USA Vs Wales – USA heads to Football World Cup with players struggling for game time

The Americans are returning to the Football World Cup after failing to qualify for the 2018 tournament with what is probably the youngest team among 32 nations. The best player of the US national team is buried on the bench of his club, having played only two matches this season, a team that has been hailed as the country’s most talented generation but inconsistent and untested. They earned last place in the region on goal difference alone after losing on the last day.

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“I’m definitely concerned, said former USA goaltender Casey Keller, now a television columnist. In the last two friendly matches, there was nothing that would build confidence. We still see key players besieged with playing time at clubs. We see that key players are also recovering from injuries. There is nothing in preparation that can give you confidence.”

After wrapping up a streak of seven consecutive Football World Cup matches, the United States open Group B against Wales on 21 November, then play England on 25 November and complete the first round against Iran on 29 November. Former USA striker Landon Donovan believes getting a good result against Wales is key.

“If all goes well, we could be a very dangerous team in this tournament, Donovan said. If this is not the case, I see that things are not going very well. I don’t see too much middle ground just because young, inexperienced teams tend to be very, very high and very good or very low.”

The team, coached by Gregg Berhalter, heads into the tournament after a 2-0 loss to Japan and a 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia, leaving the US with one win, three losses and three draws in their last seven games against the Football World Cup. related nations. The Americans have been shut down six times.

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Obviously, these are not the results that we really expected before entering the Qatar Football World Cup, said US midfielder Christian Pulisic. However, given the unique timing of this FIFA World Cup in the middle of the European season, some are hopeful that the American players will step up.

“I still believe this team based on what they have done at important moments in the past, said former US linebacker Stew Holden. When the pressure is at its highest and in big, big moments, in the light, these guys have this kind of self-confidence that I think will stand them in good stead.”

PULISIC’S PLIGHT

Pulisic, the first American to play in and win a Champions League final, struggled for minutes under Chelsea coaches Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter. Expectations were a burden.

“When I come to the national team, I always ask: how are things at Chelsea? How – what is it, what is it? And yes, it’s hard. It’s tough, Pulisic said last year. It was difficult psychologically at times.”

BERHALTER

Berhalter, 49, became the first person to coach the Americans after playing for them in a Football World Cup. Hired in December 2018 and is the brother of the then-American. Chief Commercial and Strategic Director of the Football Federation Jay Berhalter. He used 91 players, debuting with 56. He prefers a 4-3-3 formation from defensemen.  

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YOUTH

Most likely, only one player remained from the 2014 squad, 29-year-old right-back DeAndre Yedlin. According to the USSF, the average age of the US team in qualifying was 23.82 years old – Ghana was the second oldest at 25.67 years old – and the average age of the 31 teams that earned the spot was 27.5 years old.

“This is an achievement for these guys. This is true, said Berhalter.”

UNESTABLISHED GOALKEEPERS

The United States hasn’t been this unsure of its goals since the 1980s, before that position became the basis of Tony Meola, Casey Keller, Brad Friedel, and Tim Howard. Matt Turner, who started in goal in eight of 14 qualifiers and both of September’s friendlies, is Aaron Ramsdale’s backup at Arsenal and is likely to travel to Qatar awaiting his Premier League debut. Zach Steffen, mostly limited to cup matches at Manchester City, was loaned out to Middlesbrough while Ethan Horvath was loaned out from Nottingham Forest to Luton.

UNCERTAIN DEFENDERS

The central defense was weakened when Miles Robinson tore his Achilles tendon in May. Walker Zimmerman and Aaron Long, who started the September friendlies, were at the clubs who were eliminated from the Major League Soccer playoffs on October 15 and will have more than a month off before the first leg. Unwanted by Barcelona, ​​right-back Serginho Dest has been loaned to AC Milan and has only made two starts since April. For more know about Football World Cup Tickets.  

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INJURIES

Winger Gio Reina, who was sidelined with repeated leg injuries, has played one 90-minute match for Borussia Dortmund since April 2021. Lille winger Tim Weah has missed the first two months of this season with a foot problem. Due to injuries and suspensions, Pulisic, Tyler Adams and Weston McKenny have only started together five times: the 2019 friendly against Ecuador, the Football World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Canada in January, and the friendly against Uruguay in June and Saudi Arabia in September.

“This is not a perfect team, and I think Gregg Berhalter will be the first to say it, said former USA guard Alexi Lalas. Ideally, you want your players to play and you want them to play well.”

Gin created to celebrate Wales’ participation in the World Cup

Wales limited edition football gin was created to celebrate Wales’ participation in the Football World Cup final for the first time since 1958. Welsh Dry Gin is produced at Hensol Castle Distillery in South Wales in collaboration with the Football Association of Wales (FAW). ) in honor of the Wales national football team taking part in a global sporting event for the first time in 64 years.

Named after the team mantra, Hensol Castle Distillery gin uses Welsh water and Welsh botanicals. The partnership dates back to a decade-long relationship between FAW and the Vale Resort, home of the Hensol Castle distillery. The Vale Resort is the official training ground and hotel of the Football Association of Wales for both the men’s and women’s national teams.

In 2020, FAW also moved its headquarters to new state-of-the-art offices at the Vale Resort, which they share with tenant football club Cardiff City FC. Paul Beddoe, director of sales and marketing for Hensol Castle Distillery, said: Together Stronger has been the team’s mantra for several years and we couldn’t think of a better name for this limited edition gin on such a historic occasion.

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“We’ve mentored the men’s team for over a decade and I continue to be honored to work with them.”

Ian Davis, Commercial Director of FAW added: There is no doubt that Welsh football fans across the country will celebrate the team’s success in reaching the Football World Cup and will continue to do so throughout the tournament.

What better way to toast them on the go than to drink a drink made from the very soil they train in and infused with Welsh flavor. The gin will be available at Asda and Morrisons from November 2022. It is also sold in specialty stores such as Wally’s. Delicatessen, Fine Wines Direst, Castell Howell and Glamorgan Brewery.

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