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Fuel Soccer Talk: USMNT reportedly heading to Qatar for camp; Meet Rutgers’ standout Chantelle Swaby; Improving your training time

Report: US Men’s National Team to spend January camp in Qatar

Coach Gregg Berhalter and the US Men’s National Team are reportedly (Yahoo Sports) making plans to host the 2020 January camp in Qatar with the idea of providing the squad with a preview of what daily life and logistics might be like in the Persian Gulf nation when it hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In January the team would play a friendly there vs. international opposition, as well as possible closed-door scrimmages vs. European club teams holding winter-break training camps in the Gulf region, before jetting home for a second friendly on home soil.

Yahoo!’s Doug McIntyre reports that Berhalter visited Qatar earlier this month following his team’s friendly matches vs. Mexico and Uruguay, a trip that a U.S. Soccer spokesperson confirmed. Next year the former Columbus Crew SC coach will lead the USMNT into Concacaf qualifying for the 2022 tournament, seeking to rebound from the program’s shock failure to qualify for last year’s World Cup in Russia.

Located halfway around the world from the United States – a 16-hour flight from Los Angeles – Qatar is expected to provide a very different World Cup experience for participants and fans, with a hot desert climate leading FIFA to shift the event to November and December and the oil-rich nation’s small size (roughly comparable to Connecticut) making for minimal in-country travel. Long held at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. – also the home of the LA Galaxy – January camp was this year moved 120 miles south to the Olympic training complex in Chula Vista to foster focus and team bonding in a more isolated setting.

Video Interview: One on one with Rutgers’ Chantelle Swaby

Aaron Burrell, in his terrific “My Why” video series, recently sat down with Jamaica Football Federation (J.F.F) and Rutgers Women’s Soccer Defender/Midfielder, Chantelle Swaby.

They talked about her transition from playing defender to playing in midfield for Jamaica Reggae Girlz, how her FIFA Women’s World Cup experience will translate into this season with Rutgers, and the importance of being present in the moment.

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