The USA will want to make up for lost time at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after failing to qualify for Russia 2018, the first global showpiece they missed since 1986.
The Americans finished third in their qualifying group this time round, just three points behind Canada and Mexico, with an unbeaten record at home.
Gregg Berhalter takes his team into the World Cup having already won the 2020 Concacaf Nations League and 2021 Gold Cup. He was also a part of the USA side that reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 2002.
Having recently lost to Japan, USA drew 0-0 with Saudi Arabia in their final warm-up match before heading to Qatar for the World Cup finals. Their third match of the group stage is against Iran, whose leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, recently blamed the US for the street protests that have spread across his country since the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the so-called morality police.
USA World Cup 2022 squad
The USA World Cup squad was announced on November 9, and represents the second-youngest squad in the tournament, with an average age of 25 years and 175 days when the whistle blows for their opener against Wales.
Goalkeepers: Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Sean Johnson (New York City FC.), Matt Turner (Arsenal)
Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic), Sergino Dest (AC Milan), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Shaq Moore (Nashville SC), Tim Ream (Fulham), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami CF), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
Midfielders: Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United.), Kellyn Acosta (LAFC), Tyler Adams (Leeds United), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC)
Forwards: Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Josh Sargent (Norwich City), Timothy Weah (Lill), Haji Wright (Antalyaspor)
Who are likely to be the star names?
Christian Pulisic is the standout name in this USA side. He captains the team, which is where he gets the nickname ‘Captain America’, and was his side’s leading scorer during qualifying.
While he may have struggled at Chelsea recently, Pulisic is still the man that fans and team-mates look to make a difference for the USA. His national team would like Graham Potter, the Chelsea manager, to give him a little more game time.
Behind him there is a group of promising young players who play for some of Europe’s biggest teams, such as AC Milan full-back Sergino Dest, Juventus' Weston McKennie, and Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Giovanni Reyna.
Premier League fans will be familiar with Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams, who are both mainstays of the Leeds squad. Should Pulisic struggle for form, Adams is a ready-made back-up.
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By Sam Wallace
The United States have defied Fifa’s edict to avoid contentious issues outside football at the World Cup finals and shown solidarity with the gay community, criminalised in Qatar, by redesigning their federation crest in rainbow colours at their training base.
The stance on gay rights, at odds with Fifa’s order to squads to “focus on the football” was announced by head coach Gregg Berhalter. The crest is in a media briefing room at the team’s training ground, Al Gharafa stadium in north Doha.
The question of how to show solidarity in Qatar with marginalised groups, especially LGBT, has been a thorny issue for European teams ahead of the tournament in a country where homosexuality is illegal. The English Football Association has designed a “One Love” armband which captain Harry Kane wore in the friendly games in October although Fifa is yet to sanction it for the World Cup finals in Qatar.
The US federation launched its “Be the Change” initiative in 2020 in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. As part of its commitment to LGBT rights in Qatar it has pledged to display rainbow flags and “messages of inclusion” at what it describes as “night before parties” in the host country.
Berhalter said: “We have been talking to the team for 18 months about Qatar, and about some social issues in Qatar and we think it’s important. When we are on the world stage and in a venue like Qatar it’s important to bring awareness to these issues and that's what we have achieved. It’s not just Stateside that we want to bring attention to social issues, it’s also abroad and we recognise that.
“We recognise that Qatar has made strides and that there has been a ton of progress but there is still some more to do, and ‘Be the Change’ represents everyone having the individual opportunity to make change and have change start with them. I think it’s appropriate that we have it here as well.”
The team’s goalkeeper Sean Johnson said he and his team-mates wanted to “be impactful”. He said: “It’s a sign of our values and what we represent as the men’s national team.”
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Information correct as of November 13