Iran shuts out noise at World Cup but United States looms
Iran has made a name for itself as one of the hardest teams to play against at the World Cup – in particular its aggressive, physical style of football.
Now, it is the first time the country has faced the United States on home ground since 1976.
The US, meanwhile, has made a name for itself as one of the most competitive countries in the world.
But this will be the first time they have faced each other on home soil since 1979, when the US beat Iran 3-0 in a thrilling World Cup final.
So it will be the first time there is a possibility that either side could upset the other.
The US will likely face Uruguay in the quarter-finals and it will be tough to stop a team with the likes of Juan Carlos Osorio, Marcelo Balboa, Carlos Bacca, Gio Dos Santos, Fabian Johnson and the whole midfield playing at a very high level.
It is a side that features the likes of Cristian Zapata, Claudio Reyna, Marcelo Balboa and Juan Carlos Osorio.
If the US can avoid the same fate as at the 1978 tournament, they will face Uruguay in the quarter-finals.
The match is likely to be a tactical battle with both teams being at their peak at the moment.
It will be interesting to see how the US performs this week. It will be their first time playing in a competitive environment at the World Cup, on home ground.
The team could make a big statement for the future and the country in general.
The USA will be desperate to win their first World Cup title since winning the World Cup in 1930. It would be a huge step up for the US from the World Cup in Brazil.
For now though, they will be keeping a close eye on Iran as they try to finish as runners up at the World Cup without dropping a point.
A win for Iran would be huge for them as well, and for their national team. They could give their players the confidence to play in other countries where they may not get any chances in.
The team is now starting to come together, with lots of talented young players