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England vs. USA: The USMNT takes on England in a potentially decisive World Cup encounter

England vs. USA: The USMNT takes on England in a potentially decisive World Cup encounter



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after 1-1 draw against Walesthis World Cup It’s not going to get any easier for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT).

A promising first-half performance and a good goal from Timothy Weah were canceled out by Gareth Bale’s late penalty on Monday as the young USMNT side were denied an early campaign win in Qatar.

Next up is England, who topped Group B Iran was defeated by 6-2 goals An ominous sign for Wales and the USMNT in their bids to qualify for the knockout stages – earlier this week.

However, a win or a draw against England and US coach Greg Berhalter means that it is possible for him to get a place in the next round by playing against Iran.

This will be the biggest test of the USMNT’s so-called “Golden Generation” under Berhalter and potentially an era-defining game that has struggled for form throughout the qualifying rounds.

“We know what England’s standard will be. But again, we think we’ll play a good match against them,” US captain Tyler Adams said earlier this week, according to ESPN.

“We have an athletic team. We think we are really dominant on the ball at times. You saw that [against Wales] With our counter-pressure and how we’re able to create a lot of transition moments.”

Friday’s game will be held at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor City, starting at 2pm.

You have to go back to 2002 for the last time the USMNT beat European opposition at the World Cup, although it did draw 1-1 against England in the 2010 edition of the tournament in South Africa.

Otherwise, results tended to go in England’s favour, with the team winning eight of their 11 meetings and another win would guarantee the 1966 World Cup winners progress to the knockout stages.

The good news for manager Gareth Southgate is that captain Harry Kane is fit to play after a scan on his ankle earlier this week, while Berhalter could look to 20-year-old Giovani Reina to sharpen his side’s attack.

Reina was an unused substitute against Wales and said his fitness had been “really good” due to injuries in recent months.

Wales and Iran compete in the other Group B game at the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium on Friday.

Despite being side by side in the FIFA rankings, Rob Page’s Wales side will be confident of victory after England exposed Iran’s defensive weaknesses on Monday. For both teams, it looks like a must-win game to qualify for the knockout stages.

Hosts Qatar also return to action on Friday against Senegal, two nations that were beaten in their opening matches. Qatar lost 2-0 to Ecuador and Senegal lost to Holland by the same scoreline.

These two winning teams will be looking to make it two wins from two when they meet at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Bale celebrated the equalizer against the United States.

Wales v Iran – 5am ET

Qatar vs. Senegal – 8 a.m. ET

Netherlands vs. Ecuador – 11 a.m. ET

England vs USA – 2pm ET

US: Fox Sports

UK: BBC or ITV

Australia: SBS

Brazil: SportTV

Germany: ARD, ZDF, Deutsche Telekom

Canada: Bell Media

South Africa: SABC


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