The American coach reflected on the ups and downs of the week for his team on and off the field.
Greg Berhlter says the American men’s national team is in high spirits despite all the setbacks they have had on and off the field this week.
The United States finished the first international window of World Cup qualifying with five points, and needed to extend the second half behind Honduras to win the last three points 4-1.
Berhlter’s side struggled in the open draws against Canada and El Salvador, while several players lost to Weston McKinney due to injury and especially suspension, but he says the team will do whatever it takes this week. It will come out better.
What was said
“On the negative side, we had a meeting and we just talked about focusing on what we’re doing,” Berhlter said. “It’s perfectly understandable that the fans weren’t excited with two points from two games, but that doesn’t ruin the qualifying.
“We took points from a team away from home, which is important. We saw a lot of teams dropping points at home, which is why we didn’t play so hard in this game.
“It was just about getting ready for the next game and that was the important thing. So the message and I think the mindset of the people in those last two games has completely changed. I think they’re more relaxed and More focused, the mood around the camp was really good. So despite all the ugliness that has happened in the last two days, the boy’s morale is very high. “
Meeting high expectations.
Leading the game, USMNT star Tyler Adams spoke of the hopes of a nine-point week, which went out the window after a game.
And, while the United States can’t live up to its expectations at this window, he says lofty goals remain, as the team does through qualifying.
“Even if we lost the game, we wouldn’t be out of qualifying,” Berhlter said. “I know there are still 11 games to play. It’s the mentality that we’re just jumping in reaction, and I think part of that was our mistake that we wanted to do and be open about it. “But that’s what the group expects.”
He continued: “I think it’s a good win for the group. We talked a lot before camp, before the first game, about having a nine-point week and it was really important. I think it Great, everyone wants to win the game, right?
But the other side of it is that it’s just talking, and then you have to go out and do it and it’s very difficult to do. I think we needed to give these guys the experience they needed to see what these games are like because they are very different games.
“El Salvador and Honduras were both sports wars. You have teams and countries that are eager to win the World Cup and it’s a different animal from our habit. We really needed it, in terms of eye-opening. What is this experience really about? “