Ever since the FIFA World Cup draw, Black Friday has been circled on the calendar, and the anticipated matchup is here at last. Follow along.
Ever since the FIFA World Cup draw, Black Friday has been circled on the calendar for the Group B matchup between the United States men’s national team and England, and the anticipated matchup is here at last.
The two teams meet at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, knowing what each outcome will mean for its chances of advancement following Iran’s 2–0 win over Wales earlier in the day. England, after a 6–2 thrashing of Iran in its opener, can all but secure first in the group with a win, while the U.S. would leap into first place with a victory but would still have work to do in its finale vs. Iran regardless. A draw or U.S. loss are not prohibitive, though they would make Tuesday’s group finale a must-win affair.
Despite their differing histories, the U.S. entered Friday having never lost to England at the World Cup, carrying a 1-0-1 record following the famous 1950 upset and a draw in South Africa in 2010. Their last meeting, at the start of the new World Cup cycle in Nov. 2018, went decisively in the Three Lions’ way—a 3–0 hammering at Wembley Stadium.
Managers Gregg Berhalter and Gareth Southgate both took similar approaches to their lineups, opting for continuity over rotation. Berhalter made one change from the side that started against Wales, swapping center forward Josh Sargent for Haji Wright, while Southgate named an unchanged squad from the group that routed Team Melli.
Three U.S. starters begin on high alert, with Weston McKennie, Sergiño Dest and Tim Ream all carrying yellow cards into the match. With one more Friday, they’d be suspended for the Iran game.
Follow along here for live updates and highlights of goals and key plays from throughout the match (refresh for most recent updates).
Here are the lineups for both teams:
Full World Cup Squads
GOALKEEPERS: Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Sean Johnson (NYCFC), Matt Turner (Arsenal)
DEFENDERS: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic), Sergiño Dest (AC Milan), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Shaq Moore (Nashville SC), Tim Ream (Fulham), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
MIDFIELDERS: Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Kellyn Acosta (LAFC), Tyler Adams (Leeds United), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders)
FORWARDS: Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Josh Sargent (Norwich City), Tim Weah (Lille), Haji Wright (Antalyaspor)
COACH: Gregg Berhalter
GOALKEEPERS: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Newcastle), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
DEFENDERS: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal)
MIDFIELDERS: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham)
FORWARDS: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), James Maddison (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Callum Wilson (Newcastle)
COACH: Gareth Southgate
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