Gregg Berhalter praised Weston McKennie for a “skilled” efficiency after the U.S. males’s nationwide staff midfielder returned to the staff in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Jamaica.
Led by two targets from Ricardo Pepi, the U.S. took down its CONCACAF opponent in McKennie’s first recreation again since being dismissed from the staff final camp as a result of a guidelines violation.
All week, Berhalter has stated McKennie’s punishment is now lengthy over, and he was filled with reward for a way the midfielder has carried out himself each on and off the sphere since returning to the staff.
What did Berhalter say?
“It isn’t straightforward, proper? It isn’t straightforward to return again and play these video games,” Berhalter stated. “He knew loads of eyes are going to be on him and the best way I might characterize his efficiency is skilled.
“To offer a very skilled job on this recreation, it wasn’t the highest stage that he can produce however it was up there, and I feel he had a wonderful efficiency.”
A full-strength midfield
On Thursday evening, Berhalter and the USMNT obtained their first have a look at a full-strength midfield since 2020 as McKennie, Tyler Adams and Yunus Musah all beginning collectively for the primary time this yr.
Adams captained the staff from his typical No. 6 place, receiving a bloody lip within the first half, whereas McKennie was regular simply in entrance of him whereas finishing over 90 p.c of his passes.
Musah, although, stole the present along with his dynamic runs ahead troubling Jamaica all evening.
The Valencia star helped arrange the USMNT’s first objective, placing Jamaica on the again foot to assist kickstart Pepi’s opener.
Musah’s standing was up within the air heading into matchday after an inconclusive Covid check, and Berhalter says he did not know if he’d have Musah out there till 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday.
“I pulled him apart earlier than dinner,” Berhalter stated, “and I stated, ‘You are going tomorrow, you are unfavourable’. And it was nice. It’s important to take the precautions and we had been a little bit anxious nevertheless it was nice that he obtained to play.”