Full highlights and analysis of the USMNT’s 1-1 draw with Wales at the 2022 World Cup

Full highlights and analysis of the USMNT’s 1-1 draw with Wales at the 2022 World Cup

21 November 2022 at 17:16 EST

Berhalter about leaving Reyna on the bench

Gregg Berhalter talked about leaving Gio Reyna on the bench for this game: “Regarding Gio Reyna, when we look at the game, the guys gave everything. People were cramping and it made subs difficult in this game. In the phase of the game, we went with Jordan Morris which we felt could give us speed and power.

“They are trying to get him up to speed. They are protecting themselves against congestion. In the training session against Al-Gharafa there was congestion. We are taking precautions and building him up. He can play a big role, the question is when .”

Paul Tenorio

Paul Tenorio·

Staff Writer, MLS

21 November 2022 at 17:03 EST

Page: ‘It was 64 years, but worth the wait’

Speaking after the game, Wales manager Rob Page said: “To go a goal behind against a good team like the USA, we showed character, credit to the lads for coming back and getting a point.

“It was 64 years but worth the wait. To see the Red Wall (Wales fans) celebrate was incredible.”

On replacing Dan James with Kieffer Moore to start the second half: “There was nothing against Dan James, but the game suited Kieffer to get us up the field. We played over the top into Kieffer, it was a tactical decision.”

On the fitness of his squad: “Before we play Iran, the medical team will have work to do. We have players who are not playing week in, week out, they are in need.”

Michael Dominski

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21 November 2022 at 16:56 EST

Berhalter: “We left everything out there”

Gregg Berhalter had this to say after the draw: “I think we lost a bit of steam. Similarly, Wales stepped up the pressure and we had some good counter-attacking opportunities, but I thought the guys coped well. We kept it going until the end, a hard fought game, ​​we left everything out there.

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“Wales went very direct in the second half. They have a big team and they made it difficult. So I think we managed a lot of our pressure well, but when they hit long balls and play for second balls it becomes difficult.”

Michael Dominski

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21 November 2022 at 16:46 EST

Bale on the penalty: “It was always going to be me”

Speaking to ITV after the game, Gareth Bale said he had “no doubt” about taking the penalty for Wales’ first World Cup goal since 1958.

Asked if he always intended to take the penalty, he said: “Yes, (it was) always (going to be) me.

“No doubt in my mind. I feel like I have to step up and I’m happy to do it.”

Rob Page added: “Once again it’s all about Bale”.

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21 November 2022 at 16:35 EST

Speaking from the match

The AthleticStuart James, Paul Tenorio and Mark Carey break down the key talking points from this match, including:

  • The ball goes up when it matters
  • Pulisic delivers in his first World Cup match
  • Page takes the wrong tactic
  • Weah’s vertical movement is paying off
  • The battle in the midfield
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MOVE ON

USA 1 Wales 1: Bale to the rescue, Weah’s vertical movement and Pulisic delivered

21 November 2022 at 16:26 EST

Reactions to Weah’s goal from across the US

Americans around the country celebrated as Weah gave the USMNT the lead in the first half:

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21 November 2022 at 16:25 EST

The US must tighten up its defenses

The USMNT hasn’t kept a clean sheet against European opposition in the World Cup since 1950. The good news? Their opponent in that game is their next opponent on Friday – England!

21 November 2022 at 16:22 EST

Weah: “We must be better in both halves”

Goal scorer Tim Weah had this to say after the game: “In the first half we had a lot of energy and momentum. We had most of the possession. In the second, Wales stepped up and started to press. And then, at the end, they hurt us.

“We have to be better in both halves. They played five at the back, which is difficult, and they did a good job.

“In a World Cup the most important thing is not to lose. We kept it close and now we focus on the next match when we will try to take it to the next step. We will continue to work.”

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21 November 2022 at 16:20 EST

Summary of USMNT results in opening game at World Cup since 1990

  • 2022: Draw with Wales 1-1
  • 2018: Beat Ghana 2-1
  • 2010: Draw with England 1-1
  • 2006: Lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic
  • 2002: Beat Portugal 3-2
  • 1998: Lost to Germany 2-0
  • 1994: Draw with Switzerland 1-1
  • 1990: Lost to Czechoslovakia
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21 November 2022 at 16:11 EST

Highlights for UK readers

Our UK readers will be able to see these highlights:

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21 November 2022 at 16:10 EST

Highlights for US readers

Our readers in the US will be able to see these highlights:

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21 November 2022 at 16:05 EST

Where this leaves the USMNT

The USA failed to capitalize on a strong first half, with Walker Zimmerman making a clumsy challenge to give Wales a penalty. Gareth Bale made the most of the opportunity and the USA were unable to claw back a winner.

Draw against England. Win against Iran. That’s your clearest realistic path to advancing from Group B. That Iran-Wales game on Friday is also going to be huge for the USMNT.

Jeff Rueter

Jeff Rueter·

Staff Writer, MLS

21 November 2022 at 16:03 EST

FT: USA 1-1 Wales

It ends 1-1 as neither side can find a late winner. There is still everything to play for in Group B.

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21 November 2022 at 16:02 EST

Decisive takedown of Acosta

100 minutes: Matt Turner gets well out of the box to intercept a long ball but is left a bit stranded as the ball falls to another Wales forward. Acosta takes one for the team and cynically takes down the Wales player, receiving a yellow card which he is more than happy to take.

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21 November 2022 at 15:59 EST

Furious action

99 minutes: The game has become disjointed as both sides furiously push for a winner in the dying minutes. We almost had nine minutes of injury time.

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21 November 2022 at 15:53 EST

DAMAGE TIME

Two minutes of injury time are gone, at least seven remain.

Wales make another change, replacing Harry Wilson with Sorba Thomas.

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21 November 2022 at 15:52 EST

Why Berhalter chose Morris over Reyna

I didn’t see Gio Reyna warming up at all in the second half, although I may have missed him during the game. However, guess Berhalter will also have someone on the field with pace to exploit the space at the back if Wales push for a win here. Right now this game looks like it’s going to be wide open and if Wales push too high Morris’s pace could make them pay.

Paul Tenorio

Paul Tenorio·

Staff Writer, MLS

21 November 2022 at 15:49 EST

A word for Jordan Morris

It’s a good moment for Jordan Morris, who was in the pool when the U.S. missed the tournament in 2018 and has had two torn ACLs. But it’s hard for me to understand bringing him in when Giovanni Reyna could have come in for Tim Weah. We’ll see if he makes me eat my words.

Jeff Rueter

Jeff Rueter·

Staff Writer, MLS

21 November 2022 at 15:48 EST

Final USMNT sub

87 minutes: Both sides are pushing for a late winner now, but they only have a few minutes left to find one.

Gregg Berhalter makes his fifth and final change, bringing in Jordan Morris for Tim Weah.

Michael Dominski

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21 November 2022 at 15:43 EST

GOAL! Wales equalise!

82 minutes: Matt Turner dives the right way, but Gareth Bale’s penalty has too much pace and height for the keeper to keep out.

All to play for now!

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