Sets Up Do-Or-Die Match With Iran

Fans of USA display a national flag on the stands ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between USA and Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on November 21, 2022. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • With a 2–0 win over Wales earlier in the day, Iran now boasts three points and sat in a tie with England for first place until the draw. Iran’s big-time victory sets the stage for a dramatic finish for the USMNT, as the two sides will face off Tuesday in a huge match that will ultimately decide their fate.
  • Should the USMNT earn a win over Iran, the team would advance to the knockout stage with a total of five points.
  • However, if the squad ends a third consecutive match in a draw or loses the match, the U.S. would be eliminated in the group stage for the first time since 2006.

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