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DAVENPORT Cheap Soccer Jerseys , Fla. (AP) — New U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter announced an intriguing position change after his first training session with the full American player pool Monday, moving Tyler Adams to right back and DeAndre Yedlin to wide midfield.Yedlin, at 25, is among the veterans retained after the failure to qualify for last year’s World Cup. He has been primarily a right back for the national team and Newcastle in England.Adams, a 20-year-old who made his debut under interim coach Dave Sarachan in November 2017, has been a central midfielder for the national team, the New York Red Bulls and now RB Leipzig in Germany.“This is the beginning phases and we want to test it and we want to see how it looks and we want to see how he adapts and what it gives our team overall,” Berhalter said.Preparing for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June, the Americans play exhibitions against Ecuador on Thursday in Orlando and Chile next week in Houston.Berhalter was hired in December, the fourth American coach in just over two years, and led the U.S. to wins over Panama and Costa Rica using a roster exclusively from Major League Soccer. Europe-based players joined the team this week.Berhalter was active during the training session on a wind-swept field adjacent to a hotel golf course, shouting instructions. Two white boards with player positions were on the grass by the touchlines.“Obviously he’s a tactician and have great faith that obviously he really knows what he’s doing,” Yedlin said. “Just being out here one day with him, there’s a lot of details Cheap AC Milan Soccer Shirts , especially on the tactical side.”One of the puzzles Berhalter must solve is how to get the team’s three 20-year-old midfielders on the field at the same time in effective positions: Adams, Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic. Michael Bradley (31) and Wil Trapp (26) seem likely to share time as a holding midfielder in a 4-1-2-3 formation.“This is the beginning phases and we want to test it and we want to see how it looks,” Berhalter said. “When you’re looking at a profile of Michael Bradley or Will Trapp, a very controlling player, and you have the dynamic guy next to him in Tyler who can come inside and still be influential from that position, we think it’s exciting and we want to take a look at it. It may not work exactly how we have planned and we’ll have to adapt. But I think in theory it’s something worth trying.”Yedlin’s role will be up and down the right wing.“He’s not going to be in the back. He’s going to be forward at the top of the penalty box or he’s going to be combining in wide areas. And that’s right in his skill set,” Berhalter said. “We’re not going to ask him to do things he’s not comfortable with. We’ll adapt to him to a certain extent. I’m watching all of his games and what I see with him is a tremendous ability to build momentum from behind with his speed to take advantage of underlaps or interlap situations. He has a good cross.”Adams earned a starting job in the Bundesliga soon after his arrival in January and fits into Berhalter’s ball-control tactics.“His capacity is huge. His speed is huge. His quickness is very good,” Berhalter said. “And what I like now that he’s doing at Red Bull is he’s taking the ball and he’s penetrating with the ball and he’s trying to break lines with the ball dribbling, and then as passes open up, as he’s closed down, he’s able to find that pass between the lines. And that’s been a new element to his game.”Berhalter plans to use Pulisic as an attacking central midfielder, tilted left. McKennie, also with a central role, impressed Berhalter when the coach attended the first leg of Schalke’s Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester City.“He didn’t lose a header. Every single header he’s going up Cheap Arsenal Soccer Jerseys , he’s winning, against some big, strong guys,” Berhalter said. “And then his ability to run behind the line and get in the penalty box was excellent.”NOTES: Berhalter said there is no long-term significance to his omitting 34-year-old goalkeeper Brad Guzan, the backup to Tim Howard at the last World Cup. “I called Brad and talked to him and it’s about evaluating other players,” Berhalter said. “Everyone knows what Brad can do.” … Bradley, D Tim Ream and GK Ethan Horvath missed practice while traveling and were due to join training Tuesday. … The U.S. under-23 team is training in Spain this week. Manchester United’s revamp under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen Chris Smalling become the third player to leave the club for the Italian league this month.Smalling, who had been at United for nine years, signed for Serie A team Roma on loan until June 2020 after falling out of favor following the arrival of center back Harry Maguire for a world-record fee for a defender. United confirmed the loan move and said in a tweet: “Good luck, Chris!”Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez have already left United to join Inter Milan. Sanchez’s loan move to Inter was announced late Thursday, though United will reportedly still be paying part of his wages.The opportunity for Smalling to join Roma only came up in the last few days, Solskjaer said Friday.“We sat down yesterday and discussed it,” Solskjaer said. “At the moment, we’ve got six fit center backs. I couldn’t promise Chris regular football.“I think he’ll enjoy the experience over there. It’s a big club , a good league. There’s not many English players who have had the chance to play in Italy and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger and better for it.”Solskjaer had similar sentiments about Sanchez, who was reportedly getting 500,000 pounds ($600,000) a week at United but didn’t live up to expectations following his high-profile move from Arsenal in January 2018.“Alexis needed to go at the moment, we know he’s been here for 18 months and it’s not really worked out for him,” Solskjaer said. “For him to restart and get himself playing regularly and scoring goals, that will only benefit everyone in the end.“For us, we’re going to watch every weekend to see Romelu and Alexis playing together. He (Sanchez) will come good for them.”United veered away from its recent approach of signing marquee players and this offseason brought in young talent from Britain instead. Maguire, right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and winger Daniel James joined for a combined fee of nearly $200 million.Solskjaer is also intent on trimming the squad, with Matteo Darmian a full back who has never been a regular since moving from Torino in 2015 also potentially heading for Italy.“I can see maybe Matteo (leaving),” Solskjaer said. “There has been some interest in Matteo over in Italy, wanting to go back home.”United has picked up four points from its first three Premier League matches and plays at Southampton on Saturday.

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