HOUSTON – Reactions to the 1-1 draw on Tuesday between the US men's national team and Chile were completely opposite, with one team seeing this as a step in the right direction, while the other the continuity of their head coach questioned.  "Pretty impressive," USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter categorized his team's performance against the reigning Copa América champion and was satisfied with the performance on the field.
that has the power that can harm us, "Berhalter said. "We know we can hang out and know we can push them to the limit."
During his four-month tenure, Berhalter now has three wins and a draw since his vision begins to take shape as he wants his team to play.
"It was a great test for the boys," said Berhalter. "I am really happy that we could play such a game and I think we have learned a lot."
A move to Chile against Chile has given the USMNT players a better understanding of how to deal with adversity. Possession dominated and haunted the US for much of the second half ̵
"Sometimes we did it well, and there were times when we did it We did not do that, but that's why we play these games to work on the things we need to improve," said defender DeAndre Yedlin, who wore the captain's armband.
The Chileans' mood was markedly less positive, with the draw that came after a 3-1 defeat by Mexico felt more like a loss, and almost all the players stormed through the mixed zone to avoid questions from the reporters.
coach Reinaldo Rueda, who replaced Juan Pizzi after La Roja could not qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, received the brunt of criticism The Chilean press in the post-match press conference.
"I knew what I would come up with because … [it] would be a very big challenge, big, very difficult," said Rueda. "It's not going to be easy."
Rueda is an expert in team rebuilding and winning the World Cup – he did this in 2010 with Honduras and 2014 with Ecuador. In Chile, however, there is an expectation of always winning, something that has La Roja spoiled their fans in recent years. Many have already called for his resignation, and fans at the BBVA Compass Stadium unfurled a banner labeled "Rueda Out".
"There is desperation to win, and it's normal because this team is a winner and everyone is used to it. Rueda said when asked about the lack of victories under his command. "But this concept can hurt us."