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USA football team's looking for wins in Qatar: Pulisic and Dest, the golden generation

Chuck Blake

Updated: Oct 17, 2022 09:13

American golden generation carrying big aspirations


  • USA will play Wales, England and IR Iran in Group B

  • ClevPicks looks at the system Gregg Berhalter plans to use in Qatar

  • Sergino Dest and Christian Pulisic will be central to US hopes

They’re back, baby! USA’s last appearance on the big stage stage was an epic, Tim Howard making FIFA World Cup™ history in a thrilling 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium in last 16 in Salvador. Their fans, who had travelled en masse to Brazil, wowed the sport with their passion. Those same supporters were agonisingly forced to watch Russia 2018 on TV.

The Star-Spangled Banner's appealing tunes and the shout of the Americans will nevertheless return to the World Cup in Qatar. The USA, led by Christian Pulisic and including players from Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Juventus, and Manchester City, are aiming for a spot in the knockout round and beyond under new coach Gregg Berhalter. will introduce you the U.S. national football team...

USA’s Group B matches

21 November

USA-Wales (22:00 local time, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium)

25 November

England-USA (22:00 local time, Al Bayt Stadium)

29 November

IR Iran-USA (22:00 local time, Al Thumama Stadium)

Gregg Berhalter’s approach and tactics

The former defender plays a daring 4-3-3 formation. Sergino Dest, Antonee Robinson, and Weston McKennie are encouraged to attack, and Yunus Musah, in particular, moves forward from midfield, putting a lot of pressure on Tyler Adams to defend the center-backs.

Further north, a lone striker who appears to be either Ricardo Pepi or Jesus Ferreira is surrounded by Christian Pulisic and Brenden Aaronson.

When in control, Berhalter wants his players to be decisive, striving to make something happen rather than holding onto the ball for no reason at all. To do this, they push high up the field. The 49-year-old also prefers early replacements, which might mean sending in players like Timothy Weah and Giovanni Reyna to take advantage of worn-out teams.

Key player: Christian Pulisic

"He's unbelievable on the ball – one of the most creative players in the game,"raved Berhalter of his No10. "Then you have his energy, his pressing, his leadership. I think he can have a big World Cup."

Big is exactly what the man himself is dreaming. "We're going to go in with the mentality and mindset of wanting to win the World Cup,"Pulisic declared. "Because if you believe, I think you can do it."

The 24-year-old is already the most decorated American athlete in history after winning numerous championships with Chelsea, including the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World CupTM. He has performed admirably while wearing the USA jersey, tallying 21 goals in 52 games.


One to watch: Sergino Dest

"It's like having two players in one,"said Berhalter of his right-back. "He can defend. His attacking play is unreal." So unreal that no less an authority than Xavi described it as "spectacularly good".

Dest, who left Barcelona to sign for AC Milan on loan for the 2022–2023 campaign, stated: "I need to get minutes for the World Cup. I need to play."

The talent, who was born in the Netherlands, can hit the ball far and with great skill, making him a real outlet down the right.

USA’s World Cup record

Bert Patenaude, who scored the first hat-trick in the history of the tournament, propelled the US to the semifinals of the inaugural World Cup before it pulled off one of the biggest upsets in its history, a 1-0 victory over England in 1950 known as "The Miracle of Belo Horizonte."

Beginning in 1990, the USA took part in seven consecutive tournaments, hosting in 1994, again in 2010, and again in 2014. The Stars and Stripes' best season, however, came in 2002, when they defeated Mexico 2-0 to go to the quarterfinals, where they gave Germany a real scare before falling to them 1-0.

The United States will participate in the World Cup again after unexpectedly being excluded from Russia 2018.

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