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Gregg Berhalter reacts to the 2022 World Cup draw

Lizzy Becherano
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter reacts to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final Draw
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter reacts to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final Draw / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages
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The US men’s national team is headed back to the World Cup. 

After clinching third place on the Concacaf table with 25 points, the United States will once again feature in the international tournament. 

The American side drew Group B, facing England, Iran and the winner of Wales' playoff match against Ukraine or Scotland. USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter celebrated the results, admitting “it’s a good group".

“We think it's a good group -- we know every opponent in the World Cup is difficult but with England you get an exciting match up, with Iran it's a diverse opponent and they've done well in qualifying and then we'll have to wait to see who the third opponent is,” Berhalter told the BBC.

"Overall pleased with the group and excited to get started. We played Wales recently in a friendly game, we know Scotland and their history. And then with Ukraine, you're pulling for them naturally just because of everything that's going on and you want to give the people hope and spirit so it would be nice to see Ukraine pull through."

The USMNT has history with England, last facing  Gareth Southgate’s team in the 2010 World Cup, drawing 1-1 as goals from Steven Gerrard and Clint Dempsey canceled each other out. 

England manager Gareth Southgate said: “For most of the first seeds they would be pleased with the group they get.

"There are some highly ranked teams in pot two -- the U.S. is an interesting one -- I know Gregg Berhalter well and we've met a few times and had long chats. They've got some very good players and we now what they could be capable of as a nation -- that's an intriguing game."

The US has also previously played Iran, confronting them in the 1998 edition of the tournament, where the American side fell 2-1 and lost every match of the group stage. 

The World Cup kicks off on November 21, 2022 and is set to conclude on December 18.

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