Here are some quick hits about the foes the U.S. men’s national team will meet at the World Cup in Qatar next November.

USA’s All-Time Record against Group B Opponents and Potential Opponents:
England: 2-8-1 (9 GF, 39 GA)
IR Iran: 0-1-1 (2 GF, 3 GA
Ukraine: 0-3-1 (1 GF, 2 GA)
Scotland: 2-3-3 (8 GF, 14 GA)
Wales: 1-0-1 (2 GF, 0 GA)

Group B Opponent and Potential Opponent Profiles

ENGLAND

Current FIFA World Ranking: 5

FIFA Trigram: ENG

Language: English

Championship Honors: World Cup (1966)

USMNT Record vs. England: 2-8-1 (9 GF, 39 GA)

World Cup Finals Appearances: 16 – 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022

World Cup Record: 29-19-21 (91 GF, 63 GA)

Best World Cup Finish: Champions, 1966

2022 World Cup Qualifying: Finished 1st in UEFA Group I (8-0-2; 39 GF, 3 GA)

Date Qualified: 11/15/2021

Leading World Cup Qualifying Scorer: Harry Kane (12)

Head Coach: Gareth Southgate (England)

Key Players: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City/ENG), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool/ENG), Kyle Walker (Manchester City/ENG), John Stones (Manchester City/ENG)

Fast Facts: U.S. is unbeaten versus England in two World Cup meetings, both in the group stage … The U.S. won 1-0 at Brazil 1950 and played to a 1-1 draw at South Africa 2010 … The last meeting between U.S. and England was a November 15, 2018 international friendly in London at which England won 3-0 … England was the highest scoring team in UEFA World Cup Qualifying with 39 goals … Forward Harry Kane tied Netherlands forward Memphis Depay for most goals scored in UEFA World Cup Qualifying with 12 … Former England international David Beckham won two MLS Cup titles with the Los Angeles Galaxy (2011, 2012) … Beckham is President and Owner of MLS franchise Inter Miami … Former goalkeeper Peter Shilton is England’s most capped player with 125 appearances … Current Nashville SC coach Gary Smith is the only Englishman to have won MLS Cup as a head coach (Colorado Rapids, 2010).

IRAN

Current FIFA World Ranking: 21

FIFA Trigram: IRN

Language: Persian

Championship Honors: AFC Asian Cup (1968, 1972, 1976)

USMNT Record vs. Iran: 0-1-1 (2 GF, 3 GA)

World Cup Finals Appearances: 6 – 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, 2018, 2022

World Cup Record: 2-9-4 (9 GF, 24 GA)

Best World Cup Finish: 14th, 1978

2022 World Cup Qualifying: Finished 1st in AFC Third Round Group A (8-1-1; 15 GF, 4 GA); Finished 1st in AFC Second Round Group C (6-2-0; 34 GF, 4 GA)

Date Qualified: 1/27/2022
Leading World Cup Qualifying Scorer: Sardar Azmoun (10)

Head Coach: Dragan Skocic (Croatia)

Key Players: Sardar Azmoun (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Karim Ansarifard (AEK Athens/GRE), Mehdi Taremi (Porto/POR), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Feyenoord/NED), Ehsan Hajsafi (AEK Athens/GRE)

Fast Facts: The lone meeting with U.S. at a World Cup came in Group F at France 1998, a match Iran won 2-1 … Iran had the second-most goals in AFC World Cup Qualifying with 49 (Japan had 58) … Former Iran defender Andranik Eskandarian played in the NASL from 1978-84 with the New York Cosmos … Eskandarian’s son, Alecko, played with five different teams in MLS and made one appearance with the USMNT … Current Colorado Rapids defender Steven Beitashour appeared in six games with Iran from 2013-14 …. One of the largest recorded crowds in international football history was in 1997 at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium when a reported 128,000 spectators attended Iran’s 1998 World Cup playoff versus Australia … Former forward Ali Daei is Iran’s all-time scoring leader with 109 goals.

POTENTIAL GROUP B OPPONENTS PENDING UEFA PLAYOFF IN JUNE

WALES

Current FIFA World Ranking: 18
FIFA Trigram: WAL
Language: Welsh, English
Championship Honors: None
USMNT Record vs. Wales: 1-0-1 (2 GF, 0 GA)

World Cup Finals Appearances: 2 – 1958, 2022
World Cup Record: 1-1-3 (4 GF, 4 GA)
Best World Cup Finish: Sixth Place, 1958
2022 World Cup Qualifying: Finished 2nd in UEFA Group E (4-1-3; 14 GF, 9 GA); Defeated Austria in UEFA Playoff Path A Semifinal on March 24; Awaiting winner of Scotland/Ukraine in Path A Final to be played in June
Date Qualified: TBD

Leading World Cup Qualifying Scorer: Gareth Bale (5)

Head Coach: Rob Page (Wales) — Acting Manager

Key Players: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/ESP), Aaron Ramsey (Rangers/SCO), Joe Allen (Stoke City/ENG), Chris Gunter (Charlton Athletic/ENG), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG)

Fast Facts: The most recent meeting between the U.S. and Wales was a 0-0 match in an international friendly on November 12, 2020 in Swansea, Wales … Winger Gareth Bale is a four-time winner of the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid … Bale is also Wales’ all-time top scorer with 38 goals … Current defender Chris Gunter is Wales’ most capped player with 107 appearances … Wales’ best finish at a major tournament was a semifinal appearance at UEFA Euro 2016 … Wales’ only previous World Cup appearance came in 1958 and ended with a 1-0 quarterfinal loss to Brazil in which Brazilian legend Pele scored his first World Cup goal as a 17-year-old … Carl Robinson is the only Welsh head coach in MLS history, managing the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2014-18.

UKRAINE

Current FIFA World Ranking: 27

FIFA Trigram: UKR

Language: Ukrainian

Championship Honors: None
USMNT Record vs. Ukraine: 0-3-1 (1 GF, 5 GA)

World Cup Finals Appearances: 2 – 2006, 2022

World Cup Record: 2-2-1 (5 GF, 7 GA)

Best World Cup Finish: Eighth Place, 2006
2022 World Cup Qualifying: Finished 2nd in UEFA Group D (2-0-6; 11 GF, 8 GA); Awaiting UEFA Playoff Path A semifinal match against Scotland in June; Winner advances to face Wales in Path A Final

Date Qualified: TBD

Leading World Cup Qualifying Scorer: Roman Yaremchuk (3)

Head Coach: Oleksandr Petrakov (Ukraine)

Key Players: Roman Yaremchuk (Benfica/POR), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City/ENG), Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk/UKR), Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United/ENG), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk/UKR)

Fast Facts: The most recent meeting between the U.S. and Ukraine was an international friendly on March 5, 2014 in Larnaca, Cyprus at which Ukraine won 2-0 … Former midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is Ukraine’s most capped player with 144 appearances … Legendary striker Andriy Shevchenko is Ukraine’s all-time top scorer with 48 goals … Ukraine’s highest FIFA Ranking was 11th, attained in February of 2007 … Midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko is teammates with U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen at English club Manchester City … Dema Kovalenko was the last Ukraine national to play in MLS … He played with the Chicago Fire, DC United, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Galaxy from 1999-2010 … In its first and only World Cup at Germany 2006, Ukraine reached the quarterfinals, losing 3-0 to eventual champions Italy.

SCOTLAND

Current FIFA World Ranking: 39

FIFA Trigram: SCO

Language: English

Championship Honors: None

USMNT Record vs. Scotland: 2-3-3 (8 GF, 14 GA)

World Cup Finals Appearances: 9 – 1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2022

World Cup Record: 4-12-7 (25 GF, 41 GA)

Best World Cup Finish: Ninth Place, 1974

2022 World Cup Qualifying: Finished 2nd in UEFA Group F (7-1-2; 17 GF, 7 GA); Awaiting UEFA Playoff Path A semifinal match against Ukraine in June; Winner advances to face Wales in Path A Final

Date Qualified: 3/29/2022

Leading World Cup Qualifying Scorer: Lyndon Dykes, John McGinn (4)

Head Coach: Steve Clarke (Scotland)

Key Players: John McGinn (Aston Villa/ENG), Che Adams (Southampton/ENG), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool/ENG), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal/ENG), Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers/ENG)

Fast Facts: The U.S. is unbeaten in its last five matches against Scotland, all international friendlies … The most recent meeting came on November 15, 2013, in a 0-0 draw at Hampden Park in Glasgow … Scotland took part in the first official international soccer match, against England in 1872 … Kenny Dalglish is Scotland’s all-time caps leader with 102 appearances … He is also Scotland’s all-time joint-top scorer with 30 goals, along with Denis Law … Notable former U.S. internationals who have played for Scotland’s most decorated club, Rangers, include Claudio Reyna, DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra … U.S. defender and 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup champion James Sands plays at Scottish club Rangers … Scottish coach Steve Nicol led the New England Revolution to MLS Cup Finals in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007.