USA boss Gregg Berhalter revealed he had to decline Tyler Adams’s wishes to play more minutes in his country’s Copa America opener.

Adams started in a 2-0 win over Bolivia on Sunday, before being withdrawn at half-time, as planned before kick-off.

The Cherries midfielder, who had a wretched time with injury last season, tried to persuade Berhalter to allow him to continue, but his request was swiftly rejected.

Berhalter said: “Guess what he said at half-time – ‘coach, can I play more?'

"I was like, dude, we've been down this road, we don’t need to have this conversation right now.

“I’m trying to get clips ready for half-time, trying to get some analysis done.

"But of course he wants to stay on the field, and that's Tyler.

“You see how much he means to the team.

“You see his attitude and his intensity.

“He's a guy that we want on the field, but we just have to be careful.

“The plan was 45 minutes from the get-go, and we stuck to the plan."

Adams, 25, was restricted to just four appearances for Cherries following his arrival from Leeds United last summer.

He will hope to get more minutes when USA play Panama on Thursday.