After Monday’s opening Group B matches, England (three points) take first place thanks to a 6-2 loss to Iran. But the USMNT, tied for second (one point), can potentially overtake them when combined with a 1-1 draw against Wales.
We’ve seen this World Cup game twice before, first in 1950 when the USMNT took a shock 1-0 win over the Three Lions behind Joe Gaetjens’ infamous goal. And in 2010 they fought back to a 1-1 draw that was defined by England keeper Rob Green’s howl of Clint Dempsey’s hopeful strike.
Either way, all eyes are on booking a passage to the knockout stages. Only the top two from Group B make it that far, and the pressure is building up a few notches on both sides of the pond.