The United States men’s national team is back in its second match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage tomorrow when it takes on England at Al Bayt Stadium. This second World Cup draw has been confirmed, and the date on the calendar has been circled: Black Friday. With most of America off today and tomorrow, the stage is set for one of the most anticipated USMNT matches ever. And with it comes a lot of importance.
With Monday’s draw against Wales, the USMNT are second in Pool B by one point, and staring down England. The score against the ranked team in the group would be massive to not only increase the USMNT’s chances of advancing, but also to open up the group a bit to enter the final round of the group stage. A loss does not eliminate the USMNT, but it will take fate out of their hands and they will have to rely on other outcomes that occur to get out of the group.
United States of America
D (1-1) – Wales – World Cup 2022, Group B
D (0-0) Saudi Arabia – Friendly
L (0-2) – Japan – Friendly
D (1-1) – El Salvador – CONCACAF Nations League
W (5-0) – Grenada – CONCACAF Nations League
W (6-2) – Iran – World Cup 2022, Group B
D (3-3) – Germany – European Nations League
L (0-1) – Italy – UEFA Nations League
L (0-4) – Hungary – UEFA Nations League
D (0-0) – Germany – European Nations League
What to watch
Pay attention to Saka. Bukayo Saka made a great appearance for England against Iran and has emerged as a star over the past two years with the Three Lions. His creativity on the field combined with his talent for putting shots in the frame means the defense must make sure they keep tabs on him and not let him get away with it.
Play like first half against wales. The team we saw in the first half on Monday was one of the best USMNT cheerleaders of all time. They played very well and were aggressive in taking the match directly to their opponents. Let’s see more of that tomorrow against England, but this time, it should be the full 90 minutes.
Turn right at Harry Maguire. If Harry Maguire starts, there is a weak link at the back. Our midfielders should be able to keep Maguire on his back feet, as he tends to get messy at times. The USMNT needs to exploit any holes created by England’s poor situation and head straight for it.
Expect to line up
With the news of Gio Reina set to play on Friday, we really are in a team that is all set to play. With all that in mind, here’s the expected line-up Greg Berhalter will start against England:
The prediction is very simple: no changes for the USMNT. We can finally expect to see Gio Reina make his World Cup debut, while Brendan Aronson will also be hitting the field early on. It shouldn’t be any surprise if Sergiño Dest or Weston McKennie go off early given they’re both yellow cards, but Berhalter could potentially start them up given their importance to what the team wants to do on the pitch.
Call this a homer’s pick if you want, but it’s another draw for the USMNT. 1-1.