The United States Stumbles With Bill Lowell’s Grab – Recap, Analysis, Reaction

USA and Wales fought to a tight draw in their World Cup opener, with both teams going to be somewhat happy with that result in Group B.

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But the United States would have felt that had escaped when Gareth Bale equalized eight minutes from time for Wales (playing in their first World Cup match since 1958) as the young Americans were unable to hold on to all three points.

After eight years away from the World Cup for the USA, this was as tense as you would expect, with Bale picking up a point for Wales late on as the tie was a fair result.

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After a dominant start, the USA took the lead in the first half as Christian Pulisic surged forward and played a perfect through ball to Tim Weah who confidently went home sending American fans everywhere.

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Wales improved dramatically in the second half as Kiefer Moore gave them a pivotal point at the top and somehow headed wide from close range after Matt Turner had blocked Ben Davies. Then Walker Zimmerman delivered a terrible challenge to Bale and the Welsh captain grabbed himself to drive the penalty home to claim a point.

The English Football Association team faces England on Friday in its next group match, while Wales faces Iran on the same day.

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Berhalter’s main plotline starts well, then fizzles out badly

For most of the past few years, the USMNT has been plagued by injuries and a lack of quality in its key players. But in time it all fizzled together, at least in the first 45 minutes, for Greg Berhalter and his team. Dest and McKinney have been fit enough to start and Tim Ream has made the form of his life to bolster the defensive unit. Christian Pulisic and Tim Weah are fit and firing on all cylinders and this is pretty close to the first USMNT lineup.

A high-pressing game dominated Wales in the first half and the energy of this young team swept away their opponents. When they were on top they got the goal they deserved and everything was in place for the US when they needed it. But then they stumbled. Whether it was a lack of experience or a lack of energy, the USMNT wilted in the second half as Wales squandered two big chances before tying a late equalizer. This was a case of the United States having a golden opportunity for victory in their grasp, but they had let it slip away in a very nice way. This will disappoint Berhalter but there was plenty of positives to be gained from his first-half display.


The stars of the show

Tim ReamDefensively dominant and was very calm on the ball in the first half to keep the pressure on Wales. What a comeback story for the 35-year-old.

Kieffer Moore: What an impact after coming on in the first half. He gave Wales a focal point and turned the game around.

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There was a lot of talk about why Gio Reina didn’t show up (he told reporters he was 100% fit) and Greg Berhalter seemed to prefer Jordan Morris over the talented young playmaker.

full time: USA 1-1 Wales – A disappointing finish for a USMNT team who had an excellent first half but fair play against Wales, they fought bravely and deserved the point. This sets things up for a very tense B-group.

GOALLLL! No, is the answer. Walker Zimmermann passes through Gareth Bale’s back and takes a penalty. Bill then picks himself up and slams home. 1-1.

time is passing. Just over 10 minutes to go. Can the United States hold out!?

Brenden Aaronson on for McKennie. The Leeds midfielder needs to help them get the ball and stop Wales rushing forward.

close! Somehow Kiefer Moore is heading at close range. What an opportunity for Wales.

Wales started the second half well and the USMNT is having to spend a lot of time on defense.

GOALLLL! Tim Weah with a great finish after a great run and a pass from Christian Pulisic. The USMNT gets the goal their dominant show deserves.

Sergino Dest and Weston McKennie both booked within a few minutes. not perfect. Both of them were struggling with fitness and just made this game. Changes in the first half?

Memorizes! Wayne saves Hennessy while Rodon heads towards his target after a good job from Tim Weah. Sargent then runs a wide header from close range. The United States should make the most of being on top here.

Good start from USA. Wells wasn’t able to keep the ball and the Americans knocked it in really well.

here we are! Teams are out, jingles are sung and fireworks are flying. It’s time for the United States in the World Cup.


USMNT, Wales starting XI


The main events, the players have to watch closely

For the USMNT, turning their midfield will be their strength but there are still a lot of question marks around defense. Veteran Tim Ream could start at full-back to provide experience, while the midfield trio of Weston McKinney, Tyler Adams and Younes Musa are restricted as the main men in midfield. Christian Pulisic, Gio Reina, Brendan Aronson and Tim Weah are all vying for a starting spot in the offensive midfield but there’s no clear winner to start in the ninth, so perhaps the USMNT will start with the false nine?

In terms of injuries, Sergino Dest, Matt Turner and Weston McKinney have all been training after neglecting recent injuries. However, Greg Berhalter said it was unlikely that both Dest and McKinney would play the full 90 minutes and said they were completely unsuited for the opening match against Wales. It was also announced that USMNT captain Tyler Adams had been named to the tournament.

Wells likes to sit deep and soak up the pressure, and their back three and fluid system will be tough for the USMNT to break down. Moving forward, the quality of Ramsey and Bale speak for themselves and Wales will rely heavily on set-piece situations and swinging the pass in order to attack Kiefer Moore. Watch out for Harry Wilson and Daniel James in the attacking zones, too. Wales are a strong, experienced team who are very good at dropping back and then counter-attacking. Their nation expects them to get out of this group and this game against the USMNT will be very close to calling. The wise Wales looks very good with Joe Allen training on his own as he’s been recovering from a hamstring problem recently and won’t be available for this game.


Fast facts about the USA

Current FIFA World Ranking: 16
World Cup titles: 0
Number of participations in the World Cup: 9
How they qualified: Automatically qualified by CONCACAF (3rd place)
Coach: Greg Berhalter
Key players: Christian Pulisic, Weston McKinney, Tyler Adams


Fast facts about Wales

Current FIFA World Ranking: 19
World Cup titles: 0
Participations in the World Cup: 1
How they qualified: Qualified by UEFA via Qualifiers, Track B
Coach: Rob Page
Key players: Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies



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