By Michael Lewis Editor

Late Friday night in Qatar, the U.S. men’s national team received a long-distance phone from the United States – from President Biden.

Biden wished the team good good and encouragement as it is putting its finishing touches for its World Cup Group B encounter with Wales on Monday at 2 p.m. ET

Head coach Gregg Berhalter took the call in front of the team at their hotel.

“It says POTUS, that’s where it’s coming from,” Berhalter said while looking at a cell phone.

Then came a familiar voice on the other side of the call.

“Coach, put me on, I’m ready to play,” Biden jokingly said.

“I know you’re the underdog, but I’ll tell you what, man, you’ve got some of the best players in the world on your team. You are representing this country, and I know you’re gonna play your hearts out. So let’s go shock ’em all.

“Keep trusting one another, play as hard as you can, and you know, for you and your families, your teammates, and the whole country is rooting for you.”

To which Berhalter replied: “That’s a very nice message Mr. President. The whole team is here right now and we really appreciate your support and we’re ready to go.”

Players shouted their thanks to the president before applauding.

Of course, this isn’t the first time an American side team has gotten a call from the commander in chief. In 2015, the U.S. women’s national team received a congratulatory call from President Obama when it won the 2015 Women’s World Cup.