Several players selected as part of the USMNT’s 26-man roster for the World Cup in Qatar have already touched base at the team’s hotel in Doha, 10 days before their first Group B match against Wales.
Sean Johnson, Christian Roldon, Shaq Moore and Walker Zimmerman were all seen coming out of grey vans upon their arrival at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski Hotel on The Pearl, a manmade peninsula on the Persian Gulf, the USMNT tweeted.
They were then given a warm welcome by staff, who smiled and waved American flags, at the hotel’s reception.
Head coach Gregg Berhalter and star players evolving in Europe, including Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, Juventus’ Weston McKennie and Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna, were noticeably absent from the Star and Stripes’ video on social media.
The trio, as well as 14 other Americans playing in Spain, France, Italy, England, Turkey and Scotland have one more round of matches to play before linking up with their MLS counterparts at the hotel.
Suites at the Kempinski, the team’s base until at least November 29th (Group B’s last series of matches), can cost up to a whopping $16,500 a night, Sportsmail revealed in July.
The incredible resort is on The Pearl, a man-made island in Doha, which will give Gregg Berhalter’s squad plenty of privacy from World Cup festivities in Qatar’s capital
The top suite at the five-star Doha resort features a 24-hour butler, two spare beds, a huge jacuzzi and a powder room
The private jacuzzi is the royal suite at the Marsa Malaz could fit the majority of the USA’s World Cup squad given its huge size
USA squad will be desperate to get out of a group featuring England, Iran and Wales – so they can stay at the resort for longer
Another of the suites features a remarkable private rooftop pool, where guests can swim out to the edge of the balcony
Players won’t be short of boredom and can enjoy a multitude of sports at their hotel, including racket games like paddle and tennis, but it is the luxurious elements that make it stand out from the rest.
The hotel includes a limousine service, while the resident ‘Lady in Red’ – an iconic symbol of Kempinski and is in essence the Hotel Ambassador – is on hand at any time to recommend the best restaurants and sights to see around the city.
The Royal Suite at the hotel – which comes with its own huge private jacuzzi – includes two extra beds, a 24-hour butler, a powder room and – of course – an incredible sea view.
The USMNT are in a group with England, Iran and Wales, and will be hoping to make it through the group to enjoy just a little bit longer at their five-star resort.
The US are heading to their first World Cup since 2014, having failed to qualify for the last tournament in Russia in 2018, and there is confidence among Berhalter’s side that Pulisic and Co. can fire them further than the group stages.
USA’s squad, including the likes of Christian Pulisic (front left), will be living the life of luxury on the Pearl later this month
The compact nature of Qatar means travel distances between team hotels, training grounds and stadiums will be drastically reduced in comparison with the Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018 tournaments
Elsewhere, as Sportsmail revealed in February, the USA’s rivals England are booked in at the Souq Al-Wakra hotel in the recently expanded fishing village of Al Wakrah, 10 miles south of Doha.
While Gareth Southgate’s players will no doubt enjoy the luxury of the five-star resort and its proximity to the beach, they won’t be able to drink alcohol during their stay.
Southgate and the English Football Association chose the venue in part because it is a short drive from eight of the 10 venues for the tournament, which gets underway on November 21.
Wales, on the other hand, will be staying at the Delta Hotels City Center, owned by Marriott.
The resort is home to 320 modern and spacious rooms and is located on the bay of Doha.
FIFA has revealed where each of the 32 nations set to play at the World Cup in Qatar this winter will be staying and training