DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The primary time the US confronted England within the World Cup, the unexpectedly assembled American group was a ragtag group that included a postman, gravedigger, dishwasher and schoolteacher.

Few of the gamers had met earlier than they headed to Brazil in 1950 to face mighty England, and the US’ upset 1-0 victory is commonly in comparison with the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” win over the Soviet Union at Lake Placid. Olympic Video games as probably the most essential moments in American sports activities historical past.

The disparity between the 2 nationwide soccer groups is not so nice 72 years later, as England and the US put together to play in Group B on Friday. In reality, United States midfielder Tyler Adams mentioned they’re extra afraid of spiders. than to the entrance of England.

The Individuals are the underdog after their 1-1 draw with Wales, whereas England are coming off a gap 6-2 win over Iran.

“England are nonetheless an amazing group on the finish of the day, however the intimidation issue? I would not say there are a number of issues that intimidate me moreover spiders,” mentioned Adams, who performs for Premier League membership Leeds.

“It is wonderful for me, however clearly I’ve to play towards all these nice gamers, so I’ve executed it earlier than. However we additionally need to present what we’re able to and that American soccer is creating and rising in the fitting method.”

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