USMNT World Cup group schedule set: Wales join England, Iran

More than two months after the 2022 World Cup draw in Qatar, the US men’s national team finally has its full marching order for November’s group stage.

Wales’ 1-0 win over Ukraine in last Sunday’s UEFA World Cup qualifying play-offs means Gregg Berhalter’s side will open the group stage against the Dragons on 21 November, the first day of the competition they take on England on November 25 – Black Friday in the US – and then Iran on November 29 to round out the action in Group B.

When the draw was made, the USA were placed with the wildcard UEFA playoffs, with the group that included Ukraine having one of their semi-finals and the final postponed to June due to the Russian invasion of the country. Russia, who had played in a separate playoff group, were disqualified and eliminated from the competition entirely, while Ukraine’s semi-final against Scotland was suspended until June 1. Ukraine impressively defeated Scots 3-1 in Glasgow and set the stage for Sunday’s playoff final in Cardiff. Wales had beaten Austria in a regular semi-final in late March before qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Sunday, ending Ukraine’s brave performance given what is currently unfolding at home.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.