Tyler Adams insists USMNT have ‘no fear at all’ ahead of World Cup qualifiers

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The USMNT may be on the verge of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but players continue to reminisce on the daunting 2017 cycle that shattered hopes and dreams. 

The United States entered the final round of matches with over a 90% chance of reaching the international tournament before suffering the 2-1 loss at Trinidad & Tobago in Couva that served as the gut-wrenching wake up call needed to improve. 

Midfielder Tyler Adams recalled his experience almost five years ago, admitting that the squad’s failure to qualify impacted him and the future of his career. 

“I think about sitting on my couch watching the 2017 cycle, watching when we didn’t qualify for the World Cup, and personally, the effect that that had on me, because I was in a good way at that time and at an important part of my development – who knows, if you continue to develop for another year, if you go to the World Cup as a young player?” he said.

Now, on the 27- player roster, Adams insists it’s on him to secure the coveted spot. 

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