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USMNT underway vs. Wales; England dominant

2022 World Cup: USMNT’s stars not named Pulisic you need to know

Former USMNT and MLS player Brian Dunseth breaks down the key role players for the USMNT team in this year’s World Cup


A day four years in the making has finally arrived. For the first time since the 2014 World Cup, the U.S. men’s national team will play in the tournament. With a young, talented team, the USMNT’s game against Gareth Bale and Wales on Monday will set the tone for a challenging, but manageable, Group B.

Elsewhere in the group, England used its young stars to dominate an overmatched Iranian side, staking its claim as the favorites in Group B. Senegal, without superstar Sadio Mané due to injury, fell to 2010 World Cup runner-up Netherlands 2-0 in the midday match. 

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A little more than an hour before their match against Wales, the USMNT announced the starting lineup coach Gregg Berhalter will lead on the pitch, and there were a couple of interesting decisions.

The move to start forward Josh Sargent over Jesús Ferreira is noteworthy, but the bigger surprise is 35-year-old Tim Ream starting at center back. Ream has not played a competitive match for USMNT since Sept. 2021. Prior to the World Cup, he hadn’t been called into the team since October last year.

Today’s Starting XI has an average age of 25 years, 102 days. It is the fourth-youngest USMNT lineup at a FIFA World Cup, behind only the three lineups at the 1990 tournament where the XIs averaged just over 24 years old. 

All 11 players will make their FIFA World Cup debut.

At 19 years, 358 days, Yunus Musah becomes the youngest player to start a World Cup match for the USMNT.

German soccer legend and former USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann fielded questions from reporters at the FIFA media centre in suburban Doha.


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