The United State Men’s National Team headed into January with a new perspective and new coach: Gregg Berhalter.
It was announced in late December that the former Columbus Crew coach would take over the reigns from interim head coach Dave Sarachan.
After a rather forgetful 2018, Berhalter looks to bring a fresh and much needed change of pace to the USMNT and help get the team on the right track to compete in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The annual U.S. National Team January camp has concluded, but Berhalter has shown U.S. soccer fans a new glimpse already.
With fresh new faces and many young players making their national team debut, such as Nick Lima, Jeremy Ebobisse, and Djordje Mihailovic.
With fresh new faces and eager youngsters ready to make their debut, Berhalter was already giving U.S. soccer fans a glimpse of what to expect in the new era of U.S. soccer.
The first game of the January camp was played on Jan. 28 against Panama, which the USMNT prevailed with a conving 3-0 win.
Debutant Djordje Mihailovic drew first blood after he scored in the 40th minute to make it 1-0 to the USMNT.
Mihailovic was also assisted by fellow debutant Cory Baird.
Walker Zimmerman would go on to score in the 80th minute after being assisted by debutant Nick Lima, making the score 2-0 to the U.S.
Christian Ramirez would seal the deal with another goal in the 88th minute, solidifying a convincing 3-0 win to the USMNT over Panama.
On Feb. 2, the USMNT would face off against Costa Rica in San Jose California. Coming off of a convincing win against Panama only a few days prior, the USMNT were feeling confident.
Although the U.S. wasn’t able to find the back of the net until the last 10 minutes of the game, the USMNT still gave a convincing performance.
Sebastian Lletget marked his emotional return from a horrific ACL injury back in 2016 with a goal in the 80th minute to make the score 1-0 to the U.S. 8 minutes later, midfielder Paul Arriola scored to make it 2-0 to the USMNT, ending their flawless January camp with 2 wins, 0 losses, and a 5-0 consecutive score.
Needless to say, the future looks very bright for the United States Men’s National team.
Berhalter has reinvigorated the spirit of the players and brought on hungry youngsters to help propel this new era of U.S. soccer.
It’s safe to say that U.S. soccer fans are very happy so far, and it’s great to see the USMNT start off 2019 undefeated.
Berhalter seems to be doing everything right so far, and the U.S. look right on track to qualify for Qatar 2022 under Berhalter.
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