Bale's first mission: break the American dream
USA weigh their options against Wales
MADRID, 20 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The selection of Wales and that of the United States will meet this Monday (8:00 p.m.) in their first game in the World Cup in Qatar 2022, within Group B, a match that seems even, with Gareth Bale as the main argument on the one hand and with the mystery of a Yankee team that has been preparing for this moment for years.
Knowing already the result of England-Iran that will open the group at 2:00 p.m., the direct duel will be served between two aspirants to be in the round of 16, at least fighting for second place. The English have favoritism, but equality and the possibility of surprises are on the table in this foursome.
For Wales, Qatar 2022 means returning to a World Cup 64 years later. Little more would be needed to add to explain the importance not of the tournament, but of the debut. The first game marks a lot and three points can mean half a ticket to the round of 16. The team led by Robert Page has Bale as a great threat, although the former Real Madrid player may lack rhythm, which he will supply with heart.
The player with the most appearances and goals in the history of Wales assumes that leadership naturally and, after some filming with Los Angeles FC and a title already, he will be at the foot of the canyon. Connor Roberts, Aaron Ramsey and Daniel James are also important players for the 'Red Dragons', as the key will be their solidity at the back.
For the United States, the time to jump to the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha is also highly anticipated. The Yankee team missed a World Cup after more than 30 years in Russia in 2018, a sports debacle and a change in the Federation that gave way to a whole regeneration. The training and discovery of new talents was carried out mostly by coach Gregg Berhalter.
The Stars and Stripes team, champion of the League of Nations (2020) and the Gold Cup (2021), brings youth, ambition and quality to Qatar, with Christian Pulisic, Sergiño Dest, Weston McKennie, Giovanni Reyna, Tyler Adams , Brenden Aaronson and Ricardo Pepi. A squad with ambition and nerve to surprise.
ESTADOS UNIDOS: Matt Turner; Sergiño Dest, Walker Zimmerman, Aaron Long, Antonee Robinson; Yunus Musah, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent y Brenden Aaronson.
GALES: Wayne Hennessey; Ethan Ampadu, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies, Connor Roberts; Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey, Neco Williams, Gareth Bale, Kieffer Moore y Daniel James.
--REFEREE: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (CAT).
--ESTADIUM: Al Thumama Stadium.