The 2022 edition of the FIFA Soccer World Cup kicks off in Qatar on November 20, with 32 of the best sides contesting the big prize. Among that number is the United States Men’s National Soccer Team.
Having missed out on qualification for the 2018 tournament in Russia, Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and his men will be looking to progress to the knockout stage this time. If they get there, the following five players will have contributed greatly to the USMNT cause.
First up, let’s look at the teams standing in the way of this United States team. Berhalter’s side have been drawn in Group B alongside England, Iran and Wales. Each side will play each other once and the two best performing countries will progress to the knockout stage.
Having reached the semifinals in Russia, England are the heavy favorites to progress. Iran are the underdogs while Wales and USMNT have similar odds in the markets. Qualification could therefore come down to the match between USA and Wales on November 21st.
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It’s the site with which to follow USA’s fortunes from a betting perspective, but who are the men looking to drive the team forward?
Christian Pulisic: Striker
Christian Pulisic plays his club soccer with Chelsea in the English Premier League. He’s been effective since joining the Blues from Borussia Dortmund in 2019 and he’s the highest scorer on the USMNT roster.
After 52 international games for the senior side, Pulisic has 21 goals. It’s a solid ratio at this level and he’ll need to be on top scoring form if his team are to get out of their group.
Zack Steffen: Goalkeeper
Head Coach Berhalter has a difficult choice to make between the posts. Matt Turner and Sean Johnson will stake their claim but Zack Steffen is the most experienced goalkeeper on the roster.
He’s also playing soccer on a more regular basis than his competitors. As the first choice stopper for Middlesbrough in the English Championship, he’s been busy since the start of the season and Steffen’s saves will be vital for USMNT in Qatar.
DeAndre Yedlin: Defender
While he’s struggled to find a home in domestic football, DeAndre Yedlin has been a permanent fixture in the USMNT roster since making his debut in 2014. After an unsuccessful spell in English football, Yedlin is back in MLS after joining Inter Miami in 2022.
With 75 caps, he’s the most experienced player in the team and one who will orchestrate the defense in Qatar.
Jesus Ferreira: Striker
He’s young and inexperienced but Jesus Ferreira has enjoyed a spectacular start to his international career. In his first 15 senior games for USMNT, the FC Dallas man has scored on no fewer than seven occasions.
That’s an impressive ratio and, while Ferreira may not be the first choice striker in Qatar, he can certainly do a job as an impact sub.
Weston McKennie: Midfield
Weston McKennie is a talented midfielder who can create chances and score important goals of his own.
McKennie plays his domestic soccer with Italian giants Juventus, and that’s an endorsement of his star quality.