As one of the oldest football teams in the world, USA’s national football team will compete in Group B of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. 

Iran PressAmerica: Although USA’s national football team can not compare to some of the most famous national football teams, it is one of the oldest football teams in the world.

Is soccer one of the most popular sports in America?

Unfortunately, the 7 time CONCACAF Nations league champions have only recently received public attention. However, this has not stopped the USMNT from performing well in the continental and intercontinental stages, Sports Brief reported.


When did soccer start in the US? 

Football in the United States was played as early as the 1600s, with “Pasuckquakkohowog” as the first form of soccer played among American Indians. In 1865, the game became one of the organized college sports. 

In what year did the United States get their national soccer team? 
In 1885, the first official American football team appeared in an international match against Canada. 


The CONCACAF is the FIFA governing body for association football in North, Central America and the Caribbean. The squad is the reigning champions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In addition, the USA football team has also won the cup 6 times in 2020/21, 2016/17, 2012/13, 2006/07, 2004/05, 2001/02, and 1990/91. 

The club has participated in about 10 World Cup tournaments since 1930. However, they have never won a single cup. In 1930, the team finished in third place, their best performance to date.

The team made it to the top of the lists of qualifying teams despite losing 2-0 to Costa Rica. 

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USA World Cup roster projection

World Cup participants get 23 players on a FIFA World Cup squad, which doesn’t leave much room for navigation. With 11 starters a match, that leaves just 12 reserves, including two goalkeepers — hardly enough to cover every position with a backup.

With that in mind, there’s hardly any room for error or fluff.

Stars like Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, and Tyler Adams are near locks when healthy, but there are plenty of other places where question marks remain, most notably at goalkeeper and striker. A serious injury to first-choice center-back Miles Robinson has also created a hole at the back.

It’s likely that the roster from the final stage of World Cup qualifying, accounting for injured players, is a good reflection of how the squad will look eight months from now. Weston McKennie, Sergino Dest, and Brenden Aaronson will return, and most likely so will goalkeeper Matt Turner, even if he’s not playing much after an impending summer move to Arsenal.

At this point, we will assume that Miles Robinson is out for the World Cup with his torn Achilles, and if he somehow makes it back in time, that would be a huge bonus for the United States. Aaron Long, just back off his own Achilles tear, is the man to take his place.

The last player to make the cut is Jordan Morris, who is necessary to the attacking front in case of injuries or struggles on the pitch. His versatility and experience will be valuable on a young team that needs a lift every now and then. On that note, DeAndre Yedlin is preferred as the only man on the entire roster who has been to a World Cup before, the only holdover from the 2014 squad.

Players just missing out would include Paul Arriola, Shaq Moore, and others who have participated in World Cup qualifying but are on the outside looking in due to the shrunken roster size.

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Who is the current captain of USMNT?

The squad is led by one of the best US soccer players in 2022, Christian Pulisic. He is also listed among the top players to watch out for in the Qatar World Cup. With about 90 Bundesliga and 72 Premier League appearances, Pulisic brings a broad perspective to the team. 

Head Coach

In 2018, former USMNT player Gregg Berhalter was appointed as the club’s head coach. Since his appointment, the veteran footballer has led the team to victory in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the World Cup Qualifying match against Mexico. 

Some of the greatest American football legends include forward Landon Donovan and retired midfielder Claudio Reyna. Both players received over 100 caps and are still regarded as the best soccer players in the US team to date. 

Team USA is ranked at position 15 (as of March 2022) with 1633.72 points by FIFA. The club’s current ranking fell two points down from position 13 in February 2022. 

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World Cup draw

Group B in the 2022 FIFA World Cup is set after Wales defeated Ukraine in a European playoff in June to join the threesome of teams — England, USA and Iran — previously drawn into the group at the April 1 World Cup Draw.

England was the seeded team from Pot 1, and was the first team drawn into Group B. Behind the 1966 champions, was the United States from Pot 2. Iran from Pot 3 was initially drawn into Group A, but because of the presence of a fellow Asian confederation member, was moved to Group B. (Except for a maximum of two European teams per group, nations from the same region could not be drawn into the same group.)

Finally, from Pot 4, the undecided European playoff spot at the time was assigned to Group B. Wales emerged as that playoff winner after beating Austria (in March) and then Ukraine (in June). The European playoff final had been postponed until June due to the war in Ukraine.

The United States has played both England and Iran in previous World Cups. The US stunned England twice in the past, both in 1950 — with a famous win that knocked England out — and in 2010 with a draw that saw the US top the group.


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