World Cup: USA, a new generation eager to prove itself
The World Cup starts in less than a month. So, it’s time to introduce you to the teams that will fight for the supreme cup in Doha. It is the turn of the United States, who have a good chance of getting out of Group B.
Russia was forgotten from the World Cup
The United States of America, which failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, is back. The Yanks this time, he qualified after the qualifiers of the CONCACAF zone.
We can say that their campaign went quite well. Only Panama (1-0), Canada (2-0) and Costa Rica (2-0) kept them in check. Despite these defeats against the three “bigs” along with Mexico, the USA composted its ticket by taking 3rd place. Despite losing to the Costa Ricans in San Jose on March 30, 2022, the USA returned to the World Cup for the 11th time.
The Yanks have been used to performing in recent years
What would be the reflex in front of this US team? To think that their soccer culture is minimal, or rather in its infancy? Finally, that they are not a football country and that they are not a nation to be reckoned with?
Maybe, but this is a biased view. The USA actually finished 3rd in the first World Cup (in 1930) regardless of the formula at the time. After a historic participation in 1950, when the Americans knocked out Great Britain in the first round, there was a huge gap. The USA would not participate in the World Cup until 1990. In 1994, the United States became the host country for the World Cup, a decisive event in the “soccer” culture: the United States invested more and more in this sport, which paid off. after.
After being eliminated in the first round in 1998, the USA then sprung a surprise in one of the “weirdest” World Cups in history: the World Cups in South Korea and Japan. Bob Bradley’s men, led by Claudio Reyna, will surprise everyone, go through the pools and, notably, beat Portugal and Mexico, before beating future finalists Germany to reach the quarter-finals.
In 2010, the top scorer in the selection history, Landon Donovan sent the yanks to the 1/8 finals with the 90th goal against Algeria. Germany will be the one to stop them.
Finally, and this is surely one of the greatest memories of our golden generation at the World Cup, our Devils once again took down the USA in Brazil after an unstoppable match in which Tim Howard came up with just about everything. at night. Belgian heroes? Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.
The sequence is here!
Undoubtedly, USA Donovan, Bradley, Dempsey, Altidore,…
But their core is perhaps the best in history or in the making. Backed by a flourishing soccer, where academies bring in promising shoots every year, the United States has a wealth of talent in its ranks who have played in Europe’s biggest championships.
With rising stars like Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Weston McKennie, Sergino Dest, Brenden Aaronson and Josh Sargeant, the USA can hurt many teams.
It’s also worth noting that several players have links to Belgium, whether it’s goalkeeper Ethan Horvat (ex Brugge) or speedsters Sam Vines and Mark McKenzie, who gained speed at Antwerp and Genk respectively.
With what ambitions?
USA is in Group B with Iran, Wales and England as big favorites.
Second place would be entirely possible for the Yanks, and given the core players and the huge national investment in football, struggling in the group stage would be seen as a failure. After all, in 4 years, the USA will be the organizer of the world championship, it was about not missing…