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The United States Men’s National Team will face England, Iran and Wales at the 2022 World Cup

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Jun-08 04:22 first published at 04:22 AM


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We now know who the United States Men’s National Team will face in the 2022 World Cup, thanks to the official World Cup draw.

England, Iran, and the winner of the European playoff, Wales, make up the United States’ group.

Brazil, the five-time World Cup champion, is the pre-tournament betting favorite to win it all. Seleço Canarinho is a +450 favorite to win the trophy at FOX Bet.

England, two-time champion France, Spain, and Argentina complete the top tier of contenders. The United States is further down the list, with odds of +10000 (play $10 to win $1,010) for winning the World Cup.

After the draw, FOX Sports soccer journalist Doug McIntyre provided his opinion on the USMNT’s group.

“For the United States, it’s a manageable group.” Although England is the favorite, the Americans are well-versed in their athletes and can match them up well. They will also be fearless; this may not have been the case if they had been drawn against a Pot 1 opponent like as Belgium or Brazil.

“Iran is better than many people believe — they beat the USMNT in their only prior meeting at the 1998 World Cup — but Gregg Berhalter’s team could have done a lot worse, especially in what may be a crucial group stage conclusion.” Then there’s the unknown of Wales … in the opening match on Nov. 21. However, against any of those teams, the United States is likely to be favored. Plus, facing a U.K. opponent, such as the Scots or the Welsh, would be the best preparation possible for that marquee second game versus England (which, by the way, failed to beat the Yanks in two previous World Cup meetings).”

If the Americans do get out of their group, what needs to happen for them to win it all?

McIntyre said the United States must find a player or two who can consistently put the ball in the back of the net for that to happen. Yes, Christian Pulisic recorded a hat trick against Panama in a World Cup qualifying match, but the team will need more scoring to beat the world’s best.

“There’s still a glaring hole at striker,” McIntyre stated. “The U.S. has gotten goals from its fullbacks, central defenders and wingers. That’s fantastic. But teams that make deep World Cup runs usually have an elite specialist up top who can convert his chances, which don’t come often at the highest level. It will take the Americans eight months to find one.”

For background, here are the previous 10 finalists of the World Cup (host country in parentheses):

2018 (Russia) France over Croatia

Germany defeats Argentina in 2014 (Brazil).

2010 (South Africa) Spain over Netherlands

2006 (Germany) Italy over France

2002 (South Korea/Japan) Brazil over Germany

1998 (France) France over Brazil

1994 (United States) Brazil over Italy

1990 (Italy) West Germany over Argentina

1986 (Mexico) Argentina over West Germany

1982 (Spain) Italy over West Germany

And here are the countries who have won World Cups:

Brazil 5

Italy 4

Germany 4

France 2

Uruguay 2

Argentina 2

England 1

Spain 1

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