‘We have to maneuver on and be taught from this’: USMNT making ready for England after Wales draw

AL RAYYAN, Qatar — When United States coach Gregg Berhalter walked into the locker room after his workforce squandered a late 1-0 lead Monday in opposition to Wales and settled for a tie within the U.S. males’s first World Cup recreation in eight years, his overriding emotion wasn’t frustration.

It might have been. Perhaps it ought to’ve been. 

The Individuals completely dominated the primary half at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. They took the lead within the thirty sixth minute on an outstanding objective by Tim Weah that was arrange by a fair higher Christian Pulisic go, they usually held onto that slim benefit virtually till the tip, when one essential mistake value them the victory.

Now, following a textbook instance of a tie that looks like a loss, they’ve to determine tips on how to shortly transfer on or threat wallowing in self-pity and torpedoing their probabilities of advancing to the knockout stage.

Gareth Bale’s 82nd-minute objective from the penalty spot reduces these odds to a bit higher than a coin flip. It additionally considerably will increase the strain forward of Friday’s high-profile encounter with England, one of many favorites to hoist the World Cup on Dec. 18. Nonetheless, Berhalter feels good about the place his workforce is head-wise, if not essentially within the four-nation Group B standings.

Gareth Bale scores off a penalty kick and Wales ranges with USMNT 1-1

Gareth Bale scores off a penalty kick and Wales levels with USMNT 1-1

Gareth Bale attracts a foul within the 82nd minute and scores off a penalty kick, bringing Wales and the USMNT to a 1-1 tie.

“Gregg is happy that we were disappointed with getting a point,” U.S. captain Tyler Adams mentioned of the U.S. boss. “That just goes to show the mentality of our team to bounce back.”

Nonetheless, being upset is comprehensible.

“We played really well,” mentioned goalkeeper Matt Turner, who was compelled into making two saves, each of them within the second half. “Defensively, the game plan was sound, and we limited quality chances most of the game.”

The turning level got here with the three factors in sight. Central defender Walker Zimmerman, who together with accomplice Tim Ream was flawless till the decisive play, dedicated to creating a clearance within the field. Bale, Wales’ captain and best-ever participant, beat him to the ball, and the referee pointed to the spot. Turner acquired a hand to Bale’s shot however couldn’t hold it out.

“A little bit frustrated with that, but sometimes those plays happen,” Zimmerman mentioned. “It feels like we could have deserved a little bit more.”

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But for a younger workforce wherein 25 of the 26 gamers on the roster are getting their first style of the World Cup expertise, it was a harsh lesson. Whereas Zimmerman is correct to assume that the Individuals in all probability deserved extra, the chilly actuality is that they didn’t do sufficient to place the sport away, they usually acquired burned for it.

Now, it turns into all about the place they go from right here. With the Three Lions — who smashed Iran 6-2 earlier Monday to open up an early lead atop the group — up subsequent on Friday (2 p.m. ET, FOX and the FOX Sports activities app), they must channel any lingering irritation into that contest and check out to not dwell on Monday’s tough ending.

“You have to change gears, recover as quickly as possible for a big next game,” Adams mentioned. “We think that we match up well against [England]. We have to stay disciplined. We have to stay calm. We have to know that it’s a long tournament.”

“For us, it’s focusing on the fact that it was a good start,” Turner added. “Overall, you take a point and you keep moving forward.”

It was wonderful to see, in actual time, these younger Individuals come to phrases with Monday’s final result, settle for it, after which tilt their gaze towards their new problem. In the event that they had been upset within the dressing room, it didn’t actually present by the point they snaked previous the worldwide media on the best way to their bus.

Most had been philosophical as they confronted questions. Ever-playful midfielder Weston McKennie, who logged a bit greater than an hour on the sphere after shaking off a quad damage, ran by laughing as he dodged the throng of reporters.

“A point in our first game is better than none,” Pulisic mentioned. “We have to move on and learn from this. We have to take this experience and go into the next one. There’s a lot of positives from the game in general. I think we have a good enough team to make it out of this group.”

That’s all that issues, and it doesn’t matter the way it occurs. The U.S. is aware of England is a harmful foe, however it received’t be remotely intimidated.

“It was always going to be a tough game against England — I don’t think that was ever going to change based on what happened [Monday],” Berhalter mentioned. “A point in the first game isn’t the end of the world.”

It isn’t the tip of the Individuals’ World Cup, both — offered that they’ll shortly flip the web page.

“You just keep going,” Berhalter mentioned. “You focus on the next game, and try to win the next game.”

United States vs. Wales Highlights

United States vs. Wales Highlights

Within the extremely anticipated group stage matchup, the USA and Wales battled to a tie within the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Doug McIntyre is a soccer author for FOX Sports activities. Earlier than becoming a member of FOX Sports activities in 2021, he was a workers author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports activities and he has lined United States males’s and girls’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Comply with him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.

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