The United States World Cup Debut

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Lauren Bisping, Writer

The United States Men’s team came in third place after playing fourteen matches. The US finished tied with Costa Rica but won third place on a goal differential. They were placed in the B bracket along with England, Iran, and Wales.

In their opening World Cup match, the US tied Wales 1-1 in a hard-fought battle. The United States only goal was scored by Tim Weah assisted by Christian Pulisic who dribbled down the field and played a smooth pass that put him behind the defensive line and with a perfect opportunity to score. Tim Weah then struck the ball into the back of the net. Wales team captain Gareth Bale equalized the score with a late penalty kick which was also the last goal of the game.

Next, the US faced England, in this match, it was crucial for the US to win or tie for a chance to move forward. Luckily the united state’s defense was able to hold off England’s strikers and the game ended in a 0-0 draw. This gave the US a chance to advance. But, they desperately needed a win against Iran in their next match.

The US played Iran on November, 29 at 12:00 pm mountain time. The US won! The final score was 1-0 favoring the US. The goal was scored by Christian Pulisic deep into the first half assisted by full-back Sergino Dest. Dest crossed the ball and Pulisic crashed the goal and put it in the back of the net. But, sadly Pulisic paid the price. He ran into the keeper suffering an abdominal injury and had to be taken to the hospital for scans. He turned out to be ok, but his status was day to say and the USMNT was unsure whether he would be able to play against the Netherlands in their next game or not but it was looking likely.

The US faced the Netherlands and had a devastating loss 3-1.  Christian Pulisic was able to play but in the end, the United States still lost. So, sadly the United States is out of the world cup. But, the next world cup in 2026 will be hosted in the United States! So, we can look forward to watching our teams in person, and hopefully, the United States will advance further next time.