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At a time when we need it most, the United States men’s national team returns to sport’s biggest event next week as 26 Americans prepare to represent the United States at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which runs from November 20th to 20th Qatar is scheduled for December 18th. The World Cup. There is nothing like it, because nothing can unite a country faster than international sporting events. America united? Difficult to imagine, but that’s exactly what this tournament has done in the past.

If only for a week or two, every American can achieve the same result. Instead of tracking poll numbers and preparing for the runoff, we can all focus on a single team with a single goal.

We need that now more than ever it seems.

The USA will start their World Cup campaign against Wales on Monday (Nov. 21) at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan (2pm ET; FOX) before playing one of the tournament favorites, England, on Friday (Nov. 1). line up 25) at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor (2 p.m. ET; FOX). The Americans’ group stage ends Tuesday (Nov. 29) at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha (2pm ET; FOX) against Iran.

I’m not exactly a “soccer player”, I’ll admit that. And maybe you aren’t either. That’s okay. You don’t have to be a soccer guy to be super excited ahead of the World Cup. The moments and memories go beyond the game and we have precedent for that in this country. Perhaps we are not a country with a rich history in the beautiful game. That doesn’t mean we don’t know what this tournament means.

I can’t be the only one who remembers where he was when Landon Donovan scored late against England in 2010. I can’t be the only one ready to relive that hauntingly simple chant from 2014: “I think we’re going to win!” I get dizzy just thinking about it.

“We believe we have a talented group, a strong team spirit and one that’s ready to go head-to-head,” head coach Gregg Berhalter said last week. “We are very proud and honored to represent the United States and appreciate the tremendous support from our fans as we travel to Qatar.”

This US team is not exactly a veteran. In fact, they are the opposite. Young bucks, if you will. Defender DeAndre Yedlin is the only American to have played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Of the 26 players called up in Berhalter’s squad, 25 are making their World Cup debuts. With an average age of 25 years and 175 days, it is the second youngest squad at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Three of the 26 players are from Georgia: Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville), Shaq Moore (Powder Springs) and Sean Johnson (Lilburn). Berhalter himself will be the first American to represent the USA both as a player and as a coach at a World Cup.

America didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, so football fans here can cheer for their boys for the first time since the 2014 World Cup. This time the road will be tough as USA are in the toughest group of the tournament. Joining the Americans in Group B are Iran, Wales and England – the group’s world ranking average (15) is the best of the 32-team field.

This time it will be difficult for Team USA to advance to the Round of 16, which they did in 2010 and 2014 after not reaching the second round since 1994. But we get at least three games, at least three chances to come together and cheer for a common goal of winning.

Nowadays this union is an absolute rarity. There are very few things we can all agree on, but this is one of them. I can barely wait for it.


The GEorgia Bulldogs (10-0, 7-0 SEK) remain the No. 1 team in the College Football Playoff rankings this week. UGA defeated Mississippi State 45-19 in Stark-Vegas last week. This Saturday, the Bulldogs play Kentucky (6-4, 3-4) in Lexington at 3:30 p.m. before finishing the regular season in Athens against Georgia Tech. Georgia heads to the SEC Championships in Atlanta on December 3, where it will face SEC West Champion LSU Tigers (8-2, 6-1).

high school basketball The season is underway with most teams from the region starting regular season play this week and next. The annual Joe Greene tournament at Beach High School is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday (November 21-22), and this year’s boys’ field is teeming with talent. The teams in the field ranked in the top 10 preseason polls are: Johnson (Class 3A #3), Beach (3A, 4), Portal (1A DII, 5), Hiram (5A, 4) and Dougherty (3A , 7). ). Games start at 10am on both days and last throughout the day before ending with nightcaps at 8:30pm each evening

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