When this World Cup qualifying cycle began, we hoped that the United States would surprise us and lay a new foundation on what they could do. And they did it, we didn’t know it would show us how bad they can play sometimes.
Last night, in Panama, the United States suffered a 1-0 defeat, worse than their first half against Honduras in September (which they were able to turn around), worse than their stalemate against Canada, which in some ways worse than their opener in El Salvador. Was.
If you’re wondering how well they’ve played in five games, the answer is a resounding, “Not enough!”
#BerhalterOut urges to join the crowd, but it’s too easy. At the end of the MLS season we’ve gotten deeper into the European club season and the three qualifiers are turtlestacked in a single window, so Barhalter doesn’t have much choice to turn the team around in the game. There may be differences depending on how much mileage you have, but he can’t score the same 11 runs for three games in seven days. At some point, those who are called should have something above the level of “port-a-liquid”. And yesterday, they weren’t.
This does not mean that Barhalter is innocent. In terms of qualifying so far, the USMNT seems to be distracted by teams that put pressure on their field and teams that bunker deeply and the Yankees dare to break them. Which leaves a chaotic mix like Jamaica and Honduras in the middle, against which the United States feels good. It’s up to the manager. Barhalter also seems to have cooled down on Panama’s tactics, not to sit deep in it but to put pressure on the United States as El Salvador and Honduras did in the first half. The huge gap between the U.S. players seemed irresistible to those who had the ball short.
But, again, they were always going to look irresistible when they got some weird performances yesterday. Kelin Acosta is a confusing player for me. All summer I have seen football observers that I enjoy, respect and follow with duty, appreciating his performances in the Gold Cup and elsewhere. And I didn’t see it. I thought it was a conspiracy being hatched against me to make me even more mad that I was already living. I was the guy who looked at the 3-D art and wondered why the picture wouldn’t reveal itself to me. They see an ubiquitous midfield destroyer. I can see a slow-paced city drunk with the delivery skills of a screen time-added toddler. But again, a lot of people say I feel like I need to find out.
So here’s a touch for you:
Or here is another passage of obscurity that thickens my blood into concrete:
Charge! Inside! The! Space! Turn around at all! Something! The United States only lost midfield, and it was not in Acosta. Yunus Musa and Sebastian Leleget are nowhere to be found in this second video to find alternatives, as they have not been on the field most of the time. They hung around the front line for more straight style, or to collect the second ball of the header, there was no difference between just being straight and holding long passes as high as the field. But Acosta doesn’t tickle the team and the way Tyler leads Adams, on the other hand, Adams doesn’t provide a defensive shot. The United States was engine-less.
Which we already knew from that Honduras game. There, Adams was deployed as a wingback, not in midfield to start the game. It was the food thing again. He moved to midfield in the second half, with the United States scoring four times. These are not coincidences. Adams was against Jamaica, and with some help from Jamaica he, Musa and Weston McKenny had a clear way to attack from the defense.
We knew that this packed schedule would examine U.S. depth, and without Christian police And Geo Raina is just that. If the U.S. can beat Costa Rica at its best 11, or closer, and Columbus, it’s not such a big deal. If they can’t, it will, and it will because deep players aren’t taking their chances. I don’t know what Lletget does for a living, but I hope one day someone will tell me. At fullback spots, George Bello and Shaq Moore were either not given clear instructions or forgot them, as both seemed to be constantly pushing high on the field or dealing with the Panama wings, which meant they didn’t really.
But the main problem was how anxious and dull the United States was with the ball. And that goes in the middle. There was just no rhythm or urgency. That’s what Adams provides, and all while the United States couldn’t play a full match, the United States couldn’t find a backup plan. Acosta wants to prove that he can’t be. It’s a true mystery how Luca de la Torre, who is regularly starting a team in Europe (Heracles in Holland), can’t see. Because he is calm and detailed with the ball, and can provide fluidity and rhythm. According to the schedule, you will be better used if you are in the squad, and Berhalter’s stubbornness will try to force Lelegate or Acosta to land on the field wherever he can and as long as he is within the gallbladder boundary.
It’s never going to be a smooth ride, and again, if the United States gets three points against Costa Rica, you’ll be with it. But Berhalter is making small mistakes, and his players are making them big. Which is eating at the margin of error, and that is the real problem.