The first match for Gregg Berhalter with every player in the national team pool available for selection was ... decent. It wasn’t spectacular and it wasn’t bad. There were signs of progress. It’s clear that Berhalter has a certain style of play and a general understand of the types of players he wants in certain positions. But, against Ecuador, the attacking end left some to be desired.
Chances were created by the United States, but there weren’t as many as you’d hope for with as much pressure as their opposition allowed against them. There were some growing pains and some cause for optimism.
The second and final friendly in March will be the last action for the USMNT until this summer when Berhalter will need to decide who he brings to camp ahead of the Gold Cup. The team that takes the field against Chile will look very different than the one last Thursday.
Tyler Adams has departed camp to return to RB Leipzig. That’s fine as we all know he’s a fantastic player and probably one of the first names on the team sheet for any serious match. Weston McKennie will also miss out due to the ankle injury he suffered in the previous match.
This will be about evaluating the fringe players. Who will impress and give themselves a chance at a Gold Cup roster spot? Let’s find out.
United States lineup:
How to Watch
Advertised Kickoff Time: 7:55p.m. ET, 4:55p.m. PT
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Available TV: ESPN2, UniMas and Univision Deportes
Available Streaming: fuboTV (Free Trial), WATCHESPN
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