USMNT has its final training session for the England World Cup clash
USMNT has its final training session for England World Cup clash as Gregg Berhalter and his roster fine tune their game plan at a similar time to Friday’s kick-off as they look to pull off another tournament shock
The USMNT has trained for the last time before it takes to the field to face England in a crucial World Cup game.
Gregg Berhalter’s side will be desperate to get something from the matchup following its 1-1 tie with Wales in their Group B opener.
England are one of the favorites to go the distance and lift the elusive prize next month and they emphatically beat Iran 6-2 in their first match of the tournament.
USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie (C) warms up during practice on Thursday evening
USMNT No. 1 goalkeeper Matt Turner was all smiles during the session late at night in Qatar
USA captain Tyler Adams was also in a good mood as he and his teammates got down to work
Just like with Monday’s game the USA tried to acclimatize and replicate conditions as much as possible by training at a similar time to kick-off on Friday.
Captain Tyler Adams, winger Christian Pulisic, No. 1 Matt Turner and Co. practiced Thursday at around 2pm EST, 24 hours before their game with England.
There have already been a number of shocks in Qatar as the US looks to pull off another one.
Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina while Germany fell to a 2-1 defeat by 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 delivered training session at Al Gharafa SC in Doha
Former US international Alexi Lalas snatched at a slimmer of hope from Saudi Arabia’s result as he claimed there could be even more upsets 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 out that’s there’s going to be some surprises. This is an absolute shock.
‘If I was to ask you what’s more likely to happen: The United States beating England on Friday or Saudi Arabia beating Argentina, you’d probably have said United States beating England and there’s a lot of people who don’t believe that can happen . Anything can happen at this World Cup after what we have seen here.’
Adams (L) and USA winger Christian Pulisic (C) take part in passing drill on Thursday
USA’s goalscorer from Monday’s game Timothy Weah said being underdog is nothing new to the side, while Adams also admitted the team are not expected to win but they’re unfazed.
‘England has an amazing squad,’ Adams told FOX Sports. They’re probably one of the favorites to win the World Cup.
So, we know what we’re coming against and we know we’re probably underdogs going into that game.
‘But we’ve always had an edge on our shoulders, we’ve always had a chip on our shoulders and for us playing against a lot of those guys week in week out gives you a little bit of familiarity going into the game.’