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DOHA, Qatar — The U.S. men’s national team went 4 1/2 years without a consistent captain, but on the eve of the 2022 World Cup, it named a historic one.

Tyler Adams will lead the USMNT out onto the field Monday against Wales (2 p.m. ET, Fox/Telemundo).

When he does, he’ll be the youngest captain at this World Cup, and the first Black man to captain the U.S. throughout any World Cup.

He was elevated into the role, at 23 years old, by his peers, via a team vote this fall. Adams has previously captained the team nine times, but only for a game at a time, on a rotating basis. The responsibility had, for years, been shared among a players’ “leadership council,” which also features Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, DeAndre Yedlin and Walker Zimmerman. Through 56 games under head coach Gregg Berhalter since January 2019, 14 different players had worn the armband.

With the World Cup approaching, though, Berhalter went to the leadership council and asked them about the future of the captaincy. They thought it best to name a permanent captain.

And Adams, a …read more

Source:: AOL.com


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