Wales head coach Rob Page labels match vs. USMNT as "winnable"

Lizzy Becherano
Wales head coach Rob Page labels match against USMNT as "winnable."
Wales head coach Rob Page labels match against USMNT as "winnable." / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Wales is headed to the World Cup for the first time since 1958. 

The Dragons defeated Ukraine 1-0 in the World Cup European playoffs on June 5 to reach the international tournament and make history. 

“Even at the final whistle last night, I was thinking ‘is this a cruel dream that I am having?’ But then when you realize it’s reality, coming back to the hotel and celebrating with the players last night, then waking up this morning and having that realization again that we have done it,” said head coach Rob Page. 

“It’s such a proud moment for the nation.”

Now, Wales faces England, Iran, and the United States in Group B. While defeating Gareth Southgate’s side might be a challenge, Rob Page labeled the games against the USMNT and Iran as “winnable” opportunities. 

“We go with the confidence we have had going into any game,” Page told the BBC

He added: “We have played against the USA. We know they are a really strong outfit. We played against their European-based players in my first game. They [and Iran] are winnable games and, when you play against a home nation's team, anything can happen. We will go toe to toe with anybody – bring it on. That’s the attitude we have got in that changing room.”

The two nations have confronted each other twice before, both as international friendlies. The U.S. defeated Wales 2-0 in 2003, before drawing 0-0 in 2020 with Page in charge of the Welsh side. 

The United States and Wales will go head-to-head on November 21 at Al Rayyan Stadium to kick off their World Cup campaigns. Wales then goes on to face Iran and finish off the group stage against England on November 29.