Tyler Adams hails ‘surreal’ support for USA back home ahead of Holland clash as he reveals students at his dad’s school are tuning in during class – with team aiming to ‘change the perspective’ on American soccer
Tyler Adams can feel the love for the USA from back home, as the USMNT captain revealed Friday that he’s been sent videos of World Cup watch parties in his hometown.
Adams’ father is a teacher at Roy C. Ketcham High School – where the midfielder also graduated from – and students at the school have been cheering on one of their own from a distance.
The skipper’s parents are in Qatar to take in the tournament in person, but Adams called it ‘surreal’ to have people back in New York supporting him to this extent.
Tyler Adams has impressed as captain for the USA en route to the last-16 of the World Cup
‘The support from the US has been a bit surreal,’ the Wappingers Falls native said.
‘My dad’s a teacher at school and you know, they were all watching during their classes and supporting me. And I was getting videos from the family all the watch parties in my town and whatnot.
‘But it’s really, really cool too see how much just a tournament can change the perspective on people supporting soccer. And I think that was one of our goals coming into the tournament, is, the farther we go, the more support that we gather.
Leeds and USA midfielder Adams with his father Darryl Sullivan (left) mom Melissa Russo
Adams spoke to the media Friday ahead of Saturday’s Round of 16 clash vs. Holland
‘And that’s what we want. We want the next generation and generations to come to have that support behind them.’
Adams and his teammates have certainly inspired support with their play thus far, as they successfully navigated a group with England, Wales and Iran.
Gregg Berhalter’s squad were the only team in the entire tournament not to concede from open play in the group stage, and the USA enter the Round of 16 undefeated after two draws (England, Wales) and a win (Iran) .
They’ll be tested on Saturday vs. Holland however, as the the tournament’s joint-top scorer Cody Gakpo will line up on the opposing side for the Oranje.