LeBron James shows his support for the USMNT as he rocks home team jersey for LA Lakers’ trip to Milwaukee and ahead of his nation’s showdown with Holland
Los Angeles Lakers all-star Lebron James was photographed yesterday wearing a USMNT jersey in support of the United States soccer team before he boarded a flight ahead of Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The USMNT will play Holland on Saturday morning after they won their previous game defeating Iran in the final game of the group stage to advance to the Round of 16.
To go along with the blue national team jersey, James was seen rocking similarly colored sweatpants with blue and grey sneakers to complete the outfit.
Lebron James sports a United States National Soccer team jersey as he boards Lakers’ flight
James and teammate Anthony Davis laugh while walking to the team’s jet to fly to Milwaukee
The game against Holland will mark the first time the United States is back in the last-16 in almost a decade after missing the 2018 World Cup all together.
During the 2014 competition the US were eliminated from the Round of 16 after losing 2-1 to Belgium in extra time.
Belgium would end up losing in the quarterfinals but would elevate to a world powerhouse due to their ‘golden generation’ entering its prime.
USMNT star Christian Pulisic of the United States talks to the media at Al-Gharafa SC Stadium
Holland is dealing with an outbreak of ‘flu symptoms’ ahead of Saturday’s last-16 matchup with Team USA in Qatar, and manager Louis van Gaal (left) is admittedly concerned
The United States may also be set up to have the luck of facing a weakened Dutch side as the flu has been running rampant through the team.
Holland’s manager Louis van Gaal did not elaborate too much but did confirm that star midfielder Frenkie de Jong is among the players battling illness right now.
‘We are not going to elaborate on that,’ Van Gaal said. ‘But if it goes around in the group, it is worrying.’
Despite his concerns, Van Gaal explained that ‘there are not 15 or so’ cases, so, ‘in principle, everyone is fit and available.’