The United States’ soccer team suffered one of the worst defeats at home in the recent few years. Gregg Berhalter’s boys have lost to Mexico with 0-3 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutheford, in a game they would like to forget as soon as possible.
The American team was outplayed and restrained by the Mexicans in every possible way. Tata Martino’s boys have tactically killed the USA, even though this was a friendly match. There wasn’t anything exhibition for them in this one.
But there is one thing which needs to be added here. The American team was one of the youngest ever with an average of 24 years and 150 days on the field. That is why Berhalter isn’t very concerned with a defeat.
“We made some mistakes, but it wasn’t critical. It was a time to keep going, keep learning what they group is about. To me, it was a valuable exercise,” the coach stated following the match.
He also added that this game showed improvement when compared to the Gold Cup finals, and even though the result is much worse, he feels that his crew played much better in all the aspects of the match.
“From my perspective, I’m happier about this game than the Gold Cup final,” he said. “In the Gold Cup final, I felt like all we did was play the ball long. That was our only solution. Now, at least we’re trying to play the way we envision.”
Javier Chicharito Hernandez opened the show for the Mexicans, with a 10-yard header after 21 minutes of play. His execution came after a superb effort of Tecatito Corona whose cross fell right on Chicharito’s head.
The fans waited to see another goal until the 78th minute. Erick Gutierrez netted following USA’s loss of the ball near their box. Just four minutes afterward, LA Galaxy’s Uriel Atuna raised to 3-0, scoring past Zack Steffen on Hirving Lozano’s assist.
The US team had a chance to decrease the gap in the 88th minute when but Josh Sargent missed a penalty, that is Jonathan Orozco denied one. Previously, Diego Reyes brought down Jordan Morris in the box.
But that wasn’t the only chance for the American team to score last night. Eight minutes before that, Alfredo Morales hit the post from a free-kick. They had several more attempts in the first 45 minutes, but without a result.
This game will be remembered as the first one of Sergino Dest, who is one of the biggest talents in the world. Though his team lost and he got nutmegged during Mexico’s opening goal, he left a good impression.
“I’m so proud of the guy,” Berhalter said of Dest’s play. “Did he make some mistakes? Of course. But I can’t be more proud of a guy who goes out and tries things.”
Bienvenido a CONCACAF, Sergino Dest.
— Joga Bonito (@Jasoninho10) September 7, 2019
This was the first friendly match of Team USA in this window, and the next one will be even tougher as they meet Uruguay. The game will be played in St. Louis at Busch Stadium. That is going to be a perfect chance for the young American team to see their worth and test mental strength. It is not easy to bounce back after a tough defeat like against Mexico, but it is an opportunity to see where they stand at the moment, and to learn another valuable lesson before the start of the CONCACAF Nations League.
As for the Mexicans, they still haven’t lost under Tata Martino, and are looking very good right now. They will be playing against Argentina next on Tuesday.
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