USMNT has its final training session ahead of the England World Cup game as Gregg Berhalter and his roster fine-tune their game plan at the same time as Friday’s kick-off as they look for another tournament shock
The USMNT has trained for the last time before taking the field to face England in a crucial World Cup match.
Gregg Berhalter’s side will be desperate to get something out of the game after drawing 1-1 with Wales in their Group B opener.
England are among the favorites to go the distance and take the elusive prize next month and they emphatically beat Iran 6-2 in their first game of the tournament.
USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie (C) warms up during practice Thursday night
USMNT No. 1 goaltender Matt Turner was all smiles during the late night session in Qatar
USA captain Tyler Adams was also in good spirits as he and his teammates got to work
As with Monday’s game, the USA tried to acclimate and replicate the conditions as much as possible by training at a time similar to Friday’s kickoff.
Captain Tyler Adams, winger Christian Pulisic, No. 1 Matt Turner and co. practiced around 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, 24 hours before their game with England.
There have already been a number of shocks in Qatar, while the US is looking for another shock.
Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina while Germany lost 2-1 to Japan a day later.
USA tried to acclimatize as much as possible by training at a similar time to kick-off on Friday
USA head coach Gregg Berhalter gave a training session at Al Gharafa SC in Doha
Former US international Alexi Lalas held a little hope in Saudi Arabia’s result as he claimed there could be further setbacks at the tournament, including one for his own country, as he insisted it was a ‘unique’ World Cup .
“In this incredibly unique World Cup,” he said, “I think we’re finding there will be some surprises. This is an absolute shock.
“If I asked you what is more likely to happen: the United States beat England on Friday or Saudi Arabia beat Argentina, you would probably have said the United States beat England and there are a lot of people who don’t believe that can happen. . . Anything can happen at this World Cup after what we’ve seen here.’
Adams (L) and winger Christian Pulisic (C) from the US participate in the passing drill on Thursday
USA’s scorer of Monday’s game, Timothy Weah, said being an underdog is nothing new for the side, while Adams also admitted that the team is not expected to win, but they are unfazed.
“England have a great team,” said Adams Fox Sports. They are probably one of the favorites to win the World Cup.
“So we know what we’re up against and we know we’re probably the underdogs going into the game.
“But we’ve always had an edge on our shoulders, we’ve always had a chip on our shoulders and because we’re playing against a lot of those guys week in and week out, you get a little bit of familiarity in the game.”