Wales kick off their first World Cup finals appearance since 1958 with a tough opening game against the USA today. With the temperature dropping after dark in Qatar, both teams will be aiming to qualify for the knockouts, so a win here would be a huge step towards that goal. Which side will take the upper hand and put the pressure on group favorites England? Here’s how to watch a USA vs Wales live stream in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
USA vs Wales live stream
Date: November 21, 2022
Venue: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Umm Al Afaei
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It took a Gareth Bale free-kick in a playoff against Ukraine for Wales to secure their place in Qatar, but that kind of drama is emblematic of a Wales side that always fights until the end. Rob Page’s team is still heavily reliant on moments of magic from the LAFC man, with the odd contribution from Aaron Ramsey, but if their team spirit is as strong as it was at Euro 2016 and Euro 2020 it could just carry Wales through.
Bale and Ramsey both start against the USA tonight, with Dan James and Harry Wilson providing the threat from out wide, while Hennessey is preferred in goal.
After missing out in 2018, the USA has a point to prove. Head coach Gregg Berhalter brings a side to Qatar that is brimming with exciting young talent. That includes Dortmund’s Gio Reyna, Tim Weah (son of Ballon d’Or winner George), and Jesús Ferreira of FC Dallas. Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic will need to put his struggles at Stamford Bridge behind him if the USMNT is to match the performance in 2002, when Berhalter was part of the team that reached the quarter-finals.
McKennie has won his battle to be fit for this game, with Arsenal’s Matt Turner in goal. Sergino Dest and Fulham’s Antonee Robinson fill the full-back roles, with Pulisic, Weah and Sargent aiming to cause problems for the Wales back line.
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Swansea’s Joe Allen hasn’t played since picking up a hamstring injury in September, but Page has still included him in the squad. Bale also isn’t 100% fit and has only made two starts for LAFC this season, although that didn’t stop him netting a crucial late equalizer in the MLS Cup recently.
Weston McKennie of Juventus is the most high-profile doubt in the USA side. The midfielder picked up a thigh injury at the end of October and has not featured for the Italian side since.
Wales XI: Hennessey (GK), Williams, Davies, Mepham, Rodon, Wilson, Ramsey, Bale, Roberts, Ampadu, James.
USA XI: Turner (GK), Dest, Zimmerman, Adams, Robinson, Musah, McKennie, Pulisic, Ream, Weah, Sargent.
World Cup 2022 Group B table
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World Cup 2022 Group B fixtures
(All times GMT. Take away 5 hours for EST. Add 11 hours for AEDT)
GROUP B FIXTURES
Monday, November 21
1pm – England vs Iran
7pm – United States vs Wales
Friday, November 25
10am – Wales vs Iran
7pm – England vs United States
Tuesday, November 29
7pm – Iran vs United States
7pm – Wales vs England