The United States is back to enliven the World Cup title. After missing the 2018 World Cup, Uncle Sam’s country managed to replace the bitter moment by locking the 2022 World Cup ticket.
Gregg Berhalter’s men will face the 2022 World Cup finals with a majority of young players. Berhalter said his team must focus every game in the 2022 World Cup this time.
“I think we have to stay focused on each game one by one. During the 2022 World Cup this time, the team contains a lot of young players, I hope they focus on every game,” said the 48-year-old coach.
The American national team qualified for the 2022 World Cup finals after passing the match in the third round of the CONCACAF qualifying zone. The results they recorded in the qualifiers were not too good either, because they qualified for Costa Rica only on goal difference.
In this World Cup title, the American national team is in Group B joined with England, Wales and Iran. With a promising young squad, they are predicted to be the dark horse in the tournament. Here are 4 key American national team players who will shine in the World Cup. Let’s listen to Bolaneters!
1. Brenden Aaronson
Since strengthening RB Salzburg, the performance of the player nicknamed the ‘American Messi’ has stolen the attention. Together with Die Roten Bullen, Brenden Aaronson appeared so crazy with 13 goals and 15 assists from 66 appearances.
Brenden’s talent was discovered by the current Leeds United manager, Jesse Marsch. At that time, Jesse Marsch was the one who smelled Brenden Aaronson’s talent and brought him to RB Salzburg while he was still coaching there in 2021.
The young man who was born on October 22, 2000 is very skilled in attacking positions, especially in the left/right winger and attacking midfielder positions.
The World Cup will be the first big stage that Brenden will participate in with the American national team. Players who defended Leeds United this season have been guaranteed by the coach of the American national team, Gregg Berhalter to be brought to the World Cup.
2. Tyler Adams
Tyler Adams is the current dynamo of the American national team. Playing as a defensive midfielder, physically capable, clean tackles, and a good passer are all attributes possessed by an Adams.
Gregg Berhalter once said “Tyler is a good defensive midfielder. He has high cruising range and most importantly he never shows tiredness on the pitch” he said.
The 23-year-old midfielder, who will play for Leeds United this season, helped RB Leipzig reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2020 before losing to Paris Saint-Germain. In addition, he also helped Die Roten Bulen win the DFB-Pokal which became the club’s first trophy since 2009.
Tyler Adams has played for RB Leipzig in total from 2019 to 2022, playing 101 games in total and scoring two goals and four assists.
3. Christian Pulisic
He started his football career at the age of 7 by joining the youth team of Brackley Town. The talent of a Christian Pulisic developed rapidly after joining the Borussia Dortmund academy in 2015. Together with Die Borussen Pulisic won the DFB-Pokal by registering 127 appearances as well as 19 goals and 26 assists.
Then Pulisic’s debut with Chelsea occurred in August 2019 against Manchester United in a 4-0 defeat and scored the first goal as well as a hat-trick on October 26 against Burnley. Pulisic was nominated for the Premier League Young Player of the Season at the time.
Pulisic is now in his prime. Became captain and managed to bring the United States to become champions in the CONCACAF Nations League after beating Mexico with a score of 3-2 and making it his first international trophy.
4. Weston McKennie
Weston McKennie is the best United States central midfielder at the moment. This is inseparable from his work in Europe with Schalke 04 and Juventus. McKennie himself stuck his name when Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus loaned him from Schalke 04 in the 2020-2021 season.
During that loan period, the 23-year-old performed well with a record of four goals from 31 appearances. So that Juventus made him permanent in the summer of 2021.
McKennie’s main strength is his contribution to defense. He also has the attributes that are essential for the job, such as superior aerial duels and knack for cutting the ball.
The player who started his junior career at Schalke 04 is predicted to become an important pillar of the American national team at the World Cup later.