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How to Watch the U.S. vs. Iran at the World Cup

After a tournament-opening 1-1 draw with Wales and a scoreless draw with England, the United States has one more group-stage game at the World Cup in Qatar. The Americans can advance to the knockout stage with a victory against Iran.

When will the United States play Iran?

Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern time. That’s 10 p.m. in Qatar.

How can I watch in the United States?

The game will be broadcast on Fox (in English) and on Telemundo (in Spanish).

To stream the English-language broadcast, you’ll need a subscription to a streaming package that includes Fox, like YouTube TV, Hulu, SlingTV or Fubo. (Some offer free trials.) Tubi will stream the game for free, but only as a replay, after the game is over.

Peacock will stream the Spanish-language broadcast. (Peacock Premium is $4.99 a month.)

What do the Americans need to do to advance?

The situation is simple: If the United States defeats Iran, it will advance to the round of 16. If it ties or loses, it will be eliminated.

With a victory, the United States will most likely go through as the second-place team from its group. But if Wales upsets England, the Americans will win Group B.

Should the United States advance, it would play a game in the round of 16 on Saturday or Sunday, quite possibly against the Netherlands, although Ecuador or Senegal are also potential opponents. A quarterfinal opponent might be Argentina, Poland, Australia or Denmark. And it would only get tougher from there.

A Brief Guide to the 2022 World Cup

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What is the World Cup? The quadrennial event pits the best national soccer teams against each other for the title of world champion. Here’s a primer to the 2022 men’s tournament:

Where is it being held? This year’s host is Qatar, which in 2010 beat the United States and Japan to win the right to hold the tournament. Whether that was an honest competition remains in dispute.

When is it? The tournament opened on Nov. 20, when Qatar played Ecuador. Over the two weeks that follow, four games will be played on most days. The tournament ends with the final on Dec. 18.

Is a winter World Cup normal? No. The World Cup usually takes place in July. But in 2015, FIFA concluded that the summer temperatures in Qatar might have unpleasant consequences and agreed to move the tournament to the relatively bearable months of November and December.

How many teams are competing? Thirty-two. Qatar qualified automatically as the host, and after years of matches, the other 31 teams earned the right to come and play. Meet the teams here.

How does the tournament work? The 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four. In the opening stage, each team plays all the other teams in its group once. The top two finishers in each group advance to the round of 16. After that, the World Cup is a straight knockout tournament.

How can I watch the World Cup in the U.S.? The tournament will be broadcast on Fox and FS1 in English, and on Telemundo in Spanish. You can livestream it on Peacock, or on streaming services that carry Fox and FS1. Here’s how to watch every match.

When will the games take place? Qatar is three hours ahead of London, eight hours ahead of New York and 11 hours ahead of Los Angeles. That means there will be predawn kickoffs on the East Coast of the United States for some games, and midafternoon starts for 10 p.m. games in Qatar.

Got more questions? We’ve got more answers here.

Before the Iran game, bookmakers offered roughly 180-to-1 odds on the United States lifting the FIFA World Cup Trophy.

American fans at the U.S. match against Wales last week.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Does this game include geopolitical tension?

Yes.

Who has scored for the U.S. in the tournament so far?

The United States has just one goal, against Wales. It was scored by Tim Weah, assisted by Christian Pulisic.

How have the Americans done in the past?

This is the 11th World Cup for the U.S. men. The team’s best performance came in the first World Cup in 1930, held in Uruguay, when it made the semifinals. That tournament was missing several top teams from Europe, however. The best recent performance was a quarterfinal berth in 2002. (The U.S. women have won four World Cups, including the inaugural tournament in 1991 .)

Who is on the roster?

The U.S. team has an average age of 25 years 214 days; it is the second-youngest squad of the 32-team field, according to Nielsen’s Gracenote, a data provider. Only Ghana, with an average of 25 years 108 days, has a younger 26-man squad.

Here is the squad, with the players’ professional clubs; their number of international appearances, followed by number of international goals; and their hometowns.

Goalkeepers:

  • Ethan Horvath (Luton Town, England; 8/0; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

  • Sean Johnson (New York City F.C.; 10/0; Lilburn, Ga.)

  • Matt Turner (Arsenal, England; 22/0; Park Ridge, N.J.)

Defenders:

  • Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic, Scotland; 11/0; Southend-on-Sea, England)

  • Sergiño Dest (A.C. Milan, Italy; 21/2; Almere, Netherlands)

  • Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 29/3; Oak Hills, Calif.)

  • Shaq Moore (Nashville S.C.; 16/1; Powder Springs, Ga.)

  • Tim Ream (Fulham, England; 48/1; St. Louis)

  • Antonee Robinson (Fulham; 31/2; Liverpool, England)

  • Joe Scally (Borussia Mönchengladbach, Germany; 3/0; Lake Grove, N.Y.)

  • DeAndre Yedlin (Inter Miami; 76/0; Seattle)

  • Walker Zimmerman (Nashville S.C.; 35/3; Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Midfielders:

  • Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United, England; 26/6; Medford, N.J.)

  • Kellyn Acosta (Los Angeles F.C.; 54/2; Plano, Texas)

  • Tyler Adams (Leeds United; 33/1; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.)

  • Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo, Spain; 12/0; San Diego)

  • Weston McKennie (Juventus, Italy; 39/9; Little Elm, Texas)

  • Yunus Musah (Valencia, Spain; 21/0; London)

  • Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 32/0; Pico Rivera, Calif.)

Forwards:

  • Jesús Ferreira (F.C. Dallas; 15/7; McKinney, Texas)

  • Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 50/11; Mercer Island, Wash.)

  • Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England; 54/21; Hershey, Pa.)

  • Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Germany; 15/4; Bedford, N.Y.)

  • Josh Sargent (Norwich City, England; 22/5; O’Fallon, Mo.)

  • Tim Weah (Lille, France; 27/4; Rosedale, Queens, N.Y.)

  • Haji Wright (Antalyaspor, Turkey; 5/1; Los Angeles)

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