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USMNT being cautious with Tyler Adams as Copa America approaches

LANDOVER, Md — The absence of Tyler Adams in the U.S. men’s national team midfield is visible and head coach Gregg Berhalter is hoping to have him back in the coming days or weeks.

Adams was an unused substitute on Saturday as the Americans suffered a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Colombia at Commanders Field. The Bournemouth midfielder entered the June window with only five matches under his belt for club and country, being part of the CONCACAF Nations League-winning squad last March.

However, back spasms forced Adams to the sidelines in England, reducing him to only 99 combined minutes over the final six weeks of the English Premier League campaign.

An absent Adams is a major loss for the USMNT, but Berhalter admitted that the coaching staff isn’t planning to rush him back after missing most of last season.

“He’s been doing a great job, he’s building strength up and getting back to a good level,” Berhalter told reporters postmatch on Saturday. “We were cautious with him at the Nations League and we are being cautious with him again. We’re trying to build up his strength and fitness to get him ready to compete. Today was too early for him, but hopefully we will get to see him against Brazil or as the tournament begins.”

The USMNT is coming off its largest margin of defeat since 2016, adding pressure to Berhalter and his staff heading into Wednesday’s home friendly vs. Brazil. Brazil recently used a 96th minute winner from 17-year-old starlet Endrick to defeat Mexico 3-2 on Saturday.

Should Adams not be able to play in Orlando this week, the next opportunity for him would be against Bolivia on June 23 in the USMNT’s group stage opener.

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  1. i think dude is hurt again hence the omit as opposed to some sort of pitch count (like NL) or controlled progressive increase in minutes as the other poster mentioned. (15 this game, 30 next, half, 60, etc.). i also think we got lucky with how we used him NL and copa is asking a lot. half the reason i was thinking play him now is, dude, do you want to be throwing someone on cold for panama, colombia, brazil? i get this was a tough opponent but the game didn’t count. you ideally want to dominate and get a result, but it’s a higher priority to get ready.

    anyhow, on another article i was saying given our issues we should have made a point of emphasis of trialing 6 players. someone said, “but we called johnny.” that’s 1 player, not a position competition. in theory musah if healthy could maybe play there, but he was being used as an 8 the other day. i don’t think we called a few 6s like we needed to sort this out. i think we assumed adams would hack this. we did call a second choice who messed up. the third choice is double booked as an 8. there is no maloney or anyone else, and we (a) may need a fresh 6 for adams and (b) generally could maybe have used this tournament to test some 6s and see who copes. it is useful to see if the johnnys of the world thrive or blow up like he did. especially when the starter can’t stay healthy.

    anyhow, this is where i see the coach chasing friendly wins all the time, or the continuity on this roster, as counter-productive. we have some issues and the only one he seemed to care about working on was 9, where the players are doing fine. the ones he’s not making changes at are 6 and wingback where we keep getting torched. why am i not seeing too many of those as opposed to strikers when we’re getting striker goals without sargent just fine?

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  2. I’m no genius and I’m still tech dum. I suggest that when players are healthy, especially your starters, you play them in a sub capacity during friendlys, or high level scrimmages. Breaking up the minutes in intervals- ‘10, ‘20, ‘30, ‘45, ‘60, ‘70 – corresponding to 90+. For example- a position that has no clear starter, you do the 45 split. (GKs with the same back line. CFs with the same midfield.) Young players who need to be integrated start at 10 minutes and stay at 10 until they prove they can handle more. What I disagree with it, is using your starters against a country let’s say Oman. They play poorly, so in an effort to get them confident again, same starters vs Uzbekistan? 80 percent of the 22 WC roster is starting these “scrimmages”. GB doesn’t know what McKennie, Captain Adams, CP, McKennie, Dest, Turner, or Jedi is capable of? What other players get an opportunity? 1)- What I see is GB wants have the best winning percentage than any US coach. Whether I or you like it, he’s already there. An American born in 2024, when they’re grown is going to look in the US soccer history and see it. He wants to win every single game regardless of players health like Captain Adams. He’s suppressing positions, by using players out of position (Musah, McKennie, Tessman, Sands, LDT, Maloney aren’t 6s), that’s why it seems we have no depth. We have plenty of depth!! 2) Agreed, Glover 69 (SBI OG), Watch what GB does, not what he says. 3)- Vacqui put up Captain Adams injury history last year, couldn’t find it for I type this. I guarantee, if you cross reference Captain Adams time with the USMNT, he’s injured for club afterwards. Yes, there are exceptions. Players younger than 23, and players 1st year or 12 months transferring to a more competitive league(s). Body needs time to adapt.

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  3. i don’t buy it. if you have a healthy but minute challenged player you get him at least some minutes. a pitch count pitcher still gets his pitches or you’re not building him up. not getting him time doesn’t address the problem. we shouldn’t have cared what the result is so bad we leave a guy off who needs some minutes.

    he then either holds up or not. if not you want to figure that out before the tournament, no? not during. you protect him by playing him a little and not a lot.

    nah, they acted like he was hurt. either that or they are foolishly bubble wrapping a player with a fitness issue which you don’t fix by never playing them. i mean, wasn’t that the whole bournemouth issue?

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    • IV agree and call BA in this. You ran out Tyler for 45 minutes vs Mexico and 37 minutes vs Jamaica and then he proceeds to get injured within 10 days of being back with Bournemouth. If you want him to have any impact on COPA America, you’ve got to give them at least 20 minutes vs Brazil. You weren’t cautious with him during nations league, but somehow we’re being cautious now and reckless if you throw him in first game of a major tournament make any sense at all

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    • IV agree and call BS on this. You ran out Tyler for 45 minutes vs Mexico and 37 minutes vs Jamaica and then he proceeds to get injured within 10 days of being back with Bournemouth. If you want him to have any impact on COPA America, you’ve got to give them at least 20 minutes vs Brazil. You weren’t cautious with him during nations league, but somehow we’re being cautious now and reckless if you throw him in first game of a major tournament make any sense at all

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    • 2tone, Adams played 90 minutes against Japan and Saudia Arabia in the meaningless pre-world cup scrimmages and the team was flat in both of those games.

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      • Huh. Well I guess by that logic the US is doomed. Might as well not play a player known for intensity. Key word “meaningless” friendlies. Adams isn’t perfect by any means but he is the player that others look too to bring intensity to the midfield.

      • I wasn’t suggesting that Adams shouldn’t be on the roster or play if fit. On the contrary, I have repeatedly said that there is nothing to save him for and if he is willing to play and fit enough to even play a sub role even as little as 20 minutes per games he should be on the roster because the team lacks depth.

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