Leeds manager Marsch watched United States alongside coach Barrieu

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch watched the USA progress to the World Cup round of 16 alongside our fitness coach Pierre Barrieu accompanied by cheese and wine – as Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson beat Iran 1-0.

The United States had given themselves a chance to qualify second behind England after draws with Gareth Southgate’s side – and Wales. Against Iran, they knew they had to win and beat Carlos Quieroz’s side to reach the round of 16.

That’s exactly what they did. Chelsea star Christian Pulisic got the most important goal – suffering an injury in the process, which forced him to go to hospital with an abdominal injury. But he hopes he will be fit to face the Netherlands.

Following the victory, Marsch – who worked as United States assistant manager for two years under Bob Bradley – shared a photo of how he took the game. Alongside the physical trainer of Leeds Barrieu, another former American assistant, he shared his joy.

Leeds manager Marsch watched United alongside coach Barrieu

The United States has been excellent. They dominated the first half, enjoying 61% possession, with eight shots and three on target – Iran having zero shots. The game changed in the second 45, as Adams and Aaronson held on.

Aaronson was introduced at half-time while Adams completed an extra 90 minutes, his third in a week. Iran went from 39% possession in the first half to 58% in 45 seconds. But Matt Turner has only been tested twice by Iran.

He sees Marsch’s home country reach the last 16. They will now face Group A winners Netherlands on Saturday. It will be a tough ask for USA, Adams and Aaronson. But, they have every chance, and remain undefeated.

The Netherlands enter the match also undefeated – winning seven points out of a possible nine. Their 2-0 win over Qatar on Tuesday was easy, and although they drew Ecuador, their biggest test could come against the United States.

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