USA are due to face Iran on November 29. Iran is a rising power from the Asian confederation coming off a dominant qualifying campaign.
The nation has qualified for six World Cups — including five of
the past seven and three in a row — but never made it past the
first round. After a third-place finish at the 2019 Asian Cup and
a stellar World Cup qualifying campaign, Iran may be on the cusp of breaking through.
Iran are currently managed by the experienced Portuguese manager Carlos Quieroz.
At club level, Quieroz has managed the likes of Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid.
He also worked as assistant manager to Alex Ferguson during two successful spells with the club.
The 69-year-old was re-appointed in September, two months before the showpiece
event in Qatar starts. It will be the third time he leads the country
to a World Cup, following group stage exits in 2014 and 2018.