Tyler Adams is the youngest player to captain the USMNT at a World Cup. (Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
Midfielder Tyler Adams was named captain of the U.S. men’s national team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, head coach Gregg Berhalter announced on Sunday.
Adams, who forged his reputation as a member of the Red Bulls, is the youngest U.S. captain for an entire World Cup at the age of 23.
National Soccer Hall of Famer Harry Keough was 22 when he skippered the American squad in the U.S.’s 3-1 loss to Spain at the 1950 World Cup. The U.S. used three captains in that competition, one for every match.
The Wappinger Falls, N.Y. native’s age belies his maturity as he has proven to be a leader on and off the field.
For most of Berhalter’s tenure as coach, he has used a revolving door to name captains.
Prior to the World Cup, Berhalter told FrontRowSoccer.com that he would talk to the team’s leadership council to decide who should captain the squad.
Previous World Cup captains include Mike Windischmann (1990), Tony Meola (1994), Thomas Dooley (1998), at 36 the oldest U.S. captain, Earnie Stewart (one game in 2002), Claudio Reyna (2002, 2006), Carlos Bocanegra (2010) and Clint Dempsey (2014). Windischmann, who lives and works in New York City, had been the youngest full-World Cup captain at the age of 24.
The U.S. will meet Wales in its Group B opener in Qatar on Monday at 2 p.m. ET (FOX).