From November 20, 2022, the first-ever winter edition of the FIFA World Cup will kick off in Qatar. As teams from all over the world descend onto the pitch to claim their shot at fame and glory, the FIFA World Cup 2022 is anticipated to be a spectacular event. Qatar’s larger-than-life stadiums and well-renowned hospitality have players and fans looking forward to the experience. With soccer’s rising popularity in the US and its ticket to Qatar finally confirmed after a long journey, this is set to be the most-watched USMNT performance in history.
Let’s take a look at the United States Men’s National Team’s participation in the FIFA World Cup throughout the team’s steady rise and eventual emergence as a formidable competitor:
USMNT Past Experiences
The USMNT made its debut on the World Cup stage in 1930, paving its way to the semi-finals. Their 1934 appearance, however, was followed by subsequent participation in 1950 when they won a match against England by 1-0. After that, USMNT went four decades without making the World Cup and was routinely outscored by its rivals. The situation was eventually remedied when the United States was selected as the host nation for the World Cup in 1994. As the host, the Stars and Stripes automatically qualified for participation in the tournament. USMNT kept up the momentum by participating in World Cup competitions on a consistent basis. The team’s improving performance, combined with the fact that the USA is set to co-host the FIFA 2026 World Cup along with Mexico and Canada, has helped boost soccer’s popularity on American soil.
The Qualification Path Towards The 2022 Fifa World Cup
Coached by the formidable Gregg Berhalter, who has put together a promising roster of players, the USMNT is training with the intention of taking the soccer world by storm. In spite of an exciting roster of players, qualification wasn’t an easy ride. The USMNT made it to the 2022 FIFA World Cup after several difficult months and a close battle against the best in CONCACAF. Their World Cup campaign saw them feature in 14 matches over a period of 7 months as the team finished in 3rd position in the Octagonal standings.
A Closer Look At Group B
USA kicks off its World Cup campaign in Group B against Gareth Bale’s Wales on November 22 at the Al Rayyan Stadium. The highly anticipated USA vs. England will kick off at the Al Bayt Stadium on November 26, followed by USA vs. Iran on November 30, which will be hosted at the iconic Al Thumama Stadium. According to some of the biggest names in sports betting in Colorado, like Caesars Sportsbook, the USMNT is the second favorite to win the group stage behind England. This wouldn’t be the first time the USA locked horns with The Three Lions. They actually met twice on the World Cup stage and dominated England on both occasions. With this in mind, USMNT has a good shot at advancing out of the group stage and showing its prowess in the knockouts.
Key USMNT Players
Fuelled by passion and the determination to prove themselves, team USA has a roster of promising young players who are all set to take on the biggest stage in soccer. USMNT is home to several players on the books of major international clubs, including Dortmund, Chelsea, and Barcelona. Pennsylvania native Christian Pulisic, who captains the USMNT, has caught the attention of fans following his remarkable performance in recent years, which included a UEFA Champions League victory with Chelsea. Other key players to keep an eye on include 21-year-old Sergiño Dest, who plays as a full-back for AC Milan, Texas native, and Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, and Gio Reyna, who at the age of 19, has played with teams like Borussia Dortmund and is one of the candidates for the prestigious Golden Boy Award 2022.