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The US men’s national team will learn world Cup Fate on Friday.
Despite the team losing to C on Wednesday night 2-0, the Americans returned to the World Cup for the first time since 2014. In 2014, the United States were placed in Group G along with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. The team managed to advance to the playoffs, but lost to Belgium.
United States coach Greg Berhalter hopes to ride the wave of young talent deep into the World Cup.
“We are the youngest team to qualify for the World Cup, the youngest American team and we will be the youngest team in the World Cup,” Berhalter said Wednesday. “This is an achievement for these people. It really is.”
Christian Pulisic is one of the top American stars. He plays for Chelsea in the Premier League, but he is also the leading scorer who has given American fans some hope that the team can do something big on the world stage.
“It was one of the hardest days of my life,” Pulisic said. “I will never forget it.” “Now to be in this position – qualifying for the World Cup, we are all very proud.”
This year’s tournament, which will take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, is the last to feature 32 international teams. The 2026 tournament being held in North America will have 48. The World Cup takes place in the latter part of the year due to the extreme heat the country can experience.
The lottery already has a bunch of surprises. Four-time World Cup champion Italy did not qualify after losing to North Macedonia in a qualifier. Russia was disqualified from competing in this event due to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and Canada qualified for the first time in 36 years.
Previous winners participate in the tournament including: Germany, Brazil, France, Spain, England, Argentina and Uruguay.
The United States has never won on the men’s side. Their best result came in 1930 when they finished third. The team hasn’t finished better than eighth since then.
The 2022 World Cup Draw In Qatar it can be watched on FS1 and broadcast on the FOX Sports app. The introductory show starts at 11:30 AM ET and the main show starts at noon. The post-draw show will happen after all groups are announced at 1 PM ET.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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