The 2022 World Cup was a bit of a mixed bag for the United States Men’s National Team. On the one hand, they made it through the first round with two wins and a draw. On the other, the draw was the result of poor defense and they only managed two goals in total. Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic (aka ”Captain America”) and teenage midfielder Yunus Musah headline the young U.S. team—only Ghana has a younger roster—and though some might be tempted to argue age is only a number and talent is what truly matters in the World Cup, the USMNT likely lacks the experience needed to make an unexpected championship run in Qatar. Their spirited run came to an end with a 1-3 loss to the Netherlands in the Round of 16.
Round of 16: Netherlands vs. USA
|Netherlands vs. USA||December 3, 2022||10 a.m.||Khalifa International Stadium|
Prediction: Netherlands vs. USA
The Netherlands enters the game as Group A winners and should back itself for the win, despite the USA’s surprising some by qualifying runner-up in Group B. PSV winger Cody Gakpo is having a sensational tournament, scoring in each of the group games to rank joint top scorer so far. Pulisic—who notched the winner in the decisive victory over Iran—could be the difference maker for the USA, should they be able to craft a few chances against the Dutch. In the end, we predict that the Netherlands may just have enough firepower to get the win and advance to the quarterfinals.
How to watch the USA World Cup team for free
In the United States, all matches will air on Fox, or in Spanish on Univision (via Peacock). The following streaming services from around the world will also broadcast World Cup matches online for free:
|United Kingdom||English||ITV, BBC||Free|
Group stage: USA World Cup 2022 fixtures and match schedule
Final 26-man USA World Cup 2022 roster
|Goalkeeper||Sean Johnson||33||214 lbs||6′ 3″|
|Goalkeeper||Ethan Horvath||27||183 lbs||6′ 4″|
|Goalkeeper||Matt Turner||28||172 lbs||6′ 3″|
|Defender||Walker Zimmerman||29||194 lbs||6′ 3″|
|Defender||DeAndre Yedlin||29||163 lbs||5′ 8″|
|Defender||Tim Ream||35||159 lbs||6′ 1″|
|Defender||Aaron Long||30||172 lbs||6′ 1″|
|Defender||Cameron Carter-Vickers||24||203 lbs||6′ 1″|
|Defender||Shaq Moore||26||163 lbs||5′ 11″|
|Defender||Sergiño Dest||21||137 lbs||5′ 9″|
|Defender||Joe Scally||19||174 lbs||6′ 0″|
|Defender||Antonee Robinson||25||154 lbs||5′ 8”|
|Midfielder||Kellyn Acosta||27||150 lbs||5′ 10″|
|Midfielder||Cristian Roldan||27||163 lbs||5′ 8″|
|Midfielder||Tyler Adams||23||159 lbs||5′ 9″|
|Midfielder||Luca de la Torre||24||148 lbs||5′ 10″|
|Midfielder||Weston McKennie||24||183 lbs||6′ 1″|
|Midfielder||Brenden Aaronson||22||152 lbs||5′ 10″|
|Midfielder||Yunus Musah||19||165 lbs||5′ 10″|
|Forward||Gio Reyna||20||174 lbs||6′ 1″|
|Forward||Jordan Morris||28||183 lbs||6′ 0″|
|Forward||Jesús Ferreira||21||150 lbs||5′ 9″|
|Forward||Joshua Sargent||22||172 lbs||6′ 1″|
|Forward||Christian Pulisic||24||150 lbs||5′ 8″|
|Forward||Haji Wright||24||176 lbs||6′ 4″|
|Forward||Timothy Weah||20||148 lbs||6′ 0″|
Key players on the USA World Cup team
Though the 2022 USMNT team is young, it doesn’t lack talent. Teenage defender Joe Scally arrived with high expectations after beating out Reggie Cannon for a spot. Musah and Cristian Roldan are legitimate midfield forces. Veteran defenders Tim Ream and Aaron Long are the elder statesmen at 35 and 30, respectively, and their experience could go a long way in helping the USMNT attempt to make history.
Who Is the USA’s Head Coach?
Gregg Berhalter took over the USMNT in December 2018 and will coach his first World Cup this fall. A longtime European player who played three seasons in the MLS, Berhalter won 74 games in six seasons leading the Columbus Crew from 2013-18. Columbus reached the playoffs four times and lost the MLS Cup in 2015.
USA national team strengths and weaknesses
In a way, the lack of expectations could work in the United States’ favor during the 2022 World Cup. The USMNT is eagerly trying to shake off the embarrassment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The decision to leave the past behind and revamp both the roster and coaching staff could prove extremely fruitful in a high-stakes environment. Age does not necessarily equate to experience, and we’re excited to see what such a young roster can do when seemingly no one believes they’ll go too deep into the tournament. Keep a close eye on Christian Pulisic, the 24-year-old forward and one of the top American players in recent memory.
The USMNT is a team in transition, and that means an overall unbalanced roster. Questions have persisted about the lack of depth, especially on defense, entering the 2022 World Cup. Additionally, teams can’t win games if they don’t score points. Berhalter chose not to include striker Ricardo Pepi, who had three goals during qualifying, on the World Cup roster. Energy and enthusiasm, especially from young players hoping to make a statement in their first World Cup, will only go so far when the time comes to put points on the board. Even with the low expectations, we won’t be surprised if fans prefer a 4-1 rout to a 1-0 heartbreaker.
USA World Cup 2022 odds
The odds for the USA to win the 2022 World Cup are so low, they’re not even showing in the table! Here are the latest 2022 FIFA World Cup odds for all countries considered to have a viable chance:
FAQ: USA 2022 World Cup squad
When did the USA last win the World Cup?
The United States men’s national team has never won the World Cup. In fact, the USMNT has never even reached the World Cup final. Their best finish came all the way back in 1930, when the Americans finished third.
How many times has the USA been in the World Cup?
The 2022 World Cup marks the 11th time the United States has qualified and participated in soccer’s most prestigious tournament. The U.S. previously participated in 1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. Note that the U.S. team withdrew from the 1938 World Cup despite qualifying.
How is the USA good at football?
Although the USMNT has regularly qualified for the World Cup in recent decades, the USMNT has failed to come anywhere close to winning a championship. However, the U.S. Women’s National Team owns four World Cup titles since 1991 and four Olympic Gold medals. We’ll see if the men ever find a way to catch up.