We all aged a bit but the 2022 FIFA World Cup draw has concluded. The 29 countries who know they’re in, plus the eight countries who still need to play to get in, at least know their group schedule at this November’s tournament in Qatar.
The United States didn’t get Group A, which would’ve had them facing Qatar instead of a World Cup title contender, but they did get Group B which pits them against England, Iran, and the winner of the Scotland/Ukraine/Wales tournament.
All in all, there isn’t really a “Group of Death” in this year’s World Cup. Each group seems winnable and losable for a lot of teams so this could be one of the most wide open World Cups ever.
Many had thoughts on the USMNT’s spot in the World Cup. From having flashbacks to playing England to playing Iran given the political ramifications, it’s not the easiest draw but it’s not the toughest draw either so it remains to be seen what happens over the next eight months.
#USMNT fans: I'm a bit biased here, but overlook Iran at your peril. Among the elite teams in Asia consistently, and currently in some of the best form I've ever seen them in. Only missed knockouts at last 2 WCs bc of ridiculous golazos. Playing v. close to home. Not an easy out.
— Alexander Abnos (@AnAbnos) April 1, 2022
— Joe Tansey (@JTansey90) April 1, 2022
Short version: A very good draw for the #USMNT, in my opinion. To be honest, one of the best draws for a big tournament I've seen. Feels like no one group is too terribly imbalanced. Hopefully that translates to some great drama!
— Sam Borden (@SamBorden) April 1, 2022
Iran goes into Group B with the #USMNT and England.
Get ready for all the Iran-USA political storylines pieces.
Also, USMNT played Iran in the 1998 World Cup (2-1 Iran win) so we could see Gio Reyna face Iran at a World Cup 24 years after his father did.
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) April 1, 2022
— Pamela Garcia (@mspamelagarcia) April 1, 2022