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Top three USMNT (USA) players to watch out for at Copa America 2024

Published at :June 24, 2024 at 1:45 AM
Modified at :June 24, 2024 at 1:46 AM
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Ajay Gandhar

These players would be key to USMNT’s chances at the Continental championship.

The United States men’s national team (USMNT/USA) enter the Copa America 2024 with high expectations. After success in recent Concacaf competitions and a promising showing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the USMNT aims to prove itself against South America’s elite.

This tournament offers a rare opportunity for the U.S. to measure its progress against some of the world’s best teams outside of a World Cup setting. With a blend of established stars and emerging talent, the U.S. squad boasts depth and versatility.

However, questions remain about how they’ll fare against top-tier opponents. The team’s performance could have significant implications for their standing in international soccer and their preparations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which they’ll co-host.

As the USMNT prepares to face some of soccer’s powerhouses, three players can stand out as key to their success. Their individual performances could determine how far the U.S. advances in the tournament and shape perceptions of American soccer on the global stage.

3. Weston McKennie

Weston McKennie brings versatility and energy to the U.S. midfield. The Juventus player has had a strong season in Serie A, recording a career-high seven assists. McKennie’s box-to-box style and aerial ability make him a threat in both attack and defence.

McKennie’s adaptability could prove crucial in the Copa America 2024. His ability to perform in multiple roles gives the U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter tactical flexibility, which could be vital against varied opposition.

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2. Tyler Adams

While less heralded than Christian Pulisic, midfielder Tyler Adams is arguably just as important to the USMNT‘s success. Adams sets the tempo in midfield and provides crucial protection for the defence. His work rate, tactical awareness and ability to break up opposition attacks are key to the U.S. game plan.

Adams has shown he can contribute offensively as well, with occasional long-range goals adding to his value. However, his primary role will be to control the midfield and provide a solid foundation for the team. Adams’ fitness and form could be a deciding factor in how well the U.S. competes against top South American sides.

1. Christian Pulisic

At 25, Christian Pulisic has become the face of U.S. soccer. The AC Milan forward enters the Copa America in top form, having enjoyed one of the best professional seasons to date. Pulisic’s improved finishing and set-piece skills complement his well-known dribbling ability and speed.

Pulisic’s experience in high-pressure situations, both in club soccer and international tournaments, will be crucial for the U.S. His ability to create chances and score goals could be the difference in tight matches. After limited appearances in the 2016 Copa America, Pulisic now has the chance to lead his team as a captain in a major tournament on home soil.

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