USMNT face England in potentially decisive World Cup fixture



After a disappointing 1-1 draw towards Wales, this World Cup isn’t going to get any simpler for america Males’s Nationwide Group (USMNT).

A promising first-half efficiency and a good Timothy Weah strike had been canceled out by a late Gareth Bale penalty on Monday because the younger USMNT aspect had been denied victory initially of their marketing campaign in Qatar.

Subsequent up are England, favorites to high Group B after beating Iran 6-2 earlier this week – an ominous signal for Wales and the USMNT of their makes an attempt to qualify for the knockout phases.

However win or draw towards England and US coach Gregg Berhalter will know that a spot within the subsequent spherical might be inside attain for his staff with the Iran recreation to come back.

It will likely be the most important take a look at the USMNT’s so-called “Golden Era” has confronted beneath Berhalter, and probably an era-defining recreation for a staff that struggled for kind throughout the qualifying rounds.

“We all know how a lot high quality England could have. However then once more, we predict we matched up properly towards them,” US captain Tyler Adams mentioned earlier this week, in accordance with ESPN.

“Now we have an athletic staff. We expect that towards the ball we’re actually dominant typically. Did you see that [against Wales] with our counter-pressure and the way we’re in a position to create many transitional moments.”

Friday’s recreation can be performed at Al Bayt Stadium within the metropolis of Al Khor, kicking off at 2 pm ET.

One has to return to 2002 for the final time the USMNT defeated a European opponent on the World Cup, though they secured a 1-1 draw towards England within the 2010 version of the event in South Africa.

In any other case, the outcomes are inclined to favor England, profitable eight of the groups’ 11 matches, and one other victory would see the 1996 World Cup winners advance to the knockout phases.

The excellent news for supervisor Gareth Southgate is that captain Harry Kane is match to play after present process an ankle scan earlier this week, whereas Berhalter can look to 20-year-old Giovanni Reyna to sharpen his aspect’s assault.

Reyna was an unused substitute towards Wales and mentioned his health was “fairly good” having suffered from accidents in current months.

Wales and Iran play their different Group B recreation on Friday after they meet on the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium.

Regardless of being neck and neck within the FIFA rankings, Rob Web page’s Wales aspect can be assured of victory after England uncovered Iran’s defensive weaknesses on Monday. For each groups, it seems like essential recreation to qualify for the knockout stage.

Hosts Qatar are additionally again in motion on Friday towards Senegal, two nations that suffered defeats of their opening matches. Qatar was defeated 2-0 by Ecuador and Senegal misplaced by the identical rating to the Netherlands.

These two victorious groups can be trying to put two wins out of two after they face one another at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium.

Bale celebrates the draw against the United States.

Wales v Iran – 5am Japanese time

Qatar v Senegal – 8am ET

Netherlands v Ecuador – 11am ET

England v USA – 2pm ET

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United Kingdom: BBC or ITV

Australia: SBS

Brazil: SportTV

Germany: ARD, ZDF, Deutsche Telekom

Canada: BellMedia

South Africa: SABC