The new look version of the USMNT currently training in Lisbon has plenty of time before playing Portugal on November 14. That's a luxury for a group that needs to get to know each other quickly.
"So each day we'll be out training, trying to build up a little bit more in terms of the team aspect of things," USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan said in a video US Soccer provided to the media. "Really putting guys in positions that they're comfortable with and getting to know them in those spots. As we get a little further into the week, hopefully, they establish themselves so that we can formulate a plan for Tuesday."
Though the USMNT isn't playing a first choice version of Portugal, there's enough quality to cause concerns. Added to that is what this version of the USMNT is feeling. They're a group brought together because of the failure to qualify for the World Cup, and they're playing under an interim coach.
"I think the biggest thing with adversity is the way you respond," CJ Sapong said. "We have the opportunity to kind of shape the direction of the National Team moving forward. I'm very excited to be a part of that opportunity, and I know a lot of the guys are as well.... I think we're up to the challenge. At the most you've gotta enjoy the experience and understand that it is a privilege to wear these colors."
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