United States the men’s team is preparing for the first match of the World Cup against Wales on Monday and over the weekend, the team received a special message of encouragement from President Joe Biden. The 46th President of the United States called coach Gregg Berhalter and the team on Friday night at approximately 11:30 p.m. local time while they were in what appeared to be a large suite at their New York hotel. Qatar.
The Americans are in Group B, they were also joined England as well as Iranand the United States for the first time since 2018 compete in the World Cup. Biden joked with the team before telling them to give it their all and stating that the entire country was behind them.
“Coach put me on, I’m ready to play,” Biden joked.
“I know you’re an underdog, but I’ll tell you what, man, you have some of the best players in the world on your team. You represent this country and I know you will play your heart. So let’s shock them all.
“Keep trusting each other, play your best and you know what’s up for you and your families, your teammates and the whole country is rooting for you.”
It’s a pretty cool moment and players seem to appreciate it. But the president’s contact with US teams is nothing new. When the US women’s team won the 2015 World Cup, President Barack Obama named the team after defeating Japan for the crown.
But it will still be great for these players to hear from the nation’s elected leader, who has found time out of his busy schedule, perhaps getting a nice little boost of energy and pride ahead of such a big game.
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Monday, November 21: vs. Wales, 2:00 pm ET
Friday, November 25: vs. England, 2:00 pm ET
Tuesday, November 29: vs. Iran, 2:00 pm ET.