United States will boast a young team at the World Cup and with this young team they will also have a young leader in Tyler Adams. During World Championship qualification, USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter used rotating captains with Christian Pulisic and Walker Zimmerman before settling on Adams, who wore the armband in seven of his 12 qualifying matches.
Berhalter on Sunday, the day before Monday’s opener against Wales, announced that Adams would captain the tournament in Qatar, making history. Each member of the team was given a vote, and Adams was selected as the youngest World Championship captain in USMNT history at age 23.
“Of course, I am honored to be named captain of this team,” said Adams. “A very young team, but it’s a big credit to my teammates because anyone on our leadership board can wear this armband and represent us with pride and represent us in the right way.”
This may be Adams’ first world championship, but with the exception of DeAndre Yedlin, it rings true for the rest of the team. Adams has held managerial positions in the past and has extensive experience both in Europe, where he made 116 caps for RB Leipzig and Leeds United, as well as 32 caps for the national team.
The 2022 squad ties the 1990 squad for the number of U-23 players on the team, with nine on the roster that includes Adams with the youngest trio of Yunus Musa, Gio Reyna and Joe Scully all 19 years old. This is a team that has grown with 14 players each representing a team in the FIFA World Youth Championship and they have also won the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Nations League ahead of this World Cup. Those 32 matches rank seventh on the team, with Yedlin leading the way with 75 games to his credit.
When someone needs to calm the team, they will turn to Adams, but this does not mean that he will be the only person providing leadership, since this is a group work of all participants. Adams knows how to organize a team and has an impressive awareness of space, which will be demonstrated against Wales November 21 to start your journey to the World Cup.