Starting Point: USMNT Opens With Draw

11/22/2022 Starting Point: USMNT Opens With Draw

By: Jeff Yoder

USMNT Gives Up Late Penalty to Draw With Wales in World Cup Opener (1-1)

The United States Men’s National Team began their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign with a lot of positives but a neutral result in Match 1. Wales entered Monday riding the highs of their first World Cup match in 64 years, but it was the USMNT who struck first. Timothy Weah (36’) smashed home a through-ball from Christian Pulisic late in the first half, but a late penalty put Gareth Bale on the spot for the equalizer late in the game (82’). The U.S. owned the possession stats in Match 1 (59%—41%), but their trip to Qatar begins with a draw.


Watch: USMNT & Wales Play to 1-1 Draw


Earlier in the day, England blew out Iran to take a commanding lead in Group B while the Dutch blanked Senegal thanks to a pair of goals in the waning minutes. More matches coming up today…


Other World Cup Highlights

England def. Iran (6-2)

Netherlands def. Senegal (2-0)


Group B Standings Update

England: 3 points (+4 GD)

USA: 1 point (0 GD)

Wales: 1 point (0 GD)

Iran: 0 points (-4 GD)


Today’s World Cup Schedule

Group C: Argentina vs. Saudi Arabia (5:00 am ET)

Group D: Denmark vs. Tunisia (8:00 am ET)

Group C: Mexico vs. Poland (11:00 am ET)

Group D: France vs. Australia (2:00 pm ET)


Additional Storylines

ESPN: World Cup Chaos: Fans Face Ticket Issues as FIFA App Crashes

SI: USMNT’s World Cup-Opening Draw Feels Like a Disappointment

Reuters: England Thrash Iran 6-2 in Strong Start to World Cup

USA Today: First Time Watching the World Cup? Here’s How Soccer’s Ultimate Showcase Works


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