USMNT play England to a goalless draw, setting up a must-win against Iran

USMNT play England to a goalless draw, setting up a must-win against Iran

  • The United States men’s national team played England to a goalless draw in the group stage of the World Cup.
  • Although the USMNT controlled the action for most of the game, they were unable to find the back of the net.
  • However, the draw earned the USMNT an important point, setting up a must-win match against Iran to close out the group stage.

The United States men’s national team faced England to a goalless draw at the World Cup, exceeding expectations and setting up a must-win against Iran to close out the group stage.

The USMNT were coming off a draw against Wales, and it was the heavy underdog against England going into the match. But after Iran beat Wales 2-0 earlier in the day, the USA knew a draw against England would leave them in control of their own destiny going forward in the World Cup.

During the first 45 minutes of action, the United States controlled the pace of the match, with two scoring chances featured.

In the 26th minute, Weston McKennie footed the ball in the box, but skied it over the net.

Later in the first half, Team USA talisman Christian Pulisic nearly gave his country the lead with a monster shot that went off the crossbar.

Still scoreless, the USMNT held on defensively and kept England in check until half-time.

Coming into the closing stages of the match, things were hectic, but the best chance still fell to Team USA.

Ultimately, the United States could not find the back of the net, but threatened the goal much more than their English counterparts during the match.

And every time England pushed on goal, USA goalkeeper Matt Turner was strong in the box.

England’s best chance came from a free-kick in stoppage time, with Harry Kane making clean contact from a header, but pushing the ball out of bounds.

The USMNT have now drawn back-to-back games to open their World Cup, setting up a must-win against Iran in their final group stage match on Tuesday.

With a win, the USA will advance to the knockout stage of the tournament with five points in Group B. A loss or a draw will send the USA home early.


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