Thursday, September 28

1. Youngest Squad in the Competition

The USNMT will have one of the youngest squads among all the sides in the competition – with an average age of just 23.7 years. Yunus Musah and Joseph Scally are the youngest players in the squad at the age of 19. The squad has only 23.05 average international career caps. There are nine players in the squad who have played fewer than 10 matches.

2. Playing abroad

For Qatar 2022, the USNMT has more players who have played in European leagues than in any previous World Cup for the United States. The 19 players hail from European clubs in 10 countries, including England (7), Scotland, France, Italy (2 each) and Portugal, Austria, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, and Germany (1 each). The bigger names include Chelsea striker Christian Pulišić, Lille OSC forward Timothy Weah, Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, Dest from AC Milan, Leeds United’s midfielder Tyler Adams, and Brenden Aaronson.

3.Most Players from Youth World Cup

Thirteen players have represented the USA at a Youth World Cup: Adams, Dest, Sargent, and Weah (U-17 and U-20 World Cup); de la Fuente, Ledezma, Miazga, Richards, Soto, and Steffen (U-20 World Cup); Odunze, Pulisic, and Reyna (U-17 World Cup). Six players from the United States made it to the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup: de la Fuente, Dest, Llanez, Richards, Soto, and Weah.

4. Group B

Group B, which includes the United States, Iran, England, and Wales, one of the interesting facts is that the lowest average FIFA rankings among all groups and Group B ranks as the hardest at the tournament. England (5), Iran (23), Wales (19), and the USA (14). Also, there are some political and geographical battles in this group because the United States, Iran, and England are in the same group. Because of their political differences, the match between the United States and Iran will be a high-voltage match not only on the field but also off. The last time Iran and the US played against each other was at the 1998 World Cup in France, where the Iranian side beat the United States 2-1 with goals by Hamid Estili and Mehdi Mahdavikia.

5. Champions League Winner

Christian Pulisic becomes the first USMNT player to play in the Champions League and wins the final. Christian Pulisic, a native of Pennsylvania, made history by becoming the first USMNT player to perform on the highest platform in professional soccer: the UEFA Champions League final. He did not simply show up. He took home the championship. The 22-year-old United States national team player came off the bench in the second half of the 1-0 triumph over Manchester City at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal, and he helped his team see out the final 20 minutes of a 1-0 win.

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