USMND’s World Cup opponent, Iran, defeated Uruguay in a friendly

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USA lost 2-0 to Japan (Here’s the Panic Meter) on a Friday, almost all of their fellow group stage opponents were in action. England suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Italy at the San Siro and were knocked out of their UEFA Nations League group. Elsewhere, and most notably, Iran produced a surprise 1-0 win over Uruguay in an international friendly in St. Boelden, Austria.

Mehdi Taremi scored the lone goal of the match as Melli fought off 16 shots from Uruguay to win. While friendlies aren’t always the best test of team strength for Iran under Carlos Queiroz, who is back in charge after an eight-year hiatus from 2011-2019, the result could be a danger to the US in their World Cup run. group.

Paired with England, Iran and Wales in Group B, the USMNT have high hopes of making it out of the group, but it won’t be easy. This is the Iranian side, which is defensively very solid Although the dragon moves from Skocic Four months before the start of the competition. The Americans are at their best when attacking one-on-one, but they can struggle when facing counter-attacking sides that are difficult to open up due to a lack of creative players on the pitch.

They will need the best from Gio Raina to overcome a team like Iran, but depending on his role in Qatar, Iran could isolate him from action. Japan showed they have no way to fix the USA if they cut them off in midfield, something Greg Berhalder will have to figure out ahead of the World Cup.

Group B qualification odds (courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook)

  • England: -1600
  • USA: +100
  • Wales: +100
  • Iran: +400

When the U.S. played Uruguay in the summer, it ended in a 0-0 draw against an out-of-form Darwin Nunes. Iran needed four saves from Alireza Beirenwand to secure victory on Friday. The USMNT should not panic just yetThey will need more from the team in between the trip to Qatar to ensure they make the knockout stages.

But for Iran, after a rocky summer, their stakes are rising. Next up is another tough test for Iran against Senegal.

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