Biden Calls US Team Ahead of First World Cup Game

President Joe Biden rang up the US Men’s National Team to wish them well ahead of their opening World Cup match against Wales on November 21.

Video posted to Twitter on November 20 shows members of the team gathered around the phone as coach Gregg Berhalter receives a call from “POTUS”.

“You guys, I know you’re the underdog, but I’ll tell you what, man,” Biden says on speakerphone to the team. “You got some of the best players in the world on your team and you’re representing this country and I know you’re gonna play your hearts out. So let’s go shock ’em all. Keep trusting one another, play as hard as you can, and, you know, for you and your families, your teammates. And the whole country is rooting for you.”

“That’s a very nice message, Mr President,” Berhalter responds. “The whole team is right here and we really appreciate your support and we’re ready to go.” Credit: USMNT/President Biden via Storyful

Video transcript

- Here we go, guys. Show time, guys. You ready? It says POTUS, that's where it's coming from.

- So you have the US Men's National Soccer team.

- Coach, put me on. I'm ready to play.

[LAUGHTER]

You guys-- I know you're the underdog, but I'll tell you what, man, you got some of the best players in the world on your team, and you're representing this country. And 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, and for you and your families, your teammates, and the whole country is rooting for you.

- That's a very nice message, Mr. President. The whole team is here right now. We really appreciate your support, and we're ready to go. Guys, you want to say?

[PLAYERS SAY HELLO]

You get any of that?

- I got some of it.

[LAUGHTER]

I got some of it.

- A lot of tank yous and a lot of hellos.

- I wish I were there to see you, I really do. Go get 'em, guys. Just play your hearts out.

- We got this.

- I know you will. I know you will.

- All right, that was nice, huh?

[APPLAUSE]