USMNT and RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams revealed what the Americans need to do to compete in the final rounds of the World Cup, and acknowledged that “great talent” will only take them that far.
The USA men’s national team is in the middle of the qualifiers for the 2022 tournament and is in second place on the Concacaf table with 15 points in eight matches. The American side had a dull start, drawing twice before finally winning their first victory in a 4-1 victory over Honduras.
But even with a positive record in the last five games and an upward trajectory, Adams explains that it takes time and consistency to reach greatness.
While recently participating in an episode of 90mins Football Americana, Adams was asked how far from USMNT is from being a serious contender for the World Cup.
“It takes a lot. I think you need the right balance between youth and experience in your team. I think if you only have experience you may not get the performance you need at a high level. So you always need the right mix and the right balance, he said.
“Then I think it’s hard to say exactly when we will be ready to compete for a semi-final or a final because at the end of the day, right now, we have a fantastic collective team and very good talent, but that does not mean necessarily that you will make it to a semifinal or a final.
“You have to understand what it takes to play in a tournament format because it’s not the same as playing a match and you win and it does not matter in a friendly match, or it does not mean you go through the qualifying process because it does not even “It’s a tournament format either. It’s how you get out of the group, how do you win in pressured situations and knockout games?”
Adams continued to use Germany – where he has played his club football since 2019 – as the prime example of balance.
“You look at a team like Germany and you say they have the right balance of everything, and then how do you structure your system based on a team that has been successful in this way?” added Adams.
“And I think they have a lot of good young leaders. They have a lot of good older leaders, a lot of experience. But these players, they do not miss matches. They are always together. They always have a similar team together. And they have built up This chemistry over the years. So when you can say, “We’re going to a semifinal or final,” I hope right away, but I think it takes a lot to build that caliber team. “
USMNT will face El Salvador and Canada in January as part of their World Cup qualifier campaign in hopes of reaching Qatar in December 2022.
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