USA lost to Japan 2-0) on Friday, when almost all of their group stage rivals were in the game. England were defeated 1-0 by Italy at the San Siro and were eliminated from their UEFA Nations League group. Elsewhere, and perhaps more importantly, Iran scored a surprise 1-0 victory over Uruguay in a friendly for the national team in St. Pölten, Austria.
Mehdi Taremi scored a solo goal in the match as Melli’s team took 16 shots from Uruguay to win. While friendlies aren’t always a good test of a team’s strength for Iran under Carlos Queiroz, who returned to power after an eight-year hiatus from 2011 to 2019, this result could pose a danger to the United States in their World Cup. Group.
Paired with England, Iran and Wales in Group B, the USMNT have high hopes of qualifying from the group, but it won’t be easy. This is the Iranian side, which is quite strong in defense.four months before the start of the tournament. The Americans are at their best when attacked head-on, but they can struggle when faced with counter-attacking sides that are difficult to uncover due to the lack of creative players on the field.
They will need the best of Gio Reyna to get past a team like Iran, but depending on the role he plays in Qatar, Iran could isolate him from the game. Japan has shown that if the United States is cut off in midfield, they have no room to adjust, and that’s something Gregg Berhalter will have to figure out ahead of the World Cup.
Odds of qualifying out of Group B (courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook)
- England: -1600
- USA: +100
- Wales: +100
- Iran: +400
When the United States played Uruguay in the summer, they drew 0-0 with out-of-shape Darwin Nunez. Iran needed four saves from Alireza Beiranvand and strong play from the entire midfield to secure Friday’s victory.they will need more from the team before going to Qatar to make sure they make the playoffs.
But for Iran, after a tumultuous summer, their shares are rising. Senegal will be the next test for Iran.