Wales vs United States Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Although there’s a promise for their future, the United States Men’s National Team roster is compiled of a long list of unproven hopefuls
- The Americans will also potentially be without their top player
- Simply put, Wales has more talent and experience in their latest squad
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Wales vs United States Predictions and Picks
In what will be their first match since February, the USMNT has traveled abroad to Europe to face Wales this Thursday. Although Wales sit just two places ahead of them in FIFA’s latest rankings, the Americans should undoubtedly be the underdogs in this exhibition match.
Keeping in mind that the USMNT has sent an experimental and extremely young roster.
Wales for the win (+130)
How to Watch Wales vs United States
|Wales vs United States Information|
|What||Wales vs United States|
|Where||Liberty Stadium (Swansea, Wales)|
|When||Thursday, November 12 at 2:30 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Fox Sports 1|
With an average squad age that is just under 22, it has become clear that USMNT manager Greg Berhalter has decided to give some of his most recognizable and older players a break. In come the young hopefuls who are based out of Europe, and with only one name in the roster from MLS, Berhalter is now going to give a chance to numerous budding options from abroad.
There’s a lot of intriguing names in the American roster, but can they get the job done against Wales?
Despite the fact that the Welsh aren’t exactly a superpower in the European scene, they still have highly-skilled players at their disposal like Gareth Bale, Ben Davies, Harry Wilson, Daniel James, David Brooks, and others.
Which isn’t to say that the USMNT lack promise or talent. The promise is there when you look at many of their upcoming stars, but the big worry for them this week is if that will be enough to avoid a defeat in the near future.
Despite Their Potential, The USMNT Still Needs More Time
It’s an intriguing puzzle that Berhalter has laid out in front of him, but there are no guarantees that it’ll come together soon. Let alone, this Thursday.
Looking towards the future, the manager has only chosen one player above the age of 30. Over half of the roster is under the age of 21, and of those called-up, 10 have yet to earn their first cap with the USMNT.
So as thrilling as it might be for fans to see a squad that is mostly made up of youngsters that ply their trade in Europe, realistically speaking, this is a fascinating yet unorganized puzzle that hasn’t had enough time to find connections or patterns.
Berhalter, who was candid about this process to media last week, admitted that there are “a lot of question marks” when it comes to piecing it all together.
It’s Up In The Air If The Best American Player Will Be Available
At the time of writing, reports have indicated that Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic is doubtful for this week’s game. Unfortunately for not only Berhalter but also soccer fans, the USMNT star player appears to still be recovering from an injury.
Now potentially missing their marquee player, the American’s chances of winning the friendly — and perhaps even getting a draw — have plummeted. There are interesting alternates that could easily take his place and compensate for his absence, but as mentioned earlier, many of these up-and-coming names are largely untested on the international stage.
Even if it emerges that Pulisic will be available, it’s probably a safe bet to assume that Berhalter would only utilize him for a limited period of time.
Along With More Talent, Wales’ Roster Also Contains More Experience
As opposed to the more experimental USMNT who called up a whopping total of 10 players who have never earned a cap, the Welsh only has three players in their roster that haven’t made an international appearance for their team.
They aren’t the most intimidating or daunting squad in comparison to their English neighbors, but at the very least this week, they’ll have the upper hand with more capable and seasoned players who are accustomed to the level of play.
The result will probably be closer than what most of us think, but if Wales decide to throw in their best against the Americans, it could prove to be a very long night for Berhalter’s squad.
Bale alone could potentially score at least a couple if given time to step in during Thursday’s friendly.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]