The US men’s soccer team has one fantastic generation, with a few youngsters who have the potential to become the best players in the world in the near future.
That is why the American media generate such hype around this team, which could be compared to the one from 1994 when the USA hosted the World Cup. Fast forward 32 years later, and the same competition will be back to stadiums across the country, with the note that it will be shared with Canada and Mexico.
It seems that this generation was a product of careful selection, which started a long time ago. The best of the best were found all across the USA, then brought to MLS teams before being shipped overseas to perfect their skills.
That is why we now have Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Giovanni Reyna. Gianluca Busio, etc. We wrote just the names that crossed our minds right away, so excuse us for not mentioning all other talents.
All these guys will reach their prime during the 2026 World Cup, and it is logical for all the US fans to fantasize about winning the most prominent trophy in the world of sport.
Head Coach Material?
Now, there is one obstacle here. All the players aren’t anywhere near their ceiling at the moment, which can’t be said for their head coach, Gregg Berhalter. The 48-year old from Englewood, NJ, is, to be honest, an average head coach who didn’t have any notable successes before taking over the national team.
After serving as an assistant coach in LA Galaxy before leading IFK Hammarty and Columbus Crew, Berhalter took over the US men’s team.
A part of the public believes that he got that spot because of his brother, Jay, who was the chief commercial officer of the US Soccer Federation until 2020. Sounds logical from some perspective.
Solid Coaching Record
Berhalter has a solid record with the US crew. In 41 games, he posted 29 wins, had five draws and seven losses. Those numbers are ok, but we do have to realize that the Americans played mostly against the teams from the CONCACAF zone, who are pretty limited.
Berhalter won two trophies, the 2020 CONCACAF Nations League and this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. The media immediately began praising his work, but with all due respect towards these two competitions, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to win them, because apart from Mexico, and in recent times, Canada, there aren’t any teams who can challenge the Americans.
Once meeting stronger teams, the United States wasn’t convincing like against the teams from their zone. In those particular games, Berhalter’s average knowledge was exposed. His tactics were ineffective, his substitutions often expected and without any impact on the game, and overall, the US struggled in more serious meetings.
This team needs a better head coach, yet not only to play better now but also to develop properly and create chemistry that will last for the years to come.
Just see how Chelsea flourished under Thomas Tuchel. All the Blues needed was a change at the managerial position to become the European champions. A few months earlier, they struggled to stay among the top five teams in their domestic league. By the way, they are the top favorites to win the EPL now.