2022 World Cup – USA vs. Live updates from Wales

In their last two World Cup appearances, the USA advanced to the Round of 16. However, a group with multiple UEFA teams would not bode well for the United States. The USMNT has won just three of 21 World Cup matches against European competition.

That hasn’t dampened USMNT manager Greg Berhalter’s confidence.

“I believe we can beat anybody in the world on our best day,” he told ESPN’s Sam Borden. “Nobody.”

Wales are making their first World Cup appearance in 64 years. However, Wales have Gareth Bale, whose illustrious professional career included five UEFA Champions League titles and three UEFA Super Cup victories while at Real Madrid.

Here are the best moments from the USMNT and Wales in Group B action:

Final: 1-1 draw

Full time! A frantic finish to what was a tale of two halves saw USMNT and Wales draw 1-1.

The USMNT took control of things after going into the break with a one-goal lead thanks to Tim Weah. But Wales came out on all cyclinders and got a deserved goal through Gareth Bale’s penalty strike.

The standings in Group B now stand: England with three points, Wales and USA with one point each, and Iran with zero.

Next up for the USMNT is a big-time clash against England on Black Friday, while Wales face Iran in the other group game.

We are at stoppage time

Nine minutes of stoppage time and players on both sides are cramping and visibly tired. Are we waiting for some late-game action?

Jordan Morris enters as the fifth and final substitute, leaving easy favorite Tim Weah as man of the match for the USMNT.

It’s been a short journey for Seattle Sounders star Morris, who is coming off two ACL surgeries now making his World Cup debut.

Wales is the answer

Game level! Wales capitalized on a penalty and Gareth Bale scored from the spot in front of rabid Wales fans.

USMND defender Walker Zimmerman collided with Bale fighting for the ball in front of goal, and it wasn’t a tough call for the ref.

The skipper hits it with power and even though Matt Turner gets his hands on it, it’s not enough to stop the tie.

Companions arrive

Berhalder went to his bench and made four substitutions in quick succession in the hope of regaining momentum from Wales.

Brendan Aaronson comes in for Weston McKenney, who could provide a much-needed spark in midfield. 2014 World Cup veteran DeAndre Yedlin arrives for the Sergino Test. Haji Wright — a surprise addition to the team — Josh Sargent steps up. Will a change of striker provide that second goal?

Younes Musa is also out after appearing to pull a muscle, and is replaced by Kellin Acosta to help settle the midfield.

There was an injury concern as Christian Pulisic went down hard after a foul and briefly left the field before returning.

Are you not having fun?

Wales had two big chances with half an hour to play and the game came alive.

Matt Turner made a big save in the 64th minute when he palmed Ben Davies’ powerful header as he stretched and tapped it over the bar.

The ensuing corner kick was headed by Kiefer Moore but missed the goal.

Wales will not go quietly

The second half started and there was no change in the line-up of either side. But you can already see a change in intensity from the Wales side. An early corner kick saw USMND keeper Matt Turner come off his line to punch the ball out for his first real action.

Tim Ream was booked for holding down Gareth Bale and preventing Wales from pressing on the counter-attack. An unfortunate but skillful mistake by the experienced Ream to stop Bale from racing forward.

Thoughts at the half: The difference in flying yellow cards

The USMNT kept their foot on the gas throughout the first half. Tim Weah scored the difference against a Wales side who had yet to get a clear attacking chance in the first 45 minutes.

Weah almost put the USA up in the first 10 minutes when he crossed a Wales defender in the box but for a clutch save from keeper Wayne Hennessey. But Weah left no question about it in the 36th minute, giving the USMNT their first World Cup goal in eight years.

Both the managers have to be careful now as several key players have been booked with yellow cards. With Sergino Test and Weston McKenney now each on yellow, expect Greg Berhalter to take them out in the second leg. Could Brendan Aaronson or Giovani Reyna come after the break?

For Wales, Rob Page could be looking at his bench with two late bookings for Gareth Bale and Chris Mebham.

Wondergoal from Veea!

Tim Weah got the USMNT on the board after latching on to Christian Pulisic’s beautiful throughball in the middle of the pitch, slotting it past Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey.

Son of AC Milan legend and Liberian President George Wee, the Lilly winger has been knocking on the USMNT door throughout the first half.

Fans out

Sparse attendance at the World Cup is becoming a growing problem, with some fans even having trouble accessing stadiums. But supporters of both sides are making their presence felt.

The Vulture has landed in Qatar (with Wonder Woman’s help).

Spectacular footage of Wales fans in the stands singing a rousing rendition of their national anthem.

Youth movement

With USMNT World Cup captain Tyler Adams, we have the youngest lineup the team has ever had in the tournament, with an average age of over 25. Younus Musa, who played for England’s youth teams before moving to America, is the youngest at 19.

The oldest on the team? Tim Ream, 35 years old, hasn’t started for America in over a year. The Fulham defender will be a steady veteran in the backfield. DeAndre Yedlin, 29, is the only holdover from the 2014 squad.

Queues are out!

The starting XI for the USMNT is out — Since losing in the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in 2014. The USMNT has seen the emergence of many new faces and exciting new talent under the leadership of Christian Pulisic.

Tyler Adams Wears the captain’s armband for the USMNT (Youngest to wear it at World Cup at 23). A surprising start for Joshua Sargent as a striker, and we’ll see how much he can contribute with Weston McKennie and Sergino suffering test injuries.

If you think it’s been a while since the USMND played in a World Cup, Wales haven’t been to the big show since 1958. Starting with captain Gareth Bale, there are several star playmakers to watch out for. Others to watch out for are Daniel James and Aaron Ramsey, both with big-game experience.

Ask the home team

Family members of each player sent their best wishes to the USMNT ahead of the first match of group play.

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