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USA vs. Iran: Everything you need to know about the crucial World Cup match


The United States has a clear goal for its match against Iran on Tuesday: win.

The Americans are going to have to do more than channel Al Davis to “just win” as anything short of that will result in World Cup elimination. The United States hopes to avoid embarrassment against a country better known for being its rival on the geopolitical spectrum than it is on the football field.

The United States have only scored one goal in the tournament, against Wales in a 1-1 draw. The United States drew with England on Friday, for which millions of people tuned in on FOX.

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Iran are looking to exit the group stage for the first time in their history. The team had four points in the 2018 World Cup but failed to reach the knockout round. A tie, at the very least, with the US will help your case tremendously.

Read below for everything you need to know about the match.

How can you watch USA vs. Iran?

England’s Harry Kane, left, vies for the ball with Tyler Adams of the United States during the World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on November 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

USA vs. Iran will start at 2 pm ET on Tuesday. Coverage begins at 1 pm ET on FOX. fans can tune in Watch the match here.

Who plays for the United States national team?

John Stones of England vies for the ball with Christian Pulisic of the United States during the World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on November 25, 2022.

John Stones of England vies for the ball with Christian Pulisic of the United States during the World Cup Group B match at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on November 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

The roster includes: GK Ethan Horvath, GK Sean Johnson, GK Matt Turner, MF Brenden Aaronson, MF Kellyn Acosta, MF Tyler Adams, MF Luca de la Torre, MF Yunus Musah, MF Cristian Roldan, D Cameron Carter-Vickers, D Sergino Dest, D Aaron Long, D Shaq Moore, D Tim Ream, D Antonee Robinson, D Joe Scally, D DeAndre Yedlin, D Walker Zimmerman, F Jesus Ferreira, F Jordan Morris, F Christian Pulisic, F Gio Reyna, F Josh Sargent, F Tim Weah and F Haji Wright.

Who plays for Iran?

Mehdi Taremi of Iran, left, duels for the ball with Joe Rodon of Wales during the World Cup Group B match at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 25, 2022.

Mehdi Taremi of Iran, left, duels for the ball with Joe Rodon of Wales during the World Cup Group B match at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on November 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The roster includes: GK Alireza Beiranvand, GK Amir Abedzadeh, GK Hossein Hosseini, GK Payam Niazmand, MF Ahmad Noorollahi, MF Saman Ghoddos, MF Vahid Amiri, MF Saeid Ezatolahi. MF Alireza Jahanbakhsh, MF Lehdi Torabi, MF Ali Gholizadeh, MF Ali Karimi, DF Ehsan Hajsafi, DF Morteza Pouraliganji, DF Ramin REzaeian, DF Milad Mohammadi, DF Hossein Kanani, DF Shojae Khalilzadeh, DF Sadegh Mharrami, DF Rouzbeh Cheshmi, DF Majid Hosseini, D Abolfazl Jalali, F Karim Ansarifard, F Sardar Azmoun, and F Mehdi Taremi.

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Why are tensions so high?

USA coach Gregg Berhalter shouts instructions to his players during the World Cup Group B match against Wales at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Doha on November 21, 2022.

USA coach Gregg Berhalter shouts instructions to his players during the World Cup Group B match against Wales at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Doha on November 21, 2022.
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The Iranian government at home is dealing with mass protests, while its national team offered support to the protesters ahead of their World Cup opener against England. The United States also riled Iran over the weekend when the US Soccer Federation briefly removed the Islamic Republic emblem from its flag to support protesters.

Iran asked FIFA to suspend the United States from the World Cup for this. USA coach Gregg Berhalter apologized for the removal on behalf of the federation.

“We had no idea what US Soccer had to offer,” Berhalter said. “All we can do on our behalf is apologize on behalf of the players and staff.”

How is the United States doing?

The United States needs to beat Iran to reach the knockout stage. Iran have already beaten Wales and England have beaten Iran which hurts the USA at the end of the day. The United States has two points in the group stage. A draw would also eliminate the Americans.

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Iran defeated the United States in a 1998 World Cup match in France that eliminated the Americans from the tournament. It is the only game the two teams have played against each other.

“That game stuck in my mind. It burns in my mind,” Berhalter said Monday. “What I saw from the opening whistle is a team that really wanted to win the game and a team that didn’t really want to win the game.”



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