United States males’s nationwide crew head coach Gregg Berhalter took the blame for Sunday’s 1-0 defeat in opposition to Panama in World Cup qualifying.
Berhalter made the shocking determination to modify up his beginning XI, and adjusted seven starters from Thursday’s 2-0 residence win over Jamaica.
The USMNT already confronted early challenges, going into the sport with out Christian Pulisic, Gio Reyna, Antonee Robinson and Weston McKennie earlier than the pinnacle coach benched leaders Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams for the primary half.
New options Gyasi Zardes, Kellyn Acosta, Tim Weah and Sebastian Lletget lead the assault within the beginning line up, supported by regulars Paul Arriola and Yunus Musah.
Berhalter took into consideration Wednesday’s match in opposition to Costa Rica when making roster modifications, however admitted his techniques backfired.
“Now it clearly would not appear to be your best option,” he stated. “We all know we’re enjoying in excessive warmth, excessive humidity, we’re now touring for 4 1/2 hours, and we all know that now we have one other recreation on Wednesday and we needed to rotate gamers. And if it would not work, then it is on me, and it is my accountability, or our accountability as a employees.”
Earlier than taking full blame, Berhalter added that there’s “nobody clarification” for the disappointing efficiency.
“It’s sports activities. It’s people. There’s nobody clarification for it,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter stated. “We didn’t have that pop. We didn’t have the legs that we wanted, and we suffered for it. We weren’t nice in duels. Panama, we talked about being a really bodily crew, a really tough crew to interrupt down, and that’s precisely what they have been.”
That is the primary time the American facet has fallen to Panama in 9 all-time qualifiers and the USMNT now stands in second place, behind North American rival Mexico.
“The nice factor,” Berhalter stated, “is we’re nonetheless in second place.”
Whereas their place within the World Cup appears safe in the intervening time, the USA should defeat Costa Rica midweek to take care of their spot among the many prime three.