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World Cup Preview and Predictions: The Definitive Guide To Team USA Heading into Qatar

The U.S. Golden Generation is ready to excel in Qatar.

The United States returns to the World Cup after being absent in 2018. This time around, Team USA boasts a golden generation filled with players with extensive experience in European soccer.

The U.S. squad for Qatar 2022 is by far the best they have had in their history. With Pulisic leading the way, the country and the world have high expectations for what Gregg Berhalter's boys can do.

Team USA will make its debut against Wales on November 21, then face England on November 25, and finish the group stage against Iran on November 29.

Strenghts: Midfield, Golden Generation

The U.S. midfield is simply sensational, featuring three young players whose energy on the field rubs off on the rest of the team.

With elite soccer experience, Weston McKennie (Juventus), Tyler Adams (Leeds United) and Yunus Musah (Valencia) are arguably the most promising midfielders in U.S. history. At a young age, they are already playing every weekend in Europe's top leagues.

The most attractive aspect of this trio is that they are all complete players; they have the ability to intercept the opponent's play, in addition to their creativity to generate offensive play with the ball at their feet. Not to mention that they are physically powerful and fast-paced.

Team USA also has a series of players that invite us to dream of a good performance, which is why this group is known as the "golden generation."

Zack Steffen is a good goalkeeper and is proving it in England, Sergiño Dest, Carter-Vickers and Antonee Robinson also have good European experience. Not to mention Christian Pulisic, Giovanni Reyna, Brenden Aaronson, and Ricardo Pepi, all of whom are very strong in attack.

Gregg Berhalter undoubtedly has the best generation of American players of all time, most of them already settled in Europe at an early age.

Weaknesses: Inexperience

While it is true that the United States has a golden generation of talent, we are also talking about the youngest team among the 32 countries participating in the World Cup.

Pulisic, McKennie, Dest, and company are already used to elite European soccer, but playing in a World Cup is a different kind of experience. Once the opening whistle blows in each match, the dimension of what is at stake is bigger than anything else.

Team USA has a solid and competent team on all lines, so their biggest enemy will be themselves, most of them playing in their first World Cup. Nerves and mental blocks will be likely, and it will be a matter of them showing their toughness to overcome these moments.

These boys will be playing under great pressure. Remember, the USA failed to qualify in 2018 and now the country has great expectations for this generation of talented players.

In editions where the United States did well, they always counted on the leadership of men like Landon Donovan or Clint Dempsey to overcome adversity. In this World Cup, Christian Pulisic will have to show his hierarchy and fill that role.

Player to watch: Christian Pulisic

It couldn't be anyone else. The young Chelsea winger has led this new crop of players, and now he will have to help the team succeed in Qatar.

"Captain America" has 21 goals and 12 assists in 52 games with the national team. He already won the CONCACAF Nations League by scoring the winning goal against Mexico.

Pulisic has won the most important titles at European level, especially the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea, playing in the final against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

There is no other player on this roster who can lead the U.S. offense. This is Pulisic's moment to shine and fulfill the expectations that the entire country has for him.

Great coaches who have had Pulisic under their command, such as Thomas Tuchel, agree that he is a fast, strong player with a spectacular first touch and great maturity to make decisions on the field. The kid from Pennsylvania has the skills to succeed.

Prediction: Round of 16

Most likely, the United States will defeat Iran and must battle head-to-head with Wales to determine the second spot in Group B.

Beating Wales will not be easy. In fact, the match will be played like a final. Gareth Bale and his team had a good run at Euro 2016, where they were finalists, and earned their place in Qatar by grinding it out in the UEFA qualifiers.

We assume the U.S. will lose to England, although we must remember that the British have never been able to beat Team USA in World Cups. The 'Miracle of Belo Horizonte' occurred in 1950, and they drew in the first round in 2010.If Berhalter's team can manage to earn a draw against the English, their chances of qualifying will be much greater.

Once they have qualified for the Round of 16, they will face the Netherlands, a country that is currently superior.

The United States must get past the first round to give a worthy performance, and we must always keep in mind that this golden generation will reach maturity within four years, when the World Cup will be played in their country. There, the expectations will be even greater.