The United States fought Draw 1:1 against Wales in the first leg of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Monday in Qatar, a game the Americans thought they should have won after leading most of the way.
22 year old Tim Weah opened the scoring by scoring a goal for the United States in the 36th minute in a physical match that saw four yellow cards in the first half. Wales striker Gareth Bale scored a penalty in the 82nd minute to equalize.
Elsewhere in the group, England have used their young stars to dominate the superior Iranian team, establishing themselves as Group B favorites. The US will face England on Friday.
Senegal, without superstar Sadio Mane due to injurylost to 2010 World Cup runners-up Netherlands 2–0 in midday match.
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The United States did not achieve the desired result in the first match of the World Cup. having drawn 1:1 with Wales Monday in Qatar. The Americans were in the lead for most of the game after Tim Weah goal in the first halfbut Welsh star Gareth Bale converted a late penalty to earn his team a point.
The US hid in the second half and were able to withstand the pressure until Bale was in place after being fouled by defender Walker Zimmerman.
On Friday, the Americans will play again against Group B leaders England (who previously defeated Iran), who are tied for second place in the group by one point.
Wales equalize with Gareth Bale’s late penalty
Gareth Bale converted a penalty after being fouled by Walker Zimmerman. US goalkeeper Matt Turner guessed the right way, but Wales’ all-time leading scorer landed a powerful shot on goal. 1:1 in the 82nd minute.
Forward Jordan Morris came on as a substitute for Tim Weah in the 88th minute.
Matt Turner makes a big save, USMNT makes a sub
Wales started the second half in the forefront and forced American goalkeeper Matt Turner made his first save of the game in the 64th minute. Turner, who plays for Arsenal, was hit by a free-kick from Ben Davies, heading over the bar.
American manager Gregg Berhalter began making substitutions, replacing Brenden Aaronsohn with Weston McKenny, who received a yellow card. In the 74th minute, DeAndrew Yedlin, Kellyn Acosta and Hadji Wright replaced Dest, Musakh and Sargent.
USMNT leads Wales 1-0 at halftime
Wales hid in the first half, allowing the US to dominate possession (66%) and the Americans couldn’t find a way out until a Tim Weah goal in the 36th minute. The USA handled the ball carefully, completing 90% of their passes.
Last player to score against Wales in a World Cup? Brazilian legend Pele in the 1958 quarter-finals.
The refereeing was the subject of discussion in the first 45 matches, with Abdulrahman Al Jassim giving early yellow cards to Sergino Dest (11 minutes) and Weston McKenny (13 minutes). The American players were visibly disappointed, believing Wales should have been booked for similar tackles, but Welsh star Gareth Bale did receive a yellow card for knocking down Yunus Musa from behind in the 40th minute. Chris Mepham also received a card in stoppage time of the first half.
Tim Weah puts USMNT ahead with a 36th-minute goal
The United States finally found a way to score the first goal. Tim Weah tinkering at home after a well-weighted pass, Christian Pulisic slipped through the defense.
Weah, 22, became the first American World Cup scorer since Julian Green in 2014.
USMNT has early chances against Wales; Dest, McKenny see yellow
In the ninth minute, the Americans asked serious questions of the Welsh defense with back-to-back opportunities. First, a Tim Weah cross was turned in by Wales defender Joe Rodon, requiring a quick save from goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy.
Seconds later, the US missed another opportunity: Josh Sargent’s header hit the post outside the post after a cross from left-back Anthony Robinson.
Sergino Dest (11th minute) and Weston McKenny (13th minute) received yellow cards from Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al-Jassim.
USMNT announces starting roster
Just over an hour before the Wales game, the USMNT announced that starting XI coach Gregg Berhalter would lead the field and some interesting decisions were made.
The move of Josh Sargent in the starting XI from Jesus Ferreira is notable, but an even bigger surprise is that 35-year-old Tim Rheem starts at centre-back. Rome has not played a competitive match for USMNT since September 2021. Before the World Cup, he had not been called up to the team since October last year.
Today’s Starting XI has an average age of 25 years, 102 days. It is the fourth youngest USMNT squad in the World Cup, behind only three squads in the 1990 tournament, where the average age of the XI was just over 24 years old.
All 11 players will debut at the World Cup.
At 19 years and 358 days, Yunus Musakh becomes the youngest player to start a World Championship match for USMNT.
Jürgen Klinsmann: “Now US players and coaches are treated with much more respect abroad”
German football legend and former USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann answered journalists’ questions at the FIFA Media Center in the suburbs of Doha.
And the last question of the session brought him back to his old job, as he praised both major league football and Talented Generation of Youth USMNT for the growing profile of US-raised managers such as Jesse Marsh and Gregg Berhalter.
“Personally, I think the world has changed a lot in the last 10-12 years in how the world looks at American football. Klinsmann saidwho later listed a roster of American players playing for high-level European clubs and named USMNT as a team to be reckoned with.
The Netherlands beat Senegal 2-0
The Netherlands equaled their Group A opponent Ecuador with a 2-0 win in the first leg of the 2022 World Cup. After enduring a competitive Senegalese team with 15 shots, the Netherlands were more effective in their attacks.
23-year-old winger Cody Gakpo opened the scoring with a well-timed run through the box with a right-footed strike from midfielder Frenkie de Jong. Then, as injury time drew to a close, Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen ended the match with a rebound goal.
The Dutch landed 10 shots, including three on target. He led Senegal in possession by 41% to 39%.
This puts the Netherlands at the top of the group with Ecuador, who defeated host country Qatar 2-0 in the first tournament on Sunday.
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Rising star Cody Gakpo scores for the Netherlands
Cody Gakpo wants to make sure he gets into the list of the brightest young stars of this World Cup.
PSV striker scored what turned out to be game winner for the Netherlands in their 2–0 victory over Senegalmaking a rebounded pass from Frenkie de Jong home in the 84th minute.
This is the latest big moment for Gakpo, who sparked a lot of transfer interest this summer from Manchester United, Leeds and other clubs across Europe, but ended up staying at PSV. The 23-year-old made his PSV debut at 18 but really began to draw attention in the 2019-2020 season, scoring seven goals and assisting seven in the Eredivisie.
Since then, Gakpo has scored 36 goals in all competitions, which is an excellent record for a midfielder/winger who has made just over 100 appearances for PSV. And now, with this World Cup goal, interest in him and interest in winter transfers is likely to continue to grow.
– Jason Anderson, Pro Soccer Wire
USMNT shows LGBTQ solidarity at training facility, not jersey
Throughout the 2022 USMNT World Cup showcase rainbow team logos at its learning center and media center in Qatar as a sign of solidarity with the LGBTQ community, but will not have such a logo on their T-shirts.
The logo features a traditional shield but has seven different colors in the form of vertical stripes that represent the rainbow.
In a separate movement known as the “OneLove” campaign, a team of captains from several European countries obliged to wear an armband with rainbow colors to promote diversity and inclusion in football.
FIFA, however, has threatened to issue yellow cards to players who wear the “One Love” armband, causing the federations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland to ask their captains not to wear them.
USMNT appoints Tyler Adams as World Championship captain
US Men’s Team Coach Gregg Berhalter named linebacker Tyler Adams as his captain throughout the World Cup. on Sunday. Adams, 23, is the youngest player to have captained the USMNT in a World Championship since 1950. He wore the armband nine times in 32 caps.
“We are proud to announce Tyler as the captain of the World Championship. We think he has great leadership abilities,” Berhalter said at a press conference on Sunday. “He leads his actions and his words, which is why we are proud to have him as a captain.”
Senegal-Netherlands in half: 0-0
Playing in its third World Cup and doing so without star striker Sadio Mane, Senegal held its own against one of the world’s powers. The match was fairly even, with possession and play alternating between both halves…