Jesus Ferreira made his World Cup debut at the 2022 edition in Qatar, representing the US men’s national team under coach Greg Berhalter.
The call up to the 26-man roster wasn’t a surprise, after he was instrumental in the USMNT during the CONCACAF qualifiers. He inspired the American team to finish third on the table with 25 points in 14 matches, to clinch a ticket to the international tournament for the first time since 2014.
Despite years of dreaming, nothing could have prepared Ferrera for the sport’s biggest stage.
“[The World Cup] It was amazing. As a kid, you grow up watching World Cup matches knowing that these are the most important in a player’s life. So for me, to be able to make that happen and to be able to represent a country like the United States, that means everything. He said in an exclusive interview with 90 minutes.
“It was crazy to see how many people support you, support you, especially to do so with a group of men who were in touch and ready for battle.”
But reality quickly set in as Ferreira’s active participation in the start of the Berhalter 11 came to a stark halt. The forward unexpectedly failed to feature in all three group stage matches, taking a back seat role as starting Josh Sargent and Haji Wright.
“Obviously for me, as a footballer, it was upsetting [not to play in the Group Stage matches.] Because you want to be on the field, trying to help the team as much as you can. But I think I used that discomfort as fuel, for me to show my coaches and my teammates that no matter what role I play, I’ll be there and support, and I’ll do whatever I can to help.”
It wasn’t until the USMNT’s round of 16 match against the Netherlands that Ferreira saw time in this round number 9.
“I think the coaching staff, my teammates saw it. How much I didn’t care about the role I was in. Then they gave me that chance against Holland.”
He played the first 45 minutes, before missing the second half. Given his limited role in the last tournament, Ferreira is understandably determined to make it to the 2026 World Cup.
“I hope I get a chance to be somewhere else world CupI think it will be like the first: a dream come true to be able to represent the United States, especially at home.”