Serginho Dest sat next to McKennie during the media availability stage. The Dutch-American fullback has appeared nervous in front of the cameras and microphones, but has tried to allay his concerns that he, too, will not be able to start the game. rice field. Wales nurses a nagging adductor problem.
“Personally, I’m in good shape. Of course, after the final [AC Milan] a bit boring game [but] So far so good,” said Dest. “We are ready to play. Together with the team we are really high for the game, we are all really focused. I have to.”
For a variety of reasons, controversy has swirled around FIFA’s unconventional choice of tiny Qatar to host the World Cup ever since it was granted that right more than a decade ago. Chairman Gianni Infantino sparked more controversy on Saturday when he launched a defiant broadside against critics at a lengthy candid press conference.
However, the USMNT claims to be eyeing prizes in Group B and beyond.
“We are a strong team and we know we are in a bubble. We try not to let anything in,” Long said. “So I’m going to limit outside distractions as much as possible, focus on myself and focus on the first match against Wales.
“We understand that this is our dream and that we live in the moment and do not take it for granted. We also need to know that we are not playing, we are playing for the whole country, so we have that responsibility.”