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Tyler Adams explains why USMNT’s wins against Mexico ‘mean absolutely nothing’ ahead of World Cup qualifier

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Tyler Adams has gone from a player without a set position in the United States men’s national team to the heart and soul, captain, the anchor of the midfield. He’ll lead the team on Friday night when Mexico visits Cincinnati in World Cup qualifying as both sides aim to make it a step closer to Qatar. Leading such a young, inexperienced squad hasn’t been easy, but he’s embraced the challenge while also embracing how manager Gregg Berhalter has aimed to build cohesion in the team.

So far, the U.S. is 3-2-1 and in second place in qualifying. They can finish the night in first place with a ‘dos a cero’ win over El Tri. Adams, who plays for German club RB Leipzig, has played in all six of the national team matches, going 90 minutes in four of them and 83 in another. The midfielder played the second half of the 1-0 loss to Panama. Plainly put, when Adams starts, the U.S. hasn’t lost in qualifying.

So far, in his first taste of World Cup qualifying, it’s been a learning experience. Adams spoke with CBS Sports’ Que Golazo! podcast this week as he works closely with STATSports, a powerful GPS tracker in sports used to improve performance thanks to comparative data. 

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“I don’t what I was expecting, to be honest,” Adams said. “Playing with the young national teams in Concacaf doesn’t give you a clear understanding of what it will be like at the full senior national team level. Going into this with such a young team, we always knew this was going to be a learning experience no matter what. What curve balls would be thrown at us we didn’t know exactly, but now we’ve had a glimpse of what can be thrown at us so we’re excited to go into this next couple of qualifiers, take it game-by-game. We’ve established that the most important thing in qualifying is not to get ahead of yourself, you can’t take any opponent lightly because Concacaf is growing all the time and the quality is only getting better. Next on our agenda is Mexico. We’ve played them a lot in the last year and are excited for that game.”

A key to getting early results, especially after the team missed out on the 2018 World Cup, was finding that cohesion. While the most important part is improving what we’ve seen on the field, there has also been a focus off the field to build that chemistry, Adams said. 

“The chemistry on the field speaks for itself, but something that I found very unique about this team – that the coaching staff has emphasized – is we want to be close with everyone,” Adams said. “When we come into camp there is assigned seating at meals and it’s always with different people so we get to know each other. There are no cliques in our team, you don’t see the same guys always hanging out with the same guys, and that shows on the field. You can rotate Brenden Aaronson, Gio Reyna, Christian Pulisic, any of these players, and they come into the team and have a fluidity. We feel comfortable with each other.”

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And that comfort is going to be needed against Mexico in what will be the third meaning between the two since June. The U.S. beat Mexico in both the Nations League final and the Gold Cup over the summer, and while hoisting trophies is rad, this is just different.

No games are more important, outside of a World Cup, than the qualifiers. The last time the U.S. beat Mexico in a World Cup qualifier was September 10, 2013. After losing at home and getting a draw at Estadio Azteca in the last qualifying cycle, the U.S. hopes to build off the summer success but Adams says those wins don’t do anything for them in this game. 

“[The Gold Cup and Nations League] mean absolutely nothing,” Adams said. “The only good thing about those games is that we continue to progress in those points in time. We’ve gone through a lot as a team and have developed a lot more since those moments, and Mexico has as well. We respect Mexico very highly. They’re a quality team with a lot of quality players. It’s going to be a battle, bottom line. It’s a rivalry match, I think we know what those games mean now and it was important to learn that over the summer. But winning those games means nothing. This is for a World Cup, the motivation will be completely different.”

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Mike McDaniel told Dolphins’ GM to ‘trade everything’ when he heard Tyreek Hill was available for trade

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Mike McDaniel was planning to take his first afternoon off since becoming the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins. McDaniel had surprised his wife by telling her he was already heading out the door and would be home to spend some quality time with her and the couple’s young daughter. 

Things quickly changed, however, when Dolphins general manager Chris Grier came into McDaniel’s office to deliver news that the team had possible interest in Tyreek Hill, the six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro wideout with the Kansas City Chiefs

“This is why I’m not a GM,” McDaniel said during an interview on “The Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz.” “I’m like, ‘Tell them they can have everything.’ … I thought he was untouchable.”

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An early day at the office turned into McDaniel spending the next five hours consuming footage of Hill, a member of the NFL‘s most recent All-Decade Team who in 2019 helped the Chiefs end their 50-year championship drought. McDaniel said he watched every pass that was thrown Hill’s way since the 2019 season. McDaniel, who eventually went home after getting himself out of the black hole of Hill’s tape, left the office needing, not wanting, the Dolphins to acquire Hill. 

McDaniel and the Dolphins then went through the ups and downs that come with trying to acquire an elite player. At one point, Grier told McDaniel that things weren’t looking terribly good, as several other teams were also in play. At one point during the process, McDaniel began to go into recruiting mode, watching more tape in order to possibly convince Hill to choose the Dolphins. 

Not too long later, McDaniel was handed the phone, with Hill on the other side of the call. McDaniels didn’t waste any time trying to convince Hill that Miami was the place where he needed to continue his career. 

“I’m shooting every shot that I have,” McDaniel said. “Deep into it, and like 20 or 30 seconds of me not giving him an iota of time to speak, then all of sudden he said, ‘Oh coach, I’m coming.’ It was already done. I was like, ‘What!’ I just freaked out. I think I yelled. It was the only time I yelled in the office. It was a cool time, (but) I just would have liked a little forewarning before I just went straight recruit mode to seal the deal.”

The Dolphins didn’t trade everything, but they did give up quite a bit to land the talented wideout. Miami ultimately acquired Hill after sending five draft picks to the Chiefs that included the 29th and 50th overall picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. The haul was more than worth it for McDaniel, who is chomping at the bit to roll out an offense this season that will feature Hill, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, wideout Jaylen Waddle, tight end Mike Gesicki, and a stable of running backs that includes Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, Sony Michel and Myles Gaskin

“I quite honestly thought he was one of the untouchable guys that you couldn’t get,” McDaniel said. “When (Grier) comes in and tells me that the Chiefs have talked to him, I said, ‘Chris, that’s one of the only non-quarterbacks where you do whatever it takes.’” 

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The Premier League is back in action on Saturday.

Who’s Playing

  • Wolverhampton @ Tottenham Hotspur
  • Current Records: Wolverhampton 0-1-1; Tottenham Hotspur 1-0-1

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What to Know

Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton are meeting up for their first leg of the season at 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The teams split their matchups last year, with Tottenham winning the first 1-0 on the road and Wolverhampton taking the second 2-0.

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On Sunday, Spurs and Chelsea ended up with a point apiece after a 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton and Fulham tied 0-0, good for one point each.

The ties rounded out Tottenham’s record to 1-0-1 and Wolverhampton’s to 0-1-1. Three points is up for grabs, so we’ll see if either team can snatch them up this time.

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How To Watch

  • Who: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolverhampton
  • When: Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET
  • Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  • Online streaming: Catch select Premier League matches on fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Caesars Sportsbook odds: Spurs -260; Draw +375; Wolves +750

Featured Game | Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wolverhampton

Series History

Tottenham Hotspur have won four out of their last eight games against Wolverhampton.

  • Feb 13, 2022 – Wolverhampton 2 vs. Tottenham Hotspur 0
  • Aug 22, 2021 – Tottenham Hotspur 1 vs. Wolverhampton 0
  • May 16, 2021 – Tottenham Hotspur 2 vs. Wolverhampton 0
  • Dec 27, 2020 – Tottenham Hotspur 1 vs. Wolverhampton 1
  • Mar 01, 2020 – Wolverhampton 3 vs. Tottenham Hotspur 2
  • Dec 15, 2019 – Tottenham Hotspur 2 vs. Wolverhampton 1
  • Dec 29, 2018 – Wolverhampton 3 vs. Tottenham Hotspur 1
  • Nov 03, 2018 – Tottenham Hotspur 3 vs. Wolverhampton 2



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Jacoby Brissett shares funny story about Eagles’ Nick Sirianni trying to fight fans when two were with Colts

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Nick Sirianni has showcased himself as a passionate head coach since being hired by the Philadelphia Eagles a year ago. Sirianni demonstrated how passionate he can be toward his team when a bouquet of flowers was thrown at him after a November loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last year, a moment he doesn’t like to reminiscence about. 

Turns out, Sirianni has unleashed his passion towards his team prior to his days in Philadelphia. Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who was the signal-caller for the Indianapolis Colts when Sirianni was the offensive coordinator, shared a good story regarding his former coach and his encounters with fans ahead of the Browns-Eagles preseason matchup Saturday night.

“Remember he was trying to fight fans one time they were booing us,” Brissett said with many laughs from the media in attendance. “A lot of good memories. A great friend. A great coach obviously. I am extremely happy for him and the opportunity that he has been presented. I think he did a great job last year. Excited to see where he goes. I am a big fan of him.”

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Sirianni’s second year as the offensive coordinator in Indianapolis was the year Andrew Luck shockingly retired (2019), forcing Brissett into the starting role. Brissett started 15 games for the Colts that season, going 7-8 in his starts while completing 60.2% of his passes for 2,942 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions for an 88.0 passer rating. Brissett didn’t throw a touchdown pass, nor did he throw for more than 200 yards in his last three games played in 2019, finishing with a passer rating lower than 70 on all three occurrences. 

Brissett and Sirianni were together in Indianapolis for three years before the Eagles hired Sirianni and Brissett signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2021. Sirianni was flattered Brissett shared those fan stories, going into detail why he’s ultra passionate toward his players. 

“He’s teasing and making that up a little bit,” Sirianni said with a laugh. “I think one thing that, to a fault, maybe, even with me is — and I’ve been this way since I was a little kid with my brothers, we’re a family. My brothers and my dad and my mom were a family and I’m the youngest. One brother is nine years older than me and one is six years older than me. When they would have a bad game or say something bad about them or talk bad about them, I was quick to be defensive of them because I love them.

“Now as a coach, I feel like I have that. I was like that as a teammate I would like to think. As a coach, I definitely know I have that, like, protective (instinct) — like I know these guys are the biggest, strongest men in the world and they can protect themselves, but I love these guys. 

“That’s just an instinct that you have. That’s how I was raised, and I was like, this is our family, and I just have that protective instinct to defend them, and that’s been like that with every team I’ve ever coached.”

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