USA stars sit and pray on the field long after devastating World Cup exit to Holland  

USA stars sit and pray on the pitch long after Holland’s devastating World Cup exit with DeAndre Yedlin explaining the ‘grounding’ session helps ‘put the defeat into perspective’

Some USA players came together at the end of yesterday’s loss to the Netherlands to put their whole perspective in the right context.

While the loss eliminated the Americans – a devastating blow to their hopes of advancement – it showed the promise of improvement for a team that entered the 2022 World Cup as the second-youngest at middle age. 25.2 years old.

Following the loss, five players took to the pitch, talked to each other, sat in a circle on the grass and prayed together to enjoy Qatar nights for the last time.

Winger Timothy Weah, right-back DeAndre Yedlin, centre-back Aaron Long and midfielder and captain Tyler Adams were spotted walking down the pitch together after the games had ended – talking to each other.

(L to R) DeAndre Yedlin, Tim Weah, Tyler Adams and Aaron Long walk down the court after losing

(L to R) DeAndre Yedlin, Tim Weah, Tyler Adams and Aaron Long walk down the court after losing

USMNT fell in Round of 16 to Holland 3-1 which saw multiple defensive errors

USMNT fell in Round of 16 to Holland 3-1 which saw multiple defensive errors

Later, reserve goalie Sean Johnson joined them, sitting in the circle with them.

Cameras then filmed Johnson, Long, Weah and Yedlin standing together and praying together.

After their ritual, Yedlin spoke to FOX Sports and gave some background on the situation, their mindset and what they’re looking to focus on next.

“We were just putting things into perspective and reflecting on the journey and just giving thanks, you know, to the Earth,” said Yedlin, who played sparingly despite being the only player on the roster with previous experience in World Cup.

Yedlin (L) and Weah (R) were then joined by Sean Johnson (25) to sit on the pitch after the game

Yedlin (L) and Weah (R) were then joined by Sean Johnson (25) to sit on the pitch after the game

USA struggled to score throughout the tournament - and Saturday was no different

USA struggled to score throughout the tournament – and Saturday was no different

“It just helps put life into perspective, good or bad. It’s something that I have [been doing for awhile]. We kind of introduced him to the team, and the guys liked him.

“So we’re just trying to keep going. Especially in a time like this, where it can be hard to put life in perspective and realize that’s not all.

“I’ve learned to put things into perspective better than when I was younger. It hurts, and it hurts for a lot of guys, but I think it’s important that we realize that we still have our families.

Guys who have kids, we still have our kids. We’re still sons, brothers, uncles, whatever. And this is the most important thing in life.

Players will have more time to reflect on the return flight after their World Cup exit

Players will have more time to reflect on the return flight after their World Cup exit

After entering the round of 16 as the only team not to concede a goal in open play, the United States allowed the Dutch to score three times, with the main culprits being players who failed to score open Dutch players.

Although the end of the road is coming sooner than expected by the USMNT, it could be a sign that this group could perform better in 2026.

“I think it’s a step forward,” Yedlin said. “I think things happen for a reason. You look at 2018, this group was brought together [after missing the tournament]. Then it happens and people ask why it happened like that, or what will happen in the future. I’m sure at some point this will all make sense.

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