Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams believe the United States has a good chance of beating England, despite their team’s draw with Wales on Monday.
Pulisic assisted Timothy Weah’s deserved opener at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, but the United States was unable to hold on in their first World Cup game.
Walker Zimmerman’s clumsy tackle on Gareth Bale created an opportunity for Wales’ talisman, who duly took it, lashing home from 12 yards to send the large Welsh contingent behind the goal into raptures.
While Wales was able to celebrate a point from their first World Cup game since 1958, the United States was left to rue not capitalizing on a promising first half.
In the first half, the USA’s expected goals (xG) of 0.66 far exceeded Wales’ 0.17, despite having only three attempts despite having 66.7 percent possession.
Pulisic, on the other hand, believes that the United States can match England, which defeated Iran 6-2 earlier on Monday, in their next Group B game on Friday.
“Absolutely. I believe we have a strong enough team to advance from this group “He stated to reporters.
“England is our next test; we need to be aggressive and go for the win.”
Captain Adams echoed this sentiment, saying: “Yes, I believe we have a good matchup with them.
“Football is a game of inches; it all comes down to errors or minor details. We’ll obviously try to stick to our game plan.
“We have faith in the coach’s ability to set us up properly, but they are also very adaptable. At the end of the day, it all comes down to a few key moments.”
Head coach Gregg Berhalter fielded the USA’s youngest team in a World Cup match since 1990, and Pulisic admitted the squad was nervous after failing to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia.
“The nerves were there, we were all excited,” Pulisic said, “but now we have to carry this experience into the next one.”
“The game has a lot of positive aspects in general. The team appears to be strong. Now we have to figure out how to do it for 90 minutes.
“A point in the first game is preferable to none. We need to move on and learn from this; it’s a far cry from our first game.
“I’d like to win. I’m a fierce competitor. I adore this team; I’m honored to represent my country in a World Cup, so the least I can do is give it everything I’ve got.”