Tim Weah on USMNT youth, World Cup inexperience: ‘Age is just a number’


DOHA, Qatar — Tim Weah is 22 years previous, however his younger age doesn’t inform the story of the expertise he already has beneath his belt.

The Lille winger has performed in a number of youth World Cups, the UEFA Champions League, contentious derbies in Europe’s high flight, Concacaf World Cup qualifying, and in cup finals for membership and nation.

It is the sort of resume American gamers would have been comfortable to retire with only a decade in the past, however it’s now the usual resume and profile for lots of the present USMNT’s high gamers, both the identical age as Weah and even youthful.

That actuality is why Weah doesn’t purchase the concept that the present USMNT is just too younger and never prepared for the problem of the World Cup as a result of Americans boasting the second-youngest roster within the World Cup (second to Ghana).

“I feel like right now the way football is, age is just a number at this point,” Weah mentioned when requested by SBI in regards to the workforce’s label as a younger squad. “Some of the best players in the world are not even 24 yet. I feel like individually, we all have our own experiences and we’re all bringing our own maturity to the team. Christian’s a Champions League winner, Weston’s playing at one of the best clubs, Tyler’s getting the Premier League experience. I feel like when we all come together, we we bring our own level of maturity.

“And even though we’re young, we’re not young-minded,” Weah mentioned. “It’s not an immature group at all. It’s a group of guys who know what we want. We have our goal set and we’re all just hungry and ready to get started.”

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The Americans start their World Cup marketing campaign on Monday towards Wales, and enter the competitors with only one participant on the roster — DeAndre Yedlin — with World Cup expertise.

While the USMNT lacks World Cup expertise, the roster is stuffed with gamers who’ve performed in, and gained in, Europe’s high leagues. Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Gio Reyna, Tyler Adams, Weah, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Brenden Aaronson have all loved success within the type of league titles, cup titles and Champions League expertise, whereas additionally having gone via their first style of Concacaf World Cup qualifying.

Berhalter might be banking on that have to assist offset the workforce’s inexperience on the World Cup.

“One thing we learned from qualifying is that you can talk about it all you want, but until you experience it, it’s hard to really understand it,” Gregg Berhalter mentioned in June. “That’s going to be the case in the World Cup, and our job is to just put them in position to focus on the performance and not worry about all the external factors. Just focus on what we’re doing together as a team.

“What we know is the guys have played in high-pressure situations before,” Berhalter mentioned. “What we know is that we can thrive as underdogs, or favorites. We can be comfortable with that. And then we know that it’s a tight group and we’re going to have to rely on each other in this group to use our teamwork and use our our team culture as a as an added strength.”

Source – sbisoccer.com

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