The US males’s nationwide staff kicked off their 2022 World Cup marketing campaign with a 1-1 draw in opposition to Wales, as targets from Tim Weah and Gareth Bale earned both sides one level within the Group B standings.
The USMNT opened up the scoring within the first half, after Weah linked with Christian Pulisic to seek out the again of the web. However the People’ dominance got here to a crashing halt within the second 45, seeing Wales come again. In the end, it was a foul by Walker Zimmerman on Bale contained in the field that propelled the Welsh to get the equalizer by a penalty.
Head coach Gregg Berhalter featured a number of gamers that made little to no contribution to the USMNT in the course of the Concacaf qualifying cycle, or months main as much as the event. Jordan Morris, Tim Ream and Josh Sargent all discovered time on the sector, however Gio Reyna was nowhere to be discovered.
The Borussia Dortmund determine, arguably one of many USMNT’s brightest younger skills, remained on the bench for the whole thing of the match. Harm rumors started to unfold, however Reyna has since confirmed he’s match.
“[I feel] OK. Just a little little bit of tightness over the previous couple of days,” Reyna stated. “However I performed six weeks in a row with Dortmund earlier than…I really feel nice. I really feel actually good…I felt able to go. Nevertheless it was simply [Berhalter’s] choice.”
However Berhalter contradicted the participant, citing “hamstring tightness” earlier than explaining his choice to bench Reyna.
“We’re constructing him up,” Berhalter stated. “And we predict he can play a giant position on this event. The query is, when. And hopefully, on Friday, he’ll be one additional step forward.”
Through the match, former US ladies’s nationwide staff participant Allie Lengthy famous Reyna was seen “shaking his head” and “placing his fingers over his face” whereas disregarding coaches that attempted to console him when Berhalter opted to convey Morris into the match.
The USMNT nonetheless have two Group Stage matches forward of them, dealing with England on Friday, November 25 and Iran on Tuesday, November 29.