19 Jul Canada win hints at steep studying curve forward for Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT
Positives had been onerous to seek out in the US males’s nationwide team’s 1-Zero Gold Cup victory over Canada on Sunday in Kansas Metropolis, Kansas.
The win within the group stage finale meant the U.S. secured the highest spot in Group B with an ideal 3-0-Zero report. Virtually talking, and relying on outcomes later on Sunday, it means the U.S. will seemingly keep away from a matchup with Mexico previous to the ultimate on Aug. 2.
However the Individuals need to get there first, and primarily based on Sunday’s efficiency towards their neighbors to the north, that’s under no circumstances a foregone conclusion. As an alternative of providing a dynamic effort, the U.S. was second greatest, as Canada appeared the extra prone to rating over the competition’s last 60 minutes.
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“There was quite a lot of struggling,” U.S. supervisor Gregg Berhalter stated.
He later added, “Total, we achieved our goal of the group section, was the winner group, had one of the best aim distinction within the group and we’re there. And now, all the main target is on the quarterfinals.”
The sport began out brightly sufficient, with Shaquell Moore changing Sebastian Lletget’s low centering feed simply 20 seconds into the match. The U.S. rode that momentum for the subsequent 15 minutes, with James Sands’ hybrid position — taking part in center-back in protection however getting into midfield when in possession — inflicting some problem for Canada.
Popping out of a hydration break within the 30th minute, Canada seized management and nearly all of possession thereafter. Actually the lack of defender Walker Zimmerman to damage 10 minutes in did not assist issues for the U.S., particularly contemplating that Zimmerman is among the few veteran gamers on the team. However the identical destiny befell Canada striker Ayo Akinola within the first half, with Cyle Larin becoming a member of Akinola on the sidelines simply eight minutes into the second half. And but the Canadian midfield had the higher hand, with Tajon Buchanan trying particularly harmful, irrespective of the place he lined up.
“I assumed the U.S. had been in a position to trigger [our] again 5 issues,” Canada supervisor John Herdman stated. “Clearly, Gregg [Berhalter] had put some work in to only put Lletget in positions that had been tough for us.
“However I believe we tailored on the water break, and we had been in a position to shift right into a 4-4-2 in that three-box, three attacking and began to take management of the sport.”
It have to be stated that the U.S. again line held up fairly nicely over the course of the match, although it benefited from some lenient refereeing from Adonai Escobedo. Goalkeeper Matt Turner was referred to as on to make three saves. Miles Robinson put in a Man of the Match efficiency, with Sam Vines and Sands additionally impressing. Robinson put out quite a few fires all through the match, exhibiting off his capability to defend one-on-one.
“I believe Miles has taken us [to] the subsequent step, and now it is a couple of knockout sport,” Berhalter stated. “Can he recuperate now, after which in a knockout sport, can he repeat that very same kind of efficiency.”
Sands’ passing out of the again caught the attention, although there have been moments in transition when he had problem recovering.
However the lasting picture of the day was one of many U.S. chasing the match, and over the past hour, Canada (405 tried passes in that span, per Football4cast Stats & Data analysis) had a large edge in possession over the U.S. (263 passes tried).
At one level, Berhalter cited the recent climate as a purpose for the U.S. team’s struggles, explaining that “decision-making beneath these circumstances, you get confused.”
He additionally talked about that the Individuals needed to handle the sport for the remaining 89 minutes after Moore’s aim. To not belabor the purpose, however the circumstances had been the identical for each teams, and a 1-Zero lead after 20 seconds put the U.S. ready the place they might dictate the tempo. Granted, the onus was on Canada to commit numbers ahead, however that ought to have supplied the U.S. some transition alternatives.
So why the difficulties? The hyperlink play of Gyasi Zardes and Daryl Dike was subpar, although the identical could possibly be stated for the standard of passes into them. This was additionally a day when the U.S. merely struggled to win the ball again as soon as possession was misplaced. The U.S. did not have a lot success by way of the grittier features of the sport. That was illustrated by the U.S. shedding out to Canada by way of sort out share (33.3%), duels (44.1%) and aerials (36.4%).
Greater than something, the match was reflective of the relative inexperience of the group. It is one factor to go up towards Martinique. It is fairly one other to compete towards a Canada aspect that appears increasingly more like a team on the rise.
“We now have a younger, typically naive, harmless group; guys that have not performed in too many CONCACAF video games which might be tough,” U.S. midfielder Cristian Roldan stated. “The refereeing is totally different; the competitors is totally different. So, we have now to be savvier in the best way we shut out video games.”
The U.S. now has per week to arrange for the quarterfinals, which can see it play Costa Rica or Jamaica. Neither shall be a simple out.
The Canada match marked the second time in three video games that the U.S. had problem going through a bodily opponent with attacking parts that would threaten. This younger U.S. squad is studying classes on the fly, and it may possibly achieve confidence that it’s doing so whereas recording victories.
The Individuals shall be pushing for that to proceed into the knockout levels.