My generation of US players was jealous of cocky England. Beating them was a joy | USA

What a strange World Cup this is. It’s happening inside a bubble and underneath a cloud that everyone’s pretending isn’t there. Talking to our players in Qatar, nobody can escape the fact that so many people died building these stadiums. This is the cloud under which nobody can breathe, and these guys are still trying to go out and get a result on the field.

And yet, 45 minutes into the US’s first men’s World Cup game in eight years, after so much anxiety from everyone around American soccer about how we were going to do, the Wales game was the best I’d seen the team play in…

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