U.S. midfielder Tyler Adams said the USMNT plans to make a gesture in support of racial justice ahead of their friendly against Wales on Thursday.
However, the RB Leipzig player wouldn’t say exactly what the team has planned.
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“We just want to keep people informed of what’s going on and what’s going to happen,” Adams said on Monday’s media availability. “The most important thing is to make progress and move forward. I think we’ll do something on game day.”
“But the internal discussions within the team were great, supporting each other and sharing each other’s beliefs.”
Many American athletes and leagues have campaigned for solidarity for promoting racial justice in the country following the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 after a white officer kneeled on his neck more than seven minutes.
The USMNT have not been together for a training camp or match since his death, although individual members of the team have shown their support for widespread demands for racial justice and equality.
Adams is part of Gregg Berhalter’s squad, which is mostly made up of players from Europe who arrive at the USMNT’s Cardiff warehouse before the game in Swansea. Another friendly match against Panama in Austria follows four days later.
The former New York Red Bulls star said he was eager to get to know his USMNT teammates again after a long time.
“Having the opportunity to come to a national team camp is good, not only to see some familiar faces, but also to step out of the groove of the action, because I was in Germany with my club for so long [the ongoing coronavirus pandemic] Now, “Adams said on Monday’s media availability.” So it’s a good feeling to be with some of my friends again and get back to the US coat of arms. “
Due to the pandemic, it has been more than nine months since the US last played a match of any kind. For some players like Adams, it’s been 18 months since they last donned the US colors.
“I would say everyone is pretty behind because we had eight months off because of a pandemic,” said Adams. “But otherwise it’s just about collecting as much information as possible, because with such limited training you don’t have the opportunity to repeat yourself.”
To what extent the free time has stopped the progress of the US team will be announced in the next week.
Berhalter said he held his first meeting on Monday even though there were only 11 players available. The full 24-player roster should attend Tuesday’s session, even if the ongoing pandemic has forced the U.S. contingent to take precautions about social distancing and wearing masks.
“We’re going to have a welcome meeting [Tuesday]and we’ve been together for two and a half days so that’s the weird part of COVID that we’re all concerned with, “Berhalter said.
Adams admitted the past 11 months had been a stop-and-go feeling for his club, with an unexpected break from March to May followed by a resumption of the Bundesliga season. This was followed by the conclusion of the UEFA Champions League in August, in which Leipzig reached the semi-finals. But Adams welcomes a break from club duties.
Berhalter was more optimistic about the stand. He was in constant touch with his players throughout the pandemic and used as much technology as possible to keep players informed of his plans for the team.
“In this game [against Wales]There will likely be six or seven players playing together on the field for the first time. So it will be a new experience, “said Berhalter.” But I think if you get to the core, the players that we’ve been able to influence over the past 18 months is definitely a group that is up to date. “