The USA have the chance to fall into a relatively affordable group where everything seems playable behind the English. Indeed, no team really stands out between Iran, Wales and the USA. This seems to be the opportunity of a lifetime for the Americans to get through the World Cup group phase, something that has happened six times in history. We then see them lose to the Dutch in the round of 16.
The USA have the distinction of having achieved their best performance in a World Cup in their very first appearance. In 1930, the Americans finished in 3rd place. Since then, the USA have played in the World Cup nine times, with their best result being a quarter-final appearance in 2002 (knocked out by Germany).
The World Cup Qualification Campaign:
The USA went straight into the third qualifying round and secured their place in Qatar with a third-place finish (7 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses). This team scored 21 goals and conceded 10, finishing three points behind leaders Canada and Mexico, both with 28 points, and tied on points with Costa Rica. The Americans were only ahead of Costa Rica on goal difference.
The Americans are one of the best teams in the CONCACAF region. The American team has good players and a very good team spirit, which should allow them to progress from the group phase in November and December in a tough group with England, Wales and Iran.
USA’s Key Players:
- Christian Pulisic (23). The Chelsea attacking midfielder is the natural leader of the US team. Despite his young age, he already has a wealth of experience with spells at Dortmund and Chelsea and won the 2020/21 Champions League.
- Weston McKennie (23). He is an interesting midfield player. The Juventus player emerged early at Schalke, playing his first game underage. With 30 caps to his name, he will be hoping to shine at the World Cup.
- Brenden Aaronson (21). Playing for Salzburg in a club that is very formative, he will join Leeds who believe in his potential. In just two years, he has managed to reach the 20-cap mark and continues to develop.