The United States men’s national team have just two World Cup qualifiers to salvage what has been a disappointing CONCACAF Hexagonal and qualify for the greatest sporting event known to man. U.S. manager Bruce Arena has issued a message to the supporters of the team, a pep talk or a rallying cry. Below is the full statement addressed to “all our amazing USMNT fans”:
The overall message of the note is basically to assure everyone that the team is understanding of their objective. That is to win. Arena says the team is prepared and ready to go on Friday in Orlando.
As of late September, the home match against Panama at the brand new Orlando City Stadium was “almost sold out” according to Steven Goff of the Washington Post. You have to expect it’ll be a boisterous crowd in favor of the U.S. with so much riding on the match.
Arena even brings back the old “I believe that we will win” mantra in his message. Belief is something that has waned over the past months, especially with the fan base. It seems like now more than ever, there’s unrest and uncertainty about the team’s chances of qualification. While this release may seem like your usual social media jargon, its message at its root is true. No matter how you feel about U.S. Soccer at this current point in time, if you’re still a supporter, it’s time to get behind the team.
You can read the full statement above. Does it get you excited for Friday?