Where to find the 2014 World Cup on TV and radio in United States

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T-minus 24 hours until the greatest sporting tournament in the universe kicks off and to ensure fans in the United States are equipped with all the correct kickoff times and TV/radio details, we’ve drafted this post.

In short, English speakers in the US will be watching ABC (10 matches), ESPN (43 matches), ESPN 2 (11 matches) and digitally you should head to ESPN 3 for all matches as well as the WatchESPN and WatchABC apps. ESPN Radio will also carry all 64 matches.

Spanish language broadcasts will be Univision and UniMas with simulcasts on Univision Deportes and Galavision while also being streamed on Univision’s website and the Univision Deportes app. All radio coverage will be handled by Fútbol de Primera radio network (50 matches) while ESPN Deportes will carry 54 matches in Portuguese.

Below is all the pertinent information in one concise list.

Thursday, June 12

Match 1: Brazil vs. Croatia (4:00pm ET; Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo; Group A)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Friday, June 13

Match 2: Mexico vs. Cameroon (12:00pm ET; Estadio das Dunas, Natal; Group A)

ON: ESPN2/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 3: Spain vs. Netherlands (3:00pm ET; Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador; Group B)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 4: Chile vs. Australia (6:00pm ET; Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba; Group B)

ON: ESPN2/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Saturday, June 14

Match 5: Colombia vs. Greece (12:00pm ET; Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte; Group C)

ON: ABC/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 6: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica (3:00pm ET; Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza; Group D)

ON: ABC/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 7: England vs. Italy (6:00pm ET; Arena Amazonia, Manaus; Group D)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 8: Ivory Coast vs. Japan (9:00pm ET; Arena Pernambuco, Recife; Group C)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO

Sunday, June 15

Match 9: Switzerland vs. Ecuador (12:00pm ET; Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia; Group E)

ON: ABC/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 10: France vs. Honduras (3:00pm ET; Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre; Group E)

ON: ABC/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 11: Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina (6:00pm ET; Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro; Group F)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Monday, June 16

Match 12: Germany vs. Portugal (12:00pm ET; Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador; Group G)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 13: Iran vs. Nigeria (3:00pm ET; Arena da Baixada, Curitiba; Group F)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO

Match 14: Ghana vs. United States (6:00pm ET; Estadio das Dunas, Natal; Group G)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Tuesday, June 17

Match 15: Belgium vs. Algeria (12:00pm ET; Estadio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte; Group H)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO

Match 16: Brazil vs. Mexico (3:00pm ET; Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza; Group A)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 17: Russia vs. South Korea (6:00pm ET; Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba; Group H)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO

Wednesday, June 18

Match 18: Australia vs. Netherlands (12:00pm ET; Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre; Group B)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 19: Spain vs. Chile (3:00pm ET; Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro; Group B)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 20: Cameroon vs. Croatia (6:00pm ET; Arena Amazônia, Manaus; Group A)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Thursday, June 19

Match 21: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast (12:00pm ET; Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia; Group C)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 22: Uruguay vs. England (3:00pm ET; Arena Corinthians, São Paulo; Group D)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 23: Japan vs. Greece (6:00pm ET; Estadio das Dunas, Natal; Group C)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Friday, June 20

Match 24: Italy vs. Costa Rica (12:00pm ET; Arena Pernambuco, Recife; Group D)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 25: Switzerland vs. France (3:00pm ET; Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador; Group E)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 26: Honduras vs. Ecuador (6:00pm ET; Arena da Baixada, Curitiba Group E)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Saturday, June 21

Match 27: Argentina vs. Iran (12:00pm ET; Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte; Group F)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 28: Germany vs. Ghana (3:00pm ET; Estadio Castelão, Fortaleza; Group G)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 29: Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina (6:00pm ET; Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba; Group F)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Sunday, June 22

Match 30: Belgium vs. Russia (12:00pm ET; Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro; Group H)

ON: ABC/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 31: South Korea vs. Algeria (3:00pm ET; Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre; Group H)

ON: ABC/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/

Match 32: United States vs. Portugal (6:00pm ET; Arena Amazonia, Manaus; Group G)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Monday, June 23

Match 33: Netherlands vs. Chile (12:00pm ET; Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo; Group B)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 34: Australia vs. Spain (12:00pm ET; Arena da Baixada, Curitiba; Group B)

ON: ESPN2/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 35: Croatia vs. Mexico (4:00pm ET; Arena Pernambuco, Recife; Group A)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 36: Cameroon vs. Brazil (4:00pm ET; Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia; Group A)

ON: ESPN2/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO

Tuesday, June 24

Match 37: Italy vs. Uruguay (12:00pm ET; Estadio das Dunas, Natal; Group D)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 38: Costa Rica vs. England (12:00pm ET; Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte; Group D)

ON: ESPN2/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/

Match 39: Japan vs. Colombia (4:00pm ET; Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba; Group C)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 40: Greece vs. Ivory Coast (4:00pm ET; Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza; Group C)

ON: ESPN2/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO

Wednesday, June 25

Match 41: Nigeria vs. Argentina (12:00pm ET; Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre; Group F)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 42: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran (12:00pm ET; Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador; Group F)

ON: ESPN2/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO

Match 43: Ecuador vs. France (4:00pm ET; Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro; Group E)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 44: Honduras vs. Switzerland (4:00pm ET; Arena Amazônia, Manaus; Group E)

ON: ESPN2/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Thursday, June 26

Match 45: United States vs. Germany (12:00pm ET; Arena Pernambuco, Recife; Group G)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 46: Portugal vs. Ghana (12:00pm ET; Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia: Group G)

ON: ESPN2/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO

Match 47: South Korea vs. Belgium (4:00pm ET; Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo; Group H)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 48: Algeria vs. Russia (4:00pm ET; Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre; Group H)

ON: ESPN2/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO

ROUND OF 16

Saturday, June 28

Match 49: 1A vs. 2B (12:00pm ET; Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte)

ON: ABC/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 50: 1C vs. 2D (4:00pm ET; Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro)

ON: ABC/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Sunday, June 29

Match 51: 1B vs. 2A (12:00pm ET; Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 52: 1D vs. 2C (4:00pm ET; Arena Pernambuco, Recife)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Monday, June 30

Match 53: 1E vs. 2F (12:00pm ET; Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 54: 1G vs. 2H (4:00pm ET; Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Tuesday, July 1

Match 55: 1F vs. 2E (12:00pm ET; Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 56: 1H vs. 2G (4:00pm ET; Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

 

QUARTERFINALS

Friday, July 4

Match 58: Match 53 W vs. Match 54 W (12:00pm ET; Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro)

ON: ESPN2/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 57: Match 49 W vs. Match 50 W (4:00pm ET; Estadio Castelão, Fortaleza)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Saturday, July 5

Match 60: Match 55 W vs. Match 56 W (12:00pm ET; Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia)

ON: ABC/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Match 59: Match 51 W vs. Match 52 W (4:00pm ET; Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

SEMIFINALS

Tuesday, July 8

Match 61: Match 57 W vs. Match 58 W (4:00pm ET; Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

Wednesday, July 9

Match 62: Match 59 W vs. Match 60 W (4:00pm ET; Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

THIRD PLACE GAME

Saturday, July 12

Match 63: L vs. Match 62 L (4:00pm ET; Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brasilia)

ON: ESPN/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Sunday, July 13

Match 64: W vs. Match 62 W (4:00pm ET; Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro)

ON: ABC/UNI/UNIDEP/ESPND/ESPNRADIO/FUTBOLDEPRIMERA

 

USMNT vs Iran player ratings out of 10

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Christian Pulisic was injured scoring the lone goal of a 1-0 win over Iran as the United States men’s national team advanced to the World Cup’s Round of 16 on Tuesday.

WATCH IRAN vs USA FULL MATCH REPLAY

Fortunately for the USMNT, his exit from the match did not stop the Yanks from delivering a spot in the knockout rounds.

While the attack sputtered without him, the defenders and midfielders largely stepped into the fold as Yunus Musah and Co. helped Matt Turner keep a second clean sheet in three games.

[ LIVE: World Cup 2022 schedule, how to watch, scores, hub ]


Iran vs USA player ratings out of 10

Matt Turner: 6.5 — Some nervy moments late but the Arsenal backup again showed command of his box even when his body didn’t follow-through on good decisions.

Antonee Robinson: 9 — There’s an argument to be made that “Jedi” was the player of the round for the USMNT. He made a few rescue tackles and crosses from the left were few and far between.

Tim Ream: 8 — Quick, someone ask the coach if the guy who played every minute of the group stage is now a good fit for his system.

Cameron Carter-Vickers: 7 — Terrific when the U.S. had the ball and mostly good at the back, too. Is a good fit as a RCB in the back three, if that’s something Berhalter pulls out again.

Sergino Dest (Off 82′): 9 — While Pulisic’s goal was the moment of the game and Musah delivered several other moments, the fullbacks were the story of the entirety. Dest’s assist was massive, too (obviously).

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Tyler Adams: 8 — He rarely has bad games in a USMNT shirt, and there’s a reason he has the captain’s arm band when most teams would’ve automatically allocated it to Pulisic.

Yunus Musah: 8.5 — It’s fair to say the U.S. hasn’t had as a complete a midfield duo in Musah and Adams in two decades, if not longer. Musah was monstrous

Weston McKennie (Off 65′): 6.5 –Still working his way to match sharpness over the hour-plus, and you can pen him in for a start and a sub in every game the rest of the way.

Tim Weah (Off 82′): 7.5 — The team’s second-biggest threat, could’ve had this match salted away at the hour mark with a hat trick on another day.

Josh Sargent (On 75′): 7 — Yeoman’s work from the Norwich City man, who limped off after landing awkwardly on the ball.

Christian Pulisic (Off HT): 8 — Scoring a round-clinching goal in a World Cup game is a really good way to cement your status in a national team program. His abdominal injury required a precautionary trip to the hospital. Fingers are crossed. So are toes. And any new appendages that might evolve.

Subs

Brenden Aaronson (On HT): 7 — A busy boy in his half, had Iran just as enraged as he’s had Premier League opponents

Kellyn Acosta (On 65′): 6.5  — Job done.

Haji Wright (On 75′): 6.5 — See above.

Walker Zimmerman (On 82′): 8 — A goal-line clearance and all the aerials duels you knew would be won when he was plugged into the lineup, were won. Three clearances in 10-plus minutes.

Shaq Moore (On 82′): 6 — Wyd, Gregg? Moore’s only job should’ve been to shut down crosses. He didn’t.


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Berhalter ‘proud’ of USMNT, looks ahead to Netherlands; Pulisic injury update

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USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter was a relieved man as he spoke to media after the USA beat Iran 1-0 to clinch a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup.

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After Christian Pulisic’s first half goal the U.S. held on late on as Iran create three good chances but the young American side dug deep.

They will now face the Netherlands in the last 16 on Saturday (kick off, 10am ET) and Berhalter was asked how proud he was of his side.

USA grind out win after an impressive display

“Proud. First half we showed what we can do soccer wise. Second half we showed what we could do determination wise. The guys grinded. They gave every single ounce of energy. We are undefeated going into the knockout round,” Berhalter said.

He was then asked about his nerves late on as Iran almost scored in the 99th minute when Mehdi Taremi nearly got on the end of a ball into the box.

“This new injury time, counting every second, it is stressful. I think I have less hair on my head now,” Berhalter smiled. “We will take it and we will move on and we will go battle Holland.”

Christian Pulisic injury update

Pulisic, the goalscoring hero, was subbed out at half time after getting hit in the abdominal area when he scored the winning goal.

Asked about the status of the USMNT and Chelsea star, here is what Berhalter had to say.

“No update on his status but I’ve been saying all along, ‘it’s a wonderful thing when one of your best players is also one of your hardest working.’ He is certainly that. I can’t say enough positive things about Christian.”

Another update from Fox said Pulisic was taken to the hospital after the injury.

England hammers Wales to top Group B, set up last 16 clash v Senegal

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England hammered Wales 3-0 to secure top spot in Group B and Gareth Southgate’s side will now face Senegal in the last 16 of the World Cup.

FULL MATCH REPLAY

Marcus Rashford scored a stunning free kick to get them going in the second half, while Phil Foden finished off a delicious Harry Kane assist and then Rashford scored another as he was England’s hero.

[ MORE: Group B standings, schedule, results ]

The Three Lions went close to scoring many more as they finished the group stage with a flurry and scored nine goals and grabbed seven points to sit atop Group A and were unbeaten.

Wales exits the tournament bottom of the group with just one point from their three games.

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How to watch Wales vs England live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET – Tuesday, November 29
Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

The Welsh have not made the most of their second trip to the World Cup in their history. They were dominated in the first half of their opener against the U.S. but showed good spirit to battle back for a point late on. Against Iran they were second best throughout and a late red card to Wayne Hennessey was followed by two late Iranian goals and Robert Page could have no complaints as his team failed to show up. Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale have had superb careers but injuries have hit them hard in recent years and this looks like a tournament too far for Wales’ star duo.

As for England, the vultures are circling back home as Gareth Southgate is under pressure once again for what many believe are overly cautious tactics. Against the U.S. they huffed and puffed without really creating clear-cut chances and were pretty lucky to escape with a draw. Even though England are all but guaranteed a spot in the last 16, the Three Lions fans expect more from Harry Kane and Co. after they reached the World Cup semifinals four years ago and were runners up in the European Championships just over a year ago. Southgate is expected to make quite a few changes to his lineup as the likes of Phil Foden, Kalvin Phillips and Marcus Rashford could feature from the start.


Wales quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 19
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 1
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs, Path B
Coach: Rob Page
Key players: Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies

England quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 5
World Cup titles: 1 (1966)
World Cup appearances: 15
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from UEFA
Coach: Gareth Southgate
Key players: Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Pickford


USMNT tops Iran to set up World Cup date with Netherlands

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Christian Pulisic was injured scoring the lone goal of a 1-0 win over Iran as the United States men’s national team advanced to the World Cup’s Round of 16 on Tuesday.

The Yanks, runners-up in Group B, will play Group A winners Netherlands at 10am ET Saturday.

[ MORE: USMNT player ratings vs Iran ]

Pulisic walked off the field on his power and appeared to have taken a hard shot to the midsection. We’ll update his condition as soon as it becomes available.

WATCH IRAN vs USA FULL MATCH REPLAY

England won the group while Iran bows out along with Wales.

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What we learned from Iran vs USA

It’s difficult not to feel good for Christian Pulisic, no longer the young sparkplug hopeful of reaching his potential.

The next great American player actually became the next great American player, and our enduring World Cup-related memory of him was in qualification; The teenage goal scorer who didn’t find a teammate to also score in Couva as the Yanks crashed out of the tournament.

Now the enduring World Cup image of him, rightly so, is as a gamer. Pulisic scored a round-sealing goal while getting kicked in the nether region.

Then his teammates needed to hold on tight.

They mostly did! The USMNT stayed firm after Gregg Berhalter stopped going for the second goal, removing several attackers in favor of Walker Zimmerman and Shaq Moore.

It was nervy, but they did it. And the U.S. moves forward…


Stars of the Show

Christian Pulisic

Antonee Robinson

Tyler Adams

Majid Hosseini

Tim Ream

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Christian Pulisic goal video: Dest cues up USMNT star

How to watch Iran vs USA live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Tuesday Nov. 29
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

For Iran, it’s about riding the momentum of a huge win after finding inspiration in a huge loss. There’s an ocean’s worth of difference in emotion between the 6-2 tournament-opening loss to England in Al Rayyan and the 2-0 triumph over Wales In the same city. Can Mehdi Taremi or Sardar Azmoun succeed where Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling could not and break down the USMNT defense for a goal?

Meanwhile, the Yanks may still be lamenting a 1-1 draw with Wales as much as they are celebrating a strong performance that kept them unbeaten against England at the World Cup after a scoreless draw with Gareth Southgate’s men In Al Khor. Gregg Berhalter has to find a way to unlock the USMNT’s final-third woes when they hit Al Khor on Tuesday.

There has also been some off-field tension brewing between the U.S. and Iran surrounding this game, as Gregg Berhalter and captain Tyler Adams responded to in a tense press conference amid questions from the Iranian press.


Iran quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 20
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC (Won Group A)
Coach: Dragan Skocic
Key players: Ehsan Hajsafi, Sardar Azmoun, Mehdi Taremi

USA quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 16
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 9
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONCACAF (3rd place)
Coach: Gregg Berhalter
Key players: Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams