‘A force to be reckoned with’ – American legend Brad Friedel pinpoints Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah and Giovanni Reyna as threats to England and Wales at World Cup in Qatar

    Brad Friedel believes America can be ‘a force to be reckoned with’ at the World Cup as he warned England and Wales about their star men.

    The ex-Tottenham goalkeeper, who was named in three World Cup squads, was capped on 82 occasions by USA.

    Former USA goalkeeper Friedel has given talkSPORT the lowdown on America’s side ahead of the World Cup

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    Former USA goalkeeper Friedel has given talkSPORT the lowdown on America’s side ahead of the World Cup

    Friedel has highlighted Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic to pose a potential problem for England and Wales

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    Friedel has highlighted Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic to pose a potential problem for England and Wales

    And he has tipped the current crop of American talent to impress in Qatar despite being drawn in one of the toughest groups.

    Gregg Berhalter’s side will face England, Wales and Iran in the global tournament with USA looking to reach the Round of 16 for the third consecutive World Cup.

    America have a wealth of talent in Europe’s top five leagues, and Friedel has revealed the ones they need to watch out for.

    Speaking to talkSPORT on behalf of OLBG, Friedel, 51, pinpointed USA’s dangermen ahead of their opener against Wales.

    He said: “Weston McKennie, if fit, because he took a little knock, but he is an exceptionally talented player in the middle of the field.

    “Yunus Musah is another who is exceptionally talented in that position as well and Tyler Adams [Leeds midfielder] is very important for the US with his energy.

    Juventus midfielder McKennie is one of USA’s top talents going into Qatar

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    Juventus midfielder McKennie is one of USA’s top talents going into Qatar

    Big things are expected of Borussia Dortmund forward Reyna

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    Big things are expected of Borussia Dortmund forward Reyna

    “I think it’s essential that we have the likes of Giovanni Reyna fit because he’s a very good player.

    “I also think it’s important that a player like Timothy Weah [Lille winger] is fit, he’s another who’s had injury problems.

    “Even if he doesn’t start from the get-go and if somebody like Luca de la Torre [Celta Vigo midfielder] is injured, then we’re going to need some players that provide a spark off the bench.

    “Obviously Christian Pulisic as well, he’s an incredibly important for us.

    Former Arsenal academy ace Musah is starring out in Spain at Valencia

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    Former Arsenal academy ace Musah is starring out in Spain at Valencia

    “Sergino Dest [AC Milan right-back] has taken a little knock as well, so I’m just reading reports right now and I don’t know how bad any of these are, so we’ll have to wait and see.

    “But if everybody is fit, then we can be a force to be reckoned with.

    “Christian Pulisic is someone to keep an eye on in this tournament, then as I mentioned the likes of Giovanni Reyna, Timothy Weah, Yunus Musah, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams.

    “There’s Brenden Aaronson as well, he’s been performing very well at Leeds United so he could have more of a breakthrough moment on a global stage.”

    America kick off their World Cup campaign against Wales, before facing England on November 25 and Iran four days later.

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