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Williams preparing for all-or-nothing clash with Mexico

9 October 2015

Royals midfielder set for international clashes

Midfielder Danny Williams is looking to take his good club form into the international break, where he is hopeful of making appearances against Mexico and Costa Rica for USA.

The USMNT’s first game against age-old rivals Mexico takes place in the small hours of Sunday morning UK time; they go toe-to-toe at the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  By virtue of the two countries winning the last two Gold Cup tournaments, they face off for the CONCACAF Cup – additionally the winning nation will take a place in the 2017 Confederations Cup.  The loser will have to watch on from a distance.

That is followed on Tuesday evening by a lower-key affair against Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey – which mercifully minimises the distance of the transatlantic trip back to Reading for the Royals man.

“We have the big game against Mexico which we have to win, and then a game against Costa Rica in New Jersey,” explained Williams.  “When I come back I have to be honest with the manager about how tired I am feeling, because obviously I want our team to win.

“With the games coming so close together in this division it is important we have good communication and I have to make sure I am right for the game when I come back.”

The midfielder has a few methods to try and power his way through the jetlag, and is looking forward to a shorter journey back compared to his last one in September.

“I try to get over jetlag by usually taking sleeping pills with me and getting as much sleep as I can,” he explained.  “It will be different because I’ll be coming from the east coast this time rather than the west coast, which will be easier.

“I try and do the right things like eat and sleep well and stay hydrated. I also fly business class, they have red wine, so a glass of red wine will help me get off to sleep!”

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