U.S. men’s national team midfielder Tyler Adams says the squad has to have an attitude of “everything or nothing” until the international game returns.
As with the rest of the sport worldwide, the coronavirus has completely shut down international soccer.
As a result of the outbreak, the US saw March friendships with Wales and the Netherlands terminated, with the CONCACAF Nations League status yet to be decided.
With the World Cup qualification set to begin in September, the U.S. is likely to have little time to prepare for their 2022 move to Qatar.
Adams, meanwhile, hasn’t been featured for the U.S. since March 2019, having struggled with injuries that held him away from the national team over the last year.
Now healthy and playing for RB Leipzig, Adams is looking forward to coming back, particularly because he knows there will be pressure to produce immediate outcomes.
“I’ve got to get ready that the next time I put on the U.S. jersey, it’s all or nothing, there’s no longer any preparation matches,” Adams told ESPN. “Either you are going out there and playing, or we are not going to go to another World Cup.”
He added: “It’s incredibly odd. It’s even odder for me because I haven’t played in a year with the national team.”
CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said in April that due to the pandemic the format for the World Cup qualifiers of the federation would have to change.
Such matches may also be postponed because there is plenty of doubt about international soccer returning.
Nonetheless, when those matches take place, the U.S. will have a very inexperienced team that has been remolded almost entirely from the nation that has struggled to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Following the Bundesliga ‘s return from its coronavirus hiatus, Adams has featured twice for RB Leipzig, with the former New York Red Bulls player appearing as a right back in the 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin on Wednesday.