Tyler Adams set for United States captaincy as reward for Leeds United form
Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams is expected to be announced as the new captain of the United States national team, according to FOX Sports.
The 23-year-old has been a sensation at Elland Road this season since moving from RB Leipzig in the summer and Gregg Berhalter is set to back him to lead the stars and stripes in Qatar.
It’s the first World Cup the USA have made since Brazil in 2014 and it had been thought that Christian Pulisic of Chelsea would take the armband having done so during qualification.
But a top US source has told FOX Sports that Berhalter will announce Adams as the new skipper in a press conference at 7pm UK time.
The United States begin their World Cup campaign on Monday (21 November) when they take on Rob Page’s Wales in Group B, exactly 24 hours after Adams will, in theory, be named as his country’s captain.
To lead your country out at a World Cup is perhaps the greatest honour a player will ever get the chance to do in football and that responsibility now falls on Adams.
And it is fully deserved too because he has arguably been the best summer signing Leeds United made prior to the 2022-23 season starting.
His consistency and tenacity in midfield play perfectly into what Jesse Marsch tries to do tactically and while Berhalter plays with a slightly different concept and style, a player who runs as much as Adams is welcomed in any team.
But he doesn’t just run about, anybody can do that, he has the intelligence to know when to press and when not to while also having a deft touch on the ball to create things from a deep area.
Under the radar, he is one of the best signings of the season so far and it’s easy to see why Pulisic has been stripped of the armband in favour of the 23-year-old.