When the U.S. Men’s National Team’s fall Kickoff Series was announced, the intention was to give the side’s younger generation six top-tier matches at the official beginning of the new World Cup cycle. And while games against Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Italy all provided interest, the specter of playing England at historic Wembley Stadium stuck out most, especially for two members of the player pool.
Respectively, MNT defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers and Antonee Robinson hail from Southend-on-Sea and Liverpool, England. They developed through long-time Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. While they’re proud to represent the United States, so much of their football experience comes from the English system, one where the idea of playing at Wembley is a dream.
“When I think of Wembley, what comes to mind is that it’s a massive stadium where all the big games are – cup games, promotion and England internationals,” Robinson said. “Games there mean a lot.”