Madrid, November 16 (European Press) –
The United States national team arrives in Qatar 2022 after an important reconstruction process with the goal of the World Cup, with good results in recent tournaments and a young team that hopes to explode in the great football event.
The sport of soccer is still in third or fourth place in the North American giant, but the team is ready to change that order. The absence from Russia 2018 did not help in this sense, but it did help in inviting and training new talent.
Greg Berhalter off the bench led the turnaround that Dave Sarachan started on a caretaker basis, after failing to qualify for the World Cup four years earlier. This also brought about a change in the presidency of the federation and an overall revolution with more than 70 juniors in the past four years.
The Nations League titles (2020) and the Gold Cup (2021) confirmed the right path, although they outperformed the pass to the World Cup with the last ticket directly, behind Canada and Mexico, in the octagon. In Qatar, it will not be easy for Berhalter’s men in Group B, which they share with Wales, England and Iran.
The USMNT is proud of its “Golden Generation”, perhaps its team with the greatest expectations and without forgetting that in 2026 they will be the hosts, the youngsters who are beginning to stand out in Europe. Christian Pulisic, Serginio Dest, Weston McKinney, Giovanni Reina, Tyler Adams, Brendan Aronson and Riccardo Pepe are Berhalter’s fine men.
In addition, in the USA there is Younes Musa, a player from Valencia, Luca de la Torre from RC Celta, and Tim Weah (son of former footballer and current Liberian president George Weah). He has great quality, but in spotting talent Berhalter was unable to improve the game and his selection lacked a definite technique.
PULISIC is a mirror for even the young
His youth allows him to be an aggressive team, pressing and wanting the ball, with a reference up front like Pulisic. The Chelsea player was the top scorer in the qualifiers and, despite his 24-year-old age, is a veteran of the team. The ‘blue’ striker has a goal and gives his teammates plenty of play.
In addition, Pulisic is a mirror of the American dream in the old continent pursued by his teammates, the European champions, the Super Cup and the Club World Cup with Chelsea. The London team is not going through its best moment and therefore it is, although it gradually manages to win Graham Potter’s confidence.
Changes in coaches and injuries have not gone down well with Pulisic, who starred for Borussia Dortmund when he jumped to Europe in 2015. Crossing the pond is something most US internationals have done, where competition and league level ensures that Berhalter sees his team grow.
BERHALTER and its mission
Greg Berhalter took charge of the Stars and Stripes in December 2018, as part of his union’s forced turnaround after losing a year earlier against Trinidad and Tobago. The United States failed to host the World Cup for the first time in more than 30 years, but they got in on the act.
Dave Sarachan spent a year off the bench and gave the substitute to, among others, Weah, McKinney, Tyler Adams, Stephen & Robinson and Berhalter. The American coach became the first international coach after playing in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. With his experience as a player in Europe, Berhalter linked his coaching career while he was still playing for Los Angeles Galaxy.
As a senior coach, he managed Swedish side Hammarby and, in his country, the Columbus Crew, before making the big jump. The Yankee coach had promises to uncover the oil and found results from the get-go, important to keep working and make the team confident they could get to the Round of 16 and dream come true.
– The number of participations in the World Cup: 11 (1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2022).
Best score: Third (1930).
Palmares: Gold Cup champions (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017 and 2021) and CONCACAF Nations League champions (2020).
How they qualified: Third place in the CONCAFAF Octagonal.
First stage calendar:
21/11 20.00 Al Rayyan USA – Wales.
11/25 20.00 Creek England-United States.
29/11 20.00 Doha Iran – United States.