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USMNT, US Soccer again in crisis; Canada loses only one more piece



  Gregg Berhalter watches as the USA lose to Canada

The US men's national team – and, to put it bluntly, the US Football Association as a whole – is infected again in crisis. And the whole thing makes you wonder if anybody has learned lessons from the monumental failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Gregg Berhalter's USMNT lost 2-0 to Canada in the Concacaf Nations League in Toronto on Tuesday, a loss that was deserved, a loss that was historic (the first time in 34 years that Canada defeated the USA) and a loss that would probably have been even greater. It was the most recent example that the US, against whom it was always hard to compete against the best teams, lost that identity in the last five years of free fall.

It was one thing to lose 1-0 to Mexico in the 2019 Gold Cup final. But losing to the Mexicans 3-0 (without fulfilling the basics) and losing to Canadians 2-0 in a competitive game is something completely different.

Berhalter – as under Jürgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena – the US is worse than the sum of their parts. The talent that is there is asked by Berhalter to choose a tactical approach that is not appropriate for the players who prefer a more direct style than this (combined with press)) would help the ball in the opponent's half of the field hold. If Berhalter does not adapt now, he should soon be unemployed.


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