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The USA and Wales went head-to-head in a tense draw in the first leg of the World Cup as both teams would be quite happy with that outcome in Group B.

With eight years to go to the World Cup, things were as tense for the US as you might expect with Gareth Bale a late point for the Welsh as a draw was a fair result.

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After a dominant start, the US took the lead in the first half when Christian Pulisic took the lead and made an accurate pass to the attacking Tim Weah, who jabbed confidently at the goal, driving the American fans crazy.

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Wales improved dramatically in the second half when Kieffer Moore gave them a focus at the top and he somehow landed a close range shot after Matt Turner turned down Ben Davies. Walker Zimmerman then gave Bale a terrible challenge and the Welsh captain pulled himself together to take a penalty and get a point.

On Friday, the USMNT will play England in their next group game, while Wales will play Iran on the same day.

[ MORE: Latest Group B standings, schedule, scores ]

Berhalter’s Master Plan Starts Well, Then Badly

For much of the past few years, USMNT has been plagued by injuries and lack of form from its key players. But everything came together in perfect timing, at least in the first 45 minutes for Gregg Berhalter and his team. Dest and McKenny were in good shape to start the game, Tim Rome got his life in shape to shore up the defensive unit. Christian Pulisic and Tim Weah are in good shape and working at full capacity, and it’s pretty close to USMNT’s first pick.

In the first half, Wales dominated the pressure and the energy of this young team blew the opposition. When they were at the top, they scored the goal they deserved and everything worked out for the US when they needed it. But then they faltered. Whether it was a lack of experience or a lack of energy, the USMNT withered in the second half as Wales blew two big chances before they equalized at the end. This was a case in which the US had a great opportunity in their hands to win, but they squandered it in a rather modest way. This will disappoint Berhalter, but there were many positives in their first half.

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Tim Rome: Dominated defensively and was so calm with the ball in the first half that he continued to put pressure on Wales. What a comeback story for a 35 year old.

Kieffer Moore: What an impact he had after entering the field at half-time. Gave Wales a focus and turned the game around.

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How to watch USA vs. Wales live! — Joe Prince-Wright

Kick off: 14:00 ET, Monday (November 21)
Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Streaming in spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)

GOALLLL! No, this is the answer. Walker Zimmerman goes over the back of Gareth Bale and scores a penalty. Bale then gets up and rushes home. 1-1.

TIK Tak. Drive a little over 10 minutes. Will the US be able to hold on!?

Brenden Aaronson instead of McKenny. The Leeds midfielder needs to help them get the ball and stop Wales from rushing forward.

CLOSE! Somehow, Kieffer Moore approaches from close range. What a chance for Wales.

Wales started the second half well and the USMNT has to spend a lot of time defending.

GOALLLL! Tim Weah with a great finish after a great pass from Christian Pulisic. USMNT do the job their dominant display deserves.

Sergino Dest and Weston McKenny had their tickets booked within minutes. Not perfect. Both struggled for fitness and just made this game. Break changes?

Save! Wayne Hennessy saves as Rawdon makes his way to his net after a good job by Tim Weah. Sargent then heads in at close range. The US must make the most of its leadership.

A worthy start from the USA. Wales couldn’t keep the ball, and the Americans have great control over it.

Like this! Teams are out, hymns are sung, fireworks are set off. It’s time for the US at the World Cup.

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Key storylines, players to keep an eye on

For the USMNT, their midfield core will be their strength, but there are still a lot of questions around defense. Veteran Tim Rheem could start in central defense to provide himself with experience, while the midfield trio of Weston McKenney, Tyler Adams and Yunus Musa are locked up as key players in midfield. Ahead of them are Christian Pulisic, Gio Reina, Brenden Aaronsohn and Tim Weah all vying for the starting position in attacking midfield, but there is no clear winner to start at number 9, so perhaps USMNT will start with a false nine?

In terms of injuries, Sergino Dest, Matt Turner and Weston McKenny have been training after brushing off recent injuries. However, Gregg Berhalter said that both Dest and McKenny were unlikely to play the full 90 minutes and said they were not fully qualified for the first leg against Wales. It was also announced that Tyler Adams was named USMNT captain for the tournament.

Wales like to sit deep and soak up pressure, and their back three and fluid system will be tough for the USMNT. Going forward, the quality of Ramsey and Bale speaks for itself and Wales will rely heavily on set pieces and Kieffer Moore crosses to attack. Watch out for Harry Wilson and Daniel James in offensive zones. Wales are a strong, experienced team and they are very good at sitting back and then counterattacking. Their country expects them to make it out of this group and this game against USMNT will be so close to being over. Injury-aware Wales looks pretty good with Joe Allen training on his own as he recovers from a recent hamstring problem and will not be available for this game.

Brief facts about the USA

Current FIFA World Ranking: 16
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 9
How they qualified: Automatically qualified for CONCACAF (3rd)
Coach: Gregg Berhalter
Key Players: Christian Pulisic, Weston McKenny, Tyler Adams.

Quick facts about Wales

Current FIFA World Ranking: 19
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 1
How they qualified: withdrew from UEFA via the play-offs, path B.
Coach: Rob Page
Key players: Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davis.

Any fans of the US men’s national team who have forgotten the tension that comes with every World Cup thrilling moment will deeply remember those ups and downs in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Wales in Qatar.

The Yankees took a deserved lead thanks to Timothy Weah, but couldn’t avoid a tricky second half when Walker Zimmerman gave a penalty to Gareth Bale and the Welsh legend equalized.

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How did Gregg Berhalter perform, who stepped up and what does a 1-1 draw mean for the Yankees at this month’s tournament in Qatar?

Read on for what we learned from USMNT v. Wales.


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