The US males’s nationwide staff clearly did not get the consequence it needed on Monday, when the Individuals performed their World Cup opening match towards Wales at Al Rayyan Stadium, ending in a 1-1 draw. Nonetheless, that does not essentially imply that the USA performed a foul recreation.
Listed below are three positives from the USMNT’s loss to Wales from “World Cup Now” analysts Jimmy Conrad, Sacha Kljestan and Warren Barton.
1. Barton: It was a recreation of two halves
There have been plenty of positives within the first half, and perhaps what was mentioned within the halftime discuss [gave them] the mindset that you simply suppose this recreation is received. Sadly, we all know on this recreation, you’re taking your eye off of the ball, and also you draw the sport. I believed they performed very, very nicely within the first half.
2. Kljestan: Tim Ream was strong
I believed he made plenty of improbable defensive performs, together with a few occasions when balls had been coming at him quick, and he simply gently headed them again to Matt Turner to maintain possession for the staff. His expertise confirmed, and I believed he was excellent.
3. Tim Weah was the precise man to begin
He offers us some depth. He offers us an possibility in behind. I really feel like our No. 9s wish to verify again to the ball. We even see it on the purpose with Josh Sargent: He is nearly within the midfield, he chests it again to Christian Pulisic and that unlocks the protection from Wales. Now Tim Weah can get into these channels, and he did it greater than as soon as.
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