For the first time in World Cup history, a US football game ended in a 0-0 draw.
The result drew boos in Qatar and online as fans hoped for a more spirited end to the highly anticipated match against England.
While fans hoped for more, the reality is that the United States controls its destiny in advancing to the knockout stages. That is worth celebrating in and of itself.
Iran beat Wales 2-0 guaranteeing the winner of Tuesday’s match between the US and Iran will secure a spot in the next round. With two points in the group stage compared to Iran’s three, the US will need a win to advance; A loss means Iran will go through while a draw opens the door for Wales to go on with a win over England.
The United States organized very well against an England team that scored six goals in the opener. The only goal the US scored was still a Gareth Bale penalty in the opening World Cup match against Wales. The third youngest team in the field and so far has not been ruled out by the bright lights of the World Cup stage.
A draw wasn’t what everyone was hoping for in today’s game, but it does put the team on track to secure a spot in the round of 16. A draw against England could be welcomed. Draw with Iran? Fans should save their boos until then.