What’s Next For Team USA In World Cup After Beating Iran

Christian Pulisic's goal was the difference


Nov 29, 2022

The United States men’s national team gets to stay in the World Cup a little while longer.

A 1-0 win over Iran on Tuesday clinched a spot for the Americans in the Round of 16, where the U.S. will meet the Netherlands on Saturday. The game is scheduled for a 10 a.m. ET start.

While the U.S. enters the knockout round, that stage really began for the squad against Iran with the boys in red, white and blue needing a win to advance in the tournament. It got what it was looking for in large part due to a goal from Christian Pulisic in the 38th minute.

The U.S. now faces a Netherlands side that won Group A with a 2-0-1 record as they notched wins over Qatar and Senegal while settling for a 1-1 tie with Ecuador. This will be the first time the U.S. and Netherlands have gone head-to-head in World Cup action.

Not surprising, oddsmakers pegged the Netherlands as the early favorite in the win-or-go-home match. The Dutch have -115 odds to win while the underdog U.S. team has +330 odds to come out on top, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

The U.S. hasn’t made it past the Round of 16 since the 2002 World Cup.

Thumbnail photo via Yukihito Taguchi/USA TODAY Sports Images
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