The United States left the September national team break with several victories under its belt. The USMNT managed to overcome losses against Uzbekistan and Oman in Gregg Berhalter’s revolution 2.0. The coach returned to the team after a short break after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Berhalter, however, did not hesitate to say mea culpa for some of the actions of his players who, despite playing an attractive game, still did not find the key. .to face stronger teams.
Christian Pulisic is one of the names of the party. Milan’s new signing is a fixture of selection and has been called upon to lead the new United States. “Now he plays more forward. He’s very explosive on the ball, I mean if he has an opportunity he’ll take advantage of it. It is at an unbelievable level. Now he plays forward out of necessity. Tyler (Adams) didn’t come because of some discomfort”, Berhalter praised. “We want to go with Malik (Tillman), Weston (McKennie) and Yunus (Musah) in the middle. I think they played a great game. For me, Christian (Pulisic) is the top world player. We hope that these 180 minutes in two games will prepare him to arrive in good condition in Milan,” he concluded.
Differences from the previous game: “We saw that we could do better during the game. We know that this game is different compared to the other one, we changed the tactics from 5-4-1 up to 4-4-2 in a diamond, but I really like the mentality of the guys, I like the intensity. that they play. I think Christian (Pulisic) is one of the best with his intensity and he’s amazing. It was a match point. We are happy. There were very good actions on the ball, looking for each other in the center of the field, the forwards made good attacks. The players who are there now are unbelievable. More , in this call it is good to see the boys and touch some tactical points. I am happy with this break. This break is very good for us who have a lot of experience.”
Intensity against Oman: “It’s important to score four goals. Our job as coaches and teammates is to put the players in position to score goals, that’s what’s important. We have to lead them to give them the quality to finish. It’s important. In our view the competitions are too far away. What the boys do for their clubs every week is what they do for us when they are called upon. Others are easier because they play 90 minutes every week, but sometimes they don’t play and that’s difficult. For me it’s more about how they work, how they train, what their attitude is when they’re in the squad and the their attitude on the field. As coaches, it’s amazing to see them play with confidence. The steps they take with Weston’s (McKennie) assists are an amazing goal.
Weaknesses in the game: “It wasn’t specifically about scoring the way I wanted earlier in the game. We need to bring more energy than in the last game. We need to threaten the defenders more, more than last game, which I think was a little poor, and we needed to be a lot cleaner with the ball. We held the ball too often, we let it go too long, but other than that the boys played really well.”
Next national team break: “The next camp is a different proposition. How do you beat two of the top 25 teams in the world? Germany beat France today. So it will be different types of games and we have everything ready and willing to step up and provide it. capability”.
Allianz Field’s opinion: “The fans here today are loud, euphoric and very supportive. It’s an amazing stadium to play in. Good grass, good facilities, good locker room… we love coming here and appreciate it we the people.”
Competition at the point of attack: “It’s important that both (Balogun and Pepi) scored. And as far as the competition is concerned, it’s double, isn’t it? It’s what they do for their clubs every week and what they do for us when they are in the camp.
Brenden Aaronson’s attitude: “Brenden is a guy who keeps us safe. We can put him in any game and he always gives his best in every one of them. In some games he may be better than others, but it’s not for lack of trying. He is an amazing player. Very trainable. “He has an amazing attitude towards his teammates.”