DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 21: Tyler Adams of United States applauds fans after the 1-1 draw in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between USA and Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

USA captain Tyler Adams DEFENDS under fire coach Gregg Berhalter after Wales World Cup draw – even as fans fume at Gio Reyna being left as a sub- and insists ‘we were still pretty dominant’ despite giving away its lead

Following the United States Men’s National team’s 1-1 draw against Wales, United States National team captain Tyler Adams immediately jumped to his head coach’s defense.

Most fans were livid with the way the United States gave away the lead in the second half of the nation’s opening game of the World Cup, most coach Gregg Berhalter’s decision not to sub in attacking midfielder Gio Reyna, as the USA’s offense stagnated under the increased pressure from Wales.

‘Greg [Berhalter] came up with a very good match plan on how to exploit the spaces,’ Adams said. ‘ We had some good runs in behind.’

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 21: Tyler Adams of United States applauds fans after the 1-1 draw in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between USA and Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

DOHA, QATAR – NOVEMBER 21: Tyler Adams of United States applauds fans after the 1-1 draw in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between USA and Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

‘In the second half we changed. We had to adapt to what they were doing.’

Obviously, they bring on a different player and change their game plan to limit our [runs] in behind a bit more.’

‘And yea we failed to execute a little bit, but we were still pretty dominant.’

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group B - United States v Wales - Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - November 21, 2022 U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter reacts REUTERS/Carl Recine  REFILE - CORRECTING TEMPLATE

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group B – United States v Wales – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – November 21, 2022 U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter reacts REUTERS/Carl Recine REFILE – CORRECTING TEMPLATE

The United States got out to an early lead after Timothy Weah scored the first goal for the Americans, before a penalty from Gareth Bale tied the game at 1-1. 

Even with the increased pressure from a Welsh side playing with their backs against the wall in the second half the United States still were able to maintain enough stability on defense from allowing too many clear-cut scoring opportunities throughout the second half.

The horror tackle from centerback Walker Zimmerman which sent Bale to the penalty spot would prove to be the pivotal moment in the game that cost the United States three points in their return to the World Cup. 

 

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