USMNT train for final time ahead of World Cup clash with Iran as Gregg Berhalter and his young squad seek first victory in Qatar
The USMNT trained for the last time before their decisive match against Iran on Tuesday which will see the loser return home and the winner advance to the knockout stages of the World Cup.
The Stars and Stripes will be desperate for a first victory in Qatar, after two consecutive draws, first against Wales (1-1) before keeping a clean sheet against former rivals England (0-0).
US head coach Gregg Berhalter, who faced a barrage of political questions from reporters on Monday, described the game as his side’s “first knockout game” at the World Cup and is wary of the threat posed by Iran after their second-half performance against Wales in a 2-0 win.
The United States trained one last time as a unit before facing Iran on Tuesday in a win-or-break home game
The team’s forwards were put through their paces on the eve of the final Group B game
USA striker Jordan Morris looked upbeat as he and a member of the coaching staff did a high five
Captain Tyler Adams, winger Christian Pulisic, number 1 Matt Turner and right-back Sergino Dest were all fully focused during the team’s final training session on Monday from club QSL Al Gharafa SC’s training base.
As things stand, England lead Group B with four points, followed by Iran with three, the United States with two and Wales with one.
“We know exactly what Iran is going to bring, and we don’t want to make the same mistakes as in the past,” US head coach Gregg Berhalter told reporters on Monday, referring to the World Cup match. 1998 between the two. sides, when Iran won 2-1.
USA coach Gregg Berhalter called Tuesday’s match his team’s “first knockout game”
American striker Christian Pulisic took part in the team’s final training session at Al Gharrafa SC
USMNT starting goaltender Matt Turner hopes for another shutout on Tuesday
“We want to learn from that and be able to put it into performance.”
The Star and Stripes will rely on their young legs to secure a longer stay in Qatar, with the team being the second-youngest in the tournament with an average age of 25.2.
Ghana leads the standings with their players aged 24.7 on average. Iran, on the other hand, are the oldest team in the World Cup with an average age of 28.9.
USA right-back Sergino Dest took part in shooting drills on Monday as his teammates watched
Weston McKennie (left) and Brenden Aaronson (right) are both hoping to start against Iran
Ahead of Tuesday’s clash, Iran coach Carlos Queiroz hailed the growth of the USA team, saying this World Cup has shown “they have gone from football to football”.
He coached Major League Soccer’s MetroStars in 1996 and served as an adviser to the USSF in 1998, drafting a player development plan aimed at winning a World Cup by 2010.
‘When it was time to get dressed, (there) was a box in front of us, (Roberto) Donadoni and Tab Ramos, we had to jump on the boxes to choose the best socks and the best pants and the best shirt because everything was in a heap,” Queiroz said.
“I’m sure those Americans playing tomorrow, they don’t know anything about it.”