The United States, for the big leap in Qatar

Despite football’s lack of popularity, unlike in other parts of the world, The United States has developed in recent decades in this sport. While there isn’t much talent left, the truth is that the heavy investment there has been in MLS has gotten North Americans started in major European leagues.

The Americans all but secured a place by beating Panama 5-1 in Orlando on the penultimate day. And although they momentarily celebrated with a ‘Qualified’ banner after the game, a fact that went viral on social media, they had to wait until the last match in Costa Rica to mathematically secure their place in Qatar.


Borussia midfielder Giovanni Reyna, another of the important names in the Cup (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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THE FIGURES

Christian Pulisic is the figurehead of the American team. The Chelsea striker is enjoying one of his best moments in Europe, being the undisputed starter for the England team, along with other notable appearances. Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams is ready to show all his football in midfield. While it’s true that he lost the title in his club’s last game, it’s also true that his presence on the pitch is practically inevitable for Team USA.

Ricardo Pepi, the Augsburg striker, is one of the constants of Gregg Berhalter’s formations despite the fact that he couldn’t shine as expected in the Bundesliga. However, he has qualities and with the stars and stripes shirt he wants to continue to show it. And Giovanni Reyna, the Borussia Dortmund player, is back with the USA squad and could become one of the team’s mainstays.

Gregg Berhalter, coach of the North American national team.  (REUTERS/Carl Recine)

Gregg Berhalter, coach of the North American national team. (REUTERS/Carl Recine)

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THE POTENTIAL TEAM

Although the World Cup in Qatar is still a long way off, coach Berhalter has a player base that has played on multiple occasions. Possible title formation: Zack Steffen; DeAndre Yedlin, Walker Zimmerman, Miles Robinson, Antonee Robinson; Yunus Musah, Tyler Adams, Giovanni Reyna; Timothy Weah, Ricardo Pepi and Christian Pulisic.

DIRECTOR: GREGG BERHALTER

After the United States failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, his country’s federation hired him in a bid to bring him back to the top international event.. Berhalter, 49, played 44 games with the USA team and reached the knockout stages of the World Cup in Korea and Japan in 2002. “He is an experienced former player and a coach with a great reputation. We have confidence that he is the right person to lead our program,” they said in their presentation.

Gregg played in the Netherlands, England and Germany before ending his career as a defender with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He then started his coaching career in the MLS, the American league, and continued it at Hammarby in Sweden. His most important cycle was the five years he spent in the Columbus Crew, between 2013 and 2018.

The photo that went viral due to the players mistake when they showed up with the flag.  (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/AFP)

The photo that went viral due to the players mistake when they showed up with the flag. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/AFP)

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THE QUALIFIERS

Although he managed to qualify on the last date, the North Americans’ quota for the next World Cup was almost never in doubt. He fought in all of Concacaf qualifying with Canada for first place and He ended up third, beating Costa Rica – who will play the qualifiers against New Zealand – by goal difference. Yes, just.

The particular thing happened on Date 13, when they beat direct rivals Panama 5-1 and celebrated the move to Qatar in advance.. What happened? After the game was over, which ended in victory for the Americans, amid hugs and congratulations from the players, a flag with an erroneous message appeared. At least, a little early: he had the colors of the country and the crest of the federation and also the word “classified”.

WHICH GROUP WILL YOU BE IN?

USA will be in Group B, along with England, Iran and the winner of the play-off between Wales/Ukraine and Scotlandbeing one of the most difficult areas of the World Cup..

FIXING

Appointment 1:
United States vs. Winner of the Playoffs (Monday, November 21, at 4:00 p.m., at the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium).

Appointment 2:
United States v England (Friday 25 November, 4:00 p.m., Al Bayt Stadium).

Appointment 3:
United States vs. Iran (Tuesday 29 November, at 4 p.m., at the Al Thumama stadium).

The celebration of the players after qualifying for Qatar.  (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/AFP)

The celebration of the players after qualifying for Qatar. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/AFP)

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WORLD CUP PARTICIPATION

The history of the United States in football’s biggest event is spotty. After appearing – and performing well – at the first World Cup in 1930, the team have been in and out of the event ever since, missing for nearly four decades throughout the 1900s, before becoming a consistent qualifier again from.

Since the World Cup was expanded to 16 teams in 1934 and 32 in 1998, the United States has not gone past the quarter-finals, reaching it only once, in 2002. That tournament marked the USA’s only victory in the knockout phase, against classic Concacaf rivals Mexico.

Uruguay 1930 – Semi-finals
Italy 1934 – Round of 16
France 1938 – Did not participate
Brazil 1950 – Group stage
Switzerland 1954 – Did not participate
Sweden 1958 – Did not participate
Chile 1962 – Did not participate
England 1966 – Did not participate
Mexico 1970 – Did not participate
Germany 1974 – Did not participate
Argentina 1978 – Did not participate
Spain 1982 – Did not participate
Mexico 1986 – Did not participate
Italy 1990 – Group stage
USA 1994 – Round of 16
France 1998 – Group stage
Korea and Japan 2002 – Quarter-finals
Germany 2006 – Group stage
South Africa 2010 – Round of 16
Brazil 2014 – Round of 16
​Russia 2018 – Did not participate

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