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Well, that was not the start we wanted. A draw versus a Wales team that was more experienced but less talented is tough. The USMNT was so much better than Wales. Goodness. So. Much. Better.
Seeing that England went in and routed Iran, 6-2, was not inspiring. The goal differential all but eliminates Iran unless it beats both the US and Wales. If they do, well, good for them.
This next match figured to pit the two winning teams against one another in a game that would be interesting but not mandatory for either. Now, while mostly still meaningless to England, the outcome can weigh heavy for the USMNT.
The Americans have the youngest team in the field, and it showed. Wales played a lot of keep away. The refs handed out 283756 yellow cards (or so it felt like), and the pace slowed to a crawl. When the first score went on the board, it also showcased the youth of the Americans. Instead of pressing and looking for the next goal, it sat back and tried to weather a Welsh attack. It nearly survived until a penalty led to the tying goal.
1-1 was not an ender for America. It was, however, clear guide rails to advancement; the USMNT is fortunate to have the hinge game ahead of it.
USMNT vs. England kicks off after Iran vs. Wales. Just like any scoreboard watching situation, that result will apply or lessen the pressure on this game.
It makes for two ways to bet this, and you can come out ahead on either.
Assuming Wales wins — which it should — then the mission is clear: play this game against England for a tie and not let goal differential get out of hand in a loss. Two losses eliminate Iran. It also all but dictates that the US will have to send Iran back winless to advance. If Iran is a team that has quit, plus its the pitch drama, it certainly lends well to a name-the-score scenario. America can not clinch advancement in this game, even with a win. It can lose a spot if it allows goal differential to get insurmountable by being needlessly reckless. It has to play this game as Wales did against us: with extreme caution.
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