USA vs Morocco time, TV channel, live stream, lineups, best bets for USMNT World Cup friendly tune-up
The United States begins its march to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as the USMNT hosts Morocco in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Morocco, another participant in the 2022 World Cup, have been drawn in Group F alongside Belgium, Canada and Croatia. The Atlas Lions, led by PSG star Achraf Hakimi and outgoing Wolves captain Romain Saiss, were eliminated by Egypt in the quarter-finals of AFCON 2021 earlier this year before defeating the Democratic Republic of Congo in the final stage of the African World Cup qualifiers.
United States head coach Gregg Berhalter has dealt with a host of injuries since the United States confirmed a place in the 2022 World Cup last March, and the United States must pick up the pieces and determine who will be ready. in November and who will be left. out.
These two sides haven’t met for 15 years, with Morocco claiming a 1-0 friendly victory in their last game in 2006 with a 90th-minute goal from Mohamed Madihi. The United States have never beaten Morocco in three games all-time.
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How to watch USA vs Morocco
- Date: Wednesday, June 1
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN2
- Television in Spanish: UniMas, TUDN
- Diffusion: fuboTVWatchESPN
Wednesday’s game between the United States and Morocco from TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio will be broadcast in the United States on ESPN2 (English) and on UniMas and TUDN (Spanish).
The three channels are aired on fuboTV. The ESPN broadcast can also be streamed on WatchESPN for satellite, cable and telecom subscribers.
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Planned compositions between the United States and Morocco
The United States lacks a number of key players at the start of the summer. Defender first Miles Robinson is out for the foreseeable future with an Achilles tear that threatens to sideline him through the World Cup and beyond.
Berhalter has confirmed that the defender Aaron Long will line up alongside Walker Zimmerman in central defense against Morocco, and he could be a legitimate candidate to take Robinson’s place. It is also likely that Cameron Carter Vickers will see time in the near future, after the Tottenham loanee excelled last season with Celtic in Scotland.
Furthermore, Berhalter is without Weston McKennie as a starting option, although the USMNT head coach has confirmed that his Juventus midfielder will play around 20 minutes off the bench as he recovers from a bad ankle injury. Berhalter said he would experiment with Brenden Aaronson, using Leeds United’s new signing in midfield in hopes of finding a way to have as many of their best players on the pitch at the same time. Inform Djordje Mihailovic was forced out of the roster due to an ankle injury suffered with CF Montreal over the weekend.
Gio Reina is missing from the roster after suffering another hamstring injury in April and continues to find himself on the sidelines with muscle issues. Also missing the Manchester City keeper Zack Steffen who withdrew from the camp for a personal matter and was replaced on the list by Ethan Horvath. rear center chris richard continues to recover from a thigh injury sustained on club service with Hoffenheim.
Who will play as centre-forward? Ricardo Pepi was dropped from the list after a very poor start to his club career at Augsburg. Jesus Ferreira has been in stellar club form at FC Dallas and is likely to get the nod early, but Hadji Wright should also get an idea after finishing the season on a high note at Antalyaspor (9 goals in their last 10 matches).
Predicted starting lineup for the United States (4-3-3, left to right): Turner (GK)—A. Robinson, Zimmerman, Long, Cannon—Musah, Adams, Aaronson—Pulisic, Ferreira, Weah.
Former Yugoslavia international Vahid Halilhodzic was snapped up from French side Nantes in 2019 to take over the African side, having also managed PSG, Trabzonspor, Dinamo Zagreb and the national teams of Algeria and Japan.
With this being a World Cup tune-up for Morocco as well as the United States, it may be unclear how Halilhodzic wants to experiment. The team is managed by the Wolves defender Romain Sasswho is expected to leave the Premier League club this summer.
Morocco are led by the star right winger of PSG Ashraf Hakimi who will line up against Christian Pulisic and hope to contain the Chelsea striker. Stuck behind Hakimi on the roster is Bayern Munich’s newest player Noussair Mazraouiand fitting the two into the starting lineup could be a headache for Halilhodzic.
Mercurial Midfielder Adel Taarabtcurrently with Portuguese club Benfica, is back in Morocco’s fold for the first time since early September 2021. Sofiane Amrabat Fiorentina has 34 caps at 25 and has been a vital part of the Moroccan midfield since late 2019. Former Southampton playmaker Sofiane Boufal was dropped from the roster due to a leg injury.
Striker Youssef En-Nesyriwho was instrumental in the Sevilla side in their quest for a Champions League place, could see time ahead, although the leader of Hatayspor Ayoub El Kaabi started ahead of Congo in their World Cup qualifier in March. nice attacker Tarik Tissoudali wears No.9 for the team and could also be in contention after a strong end to the club season, giving Halilhodzic options up front.
Morocco has planned the starting line-up (5-3-2, from left to right): Bono (GK) — Masina, El Yamiq, Saiss, Aguerd, Hakimi — Ounahi, Amallah, Amrabat — Tissoudali, El Kaabi.
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Best bets, picks and predictions between USA and Morocco
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As a home team in a historically friendly location, the United States are naturally the favorites, but not by much against a nation the Americans have failed to beat in the past.
A number of injuries will ensure that the United States will not be at full strength against another World Cup country. It’s hard to predict how this one will play out with potential experimentation on both sides (Ex. Berhalter playing Aaronson in midfield).
Hakimi is a world-class talent at right-back for Morocco, and if the African team finds a way to bring him and Mazraoui in at the same time, the American wingers will struggle to step forward and leave space. behind. .
So taking Morocco against the spread plus the penny might be the game in this case. The African nation will have a good chance of securing a result in a friendly which could bog down in the second half with all the late game substitutions interrupting play.
It’s a game that also has the potential to see goals. Morocco are a hard-nosed side, but they conceded twice against an Egyptian side displaying negative tactics in this winter’s Africa Cup of Nations, and also conceded against Malawi and Gabon.
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