Al-Rayyan, Qatar – Sure, there’s talent in this young American national team. The starting line-up for the opening match of the World Cup on Monday at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium was a testament to the quality and progress of a promising generation.
The winners included champions, cups, and men from clubs in four of Europe’s five major leagues. It has been fixed before The group that has revitalized the global transfer market for American players Which she firmly believes can “change the way the world looks at American football.”
There is also inexperience. The US list is the second smallest in Qatar. All 11 of starting coach Greg Berhalter vs Wells They were making their World Cup debut, and only one had ever had a competitive international against a country outside CONCACAF. Taking the lead in the World Cup requires technique, skill and confidence. And the United States deserves them. Tim Weah’s amazing goal in the 36th minute Permeates the dominant first half.
But keeping them requires daring, patience and cunning. Americans almost certainly gained more of these traits on Monday. But 1-1 draw against the Dragons– Sealed Veteran Star Penalty kick taken by Gareth Bale in the 82nd minute, in stone. Experience is not helpful in hindsight. All the United States can do is learn and look to England and Iran.
“I suspect [we’re] He’s just a bit disappointed with the nature of the way the game went, he put in a great first half, scored the first goal, and then he’s in a position with 15 minutes left to go within three points,” said centre-back Walker Zimmermann after the match. Nice to get three. We’ll take one, but just with the nature of the game, it’s like we deserved more.”
Quarterback Brendan Aronson, who entered the second half for Weston McKinney, said the mood in the locker room after the game was “disappointing”.
Greg came and of course you [lift our] A little bit because it was a good game. But disappointed at the end of the day, because three points were there and we could have won it,” he continued. “You definitely have to try this type of game. I don’t want to say “try them” because you want the result.
This may be Wales’ first World Cup in 64 years, but green is just one of the ornate colors in their kit. Eight players on the Welsh squad were part of the squad for the Euro 2016 semi-finals and the others took part in the continental second round last summer. Europe is by far the sport’s most competitive region, and simply qualifying for the World Cup from there could be a badge of honor (just ask Italy). It is no coincidence that European clubs have won the past four World Cup titles and captured 11 out of 12 medals. It is no coincidence that the United States has been 1-11-6 in World Cup matches against UEFA teams in the modern era (since 1990), and now without a win in 10 since Portugal won in 2002.
The relentless diet of CONCACAF opposition since Berhalter took over in late 18 — both the pandemic and international scheduling agreements to blame — has left this American group without the chance to see teams like Wales up close, or play together in matches with such stakes or demands. .
The Americans were not afraid of Wells. As Leeds United captain and midfielder Tyler Adams said, “We’ve played against a lot of these guys over the course of a week.” The United States took off in full swing. But this late-night game before 43,418 in suburban Doha was of a different kind entirely. It was the United States that was reacting in the last moments, and it was the United States that made the mistake that changed the outcome. The Wales team made the right adjustments, found their way into the match and, thanks to their cunning captaincy, secured the draw.
“I think that’s the way the game goes sometimes in big games,” said goalkeeper Matt Turner, who saved the game with a 64th-minute jumper from a Ben Davies header.
He continued, “Sometimes you can play more carefully when you have an advanced goal.” “Physically we didn’t set the tone the way we did in the first half, in the second half. And that allowed them to kind of build in the game.”
The United States were first on every ball and first on every space in the opening 45 minutes, as the Dragons sat so deep they thought they were playing Barcelona circa 2011. Christian Pulisic found his rhythm pinching on the inside and he was dangerous to dribble. It was his beautiful run and through ball that set the table for Weah’s goal.
“He’s probably the only player on the field who can set up this game,” Adams said of Pulisic. “So here’s a glimpse of what he can do.”
But the United States managed only one goal, with Wales’ stalwart players making five limited appearances in the most precarious areas. The introduction of dominant striker Kiefer Moore in the second half allowed Wales to play more directly, and the more aggressive press made the USA work harder to advance the ball. The Americans faded away, and the game was ready. And no one was in the field More experience in taking on this type of game than Bill has.
Just two weeks after a late, late header MLS Cup Final tilt to Los Angeles FCHowever, Bale got the better of another opposition centre-back. He positioned himself to receive a cross with his back to goal and Zimmermann, who obliged to tackle. Then Bale, a five-time Champions League winner, fired a penalty past Turner.
“The ball comes down to the end line. I see he’s been curtailed. At that point, I’d fall down and be on my way out through the ball,” Zimmerman explained. “You don’t see Bill come across and I think he was one of those [players] Where he might just put his leg in not for the ball, but to try to block my way of hitting the ball. So I kind of got through it and I think I still had the ball, but [it’s a] Smart move.
Turner said, “Anytime you leave your feet in the penalty area there is a risk involved. I think the striker has done a good job.”
USA didn’t shrink and pressed for another, but it was Bell who seemed to be eyeing second place. Turner was just off his line when the ball fell to Bale in midfield, and it appeared he was considering a long-distance bid. At that time, US substitute midfielder Clean Acosta fouled a yellow card from behind. It was an ugly, nerve-wracking game, but it might have been a good sign — there was some shrewdness to the rescue.
The road ahead is complicated. On Friday the United States meets England, An easy 6-2 win over Iran earlier on Monday. There is now more pressure on the Americans to avoid defeat, although the point gained against Wales is not a bad omen. Each time the United States has won or tied a World Cup opener (1930, 1994, 2002, 2010, 2014), it advances to the next round. The key will be to make the most of Monday’s lessons and build on the accumulated experience without weighing it down with pathos.
said Berhalter, who became the first player Play for the US and then manage it in the world Cup. “The guys were disappointed. The staff were disappointed. But again, when you look at the effort, and you look at the way we played for most of the game, we’ll be fine.”
“It was always a tough game against England. I don’t think it will change based on what happened tonight.” “We have to give our best. You know a point in the first game is not the end of the world, you just have to keep going and focus on the next game and try to win the next game.”
This American team will have no problem giving England their best. Her best case scenario is that she has learned more about what it takes to win.
“That’s what football is,” Adams said. “Some teams are going to have certain game plans. For Wales, they’re very comfortable when the opponents have the ball and wait for a moment to respond, and they have big, big players who can develop in the big moments, as we’ve seen today.”
“We’re happy with our performance. We think we’ve continued to make progress, which is good. But we have to continue to be adaptable within the game and manage the game.”