The USA men’s national team played England to a goalless draw at the World Cup, exceeding expectations and setting up a must-win match against Iran to close out the group stage.
The USMNT was coming off a tie with Wales, and it was the heavy underdog against England going into the match. But after Iran beat Wales 2-0 earlier in the day, the United States knew that a draw with England would see them control their own destiny going into the World Cup.
During the opening 45 minutes of action, the USA controlled the tempo of the match, with two goal-scoring opportunities.
In the 26th minute, Weston McKinney put the ball on his foot in the penalty area, but he just edged it over the net.
Later in the first half, Team USA player Christian Pulisic nearly put his country ahead with a brutal shot that hit the crossbar.
Still scoreless, the USMNT held strong in defence, keeping England in check at the end of the first half.
Heading into the closing stages of the match, things are hectic, but the best chances are still ahead for Team USA.
In the end, the United States were unable to find the net, but threatened the goal much more than their English counterparts during the match.
And whenever England pressed for the goal, USA goalkeeper Matt Turner stood firm in the penalty area.
England’s best chance came from a free kick in injury time, with Harry Kane connecting on a header, but pushing the ball out of bounds.
Now tied in two straight World Cup opener matches, the USMNT set up a must-win match against Iran in the final game of the group stage on Tuesday.
With the win, the USA will advance to the tournament’s five-point knockout stage from Pool B. A loss or tie will send the USA home early.