World Cup 2022 Expert Predictions: How far will USMNT go?


The U.S. men’s national team returns to the FIFA World Cup for the first time in eight years, and expectations will be high for the richest crop of young talent the country has ever produced. But what does a successful tournament really look like for Gregg Berhalter’s team?

We asked our World Cup analysts here at FOX Sports that question. This is what they said.

How successful is the USMNT? How far do you predict they will go in the tournament?

Stu Holden: Quarter-finals and round of 16.

Landon Donovan: Getting out of the group is still the measure of success for us and I think we will get out of the group.

[Meet every team in Group B alongside the USMNT]

Carly Lloyd: If the USMNT can win their first game against Wales, that will be the deciding factor if they make it out of their group. They need a win to start the tournament to gain confidence to face England next. I think it is possible for them to get out of their group and reach the round of 16. It depends on them how they are playing together and if they believe in their hearts that they can go far.

Aly Wagner: I think success is getting to the round of 16, and I think that’s where they’re going. Assuming the Netherlands finish top of their group, it’s possible they could get past the Netherlands, but that’s a very big ask, so I think the round of 16 is a long way off.

Chad Ochocinco: Success for me is for the USMNT to get out of their group. They have a competitive group, but I think the USA will pull through.

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Doug McIntyre: Four years after not qualifying, getting out of the group should be considered a success at the very least. I’m not sure even the most optimistic American fan expects the U.S. to top a quartet that includes England (although the USMNT did just that in 2010) and would be a distinct underdog in a potential matchup round of 16 with the Netherlands. For an American team that hasn’t won a playoff in 20 years, beating anyone in the second round wouldn’t just be an accomplishment, it would be a triumph.

Martin Rogers: The same as always: leave the group. A run to the last 16, or better, would set things up nicely for 2026.

Kelly Smith: With a young but talented roster, the USMNT is building and the upcoming World Cup is where they will likely find genuine success. Group B is tough, but they should have the quality to get out of it; anything past the round of 16 is likely to be considered a real success.

Mauritius Edu: I am optimistic and optimistic about this group and I think it is possible to reach the quarter-finals. It starts with getting out of the group and the confidence that comes with that will give this team the belief that they can beat anyone.

Eniola Aluko: The USMNT’s success is quarterfinals. England, Wales and Iran are a tough group and I think the USA will need to get a good result against Wales to have any chance of getting out of the group. If they do that and make it to the quarter-finals, it’s a huge achievement in my opinion.

Warren Barton: I think for them, it has to be at least in the last 16. It’s a tough group, potentially, but I think if they do well, they’re more than capable of beating everyone but England! I think they have the ability to do very well.

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