The United States are hoping to get out of Group B at the 2022 World Cup and win a place in the knockout bracket. Here's what Gregg Berhalter's USMNT need to do to qualify, and the page will be updated as this group progresses.
Tuesday (2 p.m. ET): Iran vs. United States, Wales vs. England
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The top two teams in each group go through.
Must beat Iran. No other result will qualify the USMNT for the round of 16.
If USMNT win and England win, the US will qualify in second place.
If USMNT win by one to three goals and England draw, USMNT will qualify in second place.
If USMNT win by four goals and England draw, USMNT will qualify, likely in second on goals scored.
If USMNT win by five or more goals and England draw, USMNT will qualify in first place.
If USMNT win and England lose, USMNT qualify in first place.
If USMNT draw, they will be eliminated and can finish no higher than third.
If USMNT lose, they will be eliminated and can finish no higher than third.
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SCENARIOS FOR OTHER TEAMS
England: Can only be eliminated with a heavy defeat to Wales. Guaranteed to top the group with a win, and a draw will be enough unless Iran win or USA win by at least four goals.
If Iran or USA win, England can lose by up to three goals and still go through in second. If England lose by four or more goals and Iran or USA win, England finish third behind Wales.
If England lose and Iran-USA is a draw, England will win the group as long as they don't lose by four goals. If England lose by four or five goals, Wales will win the group with England coming in second. England would have to lose by six or more goals to possibly finish third behind Iran.
Iran: Guaranteed to finish in the top two with a win vs. USA, and will win the group if England draw/lose. A draw for Iran will also be enough if Wales draw/lose. They cannot go through with a defeat.
Wales: Must beat England and hope Iran vs. USA is a draw to finish in the top two, and could top the group if they beat England by four or more goals. If USA or Iran win, Wales will need to beat England by four or more goals to finish second ahead of them.