Though United States and Wales make their debut in the World Cup in Qatar, tonight’s game (8:00 p.m., Spanish time) represents a small final in the goal of both teams to reach the round of 16 of the tournament. Framed in the Group B Together with England and Iran, both the Americans and the Welsh are aspiring to make the leap to the next phase together with England, a priori great favorite within this quartet. That is why the formations of Gregg Berhalter (USA) and Rob Page (Wales) know that they cannot make a false step in their debut in Qatar. A stumble in this match can make things very complicated for the future in the World Cup.
In their eleventh appearance in a World Cup, Berhalter’s men are looking for the traditional objective of the United States, to go through the phases, advance, grow and show that soccer has enough competitive capacity to fight for great things. “We want to change the way the world sees American soccer, that’s our goal,” said Christian Pulicic, a Chelsea footballer and one of the great leaders of a team with good players like Sergiño Dest, Giovanni Reyna and Tim Weah. . «It is an honor to be in a World Cup, but we are not just participating. We want to compete”, Berhalter has warned.
The history of Wales is one of a long awaited reunion. 64 years ago he played his only World Cup, in Sweden 1958, and where he had a great performance by reaching the quarterfinals. Since then, returning to a World Cup has been a dream that finally came true by winning the place against Austria.
As Bale recognized, “as a child I dreamed of playing in a world championship and now I am part of this team that has achieved it. It is an honor”. The ex of Real Madrid is part of a competitive group, which includes footballers like Aaron Ramsey, Neco Williams or Ben Davies.