Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch watched the United States qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup alongside our fitness coach Pierre Barrieu accompanied by cheese and wine – as Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson beat Iran 1-0.
USA had given themselves a chance of qualifying second behind England after draws with Gareth Southgate’s squad – and Wales. Against Iran, they knew they had to win and beat Carlos Quieroz’s side to reach the knockout stages.
They did just that. Chelsea star Christian Pulisic got the all-important goal – suffering an injury in the process, which forced him to go to hospital, suffering an abdominal injury. But he is hopeful he will be fit to take on The Netherlands.
Following the win, Marsch – who worked as USA assistant manager for two years under Bob Bradley – shared a photo of how he took in the game. Alongside Leeds fitness coach Barrieu, another ex-USA assistant, he shared his delight.
Leeds manager Marsch watched United States alongside coach Barrieu
The United States were excellent. They dominated the first half, enjoying 61% possession, having eight shots and three on target – Iran having no shots whatsoever. The game changed in the second 45, as Adams and Aaronson held on.
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Aaronson was introduced at half-time while Adams completed another 90 minutes, his third in a week. Iran went from having 39% possession in the first half, to 58% in the second 45. But Matt Turner was tested only twice by Iran.
It sees Marsch’s home country reach the last 16. They will now take on Group A winners Netherlands on Saturday. It will be a tough ask for USA and Adams, and Aaronson. But, they have every chance, and remain unbeaten.
The Netherlands come into the game, also unbeaten – winning seven points from a possible nine. Their 2-0 win over Qatar on Tuesday was an easy one, and while they drew against Ecuador, their biggest test could come against USA.