Leeds United star Tyler Adams not scared of England team before crunch clash
Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams had admitted that the United States are “underdogs” against England but has refused to bow down to intimidation, as he spoke to the press in Qatar.
The 23-year-old captained his nation during their 1-1 draw against Wales on Monday, November 21, and now faces a flying England side in what is a crucial match in deciding Group B’s outcome.
Speaking at a U.S. press conference on the eve of their match against The Three Lions, Adams believes a win for his country could prove a momentous moment in the development of the sport.
He said: “England are still a big team at the end of the day, but the intimidation factor? I wouldn’t say there’s many things out there that intimidate me, other than spiders.
“So it’s fine for me, but obviously I’ve got to play against all those big players, so I’ve done it before. But we also want to show what we’re capable of and that U.S. soccer is developing and growing in the right way.
“I think that in a lot of games people would probably say we are the underdogs, but we carry that with pride, it doesn’t mean anything to us to be underdogs, to be favourites.
“It’s obviously a huge opportunity to fast-track the impact that we can have. These are the games – high pressure, a privileged moment to step on the field against some of these guys.”
Build on Wales performance
Leeds United star Tyler Adams was at his best in the first half of the United States match against Wales – dictating the tempo of the game through his accurate passing, aggressive pressing and assured leadership.
Although Wales did end up growing into the game and snatching a crucial point late in the match, there will be plenty of positives to draw from their opener for this young and exuberant national side.
With England among the favourites to win the World Cup, this is a great opportunity for the U.S. to pit themselves against the best and see where they stand as a team.
Gregg Berhalter’s side will probably end up coming up just short against The Three Lions, but they are definitely capable of producing a performance in the ilk of Saudi Arabia and Japan and blowing Group B wide-open.
If they were able to snatch a point against England, that would make them favourites to qualify, with Iran awaiting in their final match of the group stage.