San Luis (Missouri, USA), Sep. 9 – The United States national team, which will play the second friendly match on Tuesday against Uruguay, is ready to improve the poor image it gave in the duel against Mexico on Friday, which lost by a 0-3 win.
Although the coach of the United States, Gregg Berhalter, insists that the team made “progress” against Tri, despite the win, because he believes that they have more and more identification as the team they want to be and the type of football they seek to perform in the field, no matter what mistakes they make.
In addition, the contribution made by the young values that it has incorporated into the selection, with the debut of three against Mexico, is considered by Berhalter as a “success” and hopes to continue along the same path.
Defenses Sergiño Dest, Miles Robinson and striker Joshua Sargent, who were the debutants, are scheduled to have more minutes before Celeste.
“The responsibility and ease with which they moved in the field makes them deserve to continue having opportunities to gain more experience with the national team,” said Berhalter, who insisted that the mistakes they made against Mexico were “punctual.”
Another player Berhalter defended was the Spanish Alfredo Morales for the fighting spirit he maintained throughout the match against Tri.
Berhalter insisted that against Uruguay, fifth team in the FIFA world rankings, they will have a great opportunity to grow football and prepare for the start of the League of Nations of the Concacaf, a tournament that will determine the qualification to Qatar 2022 and also of the 2021 Gold Cup.
The leader of the selection, striker Christian Pulisic, was very critical for the attitude that the team presented in the duel against Mexico, considering that they went out to play with fear.
“That was what happened. We did not do our best football because we were conditioned to the game and so you can not play or move forward,” said Pulisic after concluding the game against Mexico. “We are defeated. We think we cannot win and that is not the case.”
Uruguay, which will play its seventh game against the United States, the first in 17 years, arrives without any of its stars, with the absences of defender Diego Godín and strikers Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani.
Uruguay coach Oscar Washington Tabárez considered that the friendly matches of the FIFA date are very valuable for testing new values.
“Both the friendly that we play against Costa Rica, that we win 2-1 and the one that we are going to play against the United States, are a great opportunity to form a group spirit with new players and others who are in the process of taking hold,” Tabárez declared.
“We will try to make the most of the opportunity we have to grow in the new process,” he added.
The scenario for the friendly between the United States and Uruguay will be the Busch Stadium, San Luis, the Cardinals field, the National League baseball team.
– Probable lineups:
United States: Zack Steffen; Reggie Cannon, Walker Zimmerman, Aaron Long, Sergiño Dest; Tyler Boyd, Wil Trap, Alfredo Morales, Christian Pulisic; Weston McKennie and Gyasi Zardes.
Coach: Gregg Berhalter.
Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Sebastián Coates, José María Giménez, Diego Laxalt, Martín Cáceres; Matías Vecino, Rodrigo Betancur, Lucas Torreira, Giorgian De Arrascaeta; Brian Rodríguez and Maximiliano López.
Coach: Oscar Washington Tabárez.
Referee: to be defined.
Time: 19.00 local (23:00 GMT).
Place: Busch Stadium, in San Luis, with a capacity for 45,538 spectators.