The USMNT’s return to the World Cup got off to a dream start in the first half of their opening game against Wales. Christian Pulisic found Tim Weah who scored a wonderful goal to put the US into dreamland.
But, when the second half started, it went from a dream to a nightmare. Wales was the much better team for the bulk of the second 45 minutes. Deservedly, Gareth Bale dispatched a penalty past Matt Turner. That came on the back of a shocking challenge from Walker Zimmerman.
The United States earned a point. Therefore, it was not a total disaster. However, the draw puts the Stars and Stripes in a much tougher position. Now, the USA gets ready to play an England side, which has a preview to be a massive match.
US left wanting more from Wales game
It was a classic tale of two halves from the United States on Monday against the Welsh. The US came out in the first half and were the vastly superior team. Berhalter’s side successfully completed nearly 93% percent of its passes. That led to a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Then, things started to go awry. Wales cranked up the pressure. Once again, Gregg Berhalter was slow to respond to his gameplan going awry. Weston McKennie picked up a knock and was clearly laboring but Berhalter waited almost 25 minutes to sub him off. Berhalter’s substitution methods were also questionable. With precious little time remaining for the US to find a winner, he subbed on Jordan Morris.
As a result, Gio Reyna was on the bench. Of course, this led to conflicting reports from Berhalter, not for the first time in his tenure, and Reyna. The manager said this was an injury precaution. The player said he was ready go.
All in all, it as a winnable game that the US squandered two points in. The consequence is an unenviable task. The United States must get all points against a high-flying England side. Or, it can leave it up to fate and the last day of the group stage fixtures.
England looking strong
While the US was…
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Author : Lawrence Dockery
Publish date : 2022-11-25 15:10:38
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