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Here’s What The USMNT Has Been Up To Since Its World Cup Exit
From tiger tails to introspection, USMNT stars like Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams are taking some time to unwind.
Despite suffering a gut-wrenching 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands in the Round of 16, our boys repping Uncle Sam’s Stars and Stripes in the 2022 FIFA World Cup displayed an immense amount of courage and a surprising amount of talent throughout the Group Stage in Qatar, defeating Iran and drawing with England. While their visible promise is already leaving fans salivating for what the future may hold, the cast of America’s most elite soccer players is taking a little time to relax. After all, they earned it.
Here's how some of the USMNT stars have been spending their time since their World Cup ended.
Tyler Adams – Adventures in Thailand
U.S. captain Tyler Adams proved he was completely irreplaceable in Qatar, tirelessly winning nearly 82 percent of his tackles, so, naturally, the 23-year-old midfielder needed some time to chill, and what better way to do that than in the exotic landscape of Thailand. It appears Adams must be an animal lover as he spent time hanging with elephants and feeding a group of gregarious monkeys. There was even time to explore some Buddhist temples.
Christian Pulisic – Chilling in the Sunshine State
Considering his nickname is Captain America, it’s no wonder Christian Pulisic played as valiantly as he did in the World Cup, heroically sacrificing his body while scoring the USMNT’s lone goal against Iran to advance his squad into the Round of 16. The dauntless effort earned him a trip to the hospital, so, if anyone’s in need of a little R&R, it’s the 24-year-old native of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Pulisic has been soaking up some rays down in Jupiter, Florida with his friends and family. Between the boat rides and sitting courtside at a Miami Heat game, Qatar seems like a distant memory for the American squad’s talisman.
Giovanni Reyna – Defending His Name
Embroiled in controversy surrounding his will and desire to play in Qatar, Giovanni “Gio” Reyna has been the subject of a lot of news since USA's World Cup exit. After reports emerged that head coach Gregg Berhalter had considered sending Reyna home early because of a perceived lack of effort in training, the young star offered up his side of the story via Instagram. Hopefully, he can reset and rebound from this because, like his star father Claudio Reyna, Gio is wildly skilled with the ball and could be a crucial part of the USMNT's future.
Antonee “Jedi” Robinson – A Princess’s 1st Birthday
Earning his nickname because of his love for "Star Wars," Antonee “Jedi” Robinson’s sublime speed in the backfield left an indelible impression on anyone who tuned in to see the 25-year-old's attacking thrust and defensive capability. He’ll be a bright spot on USMNT’s for years to come, but in the meantime, he had much bigger things to attend to: the 1st birthday of his daughter Atlas. Balloons, dinosaurs and cake – what could be better?
Weston McKennie – Kicking It With Puss In Boots
Weston McKennie, who plays for Juventus, is currently rumored to be one of the most in-demand athletes on the market after his impressive play in Qatar. He played with conviction in the U.S. midfielder, stringing together accurate passes while playing his omnipresent box-to-box game. McKennie also debuted a branded sponsorship he did for the new theatrical Disney film "Puss In Boots: The Last Wish," starring Antonio Banderas as the voice of the eponymous hero.
Tim Weah – Pose and Reflect
Born in Brooklyn but rooted in Queens, Tim Weah accomplished something his father George Weah, who played for PSG, AC Milan and won a Ballon d’Or all before becoming Liberia’s president, never could: play in a World Cup. Tim took it a step further and scored, notching the first goal for the USMNT at a World Cup in eight years. While that’s impressive and well-deserving of praise, he failed to get back on the scoreboard in any of the remaining U.S. matches. Maybe that’s why he’s taking a moment to pose and reflect. Either way, getting decked out in chic threads and sporting a stoic look is maybe just what the doctor ordered.
Walker Zimmerman – Season’s Greetings from NYC
Walker Zimmerman played his heart out in Qatar, so it's only natural he'd want to lighten the mood after the U.S.'s ouster. Upon returning stateside from Qatar, Zimmerman took his family on a festive trip to New York City where they soaked up the sights, the sounds and a lot of holiday spirit.
Sergino Dest – Earning His Stripes
Sergiño Dest was another highly impactful force for the United States in Qatar. By combining surging runs and delivering dangerous passes in the final third, Dest, who was actually born and raised in the Netherlands, ensured he’d be a lasting member of this World Cup’s young squad. Now that the 22-year-old has earned his Stars, he vacationed to Dubai where he earned a different set of stripes while playing with a massive tiger, behind bars of course. Just look at the size of that thing’s paws!
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