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USMNT have a tribute planned for their first match of the year

On 12 November, the USMNT will play their first exhibition match of the year and midfielder Tyler Adams said they will peacefully protest prior to the game against Wales.

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USMNT have a tribute planned for their first match of the year

The United States men’s national team will play their first exhibition match of the year since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. The USMNT November camp is being held in Cardiff ahead of their first match against Wales on 12 November.

On Monday midfielder Tyler Adams and coach Gregg Berhlater spoke to the media prior to the game against Wales and they discussed the understanding between team and staff when all these events happen and why they are planning a tribute against the Welsh.

“Enough is Enough”

“We went through a process together with the players,” Berhalter said. “The first thing is we explained to them the steps we’re taking as an organization but the second thing is we just listened. We talked about ways to activate in this camp. That’s the important message, of support. Part of it is organic and player-driven and we’re here to support all their efforts,” said Adams.

“We’re kinda waiting until matchday, without giving too much away, there will be a little something on game day that we do. The international discussions have been great, just educating each other. Those open and difficult discussions have been helpful to the team,” said Adams regarding Weston McKennie's “Enough is Enough” video published in June.

Meanwhile, Adams, who turned 21 this year, also spoke about his experience of voting for the first time in his life while he was away from the United States. He expressed that it was a unique experience and lived fully through his first presidential election.

“A lot has gone on in the past few weeks, months in general. It was a bit unique because it was not only my first opportunity to vote but also do it in Europe. For us it’s about progressing and moving forward. Being able to put the crest on again is a huge honor,” Adams said.