The United States men’s national team received an unexpected phone call from the Oval Office before the 2022 World Cup.
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Moments later, the president was on speaker with the entire team in the room.
“Coach, put me in, I'm ready to play,” Biden joked before addressing the team. “I know you're the underdog. But I’ll tell you what, man. You’ve got some of the best players in the world on your team and you’re representing this country. I know you’re going to play your hearts out, so let’s go shock them all.
“Keep trusting in one another, play as hard as you can – for you and your families, your teammates and the whole country is rooting for you.”
“That’s a very nice message Mr. President,” Berhalter said. “The whole team is here right now and we really appreciate your support and we’re ready to go.”
The team then shouted to thank the president before applauding.