By Sean Fisher

24th Nov, 2022 | 1:40pm

Jesse Marsch piles pressure on Leeds United duo Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson with 'cornerstone' expectation v England

The United States are preparing for a World Cup showdown against England, and Jesse Marsch believes his Leeds United duo have a huge part to play.

After opening their tournament campaign with a 1-1 draw with Wales, it’s all to play for in Group B as the United States face England on Friday evening.

Adams was a standout performer for the USMNT against Wales, while Aaronson came off the bench to make an impactful cameo.

But against an England side full of fellow Premier League stars, Marsch expects his Leeds pairing to play a crucial role on Friday.

“I think obviously, they know that English team, so I think that will be valuable for them. But even more so it’s playing at this level in this league every day, and that they’ve become important players on a Premier League team,” Marsch said ahead of the match, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post.

“There’s a lot of our [US] players playing in the Champions League and playing at big clubs now, none of them I think, have as big a role as what these two players have here.

“So I would think that that can be a massive building block and a sort of cornerstone of how the team can perform.”

Crucial

Leeds fans will have their eyes peeled to the screen for Friday’s Group B showdown. Two of Leeds’ three World Cup stars are on show, but they come up against Gareth Southgate’s England side.

As much as English Leeds fans won’t want to see Adams and Aaronson play well, they’ll be hoping for a good showing amid defeat.

Adams was absolutely superb against Wales and his excellent fitness levels were on full display after he played the full 90 minutes and looked full of energy even late into the game.

Aaronson was limited to a role off the bench, but Marsch clearly expects the 22-year-old to start on Friday given his Premier League experience.

The Three Lions did look very strong and well-drilled in their opener against Iran, and the US’s best chance of not getting swept away with England’s intensity may be to rely on Adams and Aaronson in midfield – as Marsch says they’ve already faced the players in the Premier League and are used to the physicality and pace that England play with.

It’s bound to be a blockbuster showdown.

In other Leeds United news, Rasmus Kristensen gets 2/10 rating after a ‘flop’ World cup display for Denmark