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World Cup draw places USMNT, England in Group B

Feb 2, 2022; St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; United States forward Christian Pulisic (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against Honduras during a CONCACAF FIFA World Cup Qualifier soccer match at Allianz Field. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Friday’s 2022 World Cup draw in Qatar placed the United States men’s national team in Group B with England.

The group also includes IR Iran and the winner of a European playoff that will be decided in June when Wales takes on either Scotland or Ukraine.

The U.S. will open play against that playoff winner on Nov. 21 before facing England on Nov. 25 — the day after Thanksgiving, followed by a Nov. 29 clash with IR Iran.

The Americans are competing in the World Cup for the first time since 2014.

Fellow CONCACAF qualifiers Mexico and Canada were drawn into Groups C and F, respectively.

The 32-team tournament, the first World Cup held in the Middle East, runs from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18.

The complete group-by-group breakdown:

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, IR Iran, USA, European playoff winner
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, Denmark, Tunisia, Intercontinental playoff 1 winner
Group E: Spain, Germany, Japan, Intercontinental playoff 2 winner
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, Korea Republic

–Field Level Media