We are only a few months away from one of the biggest sporting events in the world when the 2022 World Cup takes place.
This year’s tournament marks the return of Team USA, after missing it in 2018. The club has participated in 10 World Cup matches and their best finish was a third place finish in 1930.
This year, the 14th-ranked US team will open against 19th-seeded Wales on November 21, face 5th-seeded England in the Black Friday match, and finish the first round against 22nd seed Iran on November 29.
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There are still two exhibitions ahead of the World Cup: against Japan, ranked 24th on September 23 in Dusseldorf, Germany; And number 53 Saudi Arabia in a friendly match four days later in Murcia, Spain.
The US Soccer Federation plans to announce its World Cup roster on November 9.
Who are Team USA players?
Team USA, also known as The Stars and Stripes, has a roster of talented young players entering this year’s World Cup with hunger and something to prove.
Few of America’s players are already making their mark on some of the best international soccer teams in the world, including Barcelona, Chelsea and Dortmund.
Christian Pulisic – A famous Pennsylvania native and one of the most popular players on the team. Last year, he won the UEFA Champions League with his club team, Chelsea, and the CONCACAF Nations League with the US team. Pulisic will look to build on the momentum of his success in 2021 at this year’s World Cup to lead the Americans to a solid performance in Qatar.
Sergino Dest The 21-year-old plays for AC Milan and has honed his skills at the Ajax academy in Amsterdam but had to choose between an international career between the Netherlands and the United States, but now he will get his chance on the big stage in November to show the world his ability to become one of the elite football defenders.
Brendan Aronson No. 11 of the United States chases a ball during a match between Panama and USMNT at Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Panama City, Panama. (Photo by John Todd/ISI Images/Getty Images)
Brendan Aronson The New Jersey native plays in the Leeds Premier League and is one of the top players in the Philadelphia Union Academy system. Aaronson broke into the federation first team in 2019 and made his debut with the men’s national team that same year. He was one of the superstars of the Major League Soccer in 2020.
Kelly Acosta Acosta is from Texas and plays as a midfielder for Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). The 23-year-old has two goals and five assists in 52 appearances for the team.
Reggie Cannon Canon is a member of the Boavista Liga Portugal and plays as a defender in the team. The Chicago native previously played for FC Dallas.
zach steven The Pennsylvania native currently plays for Middlesbrough and is the expected starting guard for Team USA.
Miles Robinson Robinson plays as a defender for Atlanta United in the MLS. The Massachusetts native had missed the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in a game against the Chicago Fire on May 7, 2022. The team previously confirmed he would need surgery.
Timothy Weah The New York native has enjoyed success wherever he plays despite injuries during his career. Playing with Lillie, the Ligue 1 champion, Weah has a chance to compete for a Champions League starting role and may have the chance to get more playing time for the US men’s national team during the team’s World Cup qualifying match this fall.
Kylian Acosta 23 of the United States sends a cross into the penalty area during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and the North American Football Confederation at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica on March 30, 2022 in San Jose, Costa Rica. (John Dorton/ISI Photos/Getty
Weston McKinney The energetic midfielder has exceptional leadership qualities that showed up as captain of German club Schalke 04 at the age of 22. The Texas native was one of the first FC Dallas players to move to Europe. After achieving success at Schalke 04, he moved to Italian club Juventus and since then plays in the UEFA Champions League with global stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.
Jiu Rena After performing well with the youth teams in New York City, the 19-year-old went on to play for Borussia Dortmund. He followed in the footsteps of fellow men’s national team teammate Christian Pulisic. Sunderland, England, Reina made a huge impact in Germany at Borussia Dortmund.
Tyler Adams The 23-year-old currently plays in the Leeds Premier League with Brendan Aaronson. Adams initially found success at the New York Red Bulls Academy.
Gianluca Bossio The North Carolina native currently plays for FC Venezia in Italy. Previously, he represented the United States. At the Four Nations Championship held in September in the Netherlands, he helped the United States qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019 at the 2019 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, appearing in six out of seven matches. He scored five goals for the United States in the World Cup qualifiers, including sparking a 3-2 return over Canada in the group stage.
Younes Musa The 19-year-old made a name for himself as a teenager when he received plenty of playing time at La Liga giants Valencia in Spain. Yunus Mensa is now considered a potential midfield star for the US men’s national team for years to come.
Gio Reina No. 11 of the United States during the FIFA World Cup qualifier match between Costa Rica and the North American Football Confederation at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica on March 30, 2022 in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Brad Smith/ISI Images/Getty Images)
Anthony Robinson – Born in Liverpool, England, Robinson will play as a defender for Team USA. The 25-year-old plays for Fulham (England) and has two goals and five assists in 25 games for the club.
Matt Turner The goalkeeper will get his chance to make a name for himself for the US men’s national team this November in Qatar. The New Jersey native currently plays for Arsenal.
Walker Zimmerman The 29-year-old plays for Nashville FC as the team’s center back. The Lawrenceville, Georgia native scored three goals and made 31 appearances for the team. He previously played for FC Dallas and Los Angeles.
How can Team USA players play in international football clubs?
Football has a transfer window system that started during the 2002-03 season. Premier League clubs are allowed to buy and sell players during the winter and summer transfer periods. The English Premier League is the top tier of the English men’s football league system.
Transfer windows were first introduced as an agreement with the European Commission regarding how the system will maintain contract stability for player and team, according to Premiere League.com.
Prior to the launch of the transfer system, players could be traded throughout the season until March 31. Some critics of the system felt that it would undermine the spirit of competition in football.
Transfer period helps teams because they can plan for a specific period of time to see which players are available in their rosters and management can avoid having to look for a replacement player. It also gives younger players at clubs the opportunity to compete if there are injuries or inconsistent play from their teammates.
This system also helps fans get to know the players on a soccer team once the roster has been solidified for at least a large part of the season. Fans can be emotionally invested in these players in their teams.
What is the date of the 2022 World Cup?
The 2022 World Cup will be held across eight stadiums in Qatar, the first Middle Eastern country to host the tournament. This year’s location greatly influences two important aspects of tournament timing.
First, the seasonal schedule. Usually, the World Cup is held in the summer. But due to Qatar’s exceptionally hot summer season, FIFA postponed the tournament several months back.
The tournament will take place from November 20 to December 18 – with team matches from two top teams scheduled for Thanksgiving Day. Get ready for a new kind of Turkey “Football” Day.
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The second timing aspect is affected by daily schedules. Qatar is seven hours ahead of the standard eastern time zone, which means playing times will be a little different than what Americans are used to.
Kick off times range from early morning to mid-afternoon, providing plenty of opportunities for Americans to embrace new traditions that go along with these unconventional viewing occasions, such as “beer for breakfast.”
World Cup schedule
A total of 64 matches are scheduled, which means, for those who make quick calculations, that more than one match will be played on most days.
The first two weeks are packed with the most matches, during the group stage. But more on that later.
The good news is that all matches are conveniently divided into five starts. And in what could be good or bad news, depending on your sleep schedule, start times are much earlier than when Americans usually watched sports.
The five departure times are 5 AM, 8 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM and 2 PM – all times are EST. This means even earlier for West Coast viewers.
If that wake-up call at 5 AM ET might be too early for you, you’ll have plenty of other opportunities later in the days to catch a different match.
The World Cup will take place from November 20 to December 18, and you can watch the full 2022 World Cup schedule on FOX and FS1 here.
The Associated Press contributed to this story. This story was reported from Washington, DC