group, player, coach, date… all about the team

Calendar (Paris time), in group B

November 21: United States – Wales at the Ahmad-Ben-Ali stadium (at 8 p.m., TF1, BeIN Sports 1)

November 25: England – United States at the Al-Bayt stadium (at 8 p.m., TF1, BeIN Sports 1)

November 29: Iran – United States at Al-Thumama Stadium (8 p.m., BeIN Sports 2)

Their nickname(s): Some call the American selection The Yanks, others The Stars and Stripes, or simply Team USA. The second name obviously refers to the American flag composed of white stars on a blue background and red and white stripes.

The group of 26:

Guardians: Ethan Horvath, Sean Johnson, Matt Turner.

Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Sergiño Dest, Aaron Long, Shaq Moore, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson, Joe Scally, DeAndre Yedlin, Walker Zimmerman.

Environments : Brenden Aaronson, Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams, Luca de la Torre, Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, Cristian Roldan.

Forwards: Jesus Ferreira, Jordan Morris, Christian Pulisic, Giovanni Reyna, Josh Sargent, Timothy Weah, Haji Wright.

Better Qatar than ever. The United States will play their tenth final phase. Absent from the competition between 1954 and 1990, they have since only missed one edition… that of 2018, in Russia. During their last two participations, in 2010 and 2014, they reached 8are of final. Their best result dates back to 1930 – the year of the first World Cup – when they reached the semi-finals.

Coach: Gregg Berhalter, 49 years. A former international player, he coached the Swedish team of Hammarby and the Columbus Crew (Ohio) before joining the selection in 2018. If his appointment was then controversial, because his brother, Jay Berhalter, was the commercial director of US Soccer, the results of his tenure so far are quite positive.

Gregg Berhalter, here on September 22, 2022 in Dusseldorf (Germany), will play his first World Cup as a coach.

After a first Gold Cup final lost against Mexico in 2019, he took his revenge against the same team in 2021 (victory 1-0 in the final) and also won the first edition of the Confederation League of Nations football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (Concacaf) that year (3-2, again against Mexico). This is his first World Cup as a coach, but he was present as a player in the 2002 and 2006 editions.

Summary note from the cabinet Le Monde

The strong points. The Americans finished third after fourteen days of qualifying for the Concacaf zone, behind Canada and Mexico. Their failure to qualify for the last World Cup was the start of a new era for them: since his arrival, Gregg Berhalter has selected several players with international backgrounds and rejuvenated the American workforce.

In addition to its star Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) – who also has Croatian nationality and moved to Germany at the age of 17 – the team can count on talented young players such as Tyler Adams (23 , already passed by Leipzig and currently in Leeds) or Weston McKennie, Juventus midfielder (who started football in Germany following the move of his father, an officer in the American air force).

The weak spots. The American selection lacks a real center forward, a position for which several players are rotated without any having managed to impose themselves. Result: a lack of cohesion in attack which was seen during the two friendly matches played, at the end of September, against Japan (2-0 defeat) and Saudi Arabia (0-0). A problem that the coach will have trouble solving by the start of the tournament.

Cabinet rating (out of 5): 2. The Americans find themselves in a very English-speaking group which promises them tough opposition. They will find England, favorite of the group, but also the Welsh, back to a good level for a few years. The third adversary is just as symbolic since it is Iran, in the particular context of the geopolitical rivalry between the two countries. The last time the two teams met in the World Cup, Iran won 2-1 in Lyon in 1998. To do as well as in their last appearances, they will have to be at their best. their shape.

Keep an eye on him

Yunus Musah during the World Cup qualifying match against Mexico on November 12, 2021 in Cincinnati.

Yunus Musah embodies the wind of renewal and youth blowing over this American team. Born in New York during his Ghanaian mother’s vacation, he grew up in Italy and was trained in England by Arsenal. He was therefore selectable with the United States, England, Italy and Ghana. The 19-year-old has officially chosen to represent the United States in March 2021.

Called up by Gregg Berhalter for the first time in November 2020, the midfielder, who plays for Valencia CF, quickly became essential to the American selection. His absence during the two friendly matches, at the end of September, due to an injury was felt: able to keep the ball under pressure and to make the link between defense and attack, he ensures the stability of the collective in middle of the field.

Imagine Arsene…

that Diana Ross took a penalty during the 1994 World Cup, which was held in the United States. It was during the opening ceremony, in front of 67,000 people, at Soldiers Field, in Chicago. The staging provided that at the end of her performance, the singer put the ball at the bottom of the goal so that it opened. But what the organizers hadn’t foreseen was that she would send him off target… leaving the cages, which had remained empty, to collapse on their own.


If you have decided to boycott…

At the end of November, you won’t escape Thanksgiving, celebrated on the last Thursday of the month – this year, the 24th. Not to be missed: the big parades and the traditional meal with roast turkey and pumpkin pie. Otherwise, if you like to scare yourself, New York will host the NYC Horror Film Festival in early December.

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