Jeremy Jones of Team USA and Alex Lely of Team Europe are both looking forward to the pressure of the upcoming 2022 Mosconi Cup, which will be held in Bally’s Las Vegas from November 30 to December 3 and televised live on Sky Sports in the UK, DAZN in the US, and other broadcasters around the globe.
The most important pool tournament is about to begin, and we can’t wait to see the action! Jones knows his team can’t become too cocky because the home fans hope the Europeans will make a mistake, so he says, “I want to keep it simple.” It is not my intention for anybody to become too enthusiastic. That’s right; we’ll get our shot at the trophy. There is a great deal of effort required. The Europeans are fielding a strong squad. It all comes down to who can calm down the quickest. No of the score, I have faith in our team’s ability to pull out the victory. In my opinion, whoever settles in first will seize the initiative. A victory in the United States would be historic.
“Winning is unbelievable everywhere, but there’s extra magic to it here in the United States.” This squad has something amazing going on. A true sense of Americana permeates every inch. In other words, I’m anticipating a great deal of determination. Almost everyone gets overly excited. The team is working toward the same objective. Numerous wonderful things await you.
Having a go at the Mosconi Cup in Las Vegas is an experience that is difficult to put into words. It’s as if you know you can always count on support from the sky. The excitement here is over the roof.
Meanwhile, Lely is trying to lead a win on American territory for the first time since 2017, and he is well aware of the difficulty of the task at hand. This year promises to be a new challenge for Lely to guide his side to a three-peat: “We are looking forward to playing in Las Vegas in front of the US fans. The Dutch native is no stranger to winning, having led Europe to back-to-back victories in the UK, losing only nine points in the process with wins of 11-3 in 2020 and 11-6 last year at Alexandra Palace. Unfortunately, they have been deprived of opportunities like this as of late, so it is only fair that they get to enjoy the year’s largest event in all its glory up and personal. I have no doubt that they will welcome us with open arms.
“We get together well before the event starts, and we will get practice in, but more so, I want the team to fortify our bonds and become as tightly knit as possible and as a unit,” says Lely, describing the team’s training program, which is both rigorous and to the point as it prepares for another victory. We stick united and keep our minds on the game until the very last ball is thrown.
In 2017, things got off to a bad start for Europe as they lost the team match for the third year running and were down by five runs entering the third day, thanks to the United States’ impressive middle order. Lely said it kept him up all night, and he scheduled a team meeting in his room for the wee hours of the morning before day three: “This is my third straight year, and this time we want to go out of the gates strong.” You might say they went in with all cylinders firing. I want my guys to go out there with their hearts on their sleeves and show some courage right from the first whistle. We expect this to be a challenging week, and we know that a strong beginning is our best defense against the challenges ahead.