Wed 30 November 2022 | 9:13

USMNT Captain Tyler Adams praised team's unity after Iran win

United States captain Tyler Adams praised his teammates after a victory against Iran that secured their progression to the last 16.

The United States

beat Iran with Christian Pulisic's goal in the 38th minute of their match on Tuesday to qualify from group B after England.

This was Iran and the USA's first World Cup meeting since their famous match at the 1998 World Cup. After the game,

Tyler Adams

praised his team's unity and the atmosphere in the team’s camp.

"For me, I have obviously dreamed of playing in a World Cup, and I didn't know when that time would come,"

he told reporters.

"Obviously that has come now. I am very proud to be representing the US and this team.

"The group we have in this locker room is superb, every day we show up and try and get better, and focus on getting better.

"Tonight was one of those nights where you knew you could look to your left and look to your right and there was someone battling for you.”

The USA failed to qualify for the last

World Cup

and now Gregg Berhalter's side will face the Netherlands on Saturday in the last 16.

"Obviously it is a big opportunity for us; an amazing game,"

he said.

"We have obviously played against good teams here already like England; the Netherlands could be another favourite to win the World Cup and they have done really well to navigate their way through the tournament so far.

"They've some amazing players, we are going to have to be ready. For now, we will try to have some downtime and relax to regain our focus. Our coaches will obviously come up with a game plan to get us ready."

Leeds United star, Tyler Adams, has been one of the United States' best players in Qatar. Defender Tim Ream praised him after the match against Iran: 

"[Adams] makes everyone's job a little bit easier. The amount of ground he covers, his energy, tenacity, work rate; it's just incredible what he does on a football pitch.

"As he grows the team grows, you could see that. It's a pleasure to play behind him."

In the pre-match press conference, an Iranian journalist put Adams under the spotlight with political questions and criticized him over his pronunciation of Iran. Ream believes Adams handled the situation well.

"I thought it was brilliant,"

Ream said.

"It is what it is, that's the world we're living in right now.

"For him to handle it with the poise that he did, and the sincerity that he showed, I think was fantastic."

source: SportMob

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