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USMNT releases starting XI vs. Iran for third World Cup match

Here’s a look at the starting lineup for USA against Iran.

IR Iran v USA: Group B - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Weston McKennie of United States arrives at the stadium prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between IR Iran and USA at Al Thumama Stadium on November 29, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
Photo by Alex Caparros - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

The USMNT have released their starting XI for the final match of the group stage in the 2022 World Cup. It could also be their final match of the World Cup and might be Gregg Berhalter’s final starting lineup as manager of the national team. Here’s a look at who the Americans are going with in this do-or-die match against Iran.

The big surprises here, outside of the exclusion of Gio Reyna once again, are Josh Sargent coming back into the starting lineup and Cameron Carter-Vickers getting in the team. The rest of the side remains unchanged, which is no surprise. We’ll see how Berhalter uses his substitutes, but Reyna and Brenden Aaronson should see the pitch at some point. It’ll be hard to justify Carter-Vickers’ selection if the USA start slow in this match.

The USA must win this match to advance to the knockout stage.