World Cup viewing guide: How to watch USA vs Wales for free as men’s team returns to global stage for first time in eight years
- US Men’s National Team faces Wales on Monday with kickoff set for 2pm ET
- Match will air in the US on Fox, and stream online at FoxSports.com
- Peacock will stream a free Spanish-language broadcast of the game
- Full game replays will also be available on the free streaming service Tubi
- Enthusiasm is mounting for the youthful US side to go the distance this year
The US Men’s National Team is returning to the World Cup for the first time in eight years, and a hopeful nation is preparing to tune in and watch.
The USMNT will face Wales on Monday with kickoff at 2pm ET, and the game will air in the US on Fox television stations and online at FoxSports.com, which requires a TV provider login. Telemundo will air the Spanish-language call of the match.
Streaming service Peacock is offering a free Spanish broadcast of the first US game online, and Tubi will also stream a free replay of the full game after the match concludes.
Peacock’s free Spanish broadcasts will last for the first four days of the tournament, but starting on Thursday, they will only be available to paying subscribers.
After failing to make the cut for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the youthful US soccer team kicks off their Group Stage campaign in Qatar against an aging Wales side with little in the way of depth.
Fans of the US and Wales gather in Doha, Qatar. The USA will kick off its Group Stage campaign against Wales on Monday at 2pm ET, airing on Fox and streaming for free on Peacock
Sean Johnson of United States is seen in practice ahead of Monday’s game against Wales
US coach Gregg Berhalter and 23-year-old Tyler Adams, the youngest American World Cup captain since 1950
Oddsmakers favor the Americans in their inaugural game of the tournament, with the Caesars Sportsbook moneyline last priced at +135 for a US win, +230 for a Wales victory, and +200 for a draw.
The USMNT has never won a World Cup, but this year’s team is packed with young talent, and viewed as one of the strongest American sides ever with the potential to advance deep into the tournament.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is being contested by 32 national teams competing in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar.
During the Group Stage, each team will face the three others in its randomly-selected group, round-robin style.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the single-elimination Knockout Stage, based on a point system that assigns three points for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss.
The US faces stiff competition after drawing Group B, the only group where all four teams are ranked in the top 20.
Group B includes 16th-ranked USA, 5th-ranked England, 19th-ranked Wales and 20th-ranked Iran.
Kieffer Moore of Wales shoots during the Wales training session on Sunday
Weston McKennie of United States reacts during the United States Training and Press Conference at Al Gharafa SC Stadium
Forward Christian Pulisic of the United States, left, participates in an official training on the eve of the group B World Cup soccer match between United States and Wales
After Monday’s game, the US will next face England in a highly-anticipated matchup on Friday afternoon, before closing group play against Iran on November 29.
Since the US failed to make the World Cup cut in 2018, soccer has moved ahead of hockey to become the fourth most-watched sport among Americans, who have grown accustomed to watching European matches on weekend mornings.
And increasingly, those matches are played by Americans: Juventus’ Weston McKennie, Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, or Leeds United’s Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson, not to mention Arsenal keeper Matt Turner and Borussia Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna.
The sudden glut of American soccer talent has yet to translate to World Cup success, but it has given to some murmurings that the country finally has its ‘Golden Generation’ in the world’s sport.
‘I think it can be, and I say that because – I’m sure other people will say this as well – but because of the talent and the youthfulness of the National Team,’ former USMNT star DaMarcus Beasley told The Athletic. ‘And then obviously, leading up to 2026, (the World Cup) is in America, everything is just in line to be that Golden Generation.’
At the center of American’s youth movement is Adams, who was appointed captain at the unusual age of 23 to become the youngest at this year’s tournament and the youngest for the Americans at the soccer showcase since Walter Bahr in 1950.
USA’s goalkeeper Matt Turner takes part in a training session at Al Gharafa SC Stadium in Doha on November on Sunday
Midfielder Weston McKennie participates in an official training on the eve of the group B World Cup soccer match
‘I want to be a winner. So first off, I’m very competitive,’ Adams said after US coach Gregg Berhalter’s announcement Sunday. ‘I want to hold the guys around me to the same standard. I don’t want to lose and then have to point the finger and say, `You let me down today.′
‘I just want to make sure that everyone’s on the same page intensity-wise, mentality-wise, no frustration — we all buy into the same thing. And, yeah, I think I’ve been doing that since a young age.’
Adams was elected captain in a vote by about 35 players held in September and announced on the eve of the national team’s tournament opener against Wales.
He will become the first African-American to wear the armband for the United States throughout a World Cup.
Earnie Stewart, then 33 and the son of an African-American serviceman, captained the United States in the 2002 opener against Portugal because of Claudio Reyna’s strained right quadriceps.
‘For the last three-and-a-half years, we’ve been working with the leadership council,’ Berhalter said of a group that included Adams, Pulisic, McKennie and Walker Zimmerman. ‘We asked them, well, what do you guys want to do for the World Cup? And they thought it’d be better to have a captain named for the World Cup.’
The last of the 32 captains announced for this year’s tournament, Adams is only the second under 30 years old. England forward Harry Kane is 29 and has captained the Three Lions since the 2018 World Cup, when he was 24.
Adams, from Wappinger, New York, captained the national team nine times previously, including seven wins, one loss and one draw.