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For its first match of preparation for the next World Cup in Qatar, the selection of Morocco football faces this Wednesday, at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati, the team of the United States.

The meeting also precedes the start of the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers for the Atlas Lions, respectively against South Africa on June 9 in Rabat and Liberia on June 13. At Casablanca. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (local time) in this city in the state of Ohio in the American Midwest, the match against the United States is eagerly awaited by soccer fans in the country of Uncle Sam, including the he immense Moroccan community is particularly impatient to see the teammates of Achraf Hakimi and captain Romain Saiss evolve “at home”.

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In the three previous duels between the two teams, all friendlies, Team USA suffered the law of the Atlas Lions. The last meeting was in 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee. The game also played as part of the preparations of the two teams for the World Cup in Germany, ended in 1 goal to 0 in favor of the national eleven.

Same scenario for the two previous matches with respectively 3-1 in 1992 in Rabat and 2-1 in 1999 in Marrakech. The current American coach, Gregg Berhalter, was then aligned at the entrance of this meeting

In a statement to MAP, Berhalter called Team USA’s encounter against Morocco, the 24th selection in the world rankings, a « good challenge ». « Morocco will be the first African opponent for this group of players, so we are very much looking forward to the challenge », underlined the American coach who is full of praise for a Moroccan team which, according to him , was “outstanding in the World Cup qualifiers”.

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Berhalter, 49, who took the reins of the US team in 2018 after an accomplished career as a player including two appearances at the World Cup, counts on a team with an average age of 24 years. It is full of talents who play in some of the major European championships but also in a much more competitive American League (MLS) now thanks in particular to a huge investment in training.

The national coach, Vahid Halilhodzic, considered, for his part, that the choice of the United States for a friendly match is relevant given the technical, tactical and physical proximity between American and Canadian football, noting that the group of Morocco at the World Cup is raised. The American team will be led by captain and Chelsea striker Christian Pulisic. After Morocco, the Stars and Stripes will cross swords with the Uruguayan selection also in a friendly, four days later in Kansas City, Missouri.

They will then meet Grenada on June 10 as part of the group stage of the CONCACAF Nations League (2022-2023) Absent from the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Americans qualified in pain for the next World Cup, thanks to a third place, behind Canada and Mexico, in the Concacaf zone (Confederation of football of North America, Central America and the Caribbean).

This is their 11th World Cup. Their best performance dates back to the first edition in 1930 when they reached the semi-finals. In Qatar, the Americans are housed in Group B with England, Iran and the qualified team between Scotland, Ukraine and Wales.

After a flawless run in the World Cup qualifiers with 25 goals scored and only three conceded, Morocco are in the very tough group F alongside Belgium, Croatia and Canada.

The kick-off of the meeting will be given at 00:30. The match will be broadcast on Arryadia HD.

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