Orlando (USA), Nov. 14.- The United States national team faces for the first time under the direction of coach Gregg Berhalter their most decisive and difficult commitment when this Friday they face Canada’s in a match corresponding to the League of Nations of the Concacaf.
The combined of the Stars and Stripes, after suffering a historic defeat 2-0 a month ago, against Canada, in his visit to BMO Field in Toronto, the first in 34 years, is obliged to achieve not only the victory but also score to improve the difference and also convince with his game.
Something that so far Berhalter has not achieved since he came to office and that he is increasingly pressured to the national team to recover its winning level in order to get first place in Group A, which gives access to the semifinals.
However, the goal will not be easy because, regardless of the football potential that Canada has, the United States will not be able to count on its great star, striker Christian Pulisic, who plays for the Chelsea of the England Premier, and who will be low with a hip injury
Nor will veteran Michawl Bradley be injured last Sunday in the MLS Cup Final, which his Toronto team played against Sounders and lost 1-3.
“It is without question our reference player in the attack, but we are convinced that all those who go out to the field will give a plus in order to compensate for their absence,” Berhalter said. “We have no doubt that we will fight from beginning to end because we know that victory is the only thing that serves us.”
Berhalter stressed that he has not yet decided who will be the player who occupies the position of Pulisic, but he was very happy with the work that all the selected ones have done during the short training camp they have had, mainly the players who play football MLS, where the 2019 season is over.
“Our mentality has been positive. We have all understood that we must be more aggressive in the field with our collective game, keep up the pressure and continue on the path of identifying what we want to achieve with our football,” said Berhalter. “The defeat suffered against Canada helped us more than having achieved a victory, because we realized how much we still have to work as a team.”
The United States (three points) will also have the opportunity to seek sports revenge against a Canadian team that arrives full of morale, undefeated in the new tournament, with nine points and only a draw that it needs in the match to ensure the pass to the semifinals .
Again, Canada coach John Herdman is convinced that his team can win back to the United States, as it did last month.
For this, it will have a field center where Colombian-born Canadian Jonathan Osorio will once again be the benchmark in the direction of team play.
While in the attack the reference of Canada will again be the young striker Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavallini, authors of the two goals with which they defeated the United States, first since 1985.
“Now it is not time for statistics but to go back to the field to play smart football and fight for victory,” said Herdman. “We are prepared to defeat the United States again.”
While within the combined Stars and Stripes the consensus of all players is that this time they will not see surprise and that they will not lose against Canada to which they have won 16 times, they suffered 10 defeats and won 10 draws.
– Probable lineups:
United States: Guzan; Cannon, Long, Ream, Dest; Yueill, McKennie, Roldan; Morris, Boyd and Sargent.
Coach: Gregg Berhalter
Canada: Borjan; Miller, Henry, Cornelius, Adekugbe; Kaye, Piette, Osorio, Arfield, Davies and David.
Coach: John Herdman.
Referee: Not designated.
Field: Exploria Stadium in Orlando (United States)
Time: 19:00 local (00:00 GMT on November 16).