U.S. men’s national team head coach Gregg Berhalter praised his aspect after beating Costa Rica 2-1 in Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier, including that his aspect are ‘rising as a crew’.
The USMNT let their inexperience present at first after Costa Rica scored a objective inside the first minute of the sport, however the American aspect shortly acquired again on observe with assist of FC Barcelona’s Sergino Dest and Lille ahead Timothy Weah.
“For us to be navigating by means of this CONCACAF qualifying – which is a bear, a monster – with this group, and the quantity of poise they confirmed on the sector in the present day, notably taking place a objective, after which the second half being up a objective and managing the sport rather well,” stated Berhalter after the match.
“I imply, Gianluca Busio comes on, and he appears to be like like he is 30 years previous. So I am pleased with the trouble. The fellows confirmed plenty of poise and so they’re rising. They’re rising as a crew.”
Weah echoed the coach’s ideas, admitting the crew didn’t crumble after the primary objective, sticking to the sport plan with the intention to keep momentum.
“We weren’t nervous in any respect,” Weah stated. “Clearly it was a bummer to take the objective fairly early within the recreation. However we knew what our recreation plan was, and it was to reveal their backline and I really feel like we did that. The skin backs performed an enormous function in the present day. The wingers performed nice. Everybody performed nice so it was us coming collectively and simply staying centered and including that depth.”
This time Berhalter caught with a lineup he knew labored, versus the Panama match the place he changed seven starters to attempt one thing new.
“It is nearly just like the sky is the restrict for Dest. He might be pretty much as good as he desires to be,” stated Berhalter. “You noticed in the present day together with his attacking play, it is unreal. For Serge it is simply hanging in there mentally, actually pushing himself to be one of the best when he is on the sector.”
The USMNT proved they need to be thought-about severe Concacaf contenders, holding on to their second place spot with 11 factors in six video games and a file of 3-2-1. The match towards Costa Rica was the final of the October qualifiers earlier than returning to motion towards North American rivals, and desk leaders, Mexico on November 12 in Cincinnati, Ohio.