USA vs Wales – Preview

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Only two men who played the last time Wales appeared in a World Cup match are still alive. The Dragons are returning to Football’s biggest stage after a 64-year absence. Just three places separate these two teams in the latest FIFA rankings, with the USA 16th and Wales 19th. There was nothing between these two sides in their last meeting two years ago either, a goalless draw in Swansea. Neither team is in great form. Wales has lost four and drawn one of their last five games, leading to their relegation from League A of the Nations League. The USA drew with El Salvador and Saudi Arabia, with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Japan in between.

For Wales, the experienced Joe Allen has been named in their squad despite a hamstring injury but remains a doubt for this opener against the Stars and Stripes, for whom there have already been defensive casualties. Centre-back Miles Robinson, who was expected to make the starting eleven, and Crystal Palace’s left-back Chris Richards, will both miss the tournament through injury. At least the latest news on Juventus’ midfielder Weston McKennie’s participation sounds more promising. Playing England last may yet prove to be a crucial advantage for Wales, but both these teams have the chance to take a big step toward qualification with three points here.

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