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Monday, November 28, 2022

America will play England, Iran and possibly Ukraine in the World Cup

The United States will play either Ukraine, Wales or Scotland in their World Cup opening match, then take on England and Iran to return to the tournament.

The 15th-ranked Americans were drawn against the European playoff winners on Friday, starting on 21 November, the first day of the tournament in Qatar, then meeting No 5 England on 25 November and the group stage against No 21 Iran on November 21. to shut down 29.

No. 39 Scotland meets 27th-ranked Ukraine in a playoff delay due to Russia’s attack on Ukraine in June. The winner meets No. 18 Wales for a World Cup spot, with a match also scheduled for June.

The United States defeated England 1–0 at the 1950 World Cup in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, then opened the 2010 tournament with a 1–1 draw against the Three Lions in South Africa. Steven Gerrard put England ahead at Rustenberg in the fourth minute, but Clint Dempsey leveled the score in the 40th, when his 25-yard shot missed twice off the grass and bounced into the hand of Robert Greene.

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At the 1998 World Cup in France, Iran defeated the United States 2–1, knocking out the Americans after the second game. Hamid Astili scored in the 40th minute and Mehdi Mahdwicka scored in the 94th minute in Lyon, and current US men’s national team general manager Brian McBride scored in the 87th minute.

This year’s World Cup has been moved for the first time from its traditional June/July period, a change to get away from the summer heat in the desert. As a result, the tournament would be played in the middle of the European club season and overlap with the NFL and college football seasons in the US.

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Since losing to Germany in the quarterfinals of 2002, America finished in the group stage in 2006 and in the round of 16 in 2010 and 2014, then failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament.

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