USMNT’s Tyler Adams earns the ‘Captain America’ armband in a very special way – ASAL SPORTS

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Adams is the youngest captain of the World Cup

The USMNT’s captain armband did not have an assigned player under Gregg Berhalterthe ‘s tenure, it would shift around different players, sort of a council of leaders that would take on the captain tasks, that was until they entered the World Cup rules where they had to assign the responsibility to a single player, and that player was Tyler Adams.

Ruled captain by election

The midfielder Tyler Adams will captain the team as they try to make take the coveted first place by opening their offensive strategies against Gareth Bale and the rest of Wales.

While Pulisic would be the go-to choice, Adams was selected democratically and he has the whole team’s support, including Gregg Berhalter’s approval “We’re proud to announce Tyler’s the captain for the World Cup, he leads by his actions and his words, so we’re proud to have him as a captain.”

Gregg Berhalter’s comments reassure the team’s decision
“Tyler’s the guy that’s just mature beyond his years and you notice it from from the minute you start talking to him,” Berhalter elaborated “And, you know, I can go on and on about his, you know, the strengths of Tyler but I think the other thing about him is humility, and he’s a guy that the teammates know exactly what they’re gonna get from them. They know that he’s gonna go out on the field and compete, they know that he’s gonna be thinking about the game. They know that he’s gonna be into the details of the game, you know, not just a competitor. He’s also a strategist. And I think that helps the group because you know, he calms people down. And he’s the guy that people get behind.”

Clint Dempsey was the last captain when the USMNT last played in Brazil

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Adams who is signed to the New York Red Bulls will take on the position that was occupied by Clint Dempsey in Brazil, Carlos Bocanegra in South Africa, and Claudio Reyna who led the USMNT in both Germany and Japan/South Korea.

Adams accepts the honor
Adams accepted the task proudly “It’s a huge honor for me, obviously, to be named captain of this team,” Adams said. “Obviously a very young team but a lot of credit to my teammates because anyone throughout our leadership council can wear that armband and represent us with pride and represent us in the right way. … We’ve established that we all lead in different ways so that anyone can represent us on any given day and represent us well.”

USMNT with confidence sky-high ahead of debut vs. Wales, how far can they go in Qatar 2022?

In a completely different tone than the one used by Jürgen Klinsmann prior to Brazil 2014, this Monday the United States National Team returns to the World Cup after an 8-year absence, in a completely different process, led by Gregg Berhalter.

On that occasion, Klinsmann wanted to be realistic with his players and assured that “it was impossible for the USMNT to win the World Cup” in that edition and he repeated it just before the US team’s debut. His comment was not well received and he ended up leaving the team after a resounding failure and a subsequent crisis that left them out of Russia.

Then came Gregg Berhalter to rebuild U.S. soccer and this Saturday he gave an interview to ESPN, in a completely opposite tone, prior to the USMNT’s debut against Wales. The coach was asked the same question as Klinsmann and his response, after a short pause, was full of enthusiasm:

Gregg Berhalter’s optimism
“What I do believe… is that on our best day we can beat anybody in the world. Anyone,” Gregg Berhalter said.

Berhalter’s most important job has been precisely the mental one, pushing them to accept that the only way they will make history is to trust in themselves. That’s why, before traveling to the Middle East, they invited Eric Thomas, a popular motivational speaker, to a lecture and he spoke to them about the incredible power of faith.

Then, Berhalter talked about how he prepared to travel to Qatar, based on the number of pairs of tennis shoes he packed for his trip (he is a shoe lover). His answer has a profound message: he has not chosen which pair he will wear this Monday for the match against Wales, but categorically reported that he packed seven pairs, the same number of matches needed to reach the Final.

“It’s a great honor to play in the World Cup, but we don’t want to just be participants,” Gregg Berhalter said.

However, he did not venture to assert that his team will be world champions in Qatar, instead focusing on the fact that success rarely comes without conviction, something he learned during his international playing career.

Rebuilding the USMNT
Berhalter is approaching his biggest challenge as a coach. He came to the job four years ago, with the goal of getting back on track after the failed process for Russia, and was dedicated to bringing about the USMNT’s generational change, including attracting high-level dual-nationality players Yunus Musah and Timothy Weah, as well as the emergence of young players competing in the world’s top leagues: Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson.

With this combination, Berhalter wants more: he increased the intensity of training since last week, and with his coaching staff have tried to consider all the potential scenarios they could encounter in the group stage. Berhalter is known for his focus on data and analysis, a habit typical of American sports and where soccer lags a bit behind.

“We have time now, we’ve had time over the last two months. When you’re on the field and on the sidelines and the crowd is loud and there are pressure moments, if you’re not prepared, I think it hurts your decision making,” Gregg Berhalter said.

He added in his bid to make history, “We believe the first step is to get out of the group. And the second step is, in the knockout games, to play our best game possible and see how far we can go.”

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