美国最受欢迎的球队对阵加拿大

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中北美和加勒比地区足联(CONCACAF)的国家联赛对格雷格·伯豪特(Gregg Berhalter)的时代和整个项目都非常重要,即使教练的工作没有受到威胁,赛事也处于起步阶段。即使考虑到目前的伤病问题,USMNT仍然是赔率最高的球队(接近+500),如果他们输给加拿大人,这将是令人震惊的,但也不足为奇。

的第一点可能有点让人吃惊,但这是一场与银器的竞争,而在担任USMNT老板期间,Berhalter还没有赢得过任何奖项。这也很重要,因为在一个月之内输给了加拿大两次,而之前他们都没输给过,因为公告牌的冠军单曲是菲尔·柯林斯的性感的《再多一个晚上》。

,即使没有克里斯蒂安·普里西奇和大量的伤病借口,再加上考虑到加拿大在中北美和加勒比海地区足联(CONCACAF)舞台上真诚的重新出现,USMNT也没有理由在主场输给一支有意义的球队,尽管这支球队进步了,但漏洞却远远多于东道主。

如果你还记得从10月份开始,Berhalter就没有召集他的人去压迫一个没有经验的加拿大后卫(我只是意识到我还在为此生气)。他在家里是绝对不可能做到的。

如果约翰·赫德曼的背能和上个月在蒙特利尔奥运会上把美国佬挡在门外的那个背一样的话,他就会有卡迈勒·米勒、德里克·科尼利厄斯、史蒂文·维多利亚和里奇·拉利亚。四名球员中有三名不是他们所在的MLS俱乐部的全职首发(维多利亚是葡萄牙顶级联赛的每周最佳球员)。门将博扬(贝尔格莱德红星)有能力偷走一个结果,但是如果在周五美国佬给球施加压力,他就没有机会了。

中场和攻击手是美国队最忙的地方。阿方索戴维斯和乔纳森大卫乞求快速和/或聪明的后卫。约翰·布鲁克斯的组合应该在这两个方面都有所帮助,而且他现在是最好的传球者。

无论比赛是谨慎还是舒适,都将取决于中场。斯科特·阿菲尔德将会给洋基带来困难,但是阿尔弗雷多·莫拉莱斯的表现很糟糕,他不会像多伦多的队友那样被欺负。有一件事是让人害怕的,那就是在安大略,牧民的计划是如何迷惑了伯哈特的。这并不是在给教练添乱,他的战术是出了名的,但还没见过他们在面对太多高质量的对手时表现出色。从俱乐部的整体经验来看,赫德曼可能是新手,但他对国际比赛有更好的把握。如果洋基队在周五的比赛中表现得很挫败,毫无准备,那将是一个大问题。

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Let’s start with two statements which might be a bit controversial given the tone and tenor of the United States men’s national team program.

  1. The CONCACAF Nations League very much matters to Gregg Berhalter’s era and the program in general, even if the coach’s job is not in jeopardy and the tournament is in its infancy.
  2. The USMNT are the oddsmakers’ heavy favorites to win (nearly +500), even given the current injury problems, and it will be shocking but not surprising if they lose to the Canadians.

Point No. 1 might be a bit surprising, but this is a competition with silverware and Berhalter hasn’t won any of it yet in his tenure as USMNT boss. It’s also relevant because losing to Canada twice in a month after not losing to them since the Billboard No. 1 single was the sensual “One More Night” by Phil Collins.

And even without Christian Pulisic and a raft of injury excuses, plus taking into account Canada’s sincere re-emergence on the CONCACAF scene, the USMNT has no business losing a meaningful match at home to a team that, while improved, has far more holes than the hosts.

If you remember from October, Berhalter didn’t call upon his men to press an inexperienced Canadian back line (I just realized I’m still angry about this). There is literally no way he’ll do that at home.

If John Herdman keeps his backs the same as the one that shut out the Yanks at BMO last month, he’ll have Kamal Miller, Derek Cornelius, Steven Vitoria, and Richie Laryea out there. Three of the four aren’t full-time starters for their MLS clubs (Vitoria is an every week man in Portugal’s top flight). Goalkeeper Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade) is capable of stealing a result, but shouldn’t have the chance if the Yanks pressure the ball on Friday.

The midfield and attackers are where the U.S. will have its hands full. Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David beg speedy and/or smart defenders. John Brooks being in the mix should help in both counts, plus he’s the best passing back in the pool right now.

Whether the match is cagey or comfortable will come down to the midfield. Scott Arfield is going to make it difficult on the Yanks, but Alfredo Morales plays with a nasty streak and will not be as bullied as his peers were in Toronto.

The one thing to fear is how bamboozled Berhalter was by Herdman’s plan in Ontario. This isn’t to pile on the coach, who is known for his tactics but hasn’t seen them deliver against too many opponents of quality. Herdman may be the novice in terms of overall club experience, but he’s got a better handle on the international game.

If the Yanks look out-foxed and unprepared on Friday, that’s a big problem.

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