The US advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup after beating Iran 1-0, thanks to a stunning Christian Pulisic goal which left the American star hobbled with a pelvic injury. Protest was at play during the US vs Iran match in Qatar and the US Men’s National Team was cheered on across the globe, from President Joe Biden to an unexpected fan base. Plus, NFL star J.J. Watt is the soccer analyst we don’t deserve and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his wife Brittany welcomed their second child… and we’re starting to see a theme emerge with the Mahomes’ baby names.
- When I spoke to the coach and the players, I said, you can do this. They went they're-- they did it. God love them. Anyway, just thought you might want to hear.
JARED QUAY: Is anyone more jazzed about the US men's national team moving on to the knockout stage of the World Cup than American President Joseph Robinette Biden?
- The USA, USA. That's a big game, man.
JARED QUAY: Apparently, some Iranians in Iran were thrilled when the US took a 1-0 lead over their own national team, and why is that, you add?
- Politics, politics, politics, politics.
JARED QUAY: There's no such thing as sticking to sports when it comes to the World Cup. That's for damn sure. Multiple fans at the US versus Iran match in Qatar said that they were targeted by security for wearing items of protest like a rainbow armband and signage against discriminatory government policies in Iran. It sounds crazy to say this, but I'm putting human rights and politics aside for the moment because there was a game to be played.
- That's why we're here.
JARED QUAY: The US was in a win or go home scenario when they faced Iran in the final match of the group stage, and they managed to pull off a 1-0 victory. Thanks to an incredible goal from Christian Pulisic. When you hear the phrase, no pain, no gain, this is what they were talking about. Because homey got hammered right in the-- how do I say this delicately?
- Nether region.
JARED QUAY: Soccer fan and NFL star, JJ Watt, had the best analysts take of the day when he tweeted. Sacrificing the crown jewels for a massive goal in the World Cup. That's dedication. The win came at a cost for Pulisic who did not play in the second half because he went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a pelvic contusion.
JARED QUAY: The team FaceTimed Pulisic after the victory, and of course, the signal sucked.
- Can you hear me now?
JARED QUAY: Hopefully, Pulisic will be able to play come Saturday when the US team takes on the Netherlands in the knockout stage. We here at "The Rush" want to congratulate Brittany and Patrick Mahomes on the birth of their second child.
- Mazel tov.
JARED QUAY: Welcome to the world Bronze Mahomes. Man, I never heard of anyone name Bronze before. I'm starting to sense a theme, though, because Pat and Brittany's first child is named Sterling. One more kid in the Mahomes family is filling an entire Olympic podium. Imagine the pressure on baby number three. You know they're going to be gold, right? Where does that leave silver and bronze though? Somebody call me a family therapist.