales remained unbeaten in the following seven matches in the group to finish above the Czech Republic. All eyes will be on Gareth Bale once again, as the former Real Madrid star will be the leading light for the Welsh following his heroics in the playoffs - scoring twice against Austria in the semi-final, and claiming the assist for Andriy Yarmolenko's own goal in the final. Wales made it through the group stage at their two recent major tournament appearances at Euro 2016 and 2020, and Bale will want to ensure they do so again, considering this could be his swansong in the colours of his nation.
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The US are back at the World Cup finals after missing the 2018 edition in dismal fashion following a defeat in Trinidad & Tobago in their final qualifier. This time around, it was still a close run affair in a very difficult qualifying section where the top four nations were separated by just three points, but the USA managed to claim one of the three automatic spots, just ahead of Costa Rica. Gregg Berhalter has raised a few eyebrows with his squad selection, leaving out a few players who have been regulars in the squad over the past few years, but after form had tailed off slightly in preparation for the finals, change was likely. Following qualification, USA beat Morocco and Grenada while earning a draw against Uruguay, but a draw in El Salvador, only managed after an injury-time equaliser in the CONCACAF Nations League, plus defeat to Japan and a draw with Saudi Arabia in September friendlies brought some discontent. The United States have reached the knockout round in four of their last seven tournament appearances, but they have failed to beat European opposition in their previous nine attempts, so if they want to progress this time, they will surely need to end that run with two UEFA nations in their group.
Wales LiveThe United States men's national team will play their first game at a men's FIFA World Cup for the first time in 3, 065 days when they battle Wales Monday. It's Group B play and the Americans are back in the biggest competition in the world after failing to qualify for the 2018 edition. They will battle a Welsh team that made it to the cup through the playoff route with Gareth Bale leading the way. Here's our storylines, how you can watch the match and more -- and while you're at it, sign up for our new newsletter covering the beautiful game in all its glory, including daily updates about the World Cup, here.
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