Tyler Adams seemed to give the public a tantalizing tidbit on live television Wednesday afternoon, addressing one of the biggest questions facing the Yanks as they – and their Canadian and Mexican counterparts too, for that matter – pivot towards a new cycle.
Joining program icon Tim Howard and the rest of NBC’s English Premier League studio team at Elland Road ahead of his club Leeds United’s match vs. Manchester City, the USMNT captain said that the national team will get the chance to compete in the next Copa América, South America’s international championship tournament.
“It’s very, very important that now we use these upcoming tournaments and upcoming games to continue to build this chemistry together,” said Adams when asked about how the USMNT can mount a deeper run in ’26 than their Round of 16 exit in Qatar earlier this month. “One of the things that we’ve lacked going into this first World Cup [since 2014] is, it took us a long time to get our best players on the field and in camp together. Some of us were injured, some of us were not healthy. We missed out on the opportunity to maximize our time together.
“Now leading into this World Cup, we have some big tournaments, we have the [Concacaf] Nations League, we’re going to have the opportunity to play in Copa América, which is going to be huge for us,” added the defensive midfielder, who was suspended for Wednesday’s match due to a red card in LUFC’s last game before the World Cup break.
“And if you can have your guys healthy in tournaments like that, you gain experience, and hopefully some more young guys are coming through the pipeline right now.”