After a promising start to the months and years of work in progress that the USMNT has committed to lead for the 2022 World Cup in its first friendly match against the team's team. Ecuador, the United States drew 1-1 against Chile.
The match would feature a composition that may be more cupcake-scented after Weston McKennie's injury and Tyler Adams' departure. The team also took a different approach, DeAndre Yedlin playing a more traditional role in the right back, Michael Bradley playing in midfield and Berhalter deploying the welcome mat for Omar Gonzalez.
Ethan Horvath led the way for Gyasi Zardes, who took a skilful touch and slotted a pass in Christian Pulisic's pass – the young player made no mistake and fired a shot over the Chilean goalkeeper . to give the United States a 1-0 lead.
The United States were not ahead of their shambolic defense, with an impressive model of Paul Arriola, and failed to clear their lines to finally give Oscar Opazo a free kick. He did not make any mistakes even for the score.
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It took about 20 minutes, but Chile seemed to understand the United States. The team began to put pressure on the Americans, disrupting possession of the ball and taking control of the game. Chile has indeed pinned the Stars and Stripes, sometimes leaving the US to play more in the transition to find opportunities. The United States resisted several attacks by La Roja and in the 32nd minute, Gonzalez played a long ball that allowed Pulisic to play a good exchange with Zardes and Arriola to almost bring the United States back to the United States. 39; before.
This would be the last moment for Pulisic in the match that had been replaced as a precaution in the 36th minute by Sebastian Lletget. Without their talisman, the danger posed by the United States seemed to evaporate and terrible mistakes on the side of the locals almost led to a second goal for Chile. However, Corey Baird sent Bradley's long diagonal ball over the goal to do it, but he should have done better with that, but the United States clearly had work to do before half-time.
The second 45 started with Chile being all over the United States. The team in red has patiently tested the US defense and created several opportunities. For the locals, the chances of attacking were few and far between, but in the 55th minute, Zardes fought for a loose ball in Chile 18 – his shot was overtaken, but the shot was impressive.
Just a minute later, Berhalter was preparing a tactical submarine coaching Daniel Lovitz for Corey Baird and allowing Tim Ream to play the third center. He would go back on the bench to take Arriola instead of Wil Trapp. This decision pushed Cristian Roldan into a just offensive role while Trapp assumed a central role alongside Bradley. The change in the back of the three men has given the United States greater stability in defense and, with some of the reduced pressure, their possession has also become more effective.
After a pair of effective starts for the United States during this international break, Zardes gave way to Jordan Morris in the 79th minute, followed by Roldan for Jonathan Lewis four minutes later. Both teams pushed for a winning match, but that would not happen because the match would end with 1-1.
Overall, the United States has been dominated in terms of ball possession and chances by a more physical team from Chile and the result could very well have been favorable to their country. That said, the United States has had some good opportunities that have been missed. This is a friendly match that is part of Gregg Berhalter's work to get players to understand and implement his tactics.
It may also be a chance for him to discover that international football is not MLS. There is no minimum wage or equality with a team like Chile and the tactics that worked against Panama, Costa Rica and bus parking in Ecuador will not be effective against more teams talented with players operating at a lower speed than American players. . Berhalter eventually made a tactical change that was effective in slowing Chile down and giving the United States more chances to go forward, but Chile kept control for most of the match.